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Term 2 Week 2 Update

Well we’re back in the swing of things. The students had a great time learning this week.

In Math we finished up our unit on measurement. We used non-standard measures to find the length and weight of many objects in the classroom. Did you know a toy giraffe is weighs 11 counting blocks?

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In Phonics we looked at the letters R and K. The students are really coming along in their phonics work and have a strong grasp of initial sounds. Our sight word this week was “like”.

In IEYC we continued on our superheroes theme. We had an introduction to Beginning/Middle/End of a story and tried to write our own stories using a story cube. We rolled the cube and it gave us ideas for the beginning, middle, and end of our stories. You can see these stories displayed on our board outside the classroom. We also revisited our story Supertato and Supertato came to visit us in the classroom. We got a chance to interview him and learned about his feelings during the story. Then the students got to roleplay the Supertato story and learn about the characters feelings. They’re really having fun being superheros.

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Don’t forget our Open Day is Monday if you want to come see teaching and learning in action at HFS. Please contact the administration office to register.

Our Seollal celebration will be Tuesday. The whole school has lots in store. Please come join us!

That’s all for this week. Have a happy weekend and we’ll see you next week!

 

Term 2 Week 1 Update

Welcome back! I hope everyone had a relaxing break. We’re back to full-time learning!

We started off the week with a great assembly from Mr. Kearney about empathy. We did an activity where we “stood in someone else’s shoes” to really learn their perspective.

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We jumped right into a new unit on measurement in Math. We learned about things that are bigger and smaller, longer and shorter, and began learning about taller and shorter. We used a lot of real-life objects in the classroom to compare sizes. We also began working on written work in Math to start our Math notebooks.

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In Phonics we covered the letters S and F and visited the sight word “at”.

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IEYC has proven to be very exciting with our new unit, “To The Rescue!”, focusing on superheroes. We began the week finding a very special package sitting near our carpet after story time. What could it be? Well there was a letter signed “A Superhero” asking us to keep their box safe.

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But, oh no! Soon the evil villain Mighty Freeze came into our classroom and put a magic spell on us and froze us in place while she stole our box that we were supposed to keep safe!

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It’s a good thing she left a trail of snowflakes behind so we could follow them and rescue the box.

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We brought it back to the classroom and opened it up. Inside we found supplies to make our own superhero masks!

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The next day we donned our jackets and masks and went outside for our Superhero Training. We completed the obstacle course and got certificates making us real superheroes.

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We capped off the week reading the book Supertato and trying our hands at retelling a story. Then we used homemade playdough to make the characters from Supertato. We had a great time exploring texture and colour.

The students were pretty excited that this playdough was homemade and promptly declared that their moms  should make some. So, in case anyone gets this request, you can find the ingredients list and instructions on this blog: https://funlearningforkids.com/easy-play-dough-recipe-without-cream-tartar/

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That’s all for this week. Have a great weekend. Enjoy the sun. We’ll see you back and ready on Monday!

Term 1 Sight Words List

As promised, below is the list of Sight Words that we have worked on this term if you want to do work around these words with your children during the holiday.

  • I
  • a
  • my
  • the
  • and
  • see

Term 1 Week 16 Update

Wow! It’s the end of the term! I am so proud of all the children and their learning thus far. We kept it up even until the last days before the holiday.

In Phonics we learned the initial sound “I” and our Sight Word was “and”. I’m excited to continue with our Phonics and Sight Words next term as well as begin Guided Reading.

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We were a veritable toy factory for ending off our Toy Shop unit in IEYC. We made cars, boats, and kaleidoscopes. The students had a great time using different media to decorate and create their toys. They were played with here at school and I hope they get some use at home.

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All this work making toys has made the students very creative during their developmental play time. They had a day where they really enjoyed puzzles and they’ve been making some great small worlds for the car toys.

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Have a wonderful and restful holiday. Enjoy this time with your family no matter what you celebrate and we’ll see you back in the new year ready for more action-packed learning!

Term 1 Week 15 Update

Wow! All our hard work came to an amazing culmination at last night’s winter show. I hope you all enjoyed it. I know the children certainly did. I’m so proud of how well they learned their song and its actions. I’m also proud of the students in the drama club who learned who learned their lines and bravely spoke out on stage.

Speaking of the winter show, this week was chock full of rehearsals but we still did get lots of learning in. In Phonics we studied the letters N and M and our Word of the Week sight word was “see”. In Math we continued working on subitizing concentrating more on numbers 6-10. We also did some work around winter and snow men and made a wonderful snowman using negative space.

Report cards went home today. Don’t forget to fill in your comments and bring them with you to the parent-teacher conferences on Wednesday. If you haven’t reserved your spot to speak with me yet you can do so by signing the sheet in the office. I look forward to this excellent opportunity to discus your child’s academic progress. Additionally, our workbooks will be going home over night on Monday so you can see what we’ve been working on all term. Please remember to return them on Tuesday so we can continue working next week.

The last day of term is next Friday and it’s a half-day. There will be an assembly where the students will present some of the work they’ve done this term. I look forward to seeing you there!

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Winter Show Costume

For this year’s winter show please have the students dress in red or green tops with black pants or skirts. Christmas sweaters are also an acceptable top.

