Friday December 13

Dear Parents

Thank you for your patience and understanding about last weeks TIn Tuc. The Aristocrats was a big success and I loved getting to be part of it and helping out our music teacher Ms. Liz. I can’t believe we have come to the end of our first semester and that I won’t see the children until January! I am going to miss them very much.  We have been talking about ways to stay connected while we are far apart. Sebi suggested face time. If you would like to set up face time phone calls or Skype calls please let me know. I would love to stay in touch with the children anyway possible.

This week we celebrated Cyrus turning 5 and welcomed several mystery readers! Thank you to Ben and Allison, Asia and Giles, Mimi’s grandma and Anh, Edens mom, who all bravely read to a group of 4 year olds! Well done.

We continue to look at materials and their properties . This week I showed the children three different materials, plastic fabric and wood.  I asked them what they noticed about them and where did they come from. I then asked them;

  • Which one would be good for a rainy day? Why? Can you draw a picture of something that would keep me dry?
  • Which one would be good for building a house? Why? Can you draw a house for me to live in?
  • Which one would be good for making clothing? Why? Can draw you draw  an outfit for me?

On Tuesday we talked about about how we were going to be apart for awhile. We took our peg people and a world map and talked about where we were traveling to during the break. I  wondered if we could make a potion in the potion lab that would keep us connected and help me with my missing feeling.

We made gingerbread cookies in cooking and said goodbye to Luy who is off to Australia for the break and to welcome a new baby brother!

On Wednesday, Ms M invited K1 C to meet her friend Gingerella who came to school on a special bike and shared a story with the children about how she helps finds missing shoes. We also welcomed Jack’s mom and dad, Asia and Giles, who read two wonderfully funny books and gave us some yummy Christmas cookies.

On Thursday we had a buddy dance party in the canteen. We played with syringes and test tubes on the water table and Simones mom and dad, Ben and Allison came in and read a book in Vietnamese and a book that Simone wrote called Momo and Leo. We just loved it.

On Friday we had only ten children and, even though we couldn’t go outside because of the AQI, we enjoyed spending our last day together. I look forward to seeing everyone back here on Monday, January 6th, 2020! I am off to New York to see my husband, Jim, and my dog, BIlly. You are welcome to contact me and let me know if the kids want to talk to me!

Here are pictures from the week. Enjoy!

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Friday November 28

 

 

Hi Families-

I hope you enjoyed the photos of our trip to the high school science lab that I posted on Seesaw this week. Scientist Carly and her high school assistants loved having the children in the lab and have already invited us back for another visit.

Thank you to Jon (Sebi’s dad), Vi (Luy’s mom) and Zeynel (Cyrus’ dad) for coming in and reading to the children. Mystery reader is a big hit and we hope to welcome every single one of you at least once.

We have been fortunate to have our ECERP teacher, Ms, Ngoc, here all week. We have been exploring the properties of materials and if they can be changed. We started off by looking at a rock, a rubber band and plasticine.The children wanted to bring these items home to share with you after we finished talking about them. I hope they were able to talk about some of their thinking with you.

I did a visual note taking workshop a couple of weeks ago and I have decided to get the kids involved! I am teaching them how to make simple icons and pictures and they each have their own sketch notebooks now.

I am sending home a brown bag with a note. Please make sure to get it out of your child’s backpack and read the instructions.

Show and tell this week will be to bring in something made of wood.

Lastly, I would like to request that you send in a change of warm clothes for the children. With the weather cooling off we need to make sure that if they need to change they have something warm to change into.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Week 15 photos

Friday November 22

I’d like to start off this week’s blog with a big thank you to everyone who made it to our classroom on Tuesday. I loved having the opportunity to share with you a window into how your child spends their days.

Our potions lab is about to have its grand opening and I was hoping you could start saving jars with lids and sending them in. I have a few ready to go but I know we will go through them quickly.

