December 2nd – December 6th

 Hello EY1 Families,

We have had a busy week investigating and exploring!  We started by painting and noticing Numicon!  We countes the holes as we painted and even got a little messy in the process!

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We have also been working on our own Holiday Ornaments for the Holidays.  They will be a special gift for parents when we finish 🙂

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On Friday we went to an assembly and counted up house points.  Congrats to Hanuman!

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We also got all of the Holiday Decorations out.  We put up trees, lights, ornaments and listened to holiday music!  We had a good day 🙂

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On Friday, we also did our float and sink experiments.  We had a large group discussion about weither our toys would sink or float.  We introduced different vocabualry words such as heavy, light, rough, smooth.

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Reminders

December 5th: In Remembrance of HM King Bhumibol’s Birthday – school closed

December 11th: EY1 Party – 11:30am

December 13th: Last Day of Term 1 – Holiday Concert (EY1 – G2), Half-day (11:20 dismissal) Posted in Uncategorized

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November 25th – November 29th

Dear EY1 community,

We had a very eventful week last week, with Monday morning beginning with a lock down drill during our swimming lesson. This involved us all of the EY1 students and teachers in the bathroom, turning off the lights and being very quiet (which is the school procedure during a lock down). This lead us to an important discussion about what the lock down siren sounds like, and why this alarm might go off during the school day. We explained to the children that this might happen if a bad or dangerous person has entered the school. So we would need to hide and stay quiet to keep ourselves and others safe. This also lead to a discussion on the different procedures for other emergencies, such as a fire drill. We discussed similarities and differences during these different emergencies settings, what they involve.

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On Wednesday we celebrated Max’s 4th birthday. We brought in a delicious cake to share with all his EY1 friends. Thank you very much Max, we loved sharing this special day with you.

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On Thursday our grade 2 reading buddies came to see us in the morning. The first couple of months we have spent time building trusting relationships and getting to know one another. We had been using this time to explore play opportunities, sharing ideas, toys and resources. But this week was the first week the children were expect to sit down and read with their buddies. It was wonderful to see a love for literacy and reading developing around the room.

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Friday the children participated in dress down day. This involved the children coming to school dressed in clothing that they felt expressed themselves. Each child was encouraged to give a donation to be collected and handed to Paws Bangkok. Thank you for all your generous donations and participation in this event.

We also had a very exciting afternoon as Ms June dropped off a brand new tent for the classroom. The children all collaborated to build and assembly the parts of the tent, and we then came up with some classroom rules to help manage out time in the tent fair for everyone. This involved many skills such a communication, problem solving, investigating and collaboration to achieve a positive result. Well done EY1 friends!

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Here are the rules the children came up with:

  • No more then 4 people in the tent at one time.
  • No climbing on the tent.
  • Only enter through the front door/opening of the tent.

End of term Concert

-The concert will be held on Friday the 13th of December, we are starting to prepare costumes so if you are not going to be here for the concert can you please let us know as soon as possible!

Reminders for the week ahead

  • Please bring an artifact for our floating and sinking experiment ( We are still waiting on quite a few students).
  • PE uniform Tuesday & Wednesday.
  • Library books need to be returned before Friday.

Have a great week.

Kind regards

EY1 team

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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November 18th – November 22nd

Hello EY1 Families!

We had an investigative week here in EY1!  On Monday we celebrated Loy Krathong!  We hope that you all got to take the Krathong that your children and teachers made and floated them somewhere special!

Because the children were so interested in floating and noticed carefully how some objects were sinking, we are asking that an artifact from home be something we can test out in our pool.

Please make sure to talk about this with your child at home, prior to beinging in the artifact!

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On Tuesday, we took an adventure to the Secondary School Science Lab.  We met Ms. Madhuri and her 11th graders.  They allowed us to explore with them and perform different science experiments.  This was a really awesome provocation for our UOI!

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We have been working on doing some of the same experiments in the class and making them  little bit different.

