Week of September 20th – October 1st

Congratulations EY1 for completing another busy week of FUN and LEARNING!

Conferences – Thank you to all the parents for making time to meet with us for our Parent-Teacher Conferences! It was a great opportunity to check in with you to see how it has been going and what your hopes and wishes are for your child for their EY1 year. Your feedback and insight are invaluable. We really appreciate your partnership and continued support.

House Day – We hope the children enjoyed the special House Day filled with amazing activities as well as the opportunity to meet other teachers. It’s so great to see them in their House shirts and having fun! THANK YOU to all the teachers who helped organize and run the day’s events!


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International Peace Day – Sept. 21 – We hope the children enjoyed learning a little about Peace Day through the stories and activity of making a crane. Some children shared with us that “Peace is like playing with my little brother,” and “Peace is having my Mom with me.”

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This Week’s Learning
We continued to explore the types and names of different relationships in families in our unit of inquiry. The children enjoyed making up their pretend animal families too. In Math, we practiced the concept of big and small as well as the language of “bigger” and “smaller.” In PE, the children practiced and refined their movement skills and coordination. Music class was a lot fun learning about the beat in music. 


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To Note for the Upcoming Week:
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  • Small Groups / Color Groups
    There are slight changes to the small group members for next week. Please have a look to see the group your child is in and let us know if there are any concerns.

    WEEK 8 Groups
  • EY1 Weekly Schedule – Week of Sep. 27th – Oct. 1st
    Below is what next week’s schedule will look like.

    WEEK 8 EY1
  • Resources to Prepare for Next Week’s Classes

    WEEK 8 Resources

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Parent’s Corner
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Last but not least, we would like to share with you the learning intentions behind the Morning Check-ins on Seesaw. In addition to helping us see who’s checked in, the activity helps our students develop other skills too. Have a look at the image below. Thank you for your continued support with that. You can extend their learning by having discussions about feelings at home too.

Morning Check-in Graphic

Thank you for another AMAZING week! We truly cannot do it without your support!! As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please email us at dinnhe.kr@kis.ac.th or sian.py@kis.ac.th.

Have a lovely weekend and enjoy the special time with your family!

EY1 Team 😀


 

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Week of 20th – 24th

Dear EY1 community,

Although it was a short but sweet week, we still managed to have lots of fun together. We continued to inquire into our current UOI ‘‘Relationships” by getting to know each other a little better. This week the children were encouraged to be risk-takers by teaching their teachers and friends how to greet others in their home language. We also shared some of our favourite things such as food, toys and animals and discussed who had similar interests and likes within the class community. 

 

 

We had a lovely time celebrating ‘Dot Day’ on Wednesday! The children all looked fantastic in their dot clothing and we had lots of fun playing games using our dots from our home learning packs, reading ‘The Dot’ story book and then creating our own marks/dots and sharing them on Seesaw. 

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To Note for the Upcoming Week:
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  • Important Dates:

Friday, Sep. 24th – Parent Teacher Conferences 

You should have received an email from your homeroom teacher with information on the parent teacher conferences and the sign up sheet. Please let us know if you are unable to meet on this day. We can then organise another time that suits you.

  • Small Groups

Thank you again for filling in the parent survey. We now have a good indication for what works best for your child and family schedule. 

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  • EY1 Remote Learning Schedule – Week of Sept 20th – 24th

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  • Resources needed for next week

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Thank you for another great week of learning and fun! We really appreciate all your support!! As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please email us at dinnhe.kr@kis.ac.th or sian.py@kis.ac.th.

Have a lovely weekend and enjoy the long weekend with your family!

EY1 Team 😀


 

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Week of September 13th -17th

Dear EY1 community,

Yay! We made it through another week of fun and learning EY1 and our children are getting to know each other more and more. With your continued support, they are learning the names of their classmates and greeting them by name! So much to celebrate!

This Week’s Updates:

  • EY1 Back-to-School Meeting
    Thank you for attending the Back-to-School Meeting. Congratulations!! We had 100% in attendance!! We don’t believe that’s ever happened in our teaching career. That just shows how dedicated and engaged you are as parents!! Like we said before, THANK YOU FOR YOUR AMAZING SUPPORT!! In case you need it, links are below.

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  • International Literacy Day – Sep. 8
    EY1 celebrated International LIteracy Day by enjoying stories and sharing a favorite story of our own.

  • Small Group Calls
    During small group calls, we continued to learn the names of different shapes, played hide-and-seek with Mr. Worm as well as learning the color names in one of our favorite stories, Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See by Bill Martin Jr & Eric Carle.

