Weekly Update Feb 18th, 2019

Dear EY2 Parents,

Hope you had a nice long weekend. Our young students were full of stories today when we saw each other again, so it seems that you had a busy little break.

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We had a  busy short week in our classroom.

We continued our UOI Exploring Materials. We were building with cardboard in small groups. First we were drawing our individual blueprints about the project and then made small groups based on similar ideas. Then the group members were figuring out different ways to combine the ideas and made a group plan. During the project students were using all their transdisciplinary skills: social skills, communication skills, thinking skills, research skills and self­-management skills. They were manipulating the cardboard by cutting and taping things together. This week we start to manipulate natural materials like wood and clay. Let’s see what we can make out of them!

In Math we have been making different shapes with geoboards and rubber bands. Students have been using them very creatively. Some students have been building and counting with unifix cubes. After 100th day of school we have moved to BIG numbers.

Our lego and block builders show great imagination and good mathematical thinking when they plan and build their different building, machines and robots. Students are also practicing their math skills by using ICT

We celebrated Valentine’s Day by making cards to each other. Lots of meaningful writing was happening in class and lots of love was in the air!

And we have another 5-years old in our classroom! Happy Birthday Tanya!

 

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Coming soon:

different languagesInternational Mother Tongue Day

On Thurs. 21st Feb., KIS will be recognizing International Mother Tongue Day. We will celebrate by reading books and telling stories to the students in different languages. We are asking for your support to come into KIS and read or tell a story to a group of students in your first language.

If you sign up, you will be reading or telling stories for about 10 minutes to a range of students from EY1 to Grade 2 in the AudiBox. These students may or may not include your own children. Each session lasts for 40 minutes and will be shared by 4 adults – so about 10 minutes each. Please refer to the schedule at this link to sign up. Translation into English is not necessary. We will have a computer and projector available if you would like to share a story on a screen.

If you do want to read to the EY 2 class, please speak to your child’s teacher and we can organize it in the classroom.

Reminders

Thu 21st Feb.:      International Mother Tongue Day

Fri 1st March:      EY Sport Day

Sat 2nd March:        Bugs ‘N’ Butterflies Picnic https://www.kis.ac.th/bnb

Tue 23rd April :   World Book Day (details coming soon)

Wed 1st May:          Labor Day ( NO SCHOOL)

Mon 6th May:         H.M. The King’s Coronation (NO SCHOOL)

 

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Weekly Update Feb 11th, 2019

Dear EY2 Parents,

Short week…This is a reminder that there will be NO SCHOOL for KIS students this Thursday 14th and Friday 15th February.

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3 Way Conferences

Thank you great 3 way conferences. It was lovely to meet you all and to make goals for the year. We were so proud of our wonderful students and their communications skills!

100th Day of School

We  celebrated the 100th day of school finally on Thursday 7th February.  We are now more than 100 days smarter! Thank you for helping your child to make their 100 collection and supporting us all to understand the quantities. We had a lot of counting happening in class.

Chinese New Year

On Thursday 7th February we also celebrated Chinese New Year. Students wore their Chinese traditional dresses and we got to see the Lion Dance on the soccer field. Thank you KISPA  and our Chinese parents for hosting the lunch time activities in the atrium. We made some lanterns and fans in our classroom too.

We celebrated also 4 birthdays last week: Happy Birthday Talay, XiXi, XanXan and Pipe!

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QLB (Quality Learning Behaviour) Awards
Last Friday we said thank you to students who have been displaying a variety of quality learning behaviors.Congratulations to Cech and Pipe from  EY2!

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Coming soon:

different languagesInternational Mother Tongue Day

Dear Families,

On Thurs. 21st Feb., KIS will be recognizing International Mother Tongue Day. We will celebrate by reading books and telling stories to the students in different languages. We are asking for your support to come into KIS and read or tell a story to a group of students in your first language.

If you sign up, you will be reading or telling stories for about 10 minutes to a range of students from EY1 to Grade 2 in the AudiBox. These students may or may not include your own children. Each session lasts for 40 minutes and will be shared by 4 adults – so about 10 minutes each. Please refer to the schedule at this link to sign up. Translation into English is not necessary. We will have a computer and projector available if you would like to share a story on a screen.

