Term 2 Week 3: January 24th-28th

It was another interesting week with a mix of in-person learning and remote learning. And WOW!!! Everyone just adjusted to the different ways of learning very smoothly! Well done, EY1!! Thank you too, Parents, for your flexibility and for your support in making the transitions very seamless.

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This Week’s Learning & Fun
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One of the exciting things that happened this week is that we celebrated Anya’s birthday with her. She’s very happy to be turning 4!

This week, we saw the students coming to school feeling more and more confident as they are settling into their new routines. They are also getting accustomed to having all members of both Class A and Class B. It’s very sweet that some children have noticed and asked about classmates who were not present that day. 

For our unit of inquiry, we are continuing to explore the different types of play as well as what we learn when we play. We introduced a new center this week – Dinosaur Land. The children used their language to interact and negotiate with each other about taking turns. They share ideas about who the dinosaurs are and what the dinosaurs are doing. For some, this center was a very tactile experience. They love being able to touch and handle all the different pieces and components. All the pieces and the center are cleaned off and reset at the end of each day so that the next day, the students can start fresh to build another version of “their” dinosaur land. 

Whether in person or remotely, our PE and Music lessons carried on with Mr. Max and Mr. Chris. During Fun Friday this week, we learned about Chinese New Year and did various games and activities to prepare for our upcoming celebration next Tuesday, 1st February. See “Chinese New Year” below for more information.

This Friday was also the first time for us to visit the Library. The children were SUPER excited and were very respectful in the library by using quiet voices, handling the books like babies and using our walking feet. Friday was also our first House Day at school. Thank you parents for helping the students dressed in their house shirt. We were very colorful!!

Photo Gallery – Week of Jan. 24th to 28th

Chinese New Year 春节

On February 1st this year, it is Chinese New Year and it is the Year of the Tiger. Leading up to this, the children have been learning about what Chinese New Year is and about how it is celebrated. They really like learning about the Chinese zodiac story. We have also been making lanterns and tigers to decorate our classroom spaces. 


Red Envelopes: Another very important Chinese New Year tradition is the red envelopes. They are usually given to children with money inside for good luck throughout the new year. KIS has a tradition where students and families are invited add a small donation (20-50 baht) and bring it back to school to hang on the tree that will be decorated with red ribbons in the Atrium for all to appreciate. The money collected will be donated to a local charity, Christian Mission. The idea is for students to learn that prosperity is not just about what we have but how we share what we have with others too. If your family chooses to participate, please be sure to have a discussion with your child as to why you as a family have chosen to do this. The red envelopes will be sent home on Monday.

Traditional Chinese Clothes: On Tuesday, February 1st, students are welcome to come to school wearing traditional Chinese clothes or any red clothing to celebrate Chinese New Year together.

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Upcoming Dates & Reminders
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  • Jan. 31
    Here are some check-in emotions to chat with your child about for next week — feeling good, excited, playful, curious, worried and sleepy.
  • Feb. 1 – Chinese New Year
    Come dressed in traditional Chinese clothes or any red clothing. (optional)
    – Bring red envelopes with small donation inside to hang on the tree. (optional)
  • Feb. 2 – World Read Aloud Day
    We will be doing some reading aloud at school. Families are welcome to read together at home too.
  • Feb. 3 – Library Books Due
    Please help the children pack and bring back the library books on THURSDAYS. Book checkouts will now be on FRIDAYS.
  • Week of Feb. 7-11 – Math Week
    More details to follow.
  • Week of Feb. 14-18 – February Break
    No classes. Campus closed to students.

Thank you for your continued support and partnership! Wishing everyone a restful weekend and we look forward to seeing the children again next week for our Chinese New Year celebration plus other activities!

EY1 Team 😊


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