October 18th-22nd

 Who We Are-Week 10

 It has been a wonderfully busy week back after our holidays. Thank you all, as ever, for your continued support.

It was marvelous to see all of the holiday reflections at the beginning of the week and to listen to the children sharing their experiences.  We really loved the way they began to use the 5w’s (who, what, where, when and why) in their responses to add more detail.

During the week, the students have been thinking of ways that they could show gratitude towards Ms. Lynn for teaching them. They gave thought as to why we would say thank you and reflected on the wonderful things that Ms. Lynn did with them during her time in EY2 and indeed prior.  The videos, photos and audio messages that we received were very touching and Ms. Lynn was very moved by the children’s creations.

Some other ways that EY2 thought that they could show gratitude towards Ms. Lynn were to give her flowers and chocolates and to have a party.  For Friday the children helped plan a party by inviting friends they thought Ms. Lynn would like to see and then dressed up in clothes they thought Ms. Lynn would like such as dancers, singers and beach wear.

Next week in EY2, we will focus on following instructions and working on our fine motor skills which are the small hand movements that children use to draw, write, cut and manipulate small objects and tools. In our small groups next week we will have a range of activities which will promote the skill of listening carefully by following instructions and working on these small movements by drawing and cutting.

Our school Counselor, Ms. Alex would like to let all parents know that she has updated her blog.  Her new post is connected to supporting student engagement for remote learning after the holiday break.

Have a wonderful long weekend and we will see you on Tuesday 26th October

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Monday 25th October: Chulalongkorn Day (No School)
Friday 29th October: Halloween Dress up party


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October 4th-8th

Who We Are-Week 9

Welcome Mr. Richard! This week was all about welcoming Mr. Richard into our EY2 community. The children shared what they thought was important to EY2 with Mr. Richard during the morning meetings, as well as introduced themselves, asked questions and shared toys with him.

On Friday, the students planned for a PJ/ Popcorn party as a welcome party for Mr. Richard. The students spend time reflecting on the week with Mr. Richard, as well as the year. They shared what they learned and what they enjoyed about Ey2 so far. It was a fun way to spend the last morning together berfore the October Break.  Mr. Richard was very grateful for the welcome and wanted to share this short message with everyone:

Dear Parents and EY2 Students,

Thank you so much for such a wonderful welcome this week! I love the way that I was made to feel so welcome into EY2. The videos athat you made telling me about yourself were fantastic to watch and you all worked so hard to speak clearly and give me lots of information about yourself and your families. I was also very impressed by the questions that you all asked so you could find out more about me and my family. I am so happy to be joining you all in EY2 and look forward to having lots of fun with you. Have a wonderful mid-term beark and see you all on the 18th of October. 

Be safe and have fun,

Mr. Rich’

 

When the students return to school, they will be busy planning yet another party, but this time it will be for Ms. Lynn. Ms. Lynn will be returning full time to her position at KIS. The students will learn what ‘grateful’ can mean and how showing one’s gratitude is one way people can help maintain relationships. The students will be given agency over this week- they will decide how they want to show they are grateful, who should be invited to the ‘Than- You Ms. Lynn’ party on Friday, and what the party would be like. It will be a very fun week!

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KISPA will be running its awareness campaign for breast cancer and annual donation drive between Oct. 18 through 29. We are excited for this community event which will be an online event this year. Please read the KISAP newsletter that was sent to all parents for more information about this event.

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October 18th-29th- KISPA Breast Cancer Awareness campaign

Friday, October 22nd, 8:30-9:30am – HOS Parent Coffee- the Zoom link is in the HOS Parent Update newsletter sent October 8th.

Monday, October 25th- No School- Chulalongkorn Day


 

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September 27th- October 1st

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Questions, questions, questions! That was the focus this week in the EY2 class. The children were inquirers when they investigated the function of questions and how they are connected to relationships. The children listened to a fun song entitled ‘The Five W’s Song‘ and watched a clip from a Sesame Street episode focused on questions. They used the knowledge they gained from the learning engagements when meeting the guests for the first time via Zoom. The children showed their communication skills when they asked their special guest questions about themeselves. At the end of the week, the children all agreed that asking questions helped them learn more about their guests.

 

The students had fun practicing their self-managment skills when creating art to show who they are and what they like to do. The children used their cutting, glueing, drawing, and building skills to create beautiful pieces of art that were connected to themselves.

