Term 1 Week 5 Update

A little housekeeping before this week’s update:

  1. The order form for winter uniforms went home in your child’s backpack today. To order a winter uniform please return the order form and the fee of 20,000won no later than Friday October 4th.
  2. Earlier this week your child brought home an invitation for our “Alphabet Party” on October 24th. By this day we will have finished learning all the sounds of the alphabet and we want to celebrate it. Additionally, our Exit Point for our IEYC unit on Chattering Children is for the children to host a celebration party with their parents and favourite stuffed animal. You are all welcome to attend. I will give additional information regarding the schedule of this alphabet party as the time draws near.
  3. Next week we will be learning about bears both fictional and real and since bears like to eat honey, I will bring some in on Wednesday October 2nd for the children to taste. If there is some reason your child cannot have honey, please let me know ASAP.

With that, it’s time for this week’s update!

We had an excellent time at the Monet exhibit at the HHI Arts Centre today. The children were able to see real paintings by Monet and also some exciting animated digital art. It was a great, short cultural trip and tied in well with our IEYC unit as we have been looking at some art and trying to recreate it.

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Speaking of art and IEYC, we looked at the collage artwork of Kurt Schwitters and made our own collages yesterday. I was very impressed with the creativity of the students.

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Mr. Mole didn’t visit us this week in but he did leave us a surprise. First, he hid letters all over the school and we had to match the lowercase letters that we found with the upper case letters on our scavenger sheet. When we finished we came into the classroom and found a package addressed to Ms. M that the students had to unwrap layer by later. In between each layer, Mr. Mole had hidden letters that we needed to identify. Mr. Mole left the rest of the letters with me and we worked on putting them all into alphabetical order. Finally, we opened the package and found our invitation to the Alphabet Party on the 24th of October and we made invitations to invite you too!

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In Math we worked on “What’s Next” in counting to 10. We rolled a number cube and had to cover up the next number on our cards. We practiced this a few times this week. The students are really gaining strong number sense.

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After last week’s picnic with Mr. Mole and encouragement in the weeks before to don hats or costumes to encourage imaginitive play, those themes are showing up spontaneously during developmental play time. The students are also showing their great sorting ability when cleaning up the toys (a math skill!).IMG_20190925_145406 IMG_20190925_150143_Bokeh IMG_20190925_151552

It looks like we’re set to have another rainy weekend so stay dry and we’ll see you next week!

 

Term 1 Week 4 Update

Well we certainly came back from the break with a bang! I’m very excited to tell you about our new IEYC unit: Chattering Children. It’s all about fostering communication. Guiding us through this unit is our friend Mr. Mole. The children have loved having him teach along side me. We began with the day that we met Mr. Mole by having a scavenger hunt for various things around the classroom because Mr. Mole doesn’t know where anything is. We then looked for our initials hidden in the classroom and made an About Me poster.

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The next day Mr. Mole delivered us some mail. He’s not so great at reading so he delivered the envelopes to the wrong children and they had to sort themselves out and give the envelope they had received to the right child. Inside were little notes of inspiration. Then we made our own envelopes to hold any writing work we’ll be doing in this unit.

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Mr. Mole surprised us with a picnic where we practiced asking for food politely at the table.

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We got some practice writing letters to each other. Mr. Mole delivered them to the right children this time.

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And today we worked on some literacy skills matching animals to their names, learning about animal sounds, and playing an animal letter bingo.

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But IEYC isn’t all we’ve been up to! We’re still doing phonics and we covered the letters H-K this week.

In Math we worked on subitizing (recognising instantly groups of numbers) 1-5 and we added 6 today. We do this through song and also through different hands-on games.

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For something a little different in PE while the Year 3-9 were away on their field trip, we did some yoga with the Cosmic Kids Yoga program.

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And of course we had developmental play time where the students became very interested in building and playing out some familiar scenarios.

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Term 1 Week 3 Update

What an intense, short week we’ve had. We had an amazing Chuseok celebration on Monday; a fantastic trip to the Ulju Mountain Film Festival Tuesday; and today we’ve had a low-key day with our regular routine of Calendar, Math, Phonics as well as some tablet time, creative playdough exploration, and some developmental play. The students are learning and growing so much through all these different elements of their education. I hope everyone who celebrates Chuseok has a special time with their families and those who don’t make good use of the time off to connect with one another still in the spirit of thankfulness that Chuseok reminds us of. Have a great long weekend and we’ll see you next week. Don’t forget about our curriculum evening on Monday at 5:30 and school photos on Wednesday.

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Term 1 Week 2 Update

Well, it certainly was an interesting week here in FS 1/2. With rainy days and a lot of absences, we didn’t have a typical week. We still did lots of rich learning, however.

Continuing in our IEYC unit, Brainwave, Professor Spark sent us some video messages and set us some challenges. We learned about Knowledge, Skills and Understanding and how they come together. Professor Spark promised us some magic in one of his messages and that was shown with our 3D glasses. We also designed our own obstacle course and tried it till we had the skills to do it successfully. Finally today we brought our learning back to thinking about the brain and made a mini-book about what makes a healthy brain.

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In our Math we’re expanding beyond simple counting and into subetizing and writing our numbers. Today we played a game where we rolled a number cube, counted the dots, and wrote the corresponding number.

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In Phonics we continued with our letter sounds, one letter one day at a time. This week we did letters C-F.

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And as always we’re strengthening social emotional learning through developmental play. Some new scenarios played out this week and some familiar ones. Some students are taking on the role of teacher and insisting I sit on the carpet and listen to their lesson. Other times they’re playing firefighter and saving our classroom. And sometimes they’re just stretching their brains by building block towers as high as they can.

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Don’t forget about our special Chuseok program on Monday and our trip on Tuesday. Clubs will be as normal after those 2 special days and classes and clubs will be as usual on Wednesday before the break.

I hope everyone has a great weekend. Try to stay dry! We’ll see you next week!