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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March 4th 2022

Week 25: How the World Works

Another wonderful full week back, 10 days in a row!

The children were very excited to get their new play area up and running.  Phi Phi Island village took shape and the Ice Cream shop/cafe was a popular center with the children creating ice cream menus and taking down food orders.  They also thoroughly enjoyed swimming in the ocean on their Phi Phi island creation.

As we began to tune into our new unit of materials we had some new centers to get the children thinking and asking questions. We created a music station in our outside area with pots and pans and some other materials. The children began to ask questions about why different objects made different noises.

We had a magnet center with magnets, paper shavings, keys and screws and began to ask questions such as; why do the keys stick to the magnets? As a result of the conversations we had we have begun to sort and compare materials which the magnets do and do not pick up. We are also connecting this to the recycling activities we did in our ‘Sharing the Planet’ unit.

 Ms. Alex paid a visit to EY2 on Wednesday to talk about body safety. Please read Ms. Magda’s email for more information regarding this if you have not done so already.

This week we also had some new guests in our EY2 classroom, tadpoles! The children have been fascinated by the little creatures and have been doing lots of close observation, question asking and researching as we figure out what they need to eat to stay alive. We tried to ascertain whether they are indeed frogs or toads and also noticed that some are already growing legs so we had to collect stones and change the tank so that the new little froggy tadpoles could sit on the rocks.

This week, EY2 have been looking at the letter S and the sound it makes. We have been singing songs, discussing with our friends all of the words we know that begin with the S sound and also practicing in many different ways how we make and form letter S.

Here are some more pictures from the week

Next week we will explore the letter ‘a’ and the sound it makes. We will continue to tune  into our new unit of ‘How the World Works’ and our exploration of materials and further expand which things stick to magnets as we begin to look at the properties of different materials. We will engage the story of ‘The Three Little Pigs’ and and practice reading the repetitive phrases of the story as a whole class with a view to acting out the story at a later stage.

We are looking forward to seeing parents next week for our Parent Teacher Conferences via Zoom. Please ensure you sign up if you have not done so already.

Have a great weekend

March 7-11th: Parent Teacher Conferences

March 14th: Swimming classes start

March 28-April 1st: Book week

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February 25th 2022

Week 24: Who We Are/Sharing the Planet

It has been awesome to have a full week at school with the children. They have been able to quickly settle into routines once more. We have continued to revisit our class essential agreements and have discussed what being principled in class should look like.

We took a vote and counted up the favourite ideas for our new play area using tally marks.

The most common idea was an Ice cream shop, followed by creating Phi Phi Island and also an airport. We then brainstormed each of these ideas individually to see what we would need to make/create to make this area take shape.

Included in some of our activities this week we added a simple self assessment check for the children to begin to think about whether something is too easy, too hard or just right for them.

Today was crazy hair day and children looked fantastic with their wacky hair and hats.

Abracadabra!  We practised being a great audience also today as we had a special guest magician from the big school.

Next week we will be reflecting with the children about things they like doing and are good at in school as well as things that they would like to get better at. This is a wonderful way to get the children to start reflecting and thinking about their learning.

We will begin tuning into our new unit of How the World Works with the central idea of ‘Materials can be used in different ways’.

Our conceptual understandings for this unit will be:

  • Materials have observable properties
  • Materials are used for their properties
  • People choose materials for particular purposes

Our Learning Outcomes will be be:

  • Sort natural, found resources from human made resources
  • Investigate the properties and uses of simple materials
  • Connect the material of an object to its use
  • Experiment with manipulating simple materials

March 7-11th: Parent Teacher Conferences

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February 11th 2022

Week 23:Sharing the Planet

This week we have been talking a lot about natural and man-made environments. We have been watching videos and looking at pictures that show us examples of each.  We have given thought to why these environments are natural and have begun to think about which things are made by people.

We have been reading some wonderful stories on Epic connected to taking care of our environment.

We had a wonderful array of photos posted from our ‘Patterns in the Environment’ Seesaw activity and we will print these off and make a class book about patterns all around us.

There was a great response to the Nature Scavenger hunt activity also with lots of variety in all that the children found. We loved the way that many students began to put their natural objects into patterns before we even set the activity to do so!

