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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Book Fair!

This week (Monday October 8th – Wednesday the 10th), the primary school will be holding a book fair as a celebration of reading! Book sales will take place in the atrium from 7:30 am – 3:30 pm, when parents are welcome to come and have a look, with purchases benefiting our school library.

As the book fair is a great way to get the children excited about reading, the EY2s will also have the opportunity to visit the sale during the school day. If you’d like your child to select and purchase a book, please send them to school with a suitable amount of money in an envelope or bag labelled with their name and the amount enclosed. We will take the children to the sale in small groups, and help them to pick out a good read.

The library will also be hosting a book exchange, where you can donate used books (in good condition) and swap them for some you haven’t read yet. If your family has any unwanted books at home, send them to school and we will take the children to make a trade.

Thanks for supporting this special event!

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EY2 Weekly Update

Last week the children continued with their ongoing inquiries, deepening their understandings with new ideas and questions…

We continued to learn about families, while developing speaking, listening, reading and writing skills. More children painted their families (adding written labels by identifying word cards for reference) and nearly every day ends with a family photos presentation, complete with a Q & A session.

We continued to learn about families, while developing speaking, listening, reading and writing skills. More children painted their families (adding written labels by identifying word cards for reference), and nearly every day ends with a family photo presentation, complete with a Q & A session.

Our inquiry into the playground nature collection continues. Last week, our scientists even thought of using our senses of smell and hearing to investigate!

Our inquiry into the playground nature collection continues. Last week, our scientists even thought of using our senses of smell and hearing to investigate!

Several children have come to school with favourite books from home, wanting to share them with the group at story time. This is a wonderful way to nurture a love of reading, and also connects with one of our lines of inquiry, 'developing passions in ourselves and others.' We have been bringing literacy into the construction centre as well, encouraging our builders to make signs for their buildings and add labels to their building plans. Of course, we also enjoyed another great visit with our Grade 3 reading buddies!

Several children have come to school with favourite books from home, wanting to share them with the group at story time. This is a wonderful way to nurture a love of reading, and also connects with one of our lines of inquiry, ‘developing passions in ourselves and others.’ We have been bringing literacy into the construction centre as well, encouraging our builders to make signs for their buildings and add labels to their building plans. Of course, we also enjoyed another great visit with our Grade 3 reading buddies!

We continue to explore patterns with various materials at centre time, in addition to daily routines such as the calendar where we look at colour and number patterns. Last week, we also began to explore a new math resource called Numicon, which uses concrete manipulatives to build a strong foundation for the abstract world of number.

We continue to explore patterns with various materials at centre time, in addition to daily routines such as the calendar where we look at colour and number patterns. Last week, we also began to explore a new math resource called Numicon, which uses concrete manipulatives to build a strong foundation for the abstract world of number.

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Happy Birthday!

Last week we celebrated Nita’s 5th birthday. A big thanks to Mom and Dad for joining the celebration and for the delicious cupcakes! Happy Birthday, Nita!

 

 

 

 

 

Important Dates

Friday October 5th, 8:20 am – 9:40 am: House Spirit Sports Games – EY children will participate in ball activities with their house teams on the PYP basketball court, and should wear their house shirts, with PE shorts and shoes. Accessories to build team spirit (i.e., house-coloured face paint or headbands) are also welcome! 

**CORRECTION: Last week’s post indicated that swimming would be cancelled on House Sports Day, however we WILL have swimming class as usual on Oct. 5th. As the special events will be finished at 9:40, the rest of the day will follow the regular schedule, with no cancellations. Children should come with their swim suits on under their clothes, as we will have very little time for changing.

Tuesday October 9th – Wednesday October 10th: Parent-Teacher Conferences

Thursday October 11th – Friday October 12: Parent-Teacher Conferences – alternate make-up day for parents unable to attend on Tuesday and Wednesday

*Sign-up sheets are now posted outside the EY2 classroom near the door where parents wait at pick-up time. Please sign-up for an appointment as soon as possible if you have not done so already. If you will not be able to sign-up in person, please email Ms. Risa or Ms. Tuovi and we will be happy to arrange the appointment for you.

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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Self-Development in EY2

The EY2 children actively engage in self-development every day, as they strive for understanding and develop their passions as part of a caring and inclusive community. Take a look at what we were up to last week!

The children are developing self-understanding and building a community as they learn about their families and those of their classmates. As they paint their families, they are also building their reading and writing skills by adding labels to identify each person. We continue to be impressed by the speaking and listening skills the children are demonstrating as they take turns presenting their family photos to the class each day.