Ms Hien and I have noticed an increase in the number of toys coming to school in backpacks. The children have been good about not bringing them into the classroom but they are taking them out on the playground and some are getting lost and going home with the wrong child. Please can you encourage your child to keep their toys at home and Ms Hien and I will do the same.

The children started making patterns by using unifix cubes with a partner. We talked about the strategies they used to work as a team. As we start our inquiry into how the world works we are cracking open the words and ideas surrounding our new central idea “we are thinkers, explorers and problem solvers.” We are practicing the habits of scientist by looking closely, and making observations about what we are seeing.

The children have earned 100 kindness ribbons-Yippee! We celebrated with a special package delivery of red head scarves because we are kindness friends and we want everyone to know that we can change the world with kindness!

Thank you for the many wonderful gifts on Wednesday. Ms Hien and I felt loved and appreciated!

Enjoy photos from Week 14.https://photos.app.goo.gl/q3f4MXZmZ4jphxdV8

Reminders:-

  1. For ‘Show and Tell’ – please bring an item that we can add to the maker space.  Following on from ‘This is not a box’ we would like to encourage the children to think imaginatively about how to re-purpose materials and where the items came from/what they started life as.

Friday November 15

This week was a short one for the children and we spent two of the days inside for the entire time. The children did a great job going with the flow and understanding that things had to change a little so that we could keep them safe. We spent some time visiting our other K1 classrooms and got to use the gym to get our wiggles out. Thursday things were back to our normal routine which was welcomed by me and the children.

We had snack sale on Wednesday. For future snack sales please be aware that while it is an opportunity for the children to get a special treat it does not replace the need for a snack from home. Several children did not have a home snack.  A sugar cookie and a small cup of popcorn is not enough to get them through to lunch. To continue on the lunch topic there are many children who are barely eating the hot lunch provided even with Ms. Hien and I encouraging them.  I worry that they are hungry. Just like us they don’t like everything that is served every day of the week. I know some of you worry that if you provide too much in the morning snack, they won’t eat the hot lunch but I am more concerned that they have some sustenance to get them through the long day. It could be some extra nuts, fruit or a small sandwich that way if they absolutely don’t want to eat what’s on offer for the hot lunch then I have an option to give them.

We have moved the maker space into the atelier to make room for a science lab to support our new unit of inquiry “how the world works”. The central idea we will be examining will be “we are critical thinkers, explorers and problem solvers.”

For many of your children the maker space is their favorite place to spend their time. They are really starting to plan and think about what they want to make and how they want to do it. I can barely get them to let me keep anything at school. They are so proud of what they are creating and want to take it home to share with you. Please take the time to ask them about their inventions. Some questions I like to ask them are;

  • Where did you get your idea from?
  • Were you inspired by something you saw?
  • How does it work?
  • What does it do?
  • Did you bump into any problems?
  • How did you solve them?
  • Would you change anything next time you made this invention?

Please be sensitive about calling it trash or rubbish in front of your child. Try to see it for what it is which is your child showing their creativity, solving problems, figuring things out and making their ideas come to life.  Remember we are happy to take back any items and reuse them once your child is ready to let their invention go.

We had a wonderful assembly this week. The children were proud to show off their understanding of connection and to share our connection flag with the ES. I will be posting the video to Seesaw for those of you who could not attend.

This week in cooking we made scones and we also finished our class agreements which are now hanging by our classroom door.

Week 13 photos

Reminders

Tuesday November 19-Open classrooms. Parents welcome to join our class from 10:35 to 12:00. Please let me know if you will be able to join us so that I can support children whose parents are unable to attend.

Show and Tell- Please have your child bring your favorite book. It does not have to be in English

Friday November 8th

We have had another great week of learning and fun. On Monday we explored a new material called plasticine. We will be using plasticine a lot this year as a way to tell stories and show our understanding of big ideas we are exploring in K1. Here are some of the things the children noticed about plasticine as we passed it around the class:

Eden: “It smells like vanilla.”

Lukas: “It smells like chocolate.”

Elias: “It’s hard.”