 

Here is a short slideshow of some of the moments from this past weeks learning.

The children looked wonderful in their Math week dress-up outfits.

Once we return after the mid term break from almost 2 weeks off from school, we will again reconnect with our ‘Who We Are’ unit so we can revisit our class routines and further develop our use of Kelso’s Choices to solve small problems and disagreements that arise with our friends. We will continue with our ‘Sharing the Planet’ unit and delve deeper into natural and man made environments and materials. We will also revisit the plans we made for our  our new play environment last week and will look at the most popular ideas and start the creation process.

Reminders:

PE days: Monday/Wednesday/Thursday (We will keep you informed as to when swimming sessions will resume.)

Library Books:  Please return your child’s library books every Monday or Tuesday as we will change the books on a Tuesday morning .

Check backpacks: Please check your child’s back pack every afternoon as we now put snacks in at the end of the school day and it would be advisable to eat/remove them once you get home.

February 14-18: February Break

February 25th: Crazy Hair Day

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February 4th 2022

Week 22: Sharing the Planet

It has been great to have an almost full week back at school and the children were happy to celebrate Chinese New Year with their friends.

The children have been busy thinking about and planning ideas for a change in one of our classroom areas.

We had some creative plans and ideas and can now begin to physically build our new area. A few of the children’s ideas were to create a hospital, an airport, a rocket port, a police station, an ice cream shop, a castle, a robot station, a restaurant, a market, a bank and even Phi Phi Island!

Using all of the children’s ideas, our next step will be to collect the data and determine what the most popular ideas are so we can then go ahead and start to create them. We will hopefully start the creation process next week and consider what we need to make for each area.

The hairdressing studio has also been a very popular center this week with the teachers all getting properly made over…multiple times!!!

We set up a “Creation Station” art area this week and the children have been busy choosing resources and selecting appropriate tools to start their creations.

We have been reading/singing the story of ‘The 5 Little Ducks’ this week and the children have been taking on the roles of the different characters and acting out the story. We have also borrowed a puppet theatre so that the children can act out the story and use puppets they create to tell stories.

Here is a slide show of some of the things EY2 got up to this week.

 

We said goodbye to our friend Ahmad today who is leaving Thailand. It was a sad moment to say goodbye so many of us just said “see you soon” and we will keep in touch with Ahmad and his family as they settle back home. We all wish you the very best Ahmad and thank you for being part of EY2!

Next week is Math Week for the whole Primary school. We will be doing lots of math games and activities throughout the week as well as continuing with our exploration of pattern. The children will create a class ‘patterns all around us’ booklet by using photos of patterns they take and a photo collage app on the class iPads. We will also continue with our development of the new class area.

Reminders:

PE days: Monday/Wednesday/Thursday (We will keep you informed as to when swimming sessions will resume.)

Library Books:  Please return your child’s library books every Monday or Tuesday as we will change the books on a Tuesday morning .

Check backpacks: Please check your child’s back pack every afternoon as we now put snacks in at the end of the school day and it would be advisable to eat/remove them once you get home.

February 7-11: Math Week

February 10th: Remote learning day for all students; Booster Vaccine Day for KIS Staff

February 14-18: February Break

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January 28th 2022

Week 21: Sharing the Planet

A busy time of both online learning and in class sessions this week.

We have been introducing the children to ways of getting ready for learning as they come in from outdoor play. We have been doing some simple breathing and focus activities which help the children to get into the right mindset for learning.

  

We continued to explore a range of different types of patterns during the week as well as think more about environments. We compared different types of environment and gave thought to what belongs and does not belong in each.

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The children created a variety of decorations for Chinese New Year and began to think about making a shop in one of the classroom areas.

Next week we will go on enviro-walks in small groups around the school campus. We will explore and observe our KIS environment and begin to record what we see by drawing. We will look for patterns both man-made and natural and also search for other natural and living things that exist in our environment. Within literacy we will read and begin to act out short stories starting with the story/song, Five Little Ducks. We will also revisit data handling where we will take morning surveys and ask questions to our friends related to our surveys. As mentioned earlier, the children also want to change one of our classroom areas so we have discussed possible things we could set up such as shops, a restaurant, kitchen, movie theatre and a hair dressers. Next week we will work on creating this new area.

