20th May 2022

Week 35: How We Express Ourselves

It was wonderful to have everybody in for SLCs this week. The children were so excited and took so much pride in being able to show their parents all that they do in class.

This week the children have been continuing to let their imaginations fly high as they create stories and new roleplay scenarios. It is wonderful to observe the different ways in which our students get creative. Some children use the roleplay village as a source of inspiration and then get creative and make props to support their play such as bracelets, walkie talkies and hats. Other children initially create objects from construction materials such as cars, planes and veterinary hospitals and then imagine stories and scenarios to go with their creations.

We have been busy building upon and co-constructing a story about a butterfly and duck. This week the children began to narrate and record the story and have brainstormed ideas for what will happen next. We are integrating IT with this project and using an app called Puppet Pals to record and animate their ideas.

We have been reading a book called ‘This is not a Box’ and the children in response are using their imaginations to think about what our big cardboard box will become. They then drew pictures to communicate their ideas.

Next week we will continue with our story of Bob the butterfly and Alice the duck. We will look at letter ‘Ee’ within our phonics sessions and will explore the sounds and words associated with this letter. We will further explore the properties of 2D shapes and take our investigations outside into our KIS environment as well as continue to create a variety of shapes within the class.

Reminders

Next Friday will be house shirt day.

Please send in any big cardboard boxes that you may have at home as the children are excited to get creative with big boxes and have a myriad of ideas.

June 9th: EY2 Class Party

June 10th:Last day of School-Early Dismissal

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May 13th 2022

Week 34: How We Express Ourselves

A wonderfully busy week with the EY2 students really immersing themselves into our new ‘How we express ourselves’.  We see the children joyfully using their imaginations to create and generate a myriad of different stories and situations in our new reimagined EY2 roleplay village which now incorporates  a Police station, hospital, shop and restaurant. Our cartoon/comic book character dress up day really inspired the children to use their imagination and take on roles of different characters.

We have continued with our choral reading of the familiar story of ‘We’re going on a Bear Hunt’ where the children know the repetitive phrases and text well enough to read together and do the actions. Many children have also been busy in the creation station making binoculars as a prop for the story.

We have started to create our own stories and think of the range of characters we can add as well as the setting. Together we have thought about all of the Disney characters but more importantly the children have given thought to their own original characters such as animals, monsters, kitty fairies, vampires, Kings and Queens as well as knights, dragons, captains and robots.

 

In maths we have been exploring simple 2D shapes and their properties. The children have been creating shapes from different media and also making connections to shapes in the world around us.

They have been thinking about the different centers that they want to show parents for next week’s Student led Conferences. The children have been taking ownership of creating signs and labels for the SLCs.

We have been working on our letter formation of the letter ‘n’ and have introduced the ‘Kk,Cc’ sound.

Next week we are looking forward to welcoming parents into our classroom. We will continue with our exploration of the Kk and Cc sound and recap over all of the letters and sounds covered so far in EY2.

We will continue with creating a class story and work on developing our characters, settings and plot. The EY2 Roleplay village will take center stage as the children continue to create and imagine new stories and play scenarios.

Our exploration of shapes will continue as we take our investigations outside into our KIS environment as well as create a variety of shapes within the class.

May 16th: Student Led Conferences

June 9th: EY2 Class Party

June 10th:Last day of School-Early Dismissal

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May 6th 2022

Week 33: How We Express Ourselves

A short but busy week for us in EY2.

 

We have been finishing off our science experiments on materials and have begun tuning into our new unit of How We Express Ourselves: Engaging in imaginative play develops our creativity.

Our lines of inquiry for this unit are:

  • An inquiry into imaginative play

  • An inquiry into exploring our imagination through stories 

  • An inquiry into how our creativity extends our imaginative play

Our role play area has now been changed to include dress up clothes and other items to further stimulate our student’s imagination and creativity.

We have been reading the story ‘We’re going on a bear hunt’ by Michael Rosen and have been catching on to the the repetitive text and actions, and associated sounds.