 

The children continued to investigate numbers and the different ways they see number. They were asked to show different numbers in a variety of ways. They used playdough, items from around the house, and even their bodies to demonstrate how they see a number. Visualizing number helps children better understand this abstract concept. Teaching children to visualize math also helps further develop the brain. Here is a short article that explains a little more about visual math.

 

Next week is a very exciting week in EY2. The class will be welcoming the new teacher, Mr. Richard into the community. They will be using all the knowledge they gained the last few weeks to learn morIMG-1437e about Mr. Richard and start to form a relatiohships with him. The children have started to plan the questions and what they feel is important for Mr. Richard to know about EY2 already. This is great opportunity for the children to take ownership of their learning experience. It will be a fun and interesting week!

 

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Breast-Cancer-Month of October- Breast Cancer Awareness Month

-Monday, October 11th-Friday, October 15th- October Break

 

 


 

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September 20th-24th

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Thank you to all the parents for your continued support this week. It was a fun week in EY2, starting with playdough making on Monday. It was a first for the teachers to lead a playdough making session on Zoom and it turned out to be a great success. The students compared paper and playdough before making the material. They were asked to observe all the different ingredients and discussed what the mixture looked like before cooking it.  The children and the parents worked together to measure out the various parts, then mixed everything together before adding heat. The students shared their ideas of why the material changed form, and what helped create the change- heat! Thank to all the parents that supported the activity!

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International_Day_of_peace_iStock_1200On Tuesday, the EY2 students, along with the entire PYP community, celebrated International Peace Day. The children watched a short presenation entitled  What is Peace? to better understand the word ‘Peace’. They were given a choice to complete a learning engagement on Seesaw connected to ‘peace’. The children did a wonderful job drawing their understanding of what peace looks, smells, feels, and tastes like.

 

During the rest of the week, the children continued to inquire into numbers and relationships. To help the children visualize the conecpt of number, they discussed how many items they see during our morning meetings and on their Seesaw learning engagement. They demonstrated strong self-managment skills when creating and  sharing their cutting creations.  Although sharing time was quite long, the children showed perseverance by sitting, looking, and listening to their friends present their creations. The children also used strong communication skills when asking questions about the cutting creations and pictues showing the students doing something they enjoy- swimming, bike riding, painting. They began to inquire about what questions are and how they help us learn more about people.

 

 

 

Last, we would like to thank all the parents who we met during the Parent/ Teacher confrences. It was wonderful catching up with all the parents, and talking about the growth each child has made in EY2 since the start of the year. Friday was also a House Challenge day which was loads of fun! The children were able to spend the day doing various activities with different specialist teachers and our EAs. These activities gave our children the chance to play with many new people, making them better aware of our great KIS teaching community.

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Next week, the EY2 students will continue to investigate questions and how to ask ‘treasure’ questions- questions that help us learn more about people. The children will learn about different types of questions during their small groups learning engagment on line and start making a list of questions in preparation for a secret guest in 2 weeks. The students will also continue to practice counting in different ways to help them better understand that in math there is usually different ways to see things and various ways to approach problems.

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  • Friday, October 1st – Primary School Parent Workshop/Forum , 8:30am-10am. Topics will  include updates on the programme, information about Transdisciplinary Learning and the PYP, and more. The Zoom link is in the HOS newsletter.

  • Monday, October 11th- Friday, October 15th- October Break- No School

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September 13th-17th

Who We Are-Week 6

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Although it was a short week in EY2, it was still alot of fun! The children continued to be prinicpled by practicing using kind words to David in the stories No David and David Goes to School, and each other. The students also practiced their fine-motor skills with cutting. They listened the song ‘Cut it Out‘ while practicing cutting paper and cutting on a line. They also continued using their number knowledge to discuss the calendar as well as how many objects they can see around them when breathing during their Mindfulness time.

 

The big day last week was International Dot Day which the entire PYP celebrated on Wedensday, September 15th. The children dressed up for the occasion, as well as listened to the story The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds, and the song, The Dot Song by Emily Arrow. They also created so beautiful dot art with playdough and paint.

 

Thank you to all the parents that attending the EY2 Back to School Coffee Meeting. It was very lovely catching up with everyone and playing Kahoot to learn more about the learning in EY2.

