Last Monday, we celebrated Loy Krathong with our EY2 community. The children enjoyed making their own krathongs and taking part in some Thai singing and dancing. It was wonderful to see so many children dressed up for the occasion, and to have so many parents at school to celebrate with us.
Preparations for our Loy Krathong festivities gave us an opportunity to connect with our inquiry into nature, as we discussed why it is important to make our Krathong out of natural materials rather than plastic. The children thought about why plastic should not go in the river, and many friends shared their concerns for fish and birds that could be harmed.
Later, we read the story, “A Bird and a Bag,” inviting further discussion about
how humans interact with and change the natural environment.
Throughout last week, we continued to embark on “nature walks” around campus. The children honed their observation skills, drawing what they saw, heard, smelled, and touched. They also discussed their hypothesized definitions of “nature,” and debated whether various things they observed were natural or not. We saw some impressive thinking skills at work as the children gave reasons for their thinking.
Our read-aloud of the book “This Tree Counts” gave us an opportunity to develop both number sense and reading comprehension, while adding to our knowledge about human interactions with nature. After the reading, children explained all kinds of ways that people use trees. They talked about cooling off in the shade, eating fruit, building furniture and houses of wood, and even the way that trees “clean” the air we breathe.
This week, we would like to inquire further into how we use nature as a food source. One way that we will do this is by planting seeds that came from foods the children ate. In this way, we will learn about what plants need to grow and thrive, we’ll get some hands-on experience taking care of a natural resource, and we strengthen our understanding of nature as a food source for people. If you have not already done so, please send your child to school with a seed from something that they ate as soon as possible. Please do not buy the seeds from a shop, as we’d like the children to understand where seeds come from.
In addition to practical uses for natural resources (such as food and shelter), we’d also like to develop an appreciation for the pleasures that can come from the natural world. To explore how nature can offer artistic inspiration, we read the book, “Leaf Man,” where the illustrations are all created from natural materials. We then made our own “Leaf Man”- inspired art work using leaves, pine cones, flowers, and other artifacts of nature in the art centre, with children narrating little stories about where their Leaf Man is going. We made some connections with our math goals as well, developing positional vocabulary (such as above, below, and next to) to talk about our pictures.
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This week, we’ll continue to create nature-inspire art work, with still life paintings and drawings of fruit and flowers.
Last Friday we introduced a new dramatic play centre, which was a huge hit! Set up outdoors on our Sala you will now find the EY2 veterinary clinic, where children can bring their sick or injured stuffed animals for treatment. Our vets and pet owners are showing great care and empathy for the sick animals, while developing language skills as they discuss ailments and treatments. Come and have a look!
November 22nd: Non-Uniform Day – Fundraiser for PAWS Bangkok (See flyer below)
November 24th – December 4th: KIS Cares – Donation drive initiated by the Grade 4 students, to benefit the Pakkred Babies Home (See flyer below)
December 5th: In Remembrance of HM King Bhumibol’s Birthday – school closed
December 13th: Last Day of Term 1 – Holiday Concert (EY1 – G2), Half-day (11:20 dismissal)
KISCARES Donation Flyer