Term 3 Week 1 Update

Well we’re back! I hope everyone had a restful break. We’ve got a short term with lots to pack in. The weather hasn’t been nice this week so we’ve had a lot of indoor recesses. The forecast for Saturday is bright and sunny so please take advantage of that weather and get your children outside. The rain starts again on Monday.

We kicked off a new phonics unit called Letters to Words. We’ve begun building words with our phonics knowledge. We’re currently working on CVC words which is Consonant Vowel Consonant words (such as cat, sat, pig, etc). This week we focussed on short A and short I words. The children did wonderfully. They built their CVC words using magnets independently, read flash cards, built words on the board for the whole class to see, and even wrote words independently on their whiteboards.

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Instead of alternating days of phonics and centres this term, we will be splitting our lesson into half phonics, half centres. During centres time one group a day will do guided reading with me.

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Our Writer’s Workshop has moved onto our narrators unit. As the children develop we will be doing a combination of free writing and guided writing. We will also be writing with more prompts. One of the prompts I’d like to begin with is recalling a past vacation. Please email me at mariemcclellan@hyundaiforeignschool.com a great photo of your child on vacation so they can write a story about it. I would like to do this activity on Thursday so please have all photos emailed to me by Wednesday.

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As the math we are doing becomes more complicated for the younger children, we will be working more in a guided math/centres style for math with each group of children getting lessons targeted at their level. This will begin next week.

In IPC we began our Green Thumb unit all about growing plants. We began by taking a walk around the Hanmaeum Centre looking at all the new plants growing in the spring.

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And we’ve started an experiment. We are growing beans in bags. The students put a wet paper towel and a cannelli bean into a ziplock bag. They drew what it looked like in their Seed Journal and then I hung the beans in the window. If all goes well, we will see some roots and sprouts starting soon. When the beans are germinated, we’ll pot them.

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We kicked off this first week back with our Conflict Resolution morning meetings. This week we talked about anger, our reactions to it, and how we can keep our anger at a reasonable level and move to calm down.

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That’s all for this week! Have a great weekend and please enjoy that sun!

Week 13 Update

Wow! We made it! Another term is here and gone and now it’s time for a much-deserved holiday.

We continued with Morning Meetings as we do every day although we didn’t have a specific focus. We played some developmental games such as lining up by order of which floor we lived in our apartments without speaking, making a clapping pattern go around the room, and trying to stand up back to back with clocked elbows. All of these showed the need for teamwork and cooperation.

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Our themed Morning Meetings will begin again next term where we will learn about conflict resolution. We’ll focus on how to deal with our own anger and how to react when someone is angry at us. This curriculum lasts about 8 weeks so it will take us for most of the term.

We finished our initial sounds phonics unit this week and the students were excited that their phonics book was complete. We will begin our 3rd phonics unit next term Letters to Words. We’ll be looking at CVC words, CVCe words, blends, and digraphs.

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Our Storytellers unit in Writer’s Workshop is complete and we will be moving on to writing narratives as our first unit after the holiday. We completed this unit by writing our own storybooks which the students proudly took home yesterday.

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In IPC we finished off our unit by looking at different houses around the world and the different materials they were made of. Then we made our own houses. Next term we’ll begin by looking at how things grow. A great unit for the spring.

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The students had some really creative developmental play this week. They are speaking more and more English to each other and that’s wonderful to see. The language development of the children is beautiful to behold. They love to tell jokes and stories both to me and to each other.

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I hope your holiday is restful and everyone comes back to school refreshed and ready to learn in Term 3. See you on April 22!