If you do want to read to EY2 class, please speak to your child’s teacher and we organize it in their classroom.

Important Dates:

Thu 14th Feb.:     Professional Development Day (NO SCHOOL)

Fri 15th Feb.:       Holiday February Break ( NO SCHOOL)

Thu 21st Feb.:      International Mother Tongue Day

Fri 1st March:      EY Sport Day

Tue 23rd April :   World Book Day (details coming soon)

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No Napping on Friday / PYP assembly on Fri Feb 8th, 2019

Dear Parents,

Our whole PYP Assembly( was scheduled last Thursday when the school was closed) is rescheduled.

We will have our whole school assembly tomorrow Friday at 12:10 after the lunch recess:  G1 to share items, along with Charity Club,  and teachers will give out specials Quality Learning Behavior Awards.

Because EY2 students are normally napping that time,  we will NOT have our napping time but we will have relaxing time in class after the assembly.

You can pick up the bed clothes already on Thursday.

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Weekly Update Feb 4th, 2019

Dear Parents,

Happy February! Thank you for your cooperation and understanding last week. It is hard to adjust routines, but we trust that Home Learning was valuable and worthwhile for your child. Thank you for making the Home Learning so much fun. Students have been sharing great ideas how they did their “Home Work” with you. Please return the Home Learning folders with the reading books – hopefully we don’t need to use them again, but it’s good to be prepared.

The Parent Forum from Friday has been rescheduled to Tuesday. Please see the attached flyer for details.

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We continue our UOI “Exploring Materials” and thank you for building with your children at home during the Home Learning. We have got great projects and photos of the projects to the class. You can still send them so your child can share their project with her/his peers.

Thank you for helping your child to make 100th collections – we will celebrate our 100th day of school on Thursday Feb 7th, 2019 because of the 3-way conferences.

Looking forward meeting you all this week!

Important Dates

Feb 5th-7th   PYP 3 way Conferences

Tues 5th Feb KISPA Parent Forum

Thu 7th Feb  NEW 100th Day of School / Chinese New Year Dress-Up Day

Thu 14th Feb Professional Development day for teachers (NO SCHOOL)

Fri 15th Feb   February Break (NO SCHOOL)

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Home Learning Begins Today

Dear Parents,

Please find home learning activities that you can do with your child on the Home Learning (Emergencies) page and Jan. 31st – Feb. 1st School Closure: EY2 Home Learning Engagements page. The first page has links to some educational websites with games or videos, while the second page will give you learning engagements that we have created specifically for our class program.

We are available throughout the day by email if there are any questions.

Have a nice day indoors!

The EY2 Team

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Emergency School Closure

We have just been informed of the government’s decision to close all schools for the next two days, beginning a 3:00 pm today, due to poor air quality. Therefore, there will be no classes for all students tomorrow and the next day (Thursday and Friday).

We are preparing a package of activities that will allow the children to continue their learning at home in the coming days. We will also continue to post updates on the blog to let you know whether the school closures will extend into next week, providing additional home learning engagements for the children if that is the case.

As there is no school for the next two days, Monday will no longer be our 100th day of school, and therefore our 100th day celebration will be postponed. We will have to wait and see when the 100th day will fall! If you are intending to attend the Early Years Picnic on Saturday, please check back to confirm whether or not this event will take place, as we are awaiting further information.

Our apologies for the last-minute announcement; we will do our best to minimize the disruption to the children’s learning and to all of your families.

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The 100th Day of School!

As some of you might know, we have been counting our days at school in EY2, and next Monday February 4th will be our 100th day together! We have decided to mark the day with a celebration, and have planned some special activities with input from the children. We’re looking forward to an active and fun day, which we hope will get everyone excited about numbers and feeling proud of the caring and inclusive community we’ve spent 100 days building.

To contribute to this event, we’d like to request that everyone bring a collection of one hundred objects to school on Monday. These should be small items that you can find around your house: 100 paper clips, pieces of cereal, lego blocks, or small drawings, for example. Your child should take the lead in putting the collection together, while you can be there to support. We are spending some time this week learning how we can count out 1oo things by making ten piles of ten – this is a great strategy to use, as we do not expect our EY2s to count all the way up to 100!

Happy counting!