  • Unit of Inquire (UOI)
    Our current UOI focuses on “Relationships” and the different types of relationships we have in our community. The students began by exploring the people in our family. Have a look at the families in EY1.

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EY1 Family Book

  • Art Fun – Shapes Pizza
    The children had a lot of fun using different shapes to make their “pizza.” Many were so proud to share photos of their creation!

  • PE, Music, Library and Storytime Fun
    Whether it’s enjoying stories, singing songs or moving around, our EY1 students had fun with our specialist teachers.

    Be sure to check out the link to today’s Library Time with Ms. Lindsay in case you’ve missed it. It can be found in our EY1 Recorded Classes Folder, which has links to other classes too. Those links have been emailed to you.

    EY1 Storytime Library music with chris PE with Max
  • Fun Friday
    For Fun Friday this week, we all wore clothes in our favorite color. We were able to make connections with the friends who had the same favorite colours. We celebrated by singing The Color Song and enjoyed the song version of the story, Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See, by Bill Martin Jr. and Eric Carle.

    Click to hear the song again:
    Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See, sang by David Glenn

 

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To Note for the Upcoming Week:
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  • Important Dates❗️
    • Thursday, Sep. 16th – Professional Development Day for Teachers
      No School for Students

    • Friday, Sep. 17thKIS September Break
      Holiday, No Classes
  • Small Groups / Color Groups
    Thank you to all the parents who shared feedback with us by completing the survey. This has really helped us to plan accordingly for what’s best for our EY1 students. Please see below for next week’s small groups.

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  • EY1 Weekly Schedule – Week of Sep. 13th – 15th
    Below is what next week’s schedule will look like. (Link to the schedule was email to you in Sep. 10’s EY1 Parent Email)Week 6 schedule
  • Resources to Prepare for Next Week’s Classes (also on page 2 of EY1 Weekly Schedule)
    Art PE Resources

Thank you for another AMAZING week! We truly cannot do it without your support!! As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please email us at dinnhe.kr@kis.ac.th or sian.py@kis.ac.th.

Have a lovely weekend and enjoy the special time with your family!

EY1 Team 😀


 

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Week of August 31st – September 3rd

Dear EY1 community,

Thank you for another wonderful week of learning in EY1! Our class community is continuing to grow as the children meet new friends each week and build those important relationships. With your continued support, the children are learning each other’s names and some of our class songs and routines quickly.

This Week’s Updates:

Small Group Calls
We continued our greetings by saying hellos to friends and telling friends our names. We also learnt a new hello song Hi-Ho DERRY-O and practised the action of celebrating our friends with Hurray!

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    • All About Shapes!
      We all had fun meeting our shape friends this week and learning their songs. We also read a story that took us on a deep sea adventure in Hawaii identifying all the different shapes on the ocean animals.

 

  • Fun with Mr Max, Mr Chris and Ms Lindsay in specialists classes
    We had lots of fun this week moving our bodies in PE, singing along in music and reading stories and singing more songs in library time.


  • Fun Friday
    For Fun Friday this week, we had a great time on our Shape Scavenger Hunt looking for objects around the house in the shape of a rectangle, square, triangle and circle. Well done EY1 friends for finding all the shapes in time! Please find the link to the Shape Dance below:

 

 

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0B6Ge0FzHG0

 

 

To Note for the Upcoming Week:

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Class A / Class B
Thank you for sending in the photos for our class boards. We now have everyones and it looks great! We will be continuing with our split classes of A and B for specialist calls. The times and links can be found on the EY1 Weekly Schedule.

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Small Groups / Color Groups
Please locate your child’s name in the groups below. They will follow the schedule for small calls for the color of the group they are in for the upcoming week.

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EY1 Weekly Schedule – Week of Sep. 6th – Sep. 10th
Below is what next week’s schedule will look like. It is very similar to last week’s, however, we will be introducing EY1 Art on Tuesday morning’. It is also in the parent email that was sent Friday afternoon.

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PE Resources to Prepare for Next Week’s Classes

Resources Needed:

  • 2 stuffed dolls / toys
  • paper tape for marking on the floor
  • a plastic bag or balloon  for throwing and catching
  • 4 sheets of A4 paper 
  • 1 basket

 

Important Dates:

EY1 Coffee Meeting – Monday, 6 September from 2:00pm-2:30pm Bangkok time.