Coke and Mentos

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Fire vs Water Balloon experiment

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Travelling water experiment

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Inflate balloon using vinegar and baking soda

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Coin, match and cup experiment

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Pepper, water and soap experiment

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We have also been provoking learning with magnets, tools, wood, magnifying glasses and other things in the classroom.  Please be advised that within the context of this unit, many different things that some may view as “dangerous” will be introduced in an approate manner.

Glass beakers, nails, and scissors are just some of the tools that we will be exploring.  If introduced properly, explored daily, and with care these things can be taught to be used properly even by our youngest learners.

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This week we will continue to explore and investigate the world around us!  We are also going to revisit and extend some of the science experments.

We are working on defining investigating this week.  We have been using words like as Investigators we:

-Play
-Explore
-Notice Carefully
-Ask questions

Thank you all and have a great week !

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November 11th – November 15th 2019

Dear EY1 families,

Its been a very eventful and exciting week with two birthday celebrations as well as exciting things happening within the school and wider community. 

On Monday we celebrated Kiara’s 4th birthday. Her family brought in not one, but two cakes for us to share together. We then celebrated Ms Sian and Ms Duen’s birthdays on Wednesday and we were lucky enough to have cake again in this day.IMG_0657IMG_0652IMG_0949IMG_0808

Some of you may know Ms Lynn from playgroup at KIS, but she is a women of many talents as also teaches Dance classes at the school. This week KIS was hosting a dance competition called ‘So you think you can dance’ and we went along to support the older students as well checking out all the talented dances across the international school in Bangkok. The children were absolutely mesmerized by the performances and this experienced only inspired us further to pursue our love of music and dance within our classroom.

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During our trip to the library Ms Lindsay spoke to us about the importance of caring for the books and introduced a new term ‘book baby’. We participated in an activity with her by answering questions on choices we would be making when handling our book babies. We then needed to place them on the whiteboard under the headings Good or Bad as she read out scenarios on handling books.

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Thank you very much to all of you for taking the time out of your busy schedules to come and meet with us last week for your parent teacher conferences. It was really nice talking with you all and we hope they were just as helpful for you as they were for us. 
We had a really great time making our Krathongs in the classroom today. Ms Ran talked a little bit about the history behind the Loy Krathong festival, its traditions and why it is an important part of Thai Culture.
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This has inspired us to investigate the differences between objects that float and sink and why? Which has tied in nicely with our UOI topic on investigations. We are now requesting that each child bring an artifact from home that we can predict and then test out, on whether it will float or sink (again, please no plastic). 

If you have any question please feel free to ask us or send a message on Seesaw.

Have a great week, Happy Loy Krathong!

Best wishes

The EY1 Team!

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Week of November 4th – 8th

 Hello EY1 Families!

We had a great week last week celebrating and decorating for Haloween!  We talked a lot about what we would be doing for Haloween and sang lots of spooky songs!  Grade 5 had us up to their classroom for some Trick-Or-Treating!

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Thank you to those of you who took time to prepare bags for the kids and make spectacular costumes!  Ellie and Kaelan were the EY1 costume winners 🙂

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We have briefly started provocations for our new UOI “Investigations”.  We will take time to notice carefully the world around us and explore how things work.  We will look at a variety of things this term such as tools, toys, different science experiements, as well as cause anf effect relationships.

We are looking forward to chatting with you all for parent teacher conferences.  Please be on time for your meetings 🙂

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Week of October 15th – 18th

Hello EY1 Families and Friends,

We had a busy week in EY1 last week filled with assemblies, play, and fun!

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We have ALL been going to the nurse to get checked for temperatures each day.  Please remember to keep your child home if they have a fever.  Sending them to school with a fever, or sending them to school after taking a fever reducer is not helpful for your child, their friends, or their teachers.  Keeping germs out of EY1 is a very big challange.   Please help us with this by having your children wash their hands with soap and water as much as possible, as well as encouraging them to keep their fingers our of their mouths.  We ask that children cough and sneeze into their elbows.  Thank you for your help.

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We have been happily decorating for Haloween!  We put some costumes out to play with and also made a Potions Table!  Ms. Ran made some slime with the kids and Ms. Noi has been working to make pumpkins and ghosts with the kids.  We are looking forward to celebrating after the break!