Cyrus: “It’s hard and it looks blue.”

The children spent the morning learning how to manipulate this new material. Hannah showed her friends how to make it smaller by pushing down hard on a corner with her thumb. She also found out that if she twisted it really hard, she could make two pieces. Here is a conversation between the children:

Sebi: “If we connect our clay together it will be so cool.”

Simone: “We can make a clay city!”

Mimi: “We can connect Sebi’s and mine and yours together. How about we make our own and connect them?”

Sebi: “And then they will be enormous!”

On Monday we also practiced counting collections with a partner. The children were given a collection of items of varying quantities and asked to figure out how many they had.

On Tuesday we walked to the Maker space to visit Mr. C, our technology coach. We will be working closely with him during this next unit as we look at what it means to be an explorer and a problem solver. The children had an introduction to “makedo” cardboard tools and to coding with “bebots”.

On Wednesday we had a playdough crisis! Over night it had gone moldy. An said ” Ms. Jacqui the playdough is dead!” We decided to make some more right away and it turned into an authentic math inquiry as we portioned out our ingredients, voted on the color we should use and tallied up the results. Blue was the color that won!

On Wednesday the children made delicious cheese pizza with Ms. Hien. The children were able to tell me all the ingredients as we sat together and ate the pizza!

On Thursday the ECC playground was turned into an outdoor classroom with lots of new sensory opportunities. We had water trays, water beads, parachutes and bubbles. First graders came and joined in the fun and it was great to see the playground full of happy, busy children.

Please enjoy the photos from Week 12.

Reminders

Monday 11th November- No School for students -PD for staff

Wednesday 13th November -Snack Sale- – Please send your child with 20,000 VND

Thursday 14th November-9:25-10:15. K1B/C Assembly- We will be on the stage but will not be singing or performing. Instead our classes will present their learning throughout our first unit of inquiry via a short movie. Please join us if you are available.

Tuesday 19th November-Open Classrooms. K1C will have an open session from 10:35 -12:00. It is important to let me know if you will be unable to attend so that I can support your child accordingly. Unfortunately canteen lunch will be unavailable to parents on this day but you are welcome to purchase sandwiches and/or coffee at the coffee shop.

 

Friday November 1

Hello Families!

 This week we continued to look at connection as we worked on making our own flags that represented our understanding of connection. The individual flags from all of K1 will then be joined together as a collaborative project that we will showcase during our assembly on November 14 (more information to follow).

In cooking this week, the children made passionfruit cookies with Ms Hien.

The children also worked on making their own connection circles using pictures from our own class and from K1 A and K1B.

Show and tell is off to a great start. The schedule is as follows:

Tuesday-Sebi, An, Emily, Yuya

Wednesday-Hannah, Luy, Lukas, Jack

Thursday-Simone, JIhwan, Elias, Mimi

Friday-Cyrus, Hannah S., Minh An, Eden

 Lukas’ grandma and grandpa came to read while they were visiting Hanoi and Sebi’s mom also came into read this week.  Next week I will send out a sign-up sheet for those of you who would like an opportunity to come in and read.

We are gearing up for our next unit of Inquiry-How the world Works by planning a visit to our Maker space next week.

 Week 11 pictures

Reminders

November 11th-No School for students

Swimming unit is finished please send your child in PE clothes.

Assembly November 14-more information to follow

Hats and water bottles please

Friday October 24th

Week 10 Blog

This week started with our UN Day Assembly and just kept getting better.  I want to give a big thank you to Fiona for organizing the food for our classroom. The children were most excited about seeing all of you there and I appreciate that every child had a parent to eat lunch with!

When you are looking through our pictures this week you will see lots of learning going on. The children are continuing to make connections to people and place. We started by looking at connections to the friends in our class.

Why did you connect to those people?

Luy: “Sometimes we play together. Inside and outside. We make connections. Outside and inside. Actually, we do both.”

Elias-“because they are my friends. I choose everybody!”