Below is the agenda for our meeting:

  • An overview of the units of inquiry that we will cover this year
  • Some routines to establish at home to help EY1 students to be successful
  • Check-in, Questions, Concerns & Feedback

This meeting is for parents. Children do not need to attend. 

Here is the link for joining the meeting on Monday, 6 Sept. at 2:00pm.

Thursday September 16th: Professional Development Day – no classes for students

Friday September 17th: September Break – holiday, no class

Thank you for all your amazing support so far. As always, if you have any questions or concerns, you can email us at dinnhe.kr@kis.ac.th or sian.py@kis.ac.th 

 


 

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Week of Aug. 30th – Sep. 3rd

Dear EY1 Children and Families,

Well done to all on another week of learning and fun!! We appreciate your enthusiasm and engagement. As teachers, it is very rewarding to see the smiles on the children’s faces as they have fun while learning.

This Week’s Updates:

  • Small Group Calls
    We reviewed and practiced our greetings by saying hellos to friends and telling friends our names. We also practiced saying goodbye at the end of our small group calls.

    Hide-and-Seek with Mr. Worm & Alphabet Action
    We all had fun meeting Mr. Worm this week and playing the hide-and-seek game to practice our basic colors and numbers 1-5. We hope Mr. Worm will visit and play with us again in EY1. We also began to learn the first letter in our name and some fun actions for those letters.

  • Fun with Dance and Movement, Music and Library
    We were lucky to have Ms. Lynn joined us for another special class of Dance and Movement this week. From next week, we will be back to our PE and movement classes with Mr. Max. Thank you Ms Lynn!! We also enjoyed Music with Mr. Chris and Library with Ms. Lindsay!

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    EY1 Story Time

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    Dance & Movement with Ms. Lynn

  • Make A Letters Lego Center at Home to Practice Your Name

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  • Fun Friday
    Our first Fun Friday was also our first KIS House Day! It was great to see all the children in very colorful clothing and wearing their house colors. We also had fun with our Scavenger Hunt for the house colors. Can you spot the different house colors in the photos below?

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To Note for the Upcoming Week:
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  • Class A / Class B
    Please take a moment to note which class your child is in. From next week, they will be split into PE A and PE B classes as well as Music A and Music B classes. The times and links can be found on the EY1 Weekly Schedule.

    EY1 Class A EY1 Class B
  • Small Groups / Color Groups
    Please locate your child’s name in the groups below. They will follow the schedule for small calls for the color of the group they are in for the upcoming week.small groups
  •  EY1 Weekly Schedule – Week of Aug. 30 – Sep. 3
    Below is what next week’s schedule will look like. It is the same link as previous weeks. It is also in the parent email that was sent Friday afternoon.EY1 Schedule
  • PE Resources to Prepare for Next Week’s Classespe resources
  • Parent Tutorials
    For the upcoming week, we are going to ask students to do our Daily Check-in in the morning on Seesaw. The check-in activity will be posted every morning at 7:50am. Students can check in anytime after that time. We recommend that the earlier they check in, the better.

    View the EY1 Morning Check-in Parent Tutorial if you would like to have a look on how to do it beforehand. It’s quite easy. Thank you for all your support!!

    Here’s the link to the Parent Tutorials Folder 🗂 in case you’ve missed the previously posted links on the schedule or you would like to review something again. It might be helpful to bookmark it for future reference.
  • Recorded Specialist Classes
    Here’s the link to the Recorded Specialist Folder 🗂 in case your child has missed the class or they just want to do that class again. It might be helpful to bookmark it for future reference.
  • Parent Resource: Developing Independence in the Early Years
    Click on the image below to read the short article.
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    🔗Link

Thank you for another great week in EY1! We are getting to know the children more and more and are looking forward to the day when we will be able to see and play with them in person.

If you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to email us dinnhe.kr@kis.ac.th or sian.py@kis.ac.th.

All the best,
EY1 Team


 

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Week of 16th-20th 2021

 

Dear EY1 Families,

It has been lovely spending time with you all in our small group calls this week. While this start to the school year was not what we had anticipated, we are extremely thankful for all for your efforts this week. Our main goal over the next few weeks is to make this a positive experience and a smooth transition to life at KIS for our little ones.

We had  lots of fun in our small group calls this week playing games, singing songs and getting to know each other. They children were engaged, they listened, watched and joined in for the parts they felt comfortable to do so. It was with your gentle support and guidance that made these first group calls such a huge success and all the children did so well!