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We had an assembly to remember the anniversy of the passing of the Late King.  We sang songs to remember him.

This week we will continue to talk about our unit of inquiry Play.  Sharing our toys with friends is proving to be fun and exciting.  We have been sharing our toys with each other.  We will contunie with this unit up until after the break.

Have a great week!

EY1 Team

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September 30th – October 4th

Dear EY1 community,

We had another wonderful week together in EY1 with two very exciting things happening on Monday. Not only did we welcome a new member to EY1A class, Panther! We also celebrated Princes 4th birthday. I hope you can all join us with making Panther and his family feel welcome at KIS. And a big thank you to Prince and his family for celebrating his birthday with us at school.

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Thank you to those who have already brought in their artifact. We just have a few reminders in regards to this:

 

  • We will be keeping the artifacts until the end of our UOI on play (which ends just before the October break).
  • Please bare in mind that this item may not be returned in the condition it was once in.
  • One of the main objectives to bringing in something from home is to encourage the children to share this item with their friends. Please have a discussion with your child at home before hand so they understand this request.
  • Please remember we would like this to be a natural toy or game (Natural or wooden objects only, please no plastic).

We continued our exploration of colour in the classroom and the children were still displaying great interest in not only the teacher lead activities such as our ‘walking water experiment, but also exploring colour mixing independently through painting, books and water play. This made us wonder what happens when you mix  2 or more colours together and how to make secondary colours out of the 3 prime colours. We will continue to extend this interest further by inviting the children to join in on colour exploration activities again this week.

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On Friday we attended our first QLB assembly where Nytti and Aimee made us all very proud by getting up on stage to receive their awards. Well done girls!

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We have noticed that a majority of you are sitting on the bench in the mornings instead of enjoying the new playground. As per school policy all the children are suppose to be on the playground until 7:50am. This is also a great time for them to be socializing with each other and showing their independence and growing resilience.

What can you do at home this week to support our learning in the classroom?

  • Identify colours in your environment and reinforce the colour names.
  • We have been at school for several weeks now and it’s becoming very clear to us which children are struggling with doing things for themselves. Please support us and your child by encouraging them to put their shoes and socks on by themselves, changing their own clothing, pulling their own pants on and off when toileting and feeding themselves at home. Remember to allow yourself and your child more time so this is possible. The more practice and opportunities they have to do this, makes things easier in the long run and is greatly beneficial for their overall development.

Thank you very much for your continued support and we hope you have a great week.

Many thanks

The EY1 team.

 

 

 

 

 

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September 23rd – September 27th 2019

Dear EY1 community,

It was a very short but sweet week last, being only 3 days. But we hope you all enjoyed the long weekend!

On Monday the children had a blast participating in the Dot day activities. This included wearing special dot clothing to school, marble painting, circle themed art activities as well bringing in recycled bottle caps to contributed to the giant mural in the atrium. Thank you to everyone for supporting this special event. It was a whole school event and the EY1 children really enjoyed being a part of it!

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Dot day also sparked a new interest for us, colour!  The bottle caps were categorized by colour to make things easier when creating the murals. Since then, the children have been exploring colour through various activities within the classroom. We created marble paintings using eye droppers and salad spinners. This activity not only reinforced our knowledge of the colour names but also supported our fine motor development by opening and closing the lids to the salad spinners and using the eye droppers with control.

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Some of the children were also very engaged in our colour matching bingo game. This involved rolling a dice and identifying the colour rolled. The next step is to match the coloured picture on the board to the card. Games support children in their abilities to take turns, practice patience and are a great tool in supporting the development of language skills.

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Through our focus on the circle  we were able to make connections of things that we knew formed this shape. This lead to us exploring bubbles! We went to the secondary playground and enjoyed the wide open space to run around. We were also able to explore the bubble making tools independently and creatively as there was enough space for everyone to get involved.  Some chose to use the force of running to make the bubbles form, others blowing them with their mouths. But most importantly we had A LOT of fun during this experience!

