Week of May 26th – 30th 2020

Good afternoon EY1 friends,

Woohoo! We’ve made it to the end of another week of remote learning! 

We’ve had a wonderful week of learning as we introduced our new unit of inquiry ‘Investigations’. The children have shown great enthusiasm and have begun to make many great connections to what makes a curious learner this week. They are gaining an understanding that not knowing and wondering, thinking, inquiring and asking questions is all part of the process of being a great learner! 

Circle time, small groups and now EY1 playtime continue to be a special and fun time for us all. It is helping us to stay connected to our friends and teachers and we’ve even had a few siblings come along and join in on the fun and support us with our learning this week. 

😄 FUN FRIDAY

Our Fun Friday was a lot of FUN with everyone wearing our animal T-shirts, sharing our name art and learning a new song.We reflected on some of our favourite Seesaw activities this week such as the Elephant toothpaste video and our feelings books where friends shared their thoughts and wonderful with others. 

Links to the video we shared below:

Best hunter T’rex song: 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6guRu_myXno

Thank you to those parents who joined us for the parent forum today. It was nice to see and chat to you. Thank you very much for your helpful suggestions on how we can keep improving the EY1 remote learning program to make it as fun and positive as we possibly can for the children.

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⭐ NEXT WEEK

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School Holidays: Please note there will be no online learning on Monday May 3rd Tuesday May 4th of next week. We will see you all again on Wednesday May 5th. 

Small Group Time – We will have two sessions per day next week for small group time. Please sign up for ONE time slot. Times are 11:10am-11:30am or 11:40am-12:00pm. Link below:

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Iu-UWUWw8UVawu5TAp6_Rpjpa_gkM1DacmnNUHRv2TM/edit

Resources needed for next week:

-Paper white or coloured 

-Paint or food colouring (Red, Blue and Yellow)

(You can even make your own paint this weekend as a fun activity in preparation for next week.Please see the link below for recipe and instructions).

Link: https://littlebinsforlittlehands.com/flour-paint/

Thank you for another great week of learning. 

Have a safe and restful weekend!!

All the best,

EY1 Team

 

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April 19th to 23rd

Good afternoon EY1 Friends!!

Congratulations on completing our first week of remote learning!! Although we were all disappointed at the beginning of the week, we all managed to find ways to make the best of the situation and HAVE FUN!!

🌎 EARTH DAY CELEBRATIONS

We had a very successful week of activities relating to Earth Day. We have made it a week-long celebration. You have shared many wonderful and responsible actions you will make to help take care of the Earth!! The Earth Day collages were fabulous!!

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😄 FUN FRIDAY

Our Fun Friday was a lot of FUN with everyone wearing a green shirt to celebrate Earth Day. Thank you to all who shared what they love about the Earth. Links to the videos we shared are attached.

*  Song: I Love the Whole World
*  Earth Day Exercise

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PE and LIBRARY

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⭐ NEXT WEEK
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⭕ SOME CHANGES TO WEEKLY SCHEDULE

Class A and Class B will be combined for lessons so that the children can all see each other more often throughout the week.

The new schedule allows for us to offer “EY1 Playtime” on Mondays through Thursdays. This will be OPTIONAL DROP-IN sessions where the children can come, see and chat with friends and “play”. A teacher will be there to supervise but not teach as we want this to be the children’s time. Each day will be a different theme — play dough, storytime, building things, scavenger hunt, etc. 

Link to the schedule: 

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1vq2ZnhVOLr82Ty_ucnrObkVCX_Oll6syaaNZnyvaK-0/edit?usp=sharing

⭕ NEW UNIT OF INQUIRY

We will begin our new unit called “Investigations.” The goal of this unit is to have students learn about investigations and experience doing some themselves so they come away with the idea that “Investigations can lead to discovery and the development of new understanding,” the central idea for this unit.

THANK YOU all again for your adaptability to our current situation as well as your understanding for some of the technical glitches this week!! Together, we can provide the best learning opportunities to our students, given the circumstances.

Have a restful weekend!!

All the best,
EY1 Team

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Dear EY1 families,

It was so nice to see everyone who could make it to our Zoom call today. Thank you so much for joining us. It was nice to see all the children and reflect on some of the online rules and agreements from our last experience of online learning. 

LIVE CALL ETIQUETTES:

  • Check in every morning
  • Change into clothes
  • Eat before or after the calls.
  • Mute / Unmute
  • Raise hand for a turn to speak
  • Sit in front of the computer 

Thank you for your patience as we prepared the resources for our remote learning. Don’t forget to pick yours up today between 7:30am-5pm. 

Here is an example of our weekly schedule. You can find the link to this on Seesaw.

