Wrapping Up The Term!

Our second unit of inquiry ended on a high note last week, with two guest speakers visiting and bringing along some very special guests.

On Monday, the children met with an organic farmer, his ducklings and chicks, and some young okra plants. We learned about the differences between ducks and chickens, and got some plants to take care of at home.

 

On Tuesday, we met a veterinarian, who also happens to be Cesc’s aunt. She brought along two beautiful dogs, and taught us a bit about what a vet does. We had a chance to brush the dogs’ teeth, brush their hair, listen to their heart beat with a stethoscope, and check their ears and eyes. We also looked at some x-rays, and some children took a turn walking the dogs too.

 

Important Dates

Wednesday December 12th: Awards Assembly, 8:05 – 9:00 am in the auditorium – Parents of children receiving an award have been informed and are invited to attend.

Wednesday December 12th: Please pick up your child’s bedding from the nap room, as this will be our last nap before the holidays.

Thursday December 13th: EY2 Christmas Party, 1:00-2:30 in the EY2 classroom – Parents are invited to join our end-of-term potluck celebration and are requested to bring an item of food to share. Please indicate what you plan to bring on the sign-up sheets outside the EY2 classroom, and have a look at what others are bringing so that we will have a good variety. Any parents who are available to arrive a few minutes early to help with set-up will be appreciated! Children are invited to wear party clothes on Thursday instead of the regular uniform. We hope to see everyone there!

Friday December 14th: Last day of Term 1 – Children will be dismissed at 11:30 am and will not eat lunch at school.

Monday January 7th: First Day of Term 2

 

 

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EY2 Weekly Update

The children had a wonderful experience this morning with the visiting farmer, along with his ducklings, chicks, and okra plants, so look out for the photos on next week’s blog post! Tomorrow morning, we welcome Cesc’s aunt, a veterinarian who will visit with some animals as well. The vet will begin with us at 8:00 am, so please make sure to arrive on time in the morning!

Last week, we continued to inquire into human interactions with nature.

The children continued their work on our collaborative books, with each child creating one page about the natural world, and the interconnectedness of all living things.

 

We also finished planting our seeds, and began taking responsibility for taking care of our garden. The children are taking turns in the role of Class Gardener, who waters the plants each day. Quite a few of our seeds have already started sprouting!

 

The children responded to the book “Ten Apples Up On Top” with an art activity that integrates reading comprehension, patterning, and number, along with fine motor skill.

 

We are beginning to get in the holiday spirit at school this week, with our Christmas tree now up in the classroom and plenty of stories about the season in our reading baskets. This week and next will be busily filled with end-of-term events, and wrapping up inquiry projects.

We have noticed that some children have started bringing in small holiday gifts for friends. If this is something you and your child would like to do, please be sure to write the recipient’s name on the gift, as well as your child’s name, to prevent mix-ups. Also, please keep everyone’s feelings in mind if you are giving presents to some children and not to others. We would recommend doing this kind of giving outside of the classroom, rather than in the cubbies, so that we can maintain a caring and inclusive environment.

Important Dates

Wednesday December 5th: Father’s Day – school closed

Monday December 10th: P.D. Day – no school for students

Wednesday December 12th: Awards Assembly, 8:30 – 9:30 am in the auditorium – Parents of children receiving an award will be informed in advance and are welcome to attend.

Thursday December 13th: EY2 Christmas Party, 1:00-2:30 in the EY2 classroom – Parents are invited to join our end-of-term potluck celebration and are requested to bring an item of food to share. More info to come!

Friday December 14th: Last day of Term 1 – Children will be dismissed at 11:30 am and will not eat lunch at school.

Monday January 7th: First Day of Term 2

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Another Busy Week in EY2

One of last week’s highlights was definitely our Loy Krathong celebration. Many children came in their traditional Thai clothing, and several parents came to help the children make their Krathong in Thai class where we also did some Thai dancing. At lunch time, we watched some of the teachers compete in Thai sporting events, and a few of our girls performed with the traditional Thai dance group. Take a look at the slideshow below!