Next week the students will continue inquiring into relationships, focusing on friendships. They will practice asking questions about pictures they see of their friends during small group learning engagements. On Friday, the PYP students will be participating in various House Challenges all day. All students are asked to wear their House shirt on this fun day! On Friday, the parents will have an opportunity to discuss their child’s progess in EY2 so far with the teachers. We look forward to meeing all the parents again.

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Friday, September 24th- House Challenge and Parent/Teacher Interviews

 

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September 6th-10th

 Who We Are-Week5

103313634-group-of-happy-kids-cartoon-funny-kids-of-different-races-with-various-hairstyles-friendship-conceptThis was our second week of the year-long unit, Who We Are. The students spent the week inquiring into friends and how behaviour affects a friendship. The class read the story No DavidNo David by David Shannon and discussed how language affects how people’s feelings. All the students agreed that no one liked the word ‘No’ because it made them feel sad. This led to a discussion on how they could help David make the right choices using caring words like, “Please be careful or you might fall down”, or “David, you should put some clothes on”. The children will continue to inquire into friends and behaviour next week.

 

The children continued to strengthen their self-managment skills this week by playing with playdough. They used the material to make friends, make balls to represent numbers, and just had fun playing with while listening to the song “If You’re Happy and You Know It”.

 

The learners continued to stay balanced by clapping and singing with Mr. Chris, building their grossInternational-Literacy-Day-earth-reading-book-motor skills with Mr. Max, and sharing a Mori story with 2 special guests, Ms. Sian and Ms. Dinnhe. The children also shared their favorite books on Wednesday, International Literacy Day. The teachers also got a chance to share their special books in the moring meetings. Overall, it was a wonderful week of sharing ideas, playing, and exploring friendship.

 

 

Next week is a short week. On Monday, we will host the EY2 Back to School Coffee Meetings which was canceled this week. The children will also celebrate Dot day, Wednesday the 15th, by reading the story The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds, and using playdough dots to create art. During the shortweek, the class will also continue to share ideas about friendships while sharing more ideas about word choice using the story, No David. There is no school for the students on Thursday, September 16th, and Friday, September 17th.

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Dot Date- Wednesday, September 15th

No School- Thursday, September 16th and Friday, September 17th

Parent-Teacher Conferences/ House Challenge Day-Friday, September 24th

 

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August 31st-September 3rd

Our EY2 Essential Agreement

The goal of this week was to create our EY2 Essential Agreement. The students practiced their communication skills when sharing their ideas about what promises they can all make to make the EY2 community the best it can be. During the week, the teachers met with small groups to inquire into positive choices we can make in our class. The children discussed various ideas in the book Know and Follow Rules that helped keep the children safe and happy. Know-and-Follow-Rules-Cheri-MeinersThey did a fantastic job applying their understanding of the book when creating the EY2 agreement. The children were later asked to sign the agreement, and will be refering to it regulary as the year progresses. Along with creating an essential agreement in the classroom, the learners also worked with their family members to make an essential agreement for their home.

 

 

The children also explored the concept of thought bubbles and how practicing mindfulness helps individuals manage their well-being. The students watch a short Zen Den episode connected to ideas being like bubbles, and how breathing helps people focus on only the important bubbles when needed. The EY2 students have been practising breathing since the start of the year, strenghening their self-managment skills daily.

 

The children showed great enthusiasm when playing with their playdough during our meetings and in various learning engaments on Seesaw. They enjoyed listening and playing with their playdough to the song I Like to Playdough and using the material to show their understanding of relationships and number. Along with playing with the teachers, the children was a great time listening to stories with Ms. Lindsay, songs with Mr. Chris and staying fit with Mr. Max. Way to go EY2!

 

Last, this week, the PYP students voted on the new 2021-2022 House Captains. Congratulations to all the new captains!

 

Next Week- September 6th-10th

Next week the students will continute to inquire into communities and relationships by exploring the word ‘relationship’ and how it is connected to friends. The children will share their knowledge of what makes a friend, and how we can show we are caring towards them. They will begin to collect data about their friends in the classroom and their family at home.  Children will be playing with playdough, as well as their collection of Loose Parts, to help show their understanding of their learning.

 

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  • Monday, Sept. 6th, 11:40-12:20- EY2 Back to School Coffee Meeting- Zoom link is on the weekly schedule

  • Wednesday, Sept. 8th, 8:30 – 9:45am – HOS Parent Coffee – details available soon

  • Thursday, Sept. 16th and Wednesday, Sept. 17th- No School- September Break

 

 

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August 23rd- August 27th

Wonderful Week in EY2!

