This week we became writers, creating our own story about Duncan Duck. What can you remember from our story?
Baby Ducks came to visit us as part of our research for writing about Duncan Duck. What did the baby duck feel like? What did it sound like? What did it like doing?
On Thursday we had our very first buddy session. Can you remember the name of some of our buddies? What class were our buddies from? (Hint: some of our older brothers and sisters where in that class)
EAL in K2
I am fortunate to be working with your children this year to support English Language and Literacy development in K2. As the EAL Coach, I have an International EAL Certification in addition to my teaching qualifications and in October will graduate with a Masters in Educational Inclusion from New Zealand. I have been working internationally with young language learners for the past 7 years and believe our classrooms are enriched by the diversity of students that are your children.
English Language and Literacy development, both social and academic are integral to our K2 programme, therefore, EAL support happens in the classroom and is integrated into all aspects of teaching and learning throughout the school day. Our philosophy is not to withdraw children for English language lessons but to immerse them within the language-rich learning environment of the classroom.
In K2 we recognize that all students are language learners in the early years of their schooling, therefore, all students receive daily, targeted, English language instruction. All teaching and learning is differentiated to meet the needs of each student and ensure positive English language progression. EAL support is provided in collaboration with the Homeroom Teachers, EAL Coach, and Teaching Assistants.
In K2 all students attend Vietnamese Culture and Language. These are important lessons not only for Vietnamese students to continue to progress their mother tongue but also for non-Vietnamese students to appreciate and value our host country.
I look forward to meeting you at our ‘Back To School’ Parent night next week. Should you have any further questions you can contact me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
From the Teacher’s Desk
Family Photo- Please email them to Ms. Nikki or Ms. Mi or send in a family photo. These will be used in our Unit of Inquiry starting next week.
Headphones- If you have not already done so please send in a set of headphones for your child.
Who We Are: Unit of Inquiry
As part of our inquiry into ‘Who we are,’ we are building a strong sense of community in the Early Childhood Centre (ECC). As part of our learning we will join the other K2 classes in common outdoor play time in the mornings, starting at 8:10. This is instructional time and an important part of the day for strengthening relationships, helping students transition from home to school for the day, and learning through play. We ask your help to ensure that all students arrive by 8:10 in the morning. Parents who drop off, please give your children a positive but definitive goodbye when the bell rings at 8:10. Please explain to your children that the bell is a signal for you to say goodbye, and we will reinforce this idea with the children as well. Thank you so much for your support.