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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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

We have had a wonderful last week of school, filled with so many special events. A huge thank you to all the parents to celebrated with us at our class party yesterday, to everyone who shared food and gifts, helped with set-up, or took home a seed to care for! Have a look at the slideshows below – the class party, awards ceremony, dance performances, and reading buddy gift exchange.

Have a safe and happy holiday break! We look forward to seeing everyone rested and back at school in good spirits in the new year on January 7th, 2019!

 

 

… and more photos coming!

 

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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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