Week 6

It was our first full week back to school since the Seollal break and it was a cold and wet one. The children didn’t get a lot of outside play time this week because of the weather so they were little bundles of energy in class. The weather forecast for the weekend looks good so if you have the opportunity to go outside and play, please take advantage of it.

This coming Monday the 18th, Ottawa Class will be in charge of the Monday assembly for the first time this year. Our topic is “A Day in the Life of FS1/2/Y1”. If you can, please come watch our assembly Monday at 1:30.

Tuesday, February 19th is our 100th day of school. The students have been anticipating this for quite some time (they really started to see how close we were around Day 80). I’ve promised them a 100 Day party. To help celebrate our 100 Days I would like to ask students to come dressed up as what they think they’ll look like when they’re 100 years old. There are no wrong answers, so have fun!

We had an exciting time this week with lots of great learning. The students finished their IPC unit trying to do small puppet shows with the theatre we made and generally having fun with their sock puppets.

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In Math we’ve almost finished off teen numbers. We’ll be finishing 19 on Monday afternoon then moving on to 2D and 3D shapes. To help conceptualise that teen numbers are “ten plus some more” we used a kind of abacus called a rekenrek. It really helped some of the students who were struggling and solidified knowledge for those who understood the concepts.

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Much to the children’s enjoyment, we’ve started back with our Writer’s Workshop. This week we focused on where and when to use capital letters. I’m very excited to see the FS1 students start to label their illustrations consistently with the first letter of things in their drawings. I’m also excited to see the FS2 and Year 1 students write words and sentences consistently.

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Ottawa class was a little blue to see I had brought baking supplies in for the student council and not for them. Due to a little cookie cooking disaster that night, we were in need of many more cookies for our Valentines Day bake sale. So, I brought in supplies and my oven and the children had fun making chocolate chunk cookies. They weren’t all that impressed that they had to wait till the following day to eat the fruits of their labour but they did enjoy all the treats at the bake sale. Thank you so much to all the parents who sent money with their children. The school raised 164,000won for the WeHope Charity.

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Have a great weekend and we’ll see you back for some excellent learning next week!



Week 5

I hope everyone had a relaxing Seollal break. We’ve done a lot in our short time back.

Much to the students’ delight, we painted our puppet theatre. We’ll be beginning to try to perform our own shows next week.

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In PE we played Walking on Clouds again. The students’ balance is getting better. Then we played a game which doesn’t have a catchy name. The students were divided into two teams. One member from each team started at opposite ends of the hall, jumping into hula hoops. When the opposing team members met they did Rock Paper Scissors. The winner continued advancing to the opposite end of the hall while the student who wasn’t successful when back to the end of their own line and the next person on their team began jumping towards their opponent. We finished up the day by playing a boys against girls game of Mountains and Volcanoes. Each team was either a Mountain or a Volcano and they had to flip small cones to make either a mountain or a volcano. Since we play for the fun of it, there were no winners and losers, just lots of children having fun and developing their motor skills.

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We studied the letter U in phonics this week.


And in math we continued working on teen numbers. We used our life-size tens frame to help us visualise that teen numbers are a group of 10 plus extras. Since we have less than 10 students in the class we had some of our stuffed friends help us. For our guided and independent practice some students worked on teen numbers while others solidified their knowledge of 1-10.

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Next week during our Morning Meetings we will be continuing our Kindness Curriculum. Here is the PDF for next week’s lessons. Week 3 words have power

Have a great weekend and we’ll see you on Monday, ready to learn!

Washable Paint

As mentioned in last week’s update, we painted our puppet theatre today. Desipite wearing smocks to protect their clothes from the paint, some students got paint on their clothes. The paint used is water-based and should come off after being soaked in cold water and put through the washing machine on the cold cycle.

Week 4 Update

Another week is here and gone in Ottawa Class. Our Kindness Morning Meetings have continued. We practiced giving compliments to one another. As next week is just a 2-day week we will not follow the kindness curriculum but we will continue to talk about kindness. We’ll start up Week 3 of the Kindness Morning Meetings on our first full week back.

We had our trip to the Dongrami Theatre this week. The students got to look around and see what goes into making a stage play. Then they got to try on some of the costumes and roleplay on the stage.

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Our school’s Seollal celebration was a great day. The students had fun playing traditional games and flying kites.

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In IPC we’re working towards having a great collection of homemade puppets and a wonderful puppet theatre. We made sock puppets this week and also made an elaborate structure to do our plays in. Mr. Choi was so kind as to spray it white for us and when we get back, we’ll work on painting and decorating it.

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In PE we played a new game called Stepping on Clouds which works on balance. Students must hop or step from coloured circle to coloured circle but can’t step on the floor. When the teacher calls “It’s Raining!” they must pick up a paper rain drop from the floor and hop on the circles to give it to the teacher. We also played an old favourite Through the Tunnel, and much to the children’s delight we played with the parachute again.

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In Math Buddies we’re continuing to work with the numbers 10-19. We’re working through the numbers slowly to make sure everyone has a strong grasp. We’re also solidifying 1-10 number sense for those who need the extra practice. We had the Grade 2/3s come in an demonstrate the number 12 on our life-sized tens frame. The class really enjoyed having the friends visit us.

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Have a wonderful Seollal holiday. We’ll see you after the break!

Week 3 Update

Monday was our fire inspection and we passed with flying colours. The students all exited the building quickly and safely. They were excited to see the firemen and fire truck.

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As we continue our IPC unit focusing on playing pretend, the students used the puppets they made last week to play some stories.

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They have also been using our magnet board to reenact some of the traditional tales we’ve been reading in this unit.