The children are developing self-understanding and building a community as they learn about their families and those of their classmates. As they paint their families, they are also building their reading and writing skills by adding labels to identify each person. We continue to be impressed by the speaking and listening skills the children are demonstrating as they take turns presenting their family photos to the class each day.

Child-initiated inquiry is a wonderful way to develop our passions. As the children strive to understand the world around them, they are collecting bits of nature from the playground and asking, "What's this?" We have been observing the collected items with magnifying glasses and a digital microscope, and representing our observations and hypotheses with drawings and words.

Child-initiated inquiry is a wonderful way to develop our passions. As the children strive to understand the world around them, they are collecting bits of nature from the playground and asking, “What’s this?” We have been observing the collected items with magnifying glasses and a digital microscope, and representing our observations and hypotheses with drawings and words.

Language and literacy learning takes place in a wide variety of contexts, so that skills are more meaningful. After reading the story "Stick Man," the children develop comprehension as they make connections to the book, building their own stick figures on the light table. Weekly visits with our reading buddies nurture a love of reading, while helping to build a sense of community beyond our classroom. Children continue to role-play with writing in our pretend restaurant, making a plan for who will take on each role, using child-made menus, and writing down food orders. The children also explore letters and sounds, forming letter shapes on the light table and writing messages to greet their classmates.

Language and literacy learning takes place in a wide variety of contexts, so that skills are more meaningful. After reading the story “Stick Man,” the children develop comprehension as they make connections to the book, building their own stick figures on the light table. Weekly visits with our reading buddies nurture a love of reading, while helping to build a sense of community beyond our classroom. Children continue to role-play with writing in our pretend restaurant, making a plan for who will take on each role, using child-made menus, and writing down food orders. The children also explore letters and sounds, forming letter shapes on the light table and writing messages to greet their classmates.

The children are constructing understandings about number through card games, play-doh mats, and our daily routine of counting the school days. They are also exploring pattern in a variety of ways, making colour patterns in drawings and on peg boards. Some have begun to notice number patterns on our 100s chart as well, observing that the numbers in each column have the same final digit. We are also beginning to experiment with geometric shapes, making pictures on cork boards.

The children are constructing understandings about number through card games, play-doh mats, and our daily routine of counting the school days. They are also exploring pattern in a variety of ways, making colour patterns in drawings and on peg boards. Some have begun to notice number patterns on our 100s chart as well, observing that the numbers in each column have the same final digit. We are also beginning to experiment with geometric shapes, making pictures on cork boards.

Our learning engagements are ongoing and will continue through this week!

Important Dates

Friday September 28th: House T-Shirt Day

Friday October 5th, 8:30 am – 9:40 am: House Sports Day – EY children will participate in ball activities with their house teams on the PYP basketball court, and should wear their house shirts, with PE shorts and shoes. Accessories to build team spirit (i.e., house-coloured face paint or headbands) are also welcome! There will be no swimming.

Tuesday October 9th – Wednesday October 10th: Parent-Teacher Conferences

Thursday October 11th – Friday October 12: Parent-Teacher Conferences – alternate make-up day for parents unable to attend on Tuesday and Wednesday

*A sign-up sheets will be posted outside the EY2 classroom from October 1st-5th. Parents with more than one child in the Primary School are invited to sign up at the PS office on September 27th and 28th to facilitate co-ordinating appointments for families. Please contact us by email if you are unable to sign-up for conferences in person, or will be unavailable during conference week.

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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Welcome Back!

We hope that everyone had a great long weekend, with some fun family time!

It was fantastic to see so many of you at our Coffee Morning on Wednesday. We are very fortunate to have such a supportive parent community. The information presented at the meeting is now posted in the Pages section, in the sidebar on the right-hand side. Just click on the links under “EY2 General Information.”

The children were very excited to read the letters left for them after your visit. They were delivered along with the rest of the mail from our Post Office mail box, before we collected them to keep in the portfolios that will be created throughout the year. The children are bringing home the letters they receive from their friends, and it would be great to encourage them to write back!

Mail delivery!

Mail delivery!