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Please note that we will follow the attached schedule from Wednesday, 21st April.

See below for today’s schedule: Tuesday April 20th

*  7:50 am – Check in on Seesaw Activity

*  8:00 am – Check daily Seesaw activities

*  9:30 am – Whole Group Morning Meeting

*  9:50 am – PE Class A (see link on Weekly Schedule)

*  10:30 am – PE Class B (see link on Weekly Schedule)

*  Small Group Calls will begin from Wednesday (See schedule for link to sign up).

*  12:30 pm Parent HelpDesk with Ms. Sirinat 

Please don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions at any time.

EY1 Team

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Welcome back! Week of April 19th – 23rd

Dear EY1 Community,

We hope you had a restful and enjoyable Songkran Break. As you all have heard by now, we are starting Term 3 online once again with remote learning. Our earliest possible date for returning to campus is Wednesday 5th May (since May 3rd and 4th are holidays). We will keep you informed of any updates on this.

Although we would prefer to be returning in person, we are looking forward to seeing all the children and hearing about your holidays online this week.

On Monday, 19th April, school staff will be preparing home learning packages once again which will be available for parents to pick up starting Tuesday, 20th April. 

Remote learning schedules will be emailed to parents on Monday afternoon, and they will be similar to the schedule we used during the January 2021 remote learning session. 

Remote learning classes will begin starting on Tuesday morning (April 20th).

If you have any questions or concerns, please email us at sian.py@kis.ac.th and dinnhe.kr@kis.ac.th or send us a message via Seesaw. 

Kind regards,

The EY1 Team

 

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March 29th – April 2nd

Dear EY1 community, 

🌞 SWIMMING

Our week started off with SWIMMING and the children had a great time!! They were quick to adjust to their old routine of changing themselves and being responsible for their own belongings. We haven’t had any messages of missing swimsuits or friends taking another person’s items home which is a SUCCESS! Please continue to support your child in building independence and resilience by allowing them to practice their self help skills (changing/dressing themselves) at home too. 

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LEARNING THE LETTER J + NEW CENTERS

Our letter lesson this week was inspired by the song, JELLY ON THE PLATE,’ which, no doubt, you are all familiar with now. We were able to make many great connections to the /j/ sound by first naming friends in the class, such as JIMMY, JESSE and JOHN before extending this further to words such as JELLY, JAM, JET, JUMP and JAPAN, which gave us a chance to discuss the difference uses for upper and lower case letters.

The children arrived Monday morning to a newly arranged classroom with new centers for them to explore. They are enjoying the learning they provide them. Feel free to ask them about the new centers.

🌈 MAKING LAYERED JELLY 

In celebration of learning of the letter J, we have made LAYERED JELLY! We have practised many skills such as following instructions, listening, turn taking and most of all, PATIENCE as this has been a rather long process spreaded out over 4 days. 

😍 FUN FRIDAY

Today’s Fun Friday is another celebration of the letter J. It consisted of EATING our LAYERED JELLY and JUMPING on the trampoline in the big-kid playground!! So exciting!!

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💖 WEEKEND SHARE — CARING FOR THE ENVIRONMENT

The WEEKEND SHARES continue to be a valuable learning experience for all the children. Thank you to all the parents who have taken the time to extend this learning opportunity at home over the weekend. This week we foscued how we are CARING for the ENVIRONMENT. The children made fantastic connections and have some ideas on what actions they can take! See links below to rewatch some of the video with them. 

* Link to video WHAT IS ENVIRONMENT – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gEk6JLJNg0U 

* Link to video A WHALE’S TALE – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xFPoIU5iiYQ

* Link to video REDUCE, REUSE AND RECYCLE – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OasbYWF4_S8

The activity has been posted on Seesaw Class app, OR you can click on the link below to access it.

https://app.seesaw.me/a/46478e42-24fb-4f5f-9668-e24efc6bd7e8

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Important Dates & Reminders **

* Thursday, April 1st – Songkran Celebration Part 1

WEAR traditional Thai clothing 

* Friday, April 2nd – Songkran Celebration Part 2

WEAR floral shirt + BRING school uniform to change into

* April 3rd – 18th – Songkran Break – No School

Have a great week!

EY1 Team

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March 22nd – 26th

 This Week in EY1…

❤  WEEKEND SHARE —

The WEEKEND SHARES continue to be a valuable learning experience for all the children, whether they are the ones sharing or the ones listening. Thank you to all the parents who have taken the time to extend this learning opportunity at home over the weekend.

We are looking forward to hearing about this past weekend’s activities. The children were invited TO CHOOSE which type of caring they would like do for their sharing this week — caring for A LIVING THING, caring for OTHERS or caring for MYSELF. The activity was posted on Seesaw Class app. Please look under the Activities tab for more information.