An: “because I love them.”

The children showed a great interest in the flags from the UN day assembly and we decided to use an app called Flag Face to represent the countries they are from. We then looked at connection to place.

Simone: “my dad is from Vietnam and my mom is from Tennessee”.

Sebi to Jack: “look Hannah has the same flag face as you.”

Jack: “that’s Australia Sebi. I am from New Zealand. We have red stars. Australia has white stars.”

Yuya noticed that no one else had the flag of Japan. I asked if there is anyone else that did not have a connection to the same place. “Lukas” (dutch) and “Cyrus”(Cyprus).

We worked on our classroom agreements, breaking all of their original ideas down to smaller statements which we then sorted under Be Safe, Be Kind, Be Responsible. The children are becoming very comfortable with out think, pair, share routine and it makes me smile to see them discussing their ideas with each other. As a pair they decided under which heading our ideas should go.

Cooking this week was fruit kebabs and we had our first Discovery-K1 sing along circle on the large playground.  Hannah said “this is not a circle it’s a love heart!”.

On Friday the children spent a large amount of time in the discovery sand area making “coffee land”. Jack and Luy came up with this name. The thinking, planning and negotiating that went on between the children and their ideas was a joy to watch. Here Is some of the overheard conversations taking place;

Hannah: “that’s a good idea. It will drain and then be easier to move. It will be lighter.”

Jack: “I’m building bridges everywhere”.

Sebi and An:  “Emergency, Emergency, coffee land is dying!”

Sebi: “ We need water!”

The children are also using their design books in the Makerspace and being more intentional with their thinking and their design. I have asked them to either draw their inventions before they start building or to draw it when it is complete. This way we have a record of their ideas!

Show and Tell

Show and Tell starts next week.  Please see details below.  Show & Tell helps to build community, make connections between home and school, and boost language skills such as using descriptive language, public speaking, asking questions, and attentive listening.

  • We will have Show & Tell every week unless otherwise noted in the Tin Tuc
  • Your child will have the same Show & Tell day every week
  • Please help your child choose 1 item only.  Each week I will post a note in the Tin Tuc about what the children should bring for Show & Tell the following week. Next week, please help your child bring in a favourite object from home (toy, book, photo….)
  • Please do not let your child bring toys or other valuable items to school that are not for Show & Tell
  • Please do not send toys and other objects to school on other days of the week
  • Tuesdays:  Sebi, Emily, An, Yuya
  • Wednesdays: Hannah P, Luy, Lukas, Jack
  • Thursdays: Jihwan, Simone, Elias, Mimi
  • Fridays: Cyrus, Minh An, Hannah S, Eden

Thank you for your support!

Reminders

We are back to regular PE days. Swimming unit is completed.

Oct 31, Thursday- Dress up day

Nov 11-Monday School closed for students. PD day for Teachers.

Please enjoy this weeks photos Week 10

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Friday October 18

Welcome back families! It was wonderful to be reunited with the children after such a long time apart. The children enjoyed sharing maps from their vacation adventures. We also had a few children bring in objects/souvenirs from their trips. We discussed how sometimes objects can help us remember people and places and therefore make connections to events from our past and to people who are not present. I used our time apart as a way to introduce a new visible thinking routine called Think, Pair, Share. This is a great way to limit the amount of talking I do during our “big ideas” time and to let the children have ownership of our conversations. We practiced sitting elbow to elbow, knee to knee. I asked the children to talk with their partner about what they did over the holiday. When time was up, I then asked the children to share something their partner had told them. This is a great way to practice how to be a good listener. We will continue to add other visible thinking routines to our day.

Tuesday was Sustainable Development Goals day with Discovery and K1. Discovery was exploring SDG# 12-Responsible Consumption and Production. Ms. Charla was looking at SDG #4 Quality Education, Ms. M was doing #15 Life under water and our class explored SDG#5 Gender Equality. The children are excited about the SDG’s and we will continue to examine them in the upcoming weeks using another visible thinking routine called Color, Symbol, Image and see if the children can create SDG’s of their own.