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Although remote learning is not ideal for most children, especially for the children in our age group, there is still so much to be gained. As parents, you have been modeling to your children how to deal with situations that are not ideal by handling them with positivity and choosing to make the best of them. These life skills are so valuable and are often not so easy to teach. WELL DONE, PARENTS!

While remote learning is not what we (parents and teachers) have signed up for, looking on the bright side of things, there are still so much to be gained for our young children, especially when our understanding is that this is only a temporary situation.

Benefits include:

  • Becoming familiar with our teachers and EY1 peers and building those important relationships within our EY1 community
  • Learning new songs and games from the EY1 program that the children will then know when we start on campus
  • Online skills – Sooner or later, our children will need to learn these skills to be successful adults in the world we live in today. Though the timing for them to learn these skills is not ideal, we have the opportunity to guide them and to teach them about finding the right balance

We hope you enjoyed this week as much as we did. Here are some photos from this weeks’ online engagements:

 

 

Ms Noi and Ms Ran really enjoyed meeting you all this week as well as all the specialist teachers! We had lots of fun dancing with Ms Lynn and Mr Max on Wednesday. We learned some new songs with Mr Chris on Thursday and listened to some wonderful stories with Ms Lindsay on Friday!

 

 

Looking ahead…. Schedule and reminders for next week:

EY1 Weekly Schedule – A copy of the EY1 Weekly Schedule for week of 23rd-27th August (like the one below) has been emailed to you. Please refer to that document for all the active links to access the calls and classes. The image below is just for reference so that the links remain accessible only to our EY1 community.

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*We have kept the timings of the small group calls similar to last week with a few minor changes. There will now be small group calls on Monday instead of Friday and a special group call for our FUN FRIDAY/HOUSE DAY activity. You will also notice we have swapped the grouping of the children so that you all have opportunities to meet some new friends and their families. Please check carefully for your child’s name as their group colour might have changed. 

*If you have not yet had the opportunity to sign in and join our class Seesaw, it would be great if you could give this a try over the weekend. We have posted an activity for you to practice uploading a photo.

If you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to email us dinnhe.kr@kis.ac.th or sian.py@kis.ac.th 

Have a lovely weekend

EY1 Team

 

 

 

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August 16th – 20th

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We had a lovely time meeting and getting to know our EY1 students and their families. Thank you to all the families for taking the time to connect with us. As we shared, one of the blessings of remote learning is that it has been a great way for our EY1 students to meet us and learn about some of the things we do in EY1 and still be able to have you be right there with them. As it is the first time for them to be in school, this will greatly support their transition when we are able to meet in person again.

The focus of this week is to begin introducing our EY1 students to other classmates through our small-group video calls. They will also get an opportunity to meet our Education Assistants (EA’s), Ms. Ran and Ms. Noi as well as our other teachers who will work with EY1 classes on a weekly basis — Mr. Max (PE), Mr. Chris (Music) and Ms. Lindsay (Library). Ms. Lynn, whom many of our EY1 families already know, will join us for special guest appearances in some of the calls.

Max - PE & SwimmingNikom (Max) Chuenchompoo – I am Nikom, known at KIS as ‘Mr. Max.’ I joined KIS in 1998 teaching PYP swimming. This is my 22nd year teaching at KIS a place where I’ve thoroughly enjoyed working with a team of many professionals. Currently, I teach PE and Swimming for EY1 & EY2 and swimming for G1 students. Apart from my teaching job, I am a Superintendent of the Reserve Students of KIS International School (known as ‘Ror Dor’) and have been in this role for 14 years until the present.

Chris - MusicChris Parry – Born in Wales, I have been a musician and teacher for all of my professional life. A graduate of the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, I studied trumpet, voice and composition before moving into the field of music education. After some years in America and the Caribbean I returned to the UK as a specialist music teacher before traveling to teach in Europe and the Middle East. I am now entering my twelfth year at KIS and find each day as challenging, inspiring and special as I did when I first arrived to join the wonderful KIS community.

LindsayLindsay Zielinski – I was born and raised in the beautiful Seattle area of Washington, U.S.A. I hold a Bachelor of Arts in Early & Elementary Education, and a Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction, with emphasis on Children’s Literature. In the five years I have been a classroom teacher, my passion has been literature and teaching literacy skills. Following that passion has led me to my role as PYP Teacher-Librarian, where I am able to support the KIS community with all things reading, creating and inquiry.  I am ecstatic to share my love of books and reading with children, parents, and teachers in the KIS community. 