🇵 LETTER P — 

The children had a lot of fun learning about the letter “p” this week. They became more aware of the sound letter “p” makes. They also can share some words they know that start with the letter “p,” such as “playground,” “pancake,” “pig,” and even the names of the friends in our the class, “Proud,” “Parin,” “Pleng” and “Paul.”

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We also practiced writing the letter “p.” Perhaps they will want to practice this with you at home too. This is the guidance we gave them:

To write the letter p:

  • Start at the top and go down.
  • Lift and come back up to the top.
  • And halfway around for the letter “p.”

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👄  TONE OF VOICE —

Another very important thing we practiced this week is our TONE OF VOICE. Part of showing that we are a CARING member in our community is using a KIND VOICE when we talk to others and when we make requests. When we use a FIGHTING VOICE, we are showing that we are NOT CARING. Being aware of our TONE OF VOICE is very important. We practiced with some role playing. They may want to role play with you at home too.

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😎  FUN FRIDAY —

Pajamas Day + Playground – As part of our FUN FRIDAY, we also got to wear our pajamas all day AND played on the playground! We had a lot of fun celebrating many letter ‘p’ words!

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Popcorn – Last week, when we learned our “popcorn song,” we watched a video on the science behind how popcorn pop! We learned words like “pour,” “sprinkle” and “sizzle.”

In celebration of learning the letter “p” this week and the popcorn song we learned last week, the children got to make popcorn the old fashioned way during our FUN FRIDAY this week. The BEST PART is that we got to eat them.

Want to know more about HOW POPCORN POP or make your very own FRESH POPCORN at home? See the links below. 🙂

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 Popcorn 1 Video Link     Popcorn 2 Video Link     Popcorn 3 Video Link


❤  SPECIAL HELPERS —

The Special Helpers we have each day continue to work well for our classroom community. We would like to suggest doing this at home too. This has been a great way for children to practice taking the leadership roles AND to practice waiting their turns and respecting the choices of that day’s special helper. 

For example, at home, have Mom, Dad, Child and Sibling (if available) each take a turn at being the family’s SPECIAL HELPER. The SPECIAL HELPER is the person who gets to make some family decisions, such as read a book first or play a game first or which video to watch today. The other family members will practice respecting their decisions because when it’s their turn, then they get to decide. For families with only one child, this can be a healthy practice so that the child is not the one who is always getting their way.


❗IMPORTANT DATES & REMINDERS

  • MONDAY, March 22nd

EY1 Begin Swimming again — Please come dressed in SWIM CLOTHES and bring all your swim gear + a change of clothes. 

  • APRIL 3rd – 18th  

Songkran Break – No School

Have a great week! Thank you for your continued support!

From all of us on the EY1 Team 😎

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March 16th – 19th

Dear EY1 community,

We had another great week together in EY1 and the children had a great time participating in Sports Day on Friday. Although we were unable to have our families there to cheer us on, we did have support from the PYP community with the Grade 4’s coming down to watch. We have an album link for you to view the photos and videos of the event.

https://photos.app.goo.gl/TT3DGkGwXq8cMBSD9 

WEEKEND SHARE

Thank you to all the families who shared a photo or video from last weekend that showed the children CARING FOR ANOTHER PERSON. The children did a great job at both speaking and listening and love seeing themselves on the big screen. 

For THIS WEEKEND, we invite your child to share something they have done to show  how they CARE FOR THEMSELVES such as making healthy choices at meal time, being active etc. The activity has been posted on Seesaw Class app, or you can click on the link below to access it. 

https://app.seesaw.me/a/6bb1d18c-a6d7-4c67-a6a0-1da0f0413f61

CONSTRUCTION 

This week the children displayed great interest in constructing activities inside the classroom and on the playground. They showed great ‘Thinking and Communication Skills’ as they thought carefully about what they were making and were eager to share their ideas and creations with their teachers and friends. When children engage in manipulative play, they are making decisions, understanding spatial awareness, developing concentration and perseverance skills while also working together to sort, match and classify objects. 

FRIENDLY SIGNALS

This week, we talked about Friendly Signals! Giving and receiving friendly signals from friends and teachers can help students gain a sense of belonging. We are very lucky to belong to a school community where people wave, smile, help and care for one another. When we feel like people care about us, we enjoy coming to school and it makes it fun and we find every day enjoyable. We practised these ‘signals’ through various games at Circle Time. It would be great if you could practise these at home too. 