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Last Week’s Highlights

Last week in EY2, we continued with our year-long unit as the children worked on their second self-portraits of the year. These will provide an opportunity to reflect on self-development as we look at how the children’s drawings have changed since we drew self-portraits at the beginning of the school year. The children created black line drawings, which they are cutting out and sticking on a background they are creating as a collage of various kinds of paper, connecting with our current inquiry into materials.

 

We began to think about materials last week, presenting the children with a tangle of miscellaneous items and asking them to sort them into hoops to organize the mess. We can see that they already have some awareness of materials, as they naturally began to categorize the objects according to what they were made of. They created groups for plastic, metal, wood, fabric, and cardboard, amongst others. We are interested in seeing how their sorting will be refined by the end of our inquiry.

 

Many children brought cardboard boxes to school last week, which we are now beginning to use as construction materials in our role-play area. Thank you to all the families who supported this endeavour by sending in these artifacts! It would be great to have some more cardboard objects that are not boxes, so that the children can experiment with different shapes in their construction projects. Cardboard sheets, tubes, egg cartons, or any other shapes you have at home would be most welcome!

This term we have started to run literacy groups four days a week. We begin with the whole class together, learning about a particular letter-sound through songs, rhymes, and videos, as well as other interactive activities to help the children connect letters with sounds, words and communication. The children then split off into levelled groups, rotating through four different literacy engagements each week: reading with a teacher, reading independently, handwriting practice with a teacher, and literacy games with friends. These small-group centres provide explicit reading and writing instruction, while we continue to embed these skills in our play and inquiry activities, which give them an authentic communicative context.

 

Wai Kru

On Wednesday, we recognized Teacher Appreciation Day (Wai Kru) in EY2, which the children learned about in Thai class. We had a lovely ceremony, and were touched by the beautiful flowers presented to us by the children. A huge thank you to all the families for supporting the children’s participation. We hope our children know how much we appreciate them as well!

 

Happy Birthday!

On Wednesday we celebrated Yuina’s 5th birthday. She’s ready to show us what 5 is all about! Thanks to Yuina’s family for joining the celebration and sharing a delicious cake!

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Important Dates

Saturday February 2nd: Early Years Picnic

Monday February 4th – Friday February 8th: 3-Way Conferences

Thursday February 14th: P.D. Day, no school for students

Friday February 15th: School holiday, no class

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Weekly Update

Last week, the children told their holiday stories with drawings and writing. We were very pleased to see how much everyone’s communication skills have grown since we completed a similar activity following the October break. The children also engaged with our year-long unit of inquiry, listening to stories about friendship and discussing how they could be good friends too. So many were ready to put these ideas into action by helping our new students to settle in, by solving problems positively on the playground, and by sharing kindly throughout the day.

 

This week, we will begin to look at our next Unit of Inquiry, “Materials.” We will be setting up a large area in the classroom for creative constructions and imaginative role-play using one type of material at a time, and would like your support in getting this going. As we will begin with cardboard, we are requesting that each child bring at least one cardboard artifact to school this week. It would be great to have a variety of shapes and sizes!

Happy Birthday!

Last week, we celebrated two birthdays in EY2, as Aroon and Leo both turned 5.  They sure are blossoming in to special little people, ready to take on new challenges! A big thanks to Leo’s and Aroon’s families for joining our celebration at school and sharing some yummy treats!

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Important Dates

Saturday February 2nd: Early Years Picnic

Monday February 4th – Friday February 8th: 3-Way Conferences

Thursday February 14th: P.D. Day, no school for students

Friday February 15th: School holiday, no class

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Welcome Back!

We are pleased to welcome everyone back for the beginning of Term 2, and wish you all a happy new year! The children were excited to tell us all about their adventures over the break, and will be writing about them this week.

Today we welcomed two new friends to our EY2 community: Matt has joined the Ant class, and Oscar has joined the Butterfly class, with the rest of the children helping them to settle in with the group. Say hello to Matt’s and Oscar’s families when you see them around KIS!

As we start in on a new term with new friends, we will be touching on our year-long unit this week, thinking about how to be a good friend, and continuing to get to know ourselves and others. Next week, we’ll dive into our new Unit of Inquiry, about materials.

… and one last round of Christmas photos to share!

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