 

The children have been working hard on collaborative books about interactions in the natural world, connected to our second unit of inquiry and to some books that we read. Soon we will have several books authored by the EY2s, with each child creating one page about interactions and relationships between animals, plants, and humans.

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The children have also been planting the seeds they brought from home, most of which come from things we can eat. This learning engagement is intended to help us develop respect and empathy for nature, and to build an understanding of the ways that we use natural resources in our daily lives.

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The children continue to be fascinated by the natural materials they find outside on the playground. Recently they have been collecting fallen leaves, especially the ones that are remarkably huge! We decided to find out just how big they really are, with a great opportunity to make some math connections as we learn to measure the leaves using non-standard units such as blocks and paperclips.

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We have also been creating some art work that connects with both literacy and math. We read the book “Ten Apples Up On Top” and then made some personal connections to the book by seeing who could balance apples on their own head! The children then made apple prints with paint on long strips of paper above photos of their own faces. This week we are working on writing numbers on the apples, to see how many we have up on top!

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Important Dates

Friday November 30th: House Spirit Day – Children are invited to wear their house T-shirts.

Wednesday December 5th: Father’s Day – school closed

Monday December 10th: P.D. Day – no school for students

Wednesday December 12th: Awards Assembly, 8:30 – 9:30 am in the auditorium – Parents of children receiving an award will be informed in advance and are welcome to attend.

Thursday December 13th: EY2 Christmas Party, 1:00-2:30 in the EY2 classroom – Parents are invited to join our end-of-term potluck celebration and are requested to bring an item of food to share. More info to come!

Friday December 14th: Last day of Term 1 – Children will be dismissed at 11:30 am and will not eat lunch at school.

Monday January 7th: First Day of Term 2

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EY2 Updates

Exploring the Natural World

Last week in EY2, we continued our inquiry into human interactions with nature, moving from tuning in, to our finding out and sorting out phases. After the last group of children went on their outdoor adventure walk, we convened together to share our findings, sorting out our observations according to the senses we used to gather them. We followed up with another discussion where we sorted our observations into “natural” and “not natural” categories, with the children sharing thoughtful hypotheses about what it means to be a part of nature. These discussions will continue this week, as the children’s thinking continues to evolve over the course of the inquiry.

The children are learning to show respect and empathy for living things as they continue to role-play in our Dramatic Play Centre veterinary clinic. They are also learning how the resources we use in our daily lives come from nature. As we get ready to plant the seeds the children brought from home, we are talking about the fruits and vegetables they came from, leading many children to note the plant and animal sources of our lunches and snacks. Our toys come from natural sources too – with new picnic and restaurant sets for outdoor play time, the children have begun to use leaves and branches as their pretend food and kitchen utensils.

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As we inquire, we are developing language and math with authentic purpose. We are building reading comprehension skills by listening to stories and non-fiction books about nature, developing oral language through our “Walking in the Jungle” rhyme, and fostering emergent writing by recording our outdoor observations with pencils and paper and trying to label our seed drawings. We developed number sense as we counted our seeds and looked at who had the most and the least, and also began to explore the concept of measurement, arranging our seeds from biggest to smallest.


Diwali at KIS

FotoJet (8)On Friday, we celebrated Diwali at school, with some students and staff wearing beautiful traditional Indian clothing, and by listening to a story about the festival in the library. The children were enthralled with the storytelling, and we’d like to thank the families who shared this part of their culture with us!

 

 

 


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Happy Birthday!

Tina celebrated her 5th birthday last week. She talked about being stronger now that she is 5 years old, and we are sure that this is just one of many ways that she is growing up! We hope you had a great day, Tina, and thank you to Mom and Dad for sharing the delicious cupcakes!

 

 


Important Dates

Tuesday November 20th: Universal Children’s Day

To mark Universal Children’s Day at KIS, we will be fundraising for The Hub, a community group that supports local children in need. With a minimum 20 baht donation tomorrow, PYP students are invited to participate in a Free Dress Day.