Click on the link below for the Storytime video of We’re going on a Bear Hunt

Storytime with Mr Rich. We’re going on a Bear Hunt

We have begun to think how we can use our imagination to change the story and have already had ideas such as: We’re going on a lion hunt, dragon hunt, monster hunt, Pikachu hunt, jellyfish hunt, lava hunt and even a hamster hunt.

We have introduced the letter Nn this week in our phonics sessions and have been listening to the sound it makes and brainstorming words that begin with Nn.

Next week we will discuss with the children what activities they would like to show their parents for the SLC’s on the 16th May. We will introduce 2D shapes within math and discuss their properties as well as recap the letters and sounds we have covered so far. We will introduce the Cc and Kk sounds also.

Reminders

On Monday we are asking EY2 students to dress up as their favourite cartoon/comic character.

May 16th: Student Led Conferences

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April 29th 2022

Week 32: How the World Works

It has been a wonderfully busy week for EY2.

This week the children have been true scientists as they tested different materials such as plastics, paper, fabrics, silver foil and cotton to see if they were waterproof or absorbent. They used scientific skills of observation, classification, prediction and inferring to determine the properties of the materials at hand and they continually asked lots of related questions as they carried out their experiments. As the children tested materials they recorded their results into a T chart to show their findings. 

The children have been making slime these past few weeks as part of our ‘Materials’ unit. They have been able to observe the properties of different materials at various stages as the ingredients are mixed.

We have thought about jobs within the class that the students can be responsible for and this week we brainstormed ideas such as librarian, light monitor, line leader, caboose (back line), table and floor checkers, gardener as well as a stationary boss.

Within maths we have been doing lots of active counting up to 20 and have been looking for patterns within groups of objects to make our counting easier. The children have been using the balance scales to measure weight and we have introduced the concept of using non standard units to help us measure. This is where we use objects of the same weight or size to measure other objects.  So we used small paper clips or same sized blocks to measure a book or in the case of weighing we used small bears of the same weight.

Next week is a short week as Monday and Wednesday are public holidays. We will explore properties of 2D shapes as well as continue with our focus on number and counting. We will continue with tuning into our new unit of “How We Express Ourselves as we talk about how engaging in imaginative play develops our creativity. We will also further explore the C and K sound.

Reminders

As mentioned last week, Ms. Lisa has organised a Cartoon Character drawing competition for May 9th. Please see the flyer below for more details. we have sent a large sheet of drawing paper home with your child today.

In EY2 we encourage the students to come to school on Monday the 9th May dressed as their favourite cartoon/comic character.

Student Led Conferences: On Monday, May 16th, we will be holding the Student Led Conference for the first time in 2 years! This conference provides an opportunity for your child to share his/her learning with you. The Student Led Conference is not a regular school day, however, students will be expected to arrive in their school uniform for their scheduled conference time. Each conference will be scheduled for up to an hour during which your child will share a variety of classroom learning experiences with you. The school will be sending out the sign-up sheet next week. We are very excited to welcome all of you to our classroom for the first time this year!

May 2nd: Labour Day substitution (School closed)

May 4th: Coronation Day (school & office closed)

May 16th: Student Led Conferences

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April 22nd 2022

Week 31: How the World Works

It has been wonderful to reconnect with students after the Songkran holiday. They have returned back to school eager to learn, displaying wonderful listening skills and have really taken on our EY2 Essential agreement of being principled and caring.

Our role play area has been a heavily visited center this week with the hospital being a popular choice and a new interest in further developing our police station. The addition of some police uniforms, hats and handcuffs have really got the children engaged and we are currently building a police car from cardboard to include in our police station.

We have been discussing more about materials and considering their uses in relation to their properties. The children have been hunting around the classroom to find objects made of certain materials and have noticed that many objects are comprised of more than one material.

This week we have introduced the letter Ii, and the sound it makes.  We have looked at the letter formation as well as brainstormed words beginning with the ‘i’ sound.

Next week we will test different materials to see which have waterproof and absorbent qualities. We will continue to think about whether some materials are suitable for certain purposes/uses. With these ideas in mind we will create a challenge where the children have to construct a boat that floats and does not sink.

Within Maths we will continue to explore measurement and begin to use standard units in comparison of length, height and weight.