Thank you!

Term 1 Week 14 Update

Wow we’re heading into the home stretch but we’re still starting new things. In phonics this week we worked on the letters P and A and our word of the week was “a”. You will have noticed that in your child’s homework folder there are two reading books. These are to help practice our words of the week. Two books will be going home each week in their homework folder from now on. Some of the class is already reading more complex books than the ones I have sent home. Please be patient as I make level-appropriate books for them to read. This is an ongoing project and I hope to have Just Right Readers at your child’s appropriate level by the beginning of Term 2.

We continued exploring toys and toy shops in IEYC this week. We set up our own toy shop, made shopping lists, and then used money to buy items in our shop. The students had a fun experience shopping.

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We also looked at zoetropes. A zoetrope is a pre-film animation tool that allows the observer to experience moving pictures. We had a great time looking at all the animations last year’s Y2/3 class did and made some of our own.

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And of course with the Winter Show coming up we’ve been hard at work practicing our song and we also started on our holiday craft. The students will be keen for you to buy one the night of the show.

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That’s all for this week. Stay warm, have a restful weekend, and we’ll see you Monday!

Term 1 Week 13 Update

Please accept my apologies for this very late update. I was unfortunately very ill on Friday when the updates usually go out.

As we near the end of the term, it doesn’t mean our learning is slowing down. If anything it’s picking up! We learned a lot this week including the letter T in our phonics program and our word of the week, “The”. We worked hard on subitizing numbers to 10 in Math. And as always our Toy Shop was up and running in IEYC. Not to mention our trip to the Ulsan Toy Library.

The students had a blast on our trip to the Toy Library. They got to play with a lot of exciting toys that we don’t have in the classroom and it really helped their social skills regarding sharing and taking turns. To see the full set of photos at the Toy Library, please check out the Google Album (private link) here: https://photos.app.goo.gl/UcbKZKLwFgPrcppq6

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Our students have been very enterprising with their Toy Shop in the classroom and began exploring money.

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But toy shops are not just for selling toys, they’re also for making them. And we made some robots and tried our hand at writing instructions about what we did.

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But our robots were naughty and made a mess at the classroom. We practiced instructions some more by telling our robots how to clean up the classroom step by step.

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Finally we put all that instruction practice to use and programmed real robots called Bee Bots and gave them directions on how to get from point A to point B on a grid.

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That’s it for this week. It’s already Monday so I hope you had a great weekend and are well rested.

Term 1 Week 12 Update

Wow! There is a chill in the air and I am reminded that the Winter Show is just around the corner. We began learning our song this week, “Jolly Old St. Nicholas”. We’ll have lots of practice time at school to prepare for the show but I know sometimes the children might want to practice at home. I have sent the lyrics to the song home in their homework folder and this is a YouTube video of the song they can sing along to. This is by no means mandatory.

The students sure had fun exploring toys this week. They loved bringing in their toys for show and tell and playing with them that day. The students who didn’t bring in a toy chose their favourite toy from the classroom to use exclusively that day so no one missed out. The toys did go missing for a while so we practiced describing our toys and writing descriptions while making a missing poster for the toys that had gone AWOL. Then we hunted around the classroom and found them so we could play some more.

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We read a story about a bear at a toy shop that had gone on an adventure. So, we took our own Cutie Bear and took it on an adventure around the school. We snapped photos and then all made our own storybooks about Cutie Bear’s adventures. The students are really enjoying this exploration into writing. Everyone is writing on their own level with some students making marks to some beginning to write sentences. All students assign meaning to their writing which is exactly what is to be expected at this developmental stage.

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Every day we have a time where we practice silent reading and usually I follow that up by reading them a story. The students have begun role-playing reading stories to the class. It’s wonderful to watch.

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Our theme of this IEYC unit is My Toy Shop. During developmental play time the students began playing a toy shop. Later in the week we introduced money to the toy shop. We’ll be continuing this play as time goes on.

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Today we read a story about Stanley’s Stick and we learned that anything we want can be a toy if we use our imaginations. While we were playing with our sticks, Ms. Yujin brought us a top secret message left by a “funny little man” addressed to FS 1/2. Turns out it was our secret mission to use the craft supplies on hand to create our own imaginative toys.

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We’re continuing our phonics and word of the week. This week was the beginning sounds G and H and the word “my”.

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We also had our first of a series of safety lessons. We learned from Spike the Porcupine about what was and wasn’t safe for us to eat, taste, or smell. We also learned who we should ask if something was OK to eat and who to tell or call if someone we know has ingested something they’re not supposed to.

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Well, that’s all for this week. Have a great weekend; stay warm; and we’ll see you next week ready to learn!

 

Ulsan Toy Library Permission Form

On Tuesday, November 19th we will be visiting the Ulsan Toy Library to continue in our exploration of toys in our My Toy Shop IEYC unit. We will leave the school at 10am and return before lunch time. Please pack your child’s snack, lunch, and water bottle as normal for the day. To give permission for your child to attend this trip, please fill out the permission form here: https://forms.gle/VH2Rk8k3yBnjjg1h9 by Friday, November 15th.