*Please remember that EY2 has P.E. tomorrow – those who participate in the Free Dress Day do not need to wear uniform clothing, but should still wear clothing that is suitable for P.E. 

Thursday November 22nd: Loy Kratong

Children are invited to wear traditional Thai dress, and will participate in special activities organised by the Thai Department.

*Once again, EY2 has P.E. on this special dress day! We ask that children come to school in their P.E. uniform, and bring their Thai dress clothes to change into afterwards.

Wednesday December 5th: Father’s Day – no school for students

Monday December 10th: P.D. Day – no school for students

Friday December 14th: Last day of Term 1 – half-day for students

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EY2 News

Sharing the Planet: Interactions with Nature

Our second Unit of Inquiry is now in full swing. The children are full of curiosity, and are already sharing insightful thinking and rich questions to guide our inquiry. Last week, we continued with our nature walks, with the children drawing and photographing their observations as we start to provoke thinking about what does or does not belong to the natural world, our first line of inquiry. The distinction is not as straightforward as it might at first seem, since many human-made items are produced from natural materials, and it has been great to hear the children’s reasoning. Our discussions will continue through this week.

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Our second line of inquiry relates to how humans interact with nature: showing care and respect for plants, animals and the environment, as well using natural resources in our daily lives for food, clothing, shelter, and more. The children have been showing care and empathy for animals through role-play in our Dramatic Play Centre, which has been transformed into a veterinary clinic. This centre was an instant hit, with everyone eager to care for the ailing animals, taking their temperatures and checking their heart beats. In addition to developing oral language through role-play, the children are also increasingly using emergent writing skills here, with pet owners filling out forms to tell the vet their animal’s problem, and vets making treatment notes. We have also read books related to this line of inquiry, such as a book about a farm, helping us to make connections to all the things we use that originate on farms.

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We are requesting that children bring in an artifact this week to support our continued inquiry into how humans interact with nature. We would like everyone to bring a seed to school that we will observe and then plant. The seed should be from something your child ate or found outside. Please do not buy seed packets from a shop, as we would like the children to consider how much of what we have comes from nature. Many of them have never considered where their food was before it arrived at the supermarket! As always, please support your child in taking the lead on selecting their artifact, as the experience is more meaningful when they are involved.

Mathematics

The children are developing number sense as they count out quantities of natural and unnatural objects from our loose parts trays, matching them with number cards. They are also making more complex patterns at various activities in the classroom, such as this one with colourful plastic chains.

The children are developing number sense as they count out quantities of natural and unnatural objects from our loose parts trays, matching them with number cards. They are also making more complex patterns at various activities in the classroom, such as this one with colourful plastic chains.

Happy Birthday!

FotoJetLast week, Laila celebrated her 5th birthday. We can’t wait to see all the new things this five year old will learn! Happy birthday Laila! We hope you had a special day, and send a big thanks to Laila’s family for the delicious cupcakes and for joining the celebration!

 

 


Internet Safety

Mr. Eric has created a website with some helpful resources about internet safety. Follow the link below to have a look!

https://sites.google.com/edu.kis.ac.th/kis-pyp-internet-safety/home


Diwali at KIS

PS Diwali Celebrations 2018


Important Dates

Friday November 16th: Diwali Celebration

Thursday November 22nd: Loy Kratong – children are invited to wear traditional Thai Dress

Wednesday December 5th: Father’s Day – no school for students

Monday December 10th: P.D. Day – no school for students

Friday December 14th: Last day of Term 1 – half-day for students

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Last Week in EY2

We had a fantastic Halloween celebration on Friday, with all of the children looking fantastic in their costumes! The morning began with an assembly, followed by the costume parade, and then we headed up to see the 5th graders who had planned some fun activities for us in their classroom. Take a look a the slideshow below to catch up on all the excitement:

 

The rest of the week was equally as exciting – never a dull moment in EY2, with or without the flashy outfits!