We will explore the sounds that the letter ‘C’ and ‘K’ as well as continually revise the sounds we have previously covered.

We will also begin to tune into our new unit of  How We Express Ourselves.

Reminders

Please help your child to bring 1 new artifact for them to share next week.

Ms. Lisa has organised a Cartoon Character drawing competition for May 6th. Please see the flyer below for more details

May 2nd: Labour Day substitution (School closed)

 

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April 8th, 2022

Week 30- How the World Works

Building, making, creating, and having fun! Those words sumarize another great week of learning in EY2! The children showed much enthusiasm this week as they worked cooperatively to complete various learning engagements. 

The children continued their investigation into the properites of materials and how they can be used in different ways by making a volcano, resources for the airport, decorations for the Songkran Door Challenge and measuring the length and height of objects and people. 

The EY2 students got their hands dirty this week when making paper mache and painting decorations. Allowing the children to play with glue and paint helped them develop different vocabulary words for the materials, understand their properties better, as well as helped them create new nerve connections in their brains. Sensory play helps the brain develop new connections in the brain pathways, which in turn help the children become stronger problem solvers and thinkers. You can read more about the importance of sensory play here. 

 

 

Along with using paper to create paper mache and decoratoins, the children also used paper and other materials to make things for the airport. They made passports, an airplane, and things for the medical clinic. The children continued to practice their social and communication skills throughout the day as they played and had fun!

 

The children further strenghtened their understanding of materials and how they can be used in different ways when they used nonstandards units to measure the length and height of each other and other things in the classroom. The children used everyday objects such as paperclips and pastic toy chains to practice measuring and comparing people and objects. 

 

The EY2 students were great thinkers this week as they inquired into various concepts and ideas. The students continuted to explored the form and function of the letter ‘P’. They reviewed the sound the letter stands for, as well as how to correctly form the letter. They practiced forming the letter on their peer’s back and on paper. The children also learned more about Songkran and how it is connected to Thailand. The children wore traditional Songkran clothing, as well as completed Thai learning engagments to help them develop a deeper understanding of the special celebration. 

 

This week, our EY2 commuity had to say farewell to a great friend. They spend the last day together playing, eating popcorn, watching a movie, and having ice-cream. This is what our friend wanted to do on his last day of school. We wish him and his family all the best on their new adventure!

       

When we return after the holidays, we will have 2 new friends join EY2. We will spend the week getting to know them, as well as continue with our investigation into How the World Works. The children will recap the letters they learned these past few weeks, as well as continue exploring measurement and materials. 

We wish everyone a well deserved holiday and safe and happy Songkran. We wish you all health and happiness during Songkran and all year!

April 11th-15th- Songkran Break

April 18th- Back to School

 

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April 1st, 2022

Week 29- How the World Works

It has been another week of exploring and having fun in EY2! The students were busy making slime, Ooblek, and a volcano to help them better understand the concept of form- What is it like? While working with peers and teachers, the children listened to directions and shared their understanding of various vocabulary words connected to texture, such as slimy, stretchy, hard, soft, squishy, and rough. What wonderful communicators busy investigating!

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In math, the students began to inquire into measurement by playing with balance scales and water, and comparing lengths of various objects. The children discussed the meaning of measurement and shared ideas on how to measure and how different materials compare to each other- are they longer? shorter? lighter? heavier? The students were thinkers when trying to solve problems connected to measurement- which is heavier and what makes you say so? How do you know your material is longer? Way to go Thinkers! 

In Language, the students celebarted Book Week by listening to various stories told in different languages. At the end of the week, the children displayed their enthusiasm for reading by dressing up like characters from different tales. If you would like to see more of our PYP Book Character Day, please visit the paddlet here. What wonderful costumes!

 

They also communicated ideas creating a new space to play in. The children did a wonderful job creating an airport that has a shop, medical clinic, and police station. They brainstormed ideas of things each part needed, and began adding resources such as an Xray machine and price tags. The children also began to inquire into the letter ‘P’ using the Jolly Phonics song, ‘Puff Out the Candles’. We will continue investigating this sound and letter next week. 

