Permission Form

Please follow the below link to sign the permission form for your child to attend our trip on Tuesday. Parents are welcome to join and there is space on the bus for 16 parents. Please email me to reserve a seat on the bus or you can make your own way there.

Please fill out the permission form by Friday June 18.

Term 3 Week 10 Update

This is a long, late update. My apologies for that.

Parent Teacher Conferences

As many of you are aware, I have had ongoing medical problems this term. I have been under the care of an excellent medical team and they have found the cause of the problem. The solution, however, is surgery. I have scheduled my surgery for the summer break. As a result of this I need to go in for pre-surgery testing on Thursday June 24th and that is why I am unable to do Parent Teacher Conferences that day. As you have been made aware through the newsletter, I am available on Tuesday and Wednesday from 3:45-5. I see that many of you have already signed up. If you haven’t signed up, please do so in the link provided in the newsletter.

Picnic Trip to Seopyeon Children’s Park

We will be taking a trip to Seopyeon Children’s Park on Tuesday June 22nd. Parents are invited and encouraged to come.
The bus will leave school at 10:40am (to arrive at the park at 11:00am) after our morning snack and depart the park at 2:00pm (to arrive back to school around 2:20).
Parents can meet us at the park or they can join the bus. There are limited seats on the bus. We can accommodate 16 (sixteen) parents and will fill those seats on a first-come first-served basis. If you wish to ride the bus with us, please email me at your earliest convenience.
A permission slip for the trip will be made and posted later today. Please have it completed by Friday June 18.

Week 10 Update

Now that all that housekeeping is out of the way, let’s get on with our update.

In Phonics we looked at the beginning sounds for P, A, N, M, and I. We finished off our Long and Short Vowel review. Finally, we looked at ending blends.

In Maths we worked on measurement comparing weights.

In IPC we had a grand time taking a trip to Daesong Market and making a healthy pizza. The students had a wonderful experience.

Term 3 Week 9 Update

Well we’re into the final stretch!

Just to reiterate the email that I sent about next week’s activities:

On Wednesday June 9 we will be taking a trip to a Korean Traditional Market to buy some groceries for our Healthy Pizza Project. Please fill out the permission form and let me know if your child can attend. Snack and Lunch will be eaten at school. Please have the form filled out by Monday June 7.
This is the form:

On Friday June 11 we will make our pizzas and eat them for lunch. There will be 1 slice of pizza available for all students in our class. You do not need to pack a full lunch for your child but please pack some accompaniments  as one slice of pizza may be a very light lunch. The pizzas will be vegetarian but will contain cheese. Please let me know if there are any dietary restrictions that will prevent your child from eating a vegetarian pizza with cheese. 

And briefly, some additional trip news:

The whole school will be having trips on Tuesday June 22nd. We will be going to Soepyeong Children’s Park near Jujeon Beach for some play time and a picnic. Parents are invited. It will be a really special day. More details will follow soon. However, let’s get on with our update!

In Maths we reviewed some measurement looking at sizes and non-standard measures. We compared the size and length of objects in the class. We measured some pictures of objects using cubes. Finally, we ordered ourselves by height from shortest to tallest. The children tried to do it on their own first. Then, I snapped a photo of them and displayed it on the projector. They then corrected themselves and came pretty close to getting in the correct order.

In Phonics we looked at the letters L, O, G, H, T as initial sounds. We studied R-controlled vowels, the sound ING, and we began reviewing medial vowels with Long and Short A and I. We also looked at a wide variety of initial S-blends.

IPC saw us look closer at plants, especially those we can eat as part of our We Are What We Eat unit. We created an All About Plants lapbook as we did our study. We are now growing 3 herbs in the classroom: basil, rosemary, and spearmint. Hopefully we’re successful and our class proves itself to have green thumbs. In preparation for next week’s market trip we used fruits and vegetables to print some shopping bags.

With the weather getting hot we tried doing some PE in the hall with the AC on. The children also have been really enjoying their library time with Ms. Yuli. And of course, they love to play.

That’s it for this week. Have a wonderful weekend and we’ll see you on Monday!

Term 3 Week 8 Update

Wow we had such a busy week we took almost no pictures!

In Maths we finished off our data handling unit by tallying and graphing our food that we ate (the IPC Food Log) and I very unashamedly polled the class for what kind of cookie they would like for my birthday and graphed the results. Chocolate chip was the winner.

In Phonics we looked at the letters X, Y, and Z – finishing off our alphabet sounds. With alphabet learners we’ll be moving on to initial sounds for the rest of the year, getting through as many letters as we can in the next 4 weeks. We also looked at R-blends, and Vowel Teams for the Long Vowel O.

In Literacy we finished off our narrative recounts unit looking at ways to make a narrative more full of detail. We called that a “slice” story instead of a “cake” story. With a slice we focus in on a small part of a story and tell as much as we can about it. We learned about the 5 W’s and using our senses to describe things.

Our IPC unit on food continued this week as we looked at the different foods we eat at home. We looked at the food groups and what amount of each food is recommended to eat in each group. I really tried to impress upon the children that no one is perfect and we do our best to eat a balanced diet but no one is bad if their diet isn’t perfectly balanced. Over the coming weeks we’ll continue looking at healthy food and where it comes from.

And let me say WOW! Thank you so much for that wonderful video of your children wishing me a happy birthday. I will cherish it forever. It’s been an amazing 1, 2, and even 3 years teaching your children and they have a very special place in my heart. Thank you parents for trusting me with your children every day. Thank you for your support.