What a fun week we had singing, reading stories, and playing games! We would like to welcome Ms. Lynn to our EY2 community. She will be with us for the next few weeks which is very exciting!

Our EY2 community is getting stronger each day. Last week, the students inquired into manners by listening to a read aloud  entitled What Do You Say When a Monkey Acts This Way? by Jane Belk Moncure. What do you sayThe children discussed the meaning of manners and how they help people stay principled. They pracitced their number skills through songs and going over the calendar daily. The children strengthened their communication skills by listening to various stories read by their teachers and in Library class with Ms. Lindsay.  The students also sang songs with Mr. Chris and practiced moving their bodies with Mr. Max. We would like to thank Ms. Lynn for joining both Music and P.E. class this week. On Friday, the children showed their school spirit by wearing their House Shirts and having fun during our Fun Friday Zooms. They were able to collect house points and voted for the new  2021-2022 House Captains. The results will be announced on Monday, August 30th.

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Next Week-August 30th-September 3rd

The big goal for next week is to create our EY2 Essential Agreement. In all PYP schools, the teaches and students start the year by working collaboratively to establish an agreement that will help the classroom community work well together all year. The children will practice their communication skills by sharing their ideas in small group Zoom sessions. They will also continue to practice ‘breathing’ and explore Mindfulness. The daily Morning Meeting will be slightly longer next week in order provide the children with chance to get to know the teachers better, as well as each other.  We will continue to practice using our manners and practice being more independent when using the Zoom tools.

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Important Dates 

  • Monday- August 30th– Parent Coffee Meeting
  • Friday, Sept. 3rd- 8am – 9:30am, Primary School Back to School Coffee Meeting- The Zoom link was sent in the Parent Update HOS on Friday, August 27th

Thank you once again for a wonderful week! Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions or concerns at magda.wo@kis.ac.th.


August 16th-20th

Dear Families and Friends,

Welcome back to school! It was such a great week seeing everyone and getting to each chile a little bit better. EY2 has 4 new students this year. We are very happy to have them join our wonderful community!

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The teachers and young learners had a fun week getting to know each other through games, songs, and stories. We would like to thank all the parents for their child during our Zoom meetings and all the Seesaw activities.

Next Week-August 23rd-27th

In order to help your child feel more comfortable during Zoom activities, as well as become more independent and have greater ownership of his/her learning, the children will be playing and learning in smaller groups during all specialist classes starting next week. PleasePowerPoint Presentation refer to the weekly schedule to find out what time your child has Music, P.E, and Thai. We will also be meeting with smaller groups to discuss manners, taking-turns and showing respect. These ideas will later be connected to the word Principled, one of the learner profiles connected to this unit. You can help at home by making sure your child used his/her manners at home, takes turns when participating in a game and/or a converstation, and cleans up after he/she finishes plaLPAttributesMelonheadzying or eating. Next week we will also start our Friday Fun Zooms. The children will get to choose which game they want to join in the morning. Fridays will always be fun in EY2! Last, next Friday, August 27th, is the last Friday of the month. Every last Friday of the month is House Shirt Day. Your child is encouraged to wear their House shirt or a shirt that is the color of their house on Friday. We will also have a House Activity on Seesaw.

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Save the Date 

Monday, Augsut 23rd– Parent Coffee Meeting

Firday, August 27th- House Shirt Day


Dear EY2 Community,

It was so nice meeting with you last week and we are all very excited to get this year started!  This week will look a bit different than weeks to come as we ease into remote learning, getting familiar with each other and Seesaw. For your reference, please see our Weekly Planner below.  You will be getting an email with this week’s schedule and Zoom links.  As always, don’t hesitate to ask if you have any questions.  Questions regarding Seesaw can go directly to Mr. Eric at eric.na@kis.ac.th We look forward to a wonderful year of learning with you!

 

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Welcome to EY2!

Dear EY2 Students and Families,

Welcome to our EY2 Classes!! We are all so excited to have you join us this year. Although  we cannot meet each other in person right away, we will still get to know each other well and have fun learning together!

Even though school won’t officially start for us until Monday, August 30th, we will be meeting with families the next couple of weeks to say hello and to welcome you. Please look for emails with more information on that from us this week. We will also have some  story times with songs and movement where parents and students can join in together!

In the meantime, you’re welcome to have a look at our bios below to get to know us a little.

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