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Last Week’s Highlights

The children had a great time playing in the centres last week, where they continued to develop their language, math, inquiry and social skills. They wrote messages, menus, and food orders, role-played in the post office and restaurant, and painted frames for their family photos. We began a child-initiated inquiry, following up on the children’s curiosity about seeds and fruits they collected in the playground, and making predictions about what would happen if we planted them. We met a new set of reading buddies, Mr. Matt’s Grade 3 class (as the two Grade 3 classes will alternate weeks with us). The children also began giving presentations to the group to share the photos you have all sent in, and to tell us about their families. We have been so impressed with everyone’s ability to speak confidently and proudly in front of the group!

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Birthdays!

We celebrated three birthdays last week in EY2. Happy 5th birthday to Ai Ai, Éden, and Benedict! Thanks to the parents for sending in goodies to share. Hope all three boys had a special day!

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Important Dates

Wednesday September 12th, 8:00am – EY2  Coffee Morning

*Our Coffee Morning this week is a great opportunity for parents to learn more about our program and how you can support your child’s learning. You will also have the chance to look around the classroom, get to know other parent members of our EY2 community, and have a bite to eat! We hope to see everyone there!

Thursday September 13th – PD Day, no school for students

Friday September 14th – holiday, school closed

 

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Playful Learning in EY2

Last week, we began to draw on the children’s interests to inspire some purposeful writing in the context of play.

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We observed that some children were eager to make drawings for their friends, so we decided to make our very own post office to motivate even more letter writing. The children are learning to write the words “to” and “from” as well as their classmates’ names using models, so that the mail carrier will be able to deliver the letters. They might also add to their message with invented spellings and pictures. The post office has fancy envelopes, stamps, and a mailbox too, so everyone is excited to visit. The mail carrier will deliver the week’s mail each Friday, so look out for letters from friends coming home. Some children are writing letters to family members as well, so if you are one of the lucky recipients, it would be great if you could write back – just pop your note into our mailbox; everyone loves to get mail!

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We also noticed that many children like to role play restaurant and family scenarios, which offer more opportunities for purposeful writing. In the dramatic play centre, we are gradually building a restaurant for role play, where the ‘waiters’ use notepads to write down orders, and we practice social skills with ‘please’s and ‘thank you’s. Many children have also made menus, by cutting out and gluing pictures of food, labeling them with invented spellings and adding prices.

 

 

 

 

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On Wednesday, we met our Reading Buddies for the first time! Our Reading Buddies are Grade 3 students who are each paired up with one or two of our little people, and will be visiting us each week. The big buddies brought books to share with us, stirring up lots of enthusiasm for reading. We can’t wait to see them again next Wednesday!

 

 

 

Important Dates

Wednesday September 12th, 8:00am – EY2  Coffee Morning

Thursday September 13th – PD Day, no school for students

Friday September 14th – holiday, school closed

 

 

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Building Our EY2 Community

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Last week EY2 continued to dig into our first UOI, Inspiring Individuals, striving for self-development and understanding, as well as learning about each other so that we can build a caring and inclusive community.

The children completed their self-portraits, and talked about themselves through interviews that will be used to make a book about our class. The book will allow the children to get to know more about each other, while each child will also have a page to celebrate their own identity.

FotoJet (1)As a group, we came up with an EY2 Essential Agreement, by asking the children what promises we should make in order to be sure that our class is a safe and happy place to learn. The children shared many wonderful ideas about how to take care of each other and play nicely, which we narrowed down to a few simple statements representing the most essential ideas. We agreed to listen to each other, to solve problems with words while keeping hands to ourselves, and to always try our best. Following our discussion, all class members signed the agreement with their name and a hand print, cementing their promise to the group.

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A big thank you to all of the parents who have already sent us their family photos. Throughout this week, the children and teachers will be invited to share their photos with the rest of the group, to talk about themselves, their families, and their home lives, and to ask each other questions. If you have not yet sent in a photo, please do so as soon as possible. Please involve your child in the choosing the photo, as they will be more motivated to share with the group if the photo is meaningful for them!

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Last week we celebrated Maxy’s 5th birthday. Thanks so much to Mom and Dad for joining us to make the day special, and for the delicious cake. Happy 5th Birthday, Maxy!

 

 

 

Important Dates

Wednesday September 12th, 8:00am – EY2  Coffee Morning

Parents will be invited to visit the classroom for a gathering of our EY2 community, with an information session about the program and an opportunity to connect with other parents.