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Because this unit focuses on playing pretend and make-believe, we are going to have this term’s class trip be to the Dongrami Theatre. We will have a tour of the theatre backstage and get the opportunity to learn what goes into making a production and even try on some costumes on the stage themselves.  It will be a half-day trip and we will be back to the school by 12:30 for lunch.

Please sign the permission form by Monday 28 January. It can be found here.

We completed our Math Buddies unit on measurement last week and this week we began studying the numbers 10-19. The students have been practicing making sets of numbers using manipulatives and also wrote their first number sentences (a precursor to addition).

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In PE we tried a new activity: crab walk kicks. Students walked like crabs and tried to kick a ball into the net. We also did some balance activities with beanbags. We played Duck Duck Goose and also introduced a new game called What Time is it Mr. Wolf.

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During developmental play time, we have seen some evolution in the common stories that are played. Our airplane got seats and Superman got super vision.

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We began our kindness-focussed morning meetings and learned a chant that helps get us excited about being kind.

1, 2, 3, 4 Kindness counts, let’s show some more!

2, 6, 8, 10 Kindness counts, so count me in!

As promised, here is next week’s Kindness Morning Meeting plans. Week 2 giving compliments I hope these plans are helping you to reinforce our positive values at home.

Have a wonderful weekend and we’ll see you Monday!


Week 2 Update

Well we’re back into the swing of thing. The children are adjusted to their new routines and ready to learn.

As noted in the newsletter, our fire inspection is on Monday. This is very important for both the school and the students to learn fire safety. Because the fire department will be coming, they will bring their fire truck. We will have a chance to take photos with the fire truck. This will be happening just after 2pm. If half day students wish to stay for this, they are welcome. They can be picked up around 2:30.

Also in the newsletter is a link to order from the Scholastic Book Club. A catalogue went home in your child’s backpack today. I highly encourage you to buy books to read with your child. Reading at home is the best homework children of this age can do. Not only does it help them academically, it helps foster a life-long love of reading. If you would like recommendations of books to buy, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Because we have a new class dynamic, we’re going to be doing  some concentrated work on kindness over the next few weeks. We will be doing this during our Morning Meeting time. Emotional awareness, kindness, and empathy are skills that should be reinforced at home as well. To this end, every Friday I will upload a PDF of the plan for our Morning Meetings for the upcoming week so you will be aware of what we’re talking about each day. I know children don’t always communicate well about their day for you to be able to follow up easily at home. Here is the first week of our Kindness Morning Meeting curriculum. Week 1 acts of kindness. We will be doing these lessons on Tuesday-Friday.

The students had a lot of fun for Crazy Hat Day. Not everyone brought a hat so we spent some time making our own.

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Phonics is till going well and the students are learning lots being separated into their level groups. In the upcoming weeks we will be doing even more targeted learning at each child’s learning level. Stay tuned!


In PE we introduced some activities we hadn’t done since last semester such as Submarine Tag (which the students just call “the catch game”) in which the person who is “it” tags a student and that student must lay down and put their periscope up (put their leg in the air). They can be saved by another student coming along and putting their periscope down. We also tried using hula hoops with varying levels of success.

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In IPC we’ve started to make our own puppets to facilitate our learning about playing pretend.

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Learning about playing pretend in IPC has really sparked some interesting changes in our developmental play time.

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Have a great weekend and we’ll see you on Monday!




Week 1 Wrap-Up

Welcome back everyone!

I hope you all had a relaxing winter break full of joy and happiness no matter what celebrations or traditions your family observes during this period.

I’d like to start with a big welcome to Jisika in FS1 and Minel in FS2. We’re so happy to have them with us.


We’re off to a roaring start this term. You can view our Term 2 Curriculum Planner here.

The students have a renewed passion for phonics. Our phonics work is now being more efficiently differentiated for the different age groups we have in the class. We start with whole-group activities that everyone can participate in then split off into groups. Ms. Jiyu has been working with the FS1 students while I work more closely with the FS2 and Year 1 students.


Our writer’s workshop has seen some great developments with students really using their phonics knowledge to put labels on their illustrations and start to write full words and sentences.

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Math Buddies is continuing our unit on measurement and is also being divided into age-appropriate groups for working.

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Although some of the children still ask to do yoga, we’ve got a lot going on in PE. We learned the game “Duck Duck Goose”, we started playing some ball hockey, and much to the children’s delight, we’ve introduced the parachute.

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In IPC we’ve started a new unit called Let’s Pretend. The students are being guided to play pretend with traditional stories and tales. We’re using costumes and puppets and we’ve seen some creative adaptations of stories such as Three Little Pigs and Goldilocks and the Three Bears.

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Much of the dress up costumes we have are old Halloween costumes and we could always use more variety. If you have any old costumes that are no longer needed in your family, we would love to add them to our costume bin. We’ve got a special desire for more princess costumes as we now have a lot of girls in our class.

This emphasis on pretend is also influencing the different ways the children are playing during developmental play time.

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Have a restful weekend and see you on Monday!

Week 16 Wrap-up

Winter break is finally here. Our Winter Show on Monday was a great success. I am so pleased with how confidently the children performed their Santa song. I hope you enjoyed watching it.

In IPC we finished up our unit on patterns.

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We revisited Writer’s Workshop and the break to do Word Work was a real success. The students are writing more in their journals.


We did more work on measurement in Math Buddies but as mentioned before we’ll be revisiting this unit when school starts back up in the new year.

And of course we had lots of great developmental play time.

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Have a great winter break! School starts back up Monday, January 7. Can’t wait to see you all!


Marie McClellan