The weather looks good this weekend so enjoy the sunshine (although it’s pretty bleak right now as I write this!) and we’ll see you on Monday. Only 4 weeks to go!

Term 3 Week 7 Update

Wow! What an exciting but short week! We sure were glad to see that rain go away and play outside today!

In Phonics we finished off L-blends and began R-blends, looked at different spellings for the Long Vowel U such as UE, U_E, UI, and OO, and we’re nearing the end of our alphabet sounds with the letters T, U, V, W.

Of course we continued writing recounts/narratives in Literacy.

In Maths we continued data handling looking and analyzing pictographs.

We began our new IPC unit You Are What You Eat with an exciting entry point where we roleplayed having a cafe in our classroom and we created a wonderful mind map and word cluster showing what we knew about food, where it came from, and how we cook it. We’re in for a fun next few weeks!

That’s it for this week. Be sure to enjoy the sun forecasted for this weekend and we’ll see you on Monday!

Term 3 Week 6 Update

It’s half way through the term and we’re busy as ever.

In Literacy we started a new unit on simple recounts and we call our writing time Writer’s Workshop. The students have begun writing recounts of experiences they’ve had in their lives.

In Phonics we looked at Long E spellings such as EE, E_E, IE, and Y. We also looked at L-blends and the letters P, Q, R, S.

In Maths we are revisiting data handling and graphs. We practiced tally marks and bar graphs this week.

By far the most exciting thing we did this week was prepare our Transportation Museum as our Exit Point for this IPC unit. The students made signs for the museum, made posters advertising it, and on the big day they showed the school around the museum and proudly discussed their work.

That’s it for this week. We’re onto a new and exciting IPC unit next week and a lot of great learning! Have a great weekend. Stay dry. We’ll see you on Monday!

Term 3 Week 4 & 5 Update

As many of you probably heard from your children, I had a few days absent these last couple of weeks. I’ve encountered some health problems but I have found good doctors and have good care.

And just because I was absent some days doesn’t mean lots of learning didn’t happen! The students were well taken care of by the rest of the staff and some great learning happened.

In Maths we looked at addition of 2-digits and 1-digit numbers as well as number bonds to 20.

In Phonics we looked at sounds of Long I with IE, I_E, IGH. We also looked at mixed Magic E words, and the letters M, N, and O.

In IPC we continued with our unit From A to B about transportation. We made our own vehicles. We did some art representing transportation. We made musical soundscapes of transportation sounds.

And of course, we had Sports Day today. It was a wonderful time.

Have a great weekend and we’ll see you next week!

Term 3 Week 3 Update

Our schedule was a little all over the place this week with the Year 1 students doing their InCas testing. It was a lot of assessment but I’m really proud of all of them for sticking with it and doing their best. Any students who were absent and didn’t complete their testing will get the opportunity to finish up when they return to school.

While the students were off with Ms Luna working on their testing the rest of the class worked on independent learning packets covering literacy and maths.

In Phonics we looked at the letters I-L, the long vowels O and U using Magic E, and the long vowel sound A using spellings AI, AY, A_E, and EIGH.
In Literacy we began reading the Roald Dahl book The Minpins. The students have been excited to find out what happens next.

In Maths we continued looking at place value to the tens place and began doing 2-digits and 1-digit addition with manipulatives to help. We will be continuing on this skill next week.

In IPC we focussed on the history of transportation looking at photos of Korea in the early 1900s. We then did independent research to see what transportation was like in people’s home countries 100 years ago. We then looked at the evolution of certain types of transportation and imagined what future vehicles might be like. We drew these to put in our Transportation Museum which we are building towards making over the next few weeks. Additionally, we thought about wind resistance as it comes to vehicles and tested it out making paper helicopters.

We spent some time in the Hall this week for PE working on games that improved our hand-eye coordination and balance. The children really enjoyed this change of pace.

We’ll be back to a much more normal schedule next week as our assessments are complete. I look forward to a fun and exciting week of learning!

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

Term 3 Week 2 Update

Things have been lively and active in FS1-Y1 this week.

In Phonics we looked at the letters E-H, the long vowels A and I using Magic E, and the dipthongs OI and OY.
In literacy we continued reading Fantasy stories.

In Maths we studied place value with Tens and Ones. Many of the students were very familiar with this as we’ve been doing it all year long as we count the days of school. Every 10 days we mark that we have “a new 10”. Now that we’ve passed 100 days some of the students are beginning to be comfortable with place value to the Hundreds.

Our IPC unit From A to B saw us learning about maps and transportation. We took a walk around the school neighbourhood and drew maps of our journey. We also learned about ways different children around the world get to school.

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

Term 2 Week 9 Update

Well we’ve rounded the bend and we’re into the home stretch.

The week started out with some great music with Mr. Green. The students have been practising their number for the talent show.

In Phonics we worked on the digraph CH as well as mixed digraphs. We also looked at Long Vowel O using the spellings “oe” and “oa”.

In Literacy we picked up where we left off last term looking a simple rhymes. We’ve been focusing on nursery rhymes.

In Maths we spent time learning about money. We investigated some real coins from around the world before moving into British money. We sorted coins by their value. We had a make-shift store where we bought different fruits and sweets, went to the “bank” to get the money we needed to purchase our item, and finally went to the cash register to buy our items.

In IPC we looked at human growth and families. We did a matching activity trying to guess whose baby picture went with who. Later we did a collage labelling everyone in our families. We got to see how people who were younger and older than us grew and changed and how we’re going to grow and change, too.

In PE we enjoyed the warm weather outside and we also did some yoga inside.

That’s all for this week. Enjoy the final week of term!