25th Nov- 6th Dec

Gardening

We have planted an assortment of different seeds and we been eagerly watching our garden grow and the children are so fascinated by how quickly some of the vegetables are growing. (To be honest so am I).  Each morning the children are involved in helping to water the garden and care for the leaves that have fallen down. I am amazed by how interested the children are in watching the development of the garden and I hope that we can begin to harvest and eat some of these vegetables after Xmas. Please ask your child about our garden and what we are growing. Here are some pictures of us hard at work.

K1 Visit 

We were really lucky last week as Ms. Charla in K1 asked us to come over for a play date. The children had a great time playing with and alongside other children and it was wonderful to see the different relationships and friendships that have developed in our own class as they venture our of Discovery and into other classroom environments. The children were very respectful while in Ms. Charla’s class, asking her if they could play in different areas and different toys. I was very proud as all the children helped to pack away and said thank you to K1 C and Ms. Charla. Here are some photos of us in action!!

Goodbye Fred 

Last Friday was Fred’s last day until next year. We were very lucky to have Fred’s dad Levi come in and ice some cupcakes with us. The children helped to use an icing bag to ice the cupcakes and were given some fondant and sprinkle to decorate the cakes. Thanks so much, Levi and Fred for sharing your cupcake icing skills with us. Until we see you again in 2020. Here are some photos of the icing action!!

How the World Works

For our How the world works unit, we have been exploring different materials. We began by exploring some ice on a tray. The children really enjoyed exploring this and independently thought to use hammers to see how they could break the ice. When I asked the group about the ice the children became really excited about different animals that live in the ice, in particular, walruses, penguins, polar bears, and whales. So over the next couple of days, we inquired into these different animals and I showed them some of my own photos of ice, polar bears, whales, penguins and walruses that I have seen on my own travels to the north and south poles. We also discussed ice and looked at some video clips of icebergs and glaciers. We discussed how water turns into ice and I asked the children what other things we could freeze. These were some of their answers

Unicorn- Kareena and Eva

Cupcakes-Giulia

Colorful icecream- Max, Lydia and Bom

Koala- Miu

Pickles- Cooper

Rainbows-Prisha

Milk and Orage Juice-Ms Laura

Picture of a dog-Kai

Watermelon-Liam

Hair-Willa

Rockmelon-Tomo

On Thursday we started testing our ideas and we froze some milk and orange juice first. Some of the children though it would melt, some children thought it would freeze and a few children thought it might blow up in the freezer. Here are some pictures of our experiment. We will continue to freeze the other items as well to see how our theories work out. Here are a few photos!!

Vietnamese hat painting

This week the children were also involved in creating their very own Vietnamese conical hat. They will be displayed in our classroom and then the children will be allowed to take them home. Here are some pictures of us painting. Here are the pictures

Mr. Neal

Mr. Neal continues to come into our class and teach us about different materials that are used int the maker space. This week he taught us about split pins which we used to connect different pieces of paper together. Here are some photos

Happy Birthday Prisha and Prayan 

We also celebrated Prisha and Prayan’s birthday this week. Happy Birthday and thanks for the cupcakes!! Here are a  few photos

Ms Kris

Ms. Kris has also been in to work on children knowing about and discussing their feelings. This week she brought in puppets and the children used these in small groups to talk about how they are feeling and how this relates to the zones of regulation framework that we use school-wide.  Enjoy some more photos.

One more week to go the countdown is on!!

Have a great weekend

Ms L

4th- 8th of Nov

It was a bit of an interesting week this week. I came down with a tummy bug for the first 2 days but it seems like it was not something contagious, as the class was very exuberant and energetic on my return.

MYSTERY READER

On Monday we had our first mystery reader. Cooper’s sister Stella came in to read the story titled Polar Bear Polar Bear what did I see. She did such a great job! It was also nice to show the children connections between our classroom community and other members who live inside our UNIS community. Here are some lovely photos. If you would also like to come and be a mystery reader please drop me an email and we can organize a time for this to happen.

BIKE WASH

While I was away the children were also involved in making their own bike wash. Water painting has been an outside activity and the children decided to wash their own bikes and turned it into a service for other children to become involved with. This type of play is very important to young children’s learning where roles are being assigned, shared rules and understandings are being developed, turn-taking, sharing and conflict resolution skills are being practiced and lots and lots of rich language is being used. Here are a few pictures of the bike wash.