The children are learning about letter formation as they experiment with different combinations of letter elements. They are discovering how letters are composed of different arrangements of a fixed set of lines and shapes.

The children are learning about letter formation as they experiment with different combinations of letter elements. They are discovering how letters are composed of different arrangements of a fixed set of lines and shapes.

 

The children are developing early writing skills as they learn to communicate their experiences using a combination of pictures, letters, and scribed text. This week they drew and wrote about their October break.

The children are developing early writing skills as they learn to communicate their experiences using a combination of pictures, letters, and scribed text. This week they drew and wrote about their October break.

 

In mathematics, the children are continuing to learn about number and patterns through card games and concrete materials at centre time, in addition to calendar activities at Circle Time.

In mathematics, the children are continuing to learn about number and patterns through card games and concrete materials at centre time, in addition to calendar activities at Circle Time.

 

Following a read-aloud of the book "Stick and Stone," the children developed reading comprehension skills by re-telling the story and by creating new stories for the characters. In the book, Stick, Stone, and Pinecone learn about friendship, so our EY2s role-played stories where the friends use Kelso's Choices to solve problems. Many children drew on their own experiences of using Kelso's Choices, which we have been working on in connection with the Central Idea that "self-development leads to meaningful action."

Following a read-aloud of the book “Stick and Stone,” the children developed reading comprehension skills by re-telling the story and by creating new stories for the characters. In the book, Stick, Stone, and Pinecone learn about friendship, so our EY2s role-played stories where the friends use Kelso’s Choices to solve problems. Many children drew on their own experiences of using Kelso’s Choices, which we have been working on in connection with the Central Idea that “self-development leads to meaningful action.”

 

Last week we began our second Unit of Inquiry, investigating human interactions with the natural world. We kicked off our "Tuning in" phase by setting off on an exploratory nature walk, guiding the children to focus on what they see, hear, smell, and feel in our outdoor environment. We are beginning to provoke the children's thinking about what is natural, and what is not, and how the two interact. The children are recording their observations with sketches and photographs, while we listen carefully to their theories, ideas, and questions. About half of the children went on a nature walk last week, and we will continue with the remainder this week, exploring in small groups.

Last week we began our second Unit of Inquiry, investigating human interactions with the natural world. We kicked off our “Tuning in” phase by setting off on an exploratory nature walk, guiding the children to focus on what they see, hear, smell, and feel in our outdoor environment. We are beginning to provoke the children’s thinking about what is natural, and what is not, and how the two interact. The children are recording their observations with sketches and photographs, while we listen carefully to their theories, ideas, and questions. About half of the children went on a nature walk last week, and we will continue with the remainder this week, exploring in small groups.

Happy Birthday!

Happy Birthday Dear Nana!Last week we celebrated Nana’s 5th birthday. She had a great day with her friends, and we can’t wait to see all that she’ll learn in her 5th year. Happy birthday, Nana, and thank you to Mom and Dad for sharing the delicious cake to make our celebration special!

 

 

 


Important Dates

December 10th: P.D. Day, no school for students

December 14th: Last Day of Term 1, half-day for students

*Please note that the holiday concert on December 14th is for Grades 3-5 only, and therefore we will not be performing at this time. Our concert performance will take place at the end of the school year.

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Halloween at KIS!

We’d like to remind everyone about our Halloween festivities coming up on Friday November 2nd. It is the first week back after the holiday, so we can all start thinking about costume preparations over the break. Please avoid items that look like weapons (such as toy swords and guns). Be creative!

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Have a wonderful October break!

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Another Busy Week in EY2

Thank you to all who joined us for conferences last week. It is great to have such a supportive parent community!

While parents and teachers conferred upstairs, the children carried on learning, without missing a beat…

The children attended a concert last Thursday, with visiting performers Quadasi, Mac and X2 Group from South Africa. They learned about traditional Maskandi music, and made a guest appearance on stage to sing with our Grade 3 reading buddies.