We have noticed that on our return to school, many of our students want the same toys at the same time and so we will continue to help the children to share and work problems out using verbal techniques rather than getting physical or upset. We will have discussions and do lots of role-play to help them develop these essential skills of sharing and communication.

Reminders:

PE days: Monday/Wednesday/Thursday (We will keep you informed as to when swimming sessions will resume.)

Library Books:  Please return your child’s library books every Monday or Tuesday as we will change the books on a Tuesday morning .

Check backpacks: Please check your child’s back pack every afternoon as we now put snacks in at the end of the school day and it would be advisable to eat/remove them once you get home.

February 1st: Chinese New Year (wear traditional Chinese costume or red)

February 10th: Online Learning- staff Booster vaccine days-more information can be found in the HOS Newsletter

February 7-11: Math Week

February 14-17: February Break

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January 20th 2022

Week 20: Sharing the Planet

 

Even though we have been bumped back to a short period of online learning, we had a fantastic start to the week in EY2 as the children began to really find their feet in our second week back to being all together as an EY2 class.

We have been looking at being caring and principled within the class and in the playground. We have also given thought to how we interact kindly and calmly with our friends, especially as we now have everyone together again and often want to play with the same things. We have continued to work on our listening skills, something that is evermore important now that we have more of our friends together in one place. We have been looking at our immediate environment and considering how we can take care of it by tidying up mess we may make and treating things with respect

We gave thought to our current unit’s central idea of Eco-Heroes take responsibility for the environment and began to unpack the terms Eco-Heroes, environment and responsibility and think about what this means to us. We talked about the 3Rs and sang along to the Jack Johnson song of the same name.  We also talked about recycling paper within the class and why we should do it.

We have been exploring patterns both within our classroom centers and also outside as we search, locate and observe patterns around us in nature and our school environment.

     

We have been starting to talk about the upcoming Chinese New Year and made CNY fans and watched an animation of The Legend of Nian. 

Next week we hope to continue with our physical investigation of patterns all around us as well as create our own repeating patterns. We will look at common 2D shapes and think about how these shapes can be described and compared. We will further explore our unit on Sharing the Planet and think about how we can be Eco Heroes in EY2.

Have a wonderful weekend and hopefully we will all get back on campus together sooner rather than later.

Reminders:

PE days: Monday/Wednesday/Thursday (We will keep you informed as to when swimming sessions will resume.)

Library Books:  Please return your child’s library books every Monday or Tuesday as we will change the books on a Tuesday morning .

Check backpacks: Please check your child’s back pack every afternoon as we now put snacks in at the end of the school day and it would be advisable to eat/remove them once you get home.

January 25th and 26th and Feburary 10th: Online Learning- staff Booster Vaccine days-more information can be found in the HOS Newsletter
February 7-11: Math Week
February 14-17: February Break
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January 14th 2022

Week 19: Who We Are

A wonderful welcome back to EY2!  It has been fantastic to have all of our young EY2 students back together again, the joy of being able to see and physically interact with their friends has been very evident.

Our new students have settled in beautifully and have been made to feel welcomed by our veteran EY2 students.

This past week has been all about settling back in school with a full class and the routines and procedures that help us throughout the day. 

We have been working on our listening skills and have begun to focus on Kelso’s Choices, our school-wide program  that helps our children to deal independently with small problems that occur during their school day. 


We have begun to think about and create patterns from colours, shape, body movements and sounds and we will continue to explore this concept next week. We will investigate patterns in nature and the world around us as well as search for patterns within our local environment. We will ask questions such as:

  • Can you identify/see a pattern?
  • Can you make a pattern?
  • Can you extend/continue this pattern?
  • What type of pattern have you made? (AB/ABC, AAB etc)
  • How can we describe this pattern?

We will continue with our Sharing the Planet unit and revisit what we already know about taking care of our world and the other living things that we share it with.

Reminders:

PE days: Monday/Wednesday/Thursday (We will keep you informed as to when swimming sessions will resume.)

Library Books:  Please return your child’s library books every Monday.

Check backpacks: Please check your child’s back pack every afternoon as we now put snacks in at the end of the school day and it would be advisable to eat/remove them once you get home.

February 14-17: February Break

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