UN Day Monday – important information for K1

  • children should come to school already wearing their national dress
  • drop off your community lunch contributions in the ECC gym before the assembly
  • be seated in the Sports Centre by 11am
  • after the assembly, meet your child back at our classroom for lunch and dismissal – please do not take your children from the Sports Centre, nor pull them out of the class line walking back to the ECC
  • each child will be marked off as they are picked up from the classroom. Let Ms. Jacqui know if you are taking your child home, or if s/he is taking the bus.
  • once you collect your child from the classroom s/he is under your care -please help your child with lunch and supervise on the playground
  • dismissal is at 1pm.  Children going home on the bus should be brought back to the classroom at 12:50. Thank you!

Reminders:

  • Friday October 25th: Final swimming session
  • Thursday October 31st: Dress up day – more details will be shared in the Tin Tuc
  • Show and tell will start the last week of October.  Please see details in next week’s blog

Enjoy photos from Week 9

Friday October 4th

Thank you for attending our learning conversations on Monday. It is a new format and one that will surely improve as we figure out how best to include the children in our conversations surrounding their learning.

Several of you asked about how to support the growing interest in reading that you are seeing in your children. I have contacted Angela, our literacy coach, and asked her to help me put together some helpful information for you. I will keep you posted and send it out as soon as I can.

This week we continued adding to our lego town. The children came up with lots of ideas on how to “connect” our homes. ….

  • Luy: use tape
  • Emily: Tape and arrows
  • Simone: Glue, tape and roads
  • Cyrus: Stick them close together
  • Lukas: Use tape to connect the cardboard

I have included some pictures of how our town has been progressing. Today Lukas and Yuya added a bridge!

We talked about how maps connect us…

  • Emily: maps show us how to go to school, or find your home, and find your class. To go to friends.
  • Cyrus: they show us where we are going.
  • Hannah P: If someone says “I don’t know how to get to your house” you can give them a map to show them the way.

This week under the loft there was a big “wedding”. The children made invitations, drew maps and decorated the walls with sparkles. It was exciting to see them independently determine what they needed and then go off to make it.

On Tuesday we read “A Squiggly story” about a little boy who decides to write a story with encouragement from his big sister. Simone made her own book and brought it in to share. This sparked a real interest in the other children as well.   Cyrus, Luy, Jihwan, Emily, An and Jack all made books which we are finding ways to display so children can keep adding pages and read them to each other.

I have started a “catch you being kind” heart to encourage the children to find ways to show kindness in their interactions with each other, and their teachers. You may be hearing the children talk about this and please know that everyday Hein and I are making sure to “catch” every child being kind. We are making a class goal to get 100!

If you are traveling this break we would love to have some maps of where you have been. Please enjoy your holidays whether you are traveling or staying put. I will miss the children and look forward to hearing about their adventures when we return on the 14th.

Enjoy photos of Week 8 and here is the link from last week that I added incorrectly. Apologies!

Reminders

  • Show and Tell will start the last week of October
  • UN Day Oct 21st-See Tin Tuc
  • SDG Week-Litterless snacks

Friday September 27

This week we continued our inquiry into the central idea: ‘Children know they belong and have a sense of connection to others and the environment.‘  Last week Eden and Luy used dots to create a map from 3D to K1C during our time with Buddies. This week we used Eden and Luys idea to make more maps with our buddies and then worked on a collaborative piece with the 3rd graders.  The children were prompted draw their homes and then to think about how we can show how our homes “connect”. Jack said we could use zip lines!

We had a great first week swimming. The children loved being in the pool with Mr. Micah and his team. Swimming will be on both Wednesday and Thursday next week. Please make sure to label all swim items.

In cooking this week Ms. Hien showed the children how to make banana smoothies and we had a picnic snack outside.

I look forward to meeting you all on Monday. Have a great weekend!

Lots of great photos this week! Week 7