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Parent Workshops – Be sure to check out the workshops held this week that will help families get oriented to the KIS. Each workshop session will be recorded and links will be shared later should you want to watch them again or if you missed it altogether.

  • Monday August 16th, 9:00-10:00 am  –  Zoom link here
    “Navigating remote learning in the Early Years”
    This workshop will focus on the KIS Early Years programme and how to support your child online, finding balance and taking care of your child’s and your own well being. There will be opportunities to ask programme related questions during this presentation. This workshop is hosted by Ms. June and Mr. Gerry
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  • Monday August 16th, 10:30-11:00 am  –  Zoom link here
    “Finding your way around ICT: Online Platforms for Early Years learners “
    Using Seesaw App for sharing learning, registering and accessing your grade level  blog, and online safety will be covered during this session, hosted by Mr. Eric.
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  • Tuesday August 17th, 9:00-10:00 am  –  Zoom link here
    The Importance of Play”
    On Tuesday morning, our PYP Coordinator, Ms. Tania, will host a parent workshop on the importance of play and how we can as parents adapt our home environments to maximise play and social, emotional and physical development.
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  • Thursday August 19th 9:00-10:00 am  –  Zoom link here
    Library Tools and Online Resources”
    Ms. Lindsay, our Library Teacher will share with you the many age appropriate resources available to you  through the KIS Portal and Library Blog.

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EY1 Weekly Schedule – A copy of the EY1 Weekly Schedule for this week (like the one below) has been emailed to you. Please refer to that document for all the active links to access the calls and classes. The image below is just for reference so that the links remain accessible only to our EY1 community.

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Please feel free to contact us with any questions. We are looking forward to a great week ahead.

EY1 Team

 


 

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Welcome!

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Dear EY1 Students and Families,

Welcome to our EY1 Classes!! We are all so excited to have you join us this year. Although  we cannot meet each other in person right away, it doesn’t mean we cannot start to get to know each other and HAVE SOME FUN together!! That’s right! We said FUN! Research has shown that when fun is linked to learning, children are more likely to stick with the learning and become lifelong learners.

Even though school won’t officially start for us yet, we will be meeting with families the next couple of weeks to say hello and to personally welcome you. Please look for emails with more information on that from us in the coming week. We will also have some fun activities where parents and students can join in so the students can have opportunities to become more familiar with us. 

In the meantime, you’re welcome to have a look at our short bios below to get to know us a little.

sian profile photoHello, my name is Sian. I am a passionate Early Years teacher from Auckland, New Zealand. I come from a big family where both of my parents have worked in education, which inspired me to become an educator. I am a lifelong learner who enjoys travelling and experiencing different cultures. I enjoy painting, dancing, reading and baking during my free time. I like to bring excitement and humour to those around me, especially with my students on a daily basis. I strive for my classroom environment to be warm, positive, fun and inclusive, and a place where children feel safe and secure. I am looking forward to getting to know all the EY1 families this year.

dinnhe profile photo - trimmedHello! My name is Dinnhe and I am from the US. I moved here to Bangkok with my husband and dog. We have two daughters who are now in universities in the US. This is my second year at KIS and my 16th year teaching internationally. I am passionate about working with young children. I feel that children should get all the opportunities they can to feel safe and valued for being who they are. In my free time, I like to take walks, do yoga, read and enjoy good food! 😋 I am trying to learn Thai too. I am looking forward to working with all the EY1 students and families! 

Ms. Ran- profile photoMy name is Saranya Tangwadthana, please call me Ms. Ran. I am an EY1 Educational Assistant. I’ve been working here at KIS for 11 years. I am a Bangkokian and a mother of 2 teenage boys. I’ve got a B.A. from Chulalongkorn University and a Master degree in Education from Srinakharinwirot Prasarnmit University (Developmental Psychology). Working with young children is always challenging me. Apart from taking care of my family in this situation, I love to workout, do yoga , watch Korean dramas and make my own clothes. I always love to travel with my family and take photos. I am looking forward to seeing all EY1 students in person soon.

Ms. Noi - profile photoMy name is Ms. Noi and I’m from Pak Chong, Nakonratchasima. I have a degree in education and a masters degree in education from Sukhothaithanmathirat University. This is my tenth year at KIS and I am very happy to be returning to EY1. I love to sing and dance and I enjoy cooking very much. I have a daughter in Grade 4 and am really looking forward to learning with you this year!

A very warm welcome again!! We look forward to getting to know you all!

EY1  Team

 

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