The children attended a concert last Thursday, with visiting performers Quadasi Mac and X2 Group from South Africa. They learned about traditional Maskandi music, and made a guest appearance on stage to sing with our Grade 3 reading buddies.

 

Our post office has evolved to include opportunities for mathematics as well as language. The children read names on mailboxes to deliver mail, and use the mailbox labels and word wall as references to help them write letters. With price tags and play money, they develop number sense as they role-play buying paper, postcards, and envelopes. Some 'shopkeepers' shared their emerging understandings of subtraction, making change for customers. We also began to explore measurement, weighing letters on a balance scale to determine the price of a stamp.

Our post office has evolved to include opportunities for mathematics as well as language. The children read names on mailboxes to deliver mail, and use the mailbox labels and word wall as references to help them write letters. With price tags and play money, they develop number sense as they role-play buying paper, postcards, and envelopes. Some ‘shopkeepers’ shared their emerging understandings of subtraction, making change for customers. We also began to explore measurement, weighing letters on a balance scale to determine the price of a stamp.

Our journey of self-development and of sharing passions is ongoing. The children continue to make presentations about their families, share favourite stories, and express curiosity about the natural environment. They have also begun to make original 3D art work from recycled materials.

Our journey of self-development and of sharing passions is ongoing. The children continue to make presentations about their families, share favourite stories, and express curiosity about the natural environment. They have also begun to make original 3D art work from recycled materials.

Important Dates

Monday October 22nd – Friday 26th: October Break, school closed

Friday November 2nd: PYP Halloween Celebration

Children are invited to come to school in a costume to participate in special events including a parade in the atrium at 8:00 am, followed by Halloween activities lead by Grade 5. There will also be an after school haunted house fundraiser, for children accompanied by a parent once they are signed out from class.

Monday December 10th: P.D. Day, no school for students

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EY2 News

House Spirit Day was definitely a highlight of last week! The EY2s came prepared with house banners that we painted last week, full of energy and sportsmanship throughout the ball games. Have a look at the slideshow below to see a few of our best moments:

 

For our ongoing inquiry, Inspiring Individuals, we continue to learn ourselves and our families through family photo presentations and paintings, while also developing our oral and written language skills. We have also been pursuing our line of inquiry related to ‘developing passions in ourselves and others’ by having children choose a favourite centre to invite friends who do not usually play there. Everyone showed real open-mindedness in their willingness to try a new activity, and many discovered talents and interests they didn’t know they had. We also began to learn about Kelso’s Choices, a program designed to give children strategies to solve certain kinds of social problems amongst themselves. We read stories about friendship that included examples of problem-solving strategies, and introduced Kelso the frog. Kelso’s Choices relates to the our Central Idea, that self-development engages people in meaningful action, and we will continue to learn how to put these strategies into action this week and beyond.

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In addition to developing our reading, writing and oral language skills through our UOI, language goals are also integrated into centres including role play and art, as well as learning rhymes at our morning meetings. Last week, we learned the rhyme “Five Little Pumpkins,” and practiced acting it out.

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We have been developing number sense as we continue to explore the Numicon materials, and to play card games involving numerals and quantities. We are also looking at patterns in various contexts, including creating patterns using loose parts.

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Happy Birthday!

FotoJetLast week, Bella celebrated her 5th birthday, and is already looking more grown up:) We hope you had a great day, Bella, and send a big thank you to Mom and Dad for joining our celebration and sharing some yummy treats!

 

 

 

 


Important Dates

Tuesday October 9th – Friday October 12th: Parent-Teacher Conferences

*We look forward to meeting with all of you at your appointed time slots. We will be meeting in the language lab , Room 203, located between the 2nd and 3rd floors of the  primary school.

Monday October 8th – Wednesday October 10th: Book Fair – scroll down to the previous post for more details.

Monday October 15th: In remembrance of HM King Bhumibol, school closed

Monday October 22nd – Friday October 26th: October Break, school closed 

 

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