OUTDOOR CLASSROOM DAY 

Outdoor play is an important part of our program in Discovery, and on Thursday we celebrated Global Outdoor Playday. We were very lucky that our Grade 3 buddies came down to play with us and all the really cool different experiences we had out which included bubbles, lego, water trays, water beads, chalk, bikes, hula hoops, and junk materials to name just a few.  Here are a few photos of the morning and learning in action.

“The importance of play for children’s healthy development is grounded in a strong body of research. As a natural and compelling activity, play promotes cognitive, physical, social, and emotional wellbeing, offering the necessary conditions for children to thrive and learn. Through play, the child can experiment, solve problems, think creatively, cooperate with others, etc., gaining a deeper knowledge about his/herself and the world. From an early age, the possibility to experience several opportunities for unstructured play, in which the child can decide what to do, with whom and how, promotes positive self-esteem, autonomy, and confidence.”    Gabriella Bento (full article)

UPCOMING DATES

No school NOV 11TH 

Open classrooms Nov 19th (More details to come)

Have a wonderful weekend and see you on Tuesday!!!

Here are some more photos of the week

Ms L

Ninja Course, Spirit Assembly, Flags and Diwali!!!

Dear Parents,

There is so much to talk about! But I will try to keep it short so you can get to the end. And please read to the end! 🙂

This week, we took a deeper dive into ‘Who We Are’ and where we are from. We talked about where we come from and looked at the map and discussed the different places that we come from and live in.  This gave them a visual and helped them to better connect to others that are from the same country. Then the children painted their home country flags onto the homemade paper they made during SDG week.

Yesterday was a big hit with dress-up day. It was so fun watching the kids so proudly walk around in their costumes and act out their parts. We had princesses, a cat, mouse, a dinosaur, a cat boy (yes, these are apparently all different), a dinosaur, a pirate, a skeleton, batgirl, and even a dinosaur. It was also spirit day, so we ventured once more down to the sports center for an introduction of teams from around Southeast Asia attending the MRISA basketball tournament at UNIS. We welcomed the teams with a cheer and grooved to some music and a drum presentation.

Today, the children participated in a very special Diwali presentation put on by both Prayan and Aanav’s mother’s. First, we watched a short video of a story and then listened to an explanation about the celebration. The children then participated in an activity using beautiful colored sand. All of Discovery were given a ‘Diya’ to bring home and then special sweets were passed around. Here are some pictures of the week!!!

Next Thursday November 7th, the Elementary School will participate in International Outdoor Classroom Day.  To help make this day successful, please make sure that your child:
-wears sunscreen to school
-is dressed appropriately for the weather
-has a hat
-has a full water bottle
REMINDERS:
  • The new PE unit is outdoors so please make sure your child wears proper PE clothes and sport shoes.
  • The weather has been a bit colder lately. Make sure your child has a warmer sweatshirt, jumper or long sleeved shirt to put over their t-shirt just in case.

SHOUT OUT!!

Hi, everyone, there have been a few comments about the paint that we use in the classroom, I understand it is very hard to get out and our aprons are just not cutting it. If anyone has some old shirts that we can use for painting shirts we would love to use them. Old business shirts would be great!!!

UN day and more

 UN DAY This week started off with a bang. We celebrated UN day which was a wonderful way to continue our conversations about community and connection. I was so proud of Discovery B as they had to sit for such a long time through some pretty intense speeches and they did it so well. We also talked about the countries we come from, some of the languages we speak as well as the different types of traditional costumes that some of the children were wearing.  Here are a few photos of the day.

COMMUNITY

We are still looking at developing a strong sense of community in our classroom. This week we added our own photos to a community wheel where we will begin to add different people that are in our community to it as the weeks go on. We have been using words such as community, family, friendship and belonging to encourage discussions around the different communities. Here are some pictures of our community wheel.

SWIMMING

Our last swimming lesson of the quarter took place this week. The children have gained more confidence in the water and have enjoyed playing games together. They will have one more session of swimming in the springtime. Here are some last pictures.

COOKING

This week, cooking was an even bigger hit than usual. On the menu were fruit kababs. The children cut up pineapple, watermelon, apples, and grapes very carefully with their own knives and cutting boards. Don’t worry they only use butter knives when cutting. Then they patterned the pieces onto a skewer and Bon appetite! Even the children that aren’t too fond of fruit couldn’t resist a taste after their hard work. Enjoy the fruity pictures!!!