Thursday September 13th – PD Day, no school for students

Friday September 14th – holiday, school closed

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EY2 Updates and Info

Our First Week Together

The whole team had a great first week in EY2, learning about each other and becoming more independent at school. The children are getting more comfortable with school routines such as interacting in learning centres, tidying up, listening to one another and taking turns to speak. They are also quickly developing self-management skills as they wash their hands, get their own lunches, and learn to change their clothes on their own. We have been working on our first self-portraits of the year, fostering observation skills while exploring our identity. Through these experiences, we are beginning to construct an understanding of the Central Idea of our first unit of inquiry, that “self-development engages people in meaningful action.”

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UOI 1: Who we are – Inspiring Individuals

This year, the whole PYP community will be undertaking a year-long unit together, inquiring into who we are. At every grade level, the unit Inspiring Individuals will explore the Central Idea that “self-development engages people in meaningful action,” looking at common lines of inquiry through different lenses tailored to the learning intentions at each developmental stage. Our other units of inquiry will be explored alongside this year-long unit, allowing us to make connections that enhance understanding. For more details, please see the “Units of Inquiry” link, in the “Pages” section on the right hand side-bar.

Artifacts

Throughout the year, we will be asking children to bring in artifacts from home, usually at the beginning of a new Unit of Inquiry. Our intention is to provoke thinking about the topic we will be exploring and to encourage the children to connect their learning at school with their own background knowledge and experiences. This helps them to share their ideas and understandings with the group, providing a jumping-off point for our learning journey that comes from the children themselves.

For our first UOI, Inspiring Individuals, we would like to ask you to send in a family photo that children can use to introduce themselves by sharing a bit about their home lives, family relationships, and meaningful experiences. In this way, the children develop self-understanding, understanding of each other, and begin to build community, all related to the lines of inquiry for this unit. Please look through some family photos with your child, and help them to choose one that they would like to share. It is important that the children take part in selecting the artifacts they bring to school, so that they will be able to discuss them and make connections. Family photos should be sent by email as soon as possible to Ms. Risa (risa.la@kis.ac.th) or to Ms. Tuovi (tuovi@kis.ac.th).

Your support is much appreciated!

Special Classes

This week, we are in the full swing of things, and will be beginning our regular schedule of specialist classes. Please be aware of our scheduled activities (as per the schedule posted last week), so that your child will be prepared for their day:

P.E. – Tuesdays and Thursdays – Children should come to school wearing the P.E. uniform and appropriate shoes.

Swimming – Fridays – Children should come to school wearing the KIS swim suit under their regular uniform, to save time getting ready for swim class. They should bring flip-flops, towel, goggles, and bathing cap with them, as well as underwear for them to change into afterwards. Please note that swimming is part of the regular program at KIS and is not considered as optional. If your child must be excused from swimming for a medical reason, a doctor’s note is required.

Library – Fridays – Children will bring home two library books each Friday, which must be returned the following Friday so that they can check out a new one. Please remember that children choose library books that interest them, and that we are not expecting them to be able to read these books independently. Enjoy these books together with your child to nourish a love of reading – ask questions,  draw pictures of your favourite parts, make silly voices, have fun!

Bedding

Please be reminded that families should pick up sheets and blankets on Friday afternoons for laundering, and bring a clean set back to school on Monday mornings. We ask that you leave clean bedding at the nap room on the ground floor, and not upstairs at the EY2 classroom. Thank you!

Birthdays!

Last week we celebrated two birthdays in EY2. Happy birthday to Dorothy and to Jacob! A big thanks to moms and dads for the yummy treats and for making the day special with your visit.

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Welcome to EY2!

We had a fantastic first day of school today in EY2, and we are so pleased to welcome all of the families to our learning community. The children had an exciting day, exploring their new environment, catching up with old friends, and making new ones. Have a look at the slideshows below to see some of what we got up to:

 

 

 

Please consult the class schedule below so that your child will be prepared for each day’s activities (i.e., with P.E. kits, swim clothes, and library returns on the appropriate days). Physical Education and Swimming classes will begin in the second week of school, however we are planning to do some water play this Friday during our usual swim period, and therefore children should come with a swim suit and towel. We thought this would be a fun way to end our first week together, as well as an opportunity to practice getting changed independently, so that we’ll be all set when swimming starts next week!

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The class blog will be used throughout the year to give you a peek at what we are doing at school, and to provide information about special events and important dates for our class as well as the larger KIS community. The blog is updated on a regular basis, with new posts every Monday, and additional posts as the need arises. As there is a lot to share at the beginning of the school year, we will be adding more details throughout this week about the EY2 program, the team, and various other bits and pieces that will help us to support the children’s learning together. Subscribe to the blog to receive notifications when new info is posted!

 

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