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The children also have the opportunity to visit the Grade 5 PYP Exibition. They were principled by making good choices when visiting and observing different presentations. They were also communicators by listening to various students talk about their action and learning. It is hard to believe that in 6 years our EY2 students will be the ones presenting! 

        

Next week, the students will continue investigating materials by making paper mache, as well as using materials to make different resources for their new playing space. The children will also help decorate the classroom door for the Songkran door competition. On Thursday, all students are encouraged to wear their Songkran traditional clothing. 

April 6th- Chakri Day- No School

April 7th- Songkran Dress Day

April 8th- Last day of school- Songkran Break start

April 11th-15th- Songkran Break

April 18th- Back to school

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March 25th 2022

Week 28: How the World Works

A very busy and varied week for our young learners in EY2 this week. Along with our in class learning, we had Mr. Gerry bring his adorable puppy Cooper, into class and the EY2 students also went to visit the Grade 12 Art Exhibition in the theatre.

Below is a slideshow of some of the things we did.

Our Science and observation area took on a new lease of life this week with the introduction of lab coats and safety googles. Not only were the children closely observing objects such as leaves and bugs but they began to mix, mash and concoct amazing new potions and special medicines from different materials.

Whilst playing outside, the gardeners were trimming the vegetation around the school and all of a sudden the banana leaves and stems were a source of great enjoyment and creation. The traditional Thai toys made from the stems of the banana plant were a wonderful way for the children to realise that materials can be used for different things.

This week in maths we began to talk about the mathematical concept of measurement through basic comparison of longer/taller and shorter than. The children participated in various activities where they compared and ordered different objects  in relation to size.

We used modeling clay as well as play dough so the children could compare materials and create sculptures that could be displayed.

We began to share the artifacts that the children brought to school.  They confidently stood up in front of their friends to present and describe their artifacts. We created an exhibition of the artifacts brought in and it generated slightly too much excitement with everybody wanting to play and and touch the objects. As a consequence we then discussed ways in which we should treat the artifacts and came up with the classroom agreement of ‘3 people at any one time can play with the artifacts but they must ask the owner for permission first’.

We continued to look at different types of materials and use some of our senses to describe and consider their properties as well as think what they could be used for. Different groups looked at certain material such as wood, metal, glass, fabric, stone and cardboard. Next week will ask each small group to present their findings to their friends and we can then build upon our knowledge and understanding of each material together as a whole class.

The children had an absolutely fantastic first day of swimming. Lots of smiles and excitement.

Next week we will continue with our investigation into materials and further look at the concept of measurement in math. It is also Book Week next week with the theme of ‘Tales from Around the World’. Friday will be a dress up day connected to the theme. If you would like to record a short story video connected to the ‘Tales from around the world’ theme and then post it on Seesaw for us to watch as a class that would be wonderful and something the children would be very excited to watch with their friends. If you would like to post a story video please make it no longer than 5 minutes long.

Reminders

Next week we will change our role-play area from Phi Phi Island to some of the other ideas that the children had earlier this term. If you have any big cardboard boxes you can in send in next week, please do as we need supplies to build airplanes and police cars!

March 28-April 1st: Book week

April 1st: Book Week Dress up day

April 8th: Last day of Term 2

April 18th: First day of Term 3

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March 18th 2022

Week 27: How the World Works

A busy week for our EY2 students even with only 3 days of in-class learning.

The children have been telling us about how they can be an Eco Hero and have been drawing pictures to express their ideas. We have also had fun in creating a song which will be shared with you all in due course.

We have been tuning into our ‘materials’ unit this week with the continuation of magnet exploration. The children have been asking questions such as; “Why are things magnetic?”  “What makes things stick to the magnets?” They have been playing homemade board games with magnets, cars and wiggly worms (cut bits of pipe-cleaners). We loved the way that they came up with ideas for their own new games, very creative!

We have begun to look at other types of materials and use some of our senses to describe and consider their properties.  One group looked at different plastic materials for example and talked about them being soft and sometimes hard, smooth and see-through and also a bit bendy. Once different materials have been explored we will ask each small group to present their findings to their friends.