BUDDIES

Our G3 buddies also came for a play on Friday. They were missing Discovery so much that they asked Ms. Chris to schedule this extra time. The weather was so beautiful outside so the children rode bikes together, played in the sandbox together and played with the big blocks

DATES:

Dress up day is on Thursday, October the 31st. Please feel free to bring your child to school dressed up. We just ask that it is nothing too scary and weapons are left at home. Thanks

Have a great weekend

Ms Laura

27th September

Swimming

This week our swimming unit began. The children loved the water! It was a great chance for them to practice our agreements of Be Kind, Be Safe and Be Responsible.

Learning Conversations

We are looking forward to seeing you all on Monday for Learning Conversations. This is a new process for us to have your child involved. Please know that there are no expectations for your child to participate. They have prepared something to share with you though.

Please enjoy these pictures of swimming this week!

Have a great weekend and we will see you on Monday!

Week 2

Dear parents,

As the children continue to settle into the classroom, it’s been so interesting observing their likes, dislikes, personalities and joy. We have been learning to sit together as a large group and browse books, sing songs together and listen and respond to shared read alouds.

They participated in library and Vietnamese for the first time this week and also enjoyed their first PE, Art and Music lessons. Library books are to be enjoyed at home for the entire week and should be brought back on library day the following week. Please also note that as a parent, you can go to the library and check out books every week to add to your collection at home. There are books available in many languages for you to check out as well. Reading to your child and having books accessible for them to browse at all times is so important for pre-reading skills.

We also participated in our first ECC assembly of the year which takes place in the theater and includes Discovery, K1, K2 and Grade 1. This is a time for us to come together and celebrate learning, birthdays and each other. We sing together, dance together and laugh together. This occurs every two weeks.

We have also enjoyed engaging in outdoor play during our morning community time with all of Discovery and K1. This gives the children time to develop relationships outside of the classroom setting. So for now, when your child comes to school, they can unpack their bags, put on their hat and go play!

Outside play is wet and messy. This is what your child(ren) need and it helps to develop gross motor skills as well as social and emotional skills which early childhood is all about. So please make sure your child has changes of clothes in their backpack and that they are replaced when needed.

This week, and in the weeks to come, we have been focusing on greetings. The children are learning how to say good morning to the teacher and each other as well as goodbye at the end of the day. Please help your child with this routine at drop off and pick up.

Lastly, the children eat their home snack in the morning. Please make sure this is a HEALTHY snack. Do not send in any chocolate, sweet cookies, chocolate milk, candy or sweetened milk or yogurt. The afternoon fruit snack is provided by the school and the children are encouraged to at least try the fruit even if they don’t think they will like it. Thank you for your understanding. And please enjoy the photo links below with your child.

Pictures of the week

REMINDERS:

  • FAMILY PHOTO: If you have not emailed a photo to me yet, please do so as we want to put together our Family Book
  • PHOTO DAY: Friday Aug. 30th
  • EVACUATION DRILL: Aug. 29th (we will talk to the children before this happens and how we are doing this to keep us safe, so please do not worry)
  • NO SCHOOL: Sept. 2nd
  • BACK TO SCHOOL NIGHT: Sept. 5th (more details to come)

Have a lovely weekend,

Laura

First week

Dear Parents,

We have had an excellent start to the week! The children are developing relationships, engaging in creative play, becoming familiar with classroom routines and how to tidy up the classroom. They have proved to be quick learners!

In preparation for starting specialists next week, we have had visits from some of the teachers. Ms. Emma, the Art teacher, came in to read stories and play with the children. Ms. Liz, the Music teacher came in with a bag full of shakers and sang songs with the children. And Ms. Kris, our guidance counselor joined us to talk about feelings. Please refer to the schedule sent home on orientation day so your child is prepared for PE and Library next week.

Please enjoy these photos of the first week

NEEDED: A family photo for our “Family Book”. Please email a copy as soon as possible to lmoore@unishanoi.org This will help us to connect and learn more about each other.

Lastly, because of our school’s commitment to the SDG’s (Sustainable Development Goals set by the UN) and a sustainable future, we will no longer provide plastic bags for soiled or wet clothing. Please pack reusable or recycled bags in your child’s backpack for these clothes to return home for cleaning. Thank you for your support!

Have a lovely weekend,

Ms L