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Special request: Artifact from home

We have started our new unit of inquiry on ‘Play’. We are requesting that each child bring a special artifact from home. We ask for this to be a natural toy or game (Natural or wooden objects only, please no plastic). 

Reminders for the week ahead:

  • Seesaw – If you have not yet signed up for the Seesaw App. Can you please do this as soon as possible. For those who did not attend the coffee meeting, invitations with your child’s QR code were placed in your child’s bag last week. If you need another copy please let one of the EY1 teachers know. We will be putting a lot of important information on Seesaw as well as sharing learning experiences specific to your child. So it is important that you sign up so you are not missing out on all the wonderful and fun things your child is learning in EY1.
  • Library – Please remember to return your library book on Fridays. Children are unable to borrow a new book if they have not returned their current book on time.
  • Swimming – We all went swimming today and it was really nice! Lets keep this up!

What can you do at home this week to support our learning in the classroom?

  • Identify colours in your environment and reinforce the colour names.
  • We will also be inviting the children to participate in an observational drawing activity this week. It would be great if you could help them look in the mirror at home and discuss some similarities and differences they see as well as features that are unique to them. 

We hope you all have a wonderful week.

Kind regards

The EY1 team

 

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Week of September 16th – 18th

Hello EY1 Community!

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Many thanks to those of you who attended the Coffee Meeting on Resilience.  We are grateful that so many of you came.  We are looking forward to seeing all of EY1 children and parents growing independence and resilience as the year moved forward.

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Last week we saw some older secondary school friends playing on the zip line outside!  We all decided to be risk takers and try it ourselves!  We uploaded some of the videos to SeeSaw!  Make sure to check it out.  If you were not at the Coffee Meeting you will need to get the QR code from the teachers.

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We have started provocations for our next UOI Play.  We will continue to revisit the other UOI “Who We Are” thoughtout the year at various points.  We talked about the different ways we play in EY1 each day and how we play with friends.

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In library class Ms. Lindsay read us the story The Dot.  She had us do a small activity to help us prepare for dot day today!

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It will be displayed when it is finished!

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We had a very nice House Day!  We enjoyed the activities and play!

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As per our coffee meeting, please be reminded that if your child is too sick to swim, they are too sick to be at school.  If you do not have a doctors note, they will go swimming.  Swimming helps you grow stronger.  Swimming does not make you sick.

Please remember that swimming is a part of the KIS cirriculum from EY to Grade 12.  Keeping your child home from swimming actually keeps them from leaning a very important cirricular part of the KIS community.

REMINDERS

Thursday September 19th: Professional Development Day (no school for students).

Friday September 20th: September Break (holiday, school closed).

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Week of September 9th – September 13th

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Hello EY1 Community!

Welcome Tann and Tara to EY1!

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We had a very busy and fun filled week last week.  We started Monday off with a Fire Drill!  Some of us were swimming and some of us were at snack.  We quickly and calmly gathered outside as a class and waited for instructions!

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We also started working with EY2 and EY3 to make structured play spaces outside.  In the future we hope to use these spaces collaboratively with them to drive the UOI.  We played with PVC pipes, tools, blocks, and even had a nice picnic.  Please remember that these places of play are used to encourages resilience and independence.  They are not spaces to be viewed as dangerous.

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Mr. Max was absent last Wednesday, so we went on an adventure to the AudiBox and did some dancing and Yoga!  We had a blast!

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We also had our first week of Reading Buddies with Grade 2.  We will do this every week on Thursday at 7:50.  Please try to be here on time as this is a valuable part of our classroom.  Also, it is super fun!

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On Friday we had our first assembly.  It was nice to see all of the house activities as well as get us into the spirit for house day!  Remember you are invited to the EY house day.  It will be on Friday September 13th at 8:00!

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We also celebrated Oskars Birthday!

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Reminders:

  • EY1 Coffee Meeting – Wednesday, September 11th @ 8:00 am
  • House Day – Friday September 13th @ 8:00 am
  • International Dot Day Dot Day Sign Final (1)

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