We have been going back over the sounds of ‘Ss’ and ‘Aa’ this week as well as beginning to explore the letter ‘Tt’. The Seesaw activities for the online segment of this week also help consolidate the children’s vocabulary and awareness of these letter sounds.

It has been wonderful to see the children transferring their observation and questioning skills from the classroom to the playground. They are constantly finding natural objects such as seeds, leaves and bugs and looking at them closely and asking questions.

Next week we will continue to explore and discuss the properties of different materials and use language to describe them (soft, hard/ rough, heavy, shiny etc). As mentioned, we will also get them to present their ideas and findings to their classmates.

As a reminder from last week,  we would like your child to choose an object/toy (by themselves) from home and bring it into class and share. We would then like them to describe to their friends how the object looks and feels. We would like keep it in school for a few weeks so please ensure that it is not a favourite toy that has to go home straight away.

We will continue to work on our social skills of playing and responding appropriately with our classmates. We continually use the Kelso’s choice wheel in class to help the children make good choices in sometimes difficult situations.

A message from Ms. Lisa and K. Earth: Due to COVID-19 restrictions, we are unable to have book sellers visit KIS. However, we have arranged for a virtual sale through Book 53. They are offering a 10% discount for all books purchased online. Books will be delivered to KIS and distributed following Book Week.

You can access the 10% discount with the link on pdf and or go through the library blog. 

bookshop

EY2 will hopefully start swimming next Thursday morning.

If possible please bring your child to school dressed in their swimwear (under their clothes) as we have swimming first thing in the morning. Having the children changed already saves lots of time and gives them more time to swim.

Please bring:

  • towel
  • swimming goggles
  • swim shoes/sandals

Please make sure uniforms, towels etc have your child’s name on.

March 28-April 1st: Book week

April 8th: Last day of Term 2

April 18th: First day of Term 3

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March 11th 2022

Week 26: How the World Works

Dear Parents,

Another full week at school. We are on an EY2 roll!

It is so wonderful to have the children with us in class without interruptions, there is so much learning going on and the children are really able to work on those valuable social and emotion skills that being class full-time can offer.

It was wonderful to catch up with parents this week during our PTCs. We are also very lucky to be able to see many of you in the morning as you drop your children off. Always feel free to catch us in the morning if you need to speak to us at all. We are always happy to help.

This week our play area became a little more organised as we noticed that too many children were visiting the area and it was getting too chaotic. Together we decided on a maximum number of students to be in the area at any one time (6) and set up a name board for the children to write their names and also a timer so that others would also have a chance to play. We guided the students to role-play in the cafe/restaurant area by helping them take on roles such as customer, waiter, waitress, chef etc. They have been busy taking down customer’s orders, making meals, creating menus and asking for money!

We have been reading some different versions of ‘The 3 Little pigs’ and the children are getting to know the characters and what they say. We will begin to act out this story soon and they can take on different roles as well as perform with the stick puppets in the puppet theatre.

   

We have been tuning in to our new unit on ‘Materials’ and have been exploring magnets and seeing what materials stick to them.

We have been exploring the letter ‘Aa’ and the sound that it makes and how it is formed as well as singing songs, doing actions and working together to share our knowledge on words that begin with ‘Aa’. Next week we will look at the letter ‘Tt’.

Next week we will discuss the properties of different materials and use language to describe them (soft, hard/ rough, heavy, shiny etc). We would like your child to choose an object (by themselves) from home and bring it into class and share. We would then like them to describe to their friends how their object looks and feels. We would like to keep the object in class for the duration of the unit so please make sure it is something that can stay in school for good few weeks.

EY2 will start swimming next Thursday morning.

If possible please bring your child to school dressed in their swimwear (under their clothes) as we have swimming first thing in the morning. Having the children changed already saves lots of time and gives them more time to swim.

Please bring:

  • towel
  • swimming goggles
  • swim shoes/sandals

Please make sure uniforms, towels etc have your child’s name on.

Miss Lisa has asked us to post this flyer regarding lost ORT books.

March 14th: Swimming classes start

March 28-April 1st: Book week

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