PATTERNS 

We continued to practice patterns with the children this week. The children have gotten very confident recognizing and extending the AB pattern. This week, we introduced the idea of having 3 items in a pattern. Some of the children have begun playing with an ABC pattern. We will have the children continue to explore and practice making patterns from next week on also.

NEW SONGS

This week we introduced 3 new songs to the children. The children LOVED them and were eager to participate. If you would like to try these at home we have the lyrics, videos and a link below. 

* POPCORN SONG 

* JELLY SONG 

* SUPERHERO SONG (See video and link attached) 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ok7V1pWtRzs 

Important Dates & Reminders 

March 22nd – EY1 Begin Swimming again

April 2nd – Songkran Break begins 

It was so nice speaking with you all last week in our 3-way conferences. We are so proud of all the progress the children have made so far this year. Thank you for your ongoing support. 

EY1 Team 

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Week of March 8th – 12th

Good morning EY1!

We have conferences this week and we are looking forward to speaking and sharing with you. Thank you to all the parents who have signed up for a time and have responded to the questionnaire. They have been very helpful to our preparation for the conferences with you.


Last Week’s Experiences

WEEKEND SHARE

Thank you to all the families who shared a photo or video from the weekend before that showed the children CARING FOR A LIVING THING. The children both enjoyed telling us more about their experience as well as listening to others’. 

For THIS PAST WEEKEND, we have invited students to share something they have done showing how they cared about others. We look forward to seeing and hearing about all the caring things you have done.

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 “THE BIG GYM” 

Last Tuesday, your child may have come home saying that they went to “the big gym.” Mr. Max organized for the children to have Tuesday’s PE class in the gym in the secondary building in preparation for our EY1 Sports Day next Friday, March 12. Unfortunately, parents still cannot be invited to these school events yet due to COVID safety measures. We promise we will take photos and videos.

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“I CARE” and the LETTERS c / a / r / e 

Last week, we talked a lot about how we can care for others. We also practiced reading and forming these four letters c / a / r / e and learning that these letters together spell “care” as in “I care.” We also shared two stories about caring: 

Understand and Care by Cheryl J. Meiners 

*  When I Care About Others by Cornelia Maude Spelman 

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THE “PINCH

The children got to practice holding small chalk pieces with “the pinch” to help them develop a proper pencil grip. See attached photo. You can remind them to use “the pinch” at home too.

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FUN FRIDAY 

Last week’s Fun Friday included opportunities for children to learn the different parts of a plant through various activities such as stamping, drawing, painting, etc. As a fun way to wrap up the week, we played with one of their favorites – THE PARACHUTE!

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PARENTING CORNER 

For those who are interested in extending the conversation about caring for others with their children, please have a look at the following article:

Teaching Children To Be Caring [ link here ]teaching to be caring


REMINDERS

  • March 8th & 10th – Class A Conferences with Ms. Dinnhe
  • March 9th & 11th – Class B Conferences with Ms. Sian
  • March 12th – EY1 Sports Day
    Please have students come in House shirts on Friday!
  • March 15th – KIS School Holiday – No School
  • March 22nd – EY1 Swimming Starts again

Have a wonderful week! 😀

EY1 Team

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Week of March 1st – March 5th

Dear EY1 community,

We hope you all had a lovely long weekend. It was a short but sweet week at KIS last week! We welcomed back Rou Rou who returned from a leave of absence. It is very nice to have you back in EY1 Rou Rou, we missed you!

This week we focused on making AB patterns and learning the names and sounds of the letters K, I, N, D and S through various activities and games at group time. We have also been working on our fine motor skills experimenting with threading beads and cutting/using scissors and working with play dough in different ways. Please find the link to a fun play dough song we explored this week:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o9D5lfqZF3o

The children have continued to show great enthusiasm as they make connections to our new unit of inquiry, ‘Caring for Living Things’. We were very excited to see our seeds have started sprouting that we planted last week. A big thank you to everyone who provided an artifact of living things for our unit board. The children take great pride in seeing their findings on display in the classroom.

You should now have all received an email with information on the 3-way conferences. Please make sure you fill in the questionnaire no later than March 1st and book a time that suits your family. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your homeroom teacher.

Seesaw Diary: Caring for a Living Thing – Please check out the activity and post your photos there.

IMPORTANT DATES and REMINDERS:

Student Council will hold a popcorn sale on Friday March 5th.   If you would like to support this fundraiser please send in an envelope with money, your child’s name, and how many bags of popcorn you are ordering no later than Friday Morning.  Popcorn is 20 baht per bag.

Parent Teacher Meetings on Zoom – Week of March 8th – 12th

Thank you for your continued support. We look forward to talking with you all next week about all the great progress your child has made so far this year.

EY1 Team

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