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Our End of the Year Pool & Water Party

We had such a wonderful time celebrating our learning and friendship at our end of the year water party. Sides, pools, water games and more! Followed by a SCRUMPTIOUS lunch provided by our amazing kindergarten parents. A huge thank you to all our parents who volunteered to help decorate and set up the party.

I am truly thankful for the excellent year we shared together, KA Friends and Family. I am lucky to be given the opportunity watch you grow and flourish this year. Have a wonderful summer, KA Friends!!


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Movin’ on Up!

Today we came back super excited about our time in grade one! Just read below to see what we found out about first grade!

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Our Final UOI Project!

As a cumulative finale to our Unit of Inquiry: How the World Works, we demonstrated our learning through a final project challenge. The challenge was to use a marble to get from Point A to Point B, but there must be 5 obstacles preventing the marble from running its course. Students learned that if they used the forces and motion, they were successful!

After we presented our project to our peers, we talked about what we could do to make our device even better. Ms. Edwards was amazed by some of the creative thoughts and observations from her students!


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Learning through Play!

We had a fabulous learning experience through our observations at the trampoline park yesterday. Just read and see!


Ms. Edwards: How did you experience Force and Motion at the Field Trip today? 

(responses written verbatim)


“Pulling and Pushing on the ball swing. When I pulled it towards me and when I let go, I pushed my feet off the block.” –Hadley


“Falling- I jumped and I fall.” -William


“When we were jumping on the trampolines, it was like there was no gravity. Because my feet were pushing against the net, it stretched and bounced me up.” -Jahan


“Gravity- when we were playing the fighting competition on the bridge, I fell down in the sponges and it’s hard to get up.” -Ace


“When I jumped, the earth’s gravity pulled me back down.” -James


“When I ran up the ramp, my speed was slower. When I ran down, it was faster.” -Sophie


“When we were running in the foam pit, it was harder to run. When we ran outside, it was easier.” -Jahan


When we go up the slide of the trampoline, it’s very high. When we go down, it’s very low.” Julian


“When I fell into the blocks, I bounced two times because my force was strong because I jumped very hard.” -Elizabeth


“Can you tell my mom and dad how to get to Koolfly? I want to go on Saturday!” -Ace


Ms. Edwards: Sure! Here’s the link for parents who would like to take their child to the trampoline park. Remember to bring your YELLOW SIS Tag and receive a BIG discount (60RMB for 2 hours rather than normal price 100RMB an hour ) http://www.shenzhenparty.com/places/sports-recreation/koolfly-trampoline-park

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Preparing our Friend’s for Kindergarten

Today we had a special visit from PreK2A Friends (The “Super Dogs”). They will be kindergartners next year, so we tried to help them see how much fun and learning we have in kindergarten. First, Ms. Edwards read one of our favorite books “I will Surprise my Friend!” (an Elephant and Piggy book). From all the giggles, we could tell they would like the stories we read in kindergarten. Then we had reading workshop with our new PreK2 friends. Ms. Edwards was sooooo impressed when she overhead the conversations “this is how you stretch out a word…” and “First you read your dinner books, then dessert books…” Finally, in the end we told them the wonderful things we love in kindergarten, these were some of the comments from our class:

We learn 3D shapes and patterns!

We learn to read and to write!

We learn lots in math, like addition and subtraction.

We learn How the World Works!

We learn all the continents in the world (and then we began to singing the song…)

We get to have project play and recess and go to art, Chinese, P.E. and music.

Next Monday, KA will visit the 1A Teacher and find out about first grade. We can’t wait!

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Thinking About our Books

In Reader’s Workshop, we learned that avid readers are aware of which books they find easy, and which books they find challenging. First, we sorted through our book basket and made three stacks of books: easy books, just-right books, and challenging books. Then we got to reading…first with the easy books, then the just right books, and finally some of us got to our challenging books.

We talked about what it means if we have too many challenging books. Will we grow very well as readers? What if we have too many easy books? In the end, we decided it would be best to have more just-right books so that we can continue to get stronger as readers.

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Slimy, slimy, slime!

We had great fun with our reading buddies…we learned how to make slime! Some of us had more successful concoctions than others, so Ms. Edwards told us we can try to make it again using different ingredients at our class party on Friday.

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Avid Readers Think!

We are learning that avid readers really think about the text that they read. This helps us to understand the story better. During readers workshop today, we did a fabulous job marking our connections with sticky notes and then sharing our best connections with the class. Read below for some of our great connections shared:

Last night, my brother Marco taught me and my tutor the a new word in English (armadillo) and it’s so funny, because today I read a story about an armadillo! (Text to Self Connection)~Ace

This story is about going places, and this page is an airplane. Soon I will go to America on an airplane. (Text to Self Connection) ~Hadley

This story is another version of “The Three Little Pigs!” (Text-Text Connection) ~Jahan

I also went learned how to ski in Japan, just like in this book the little girl is learning how to ski. (Text to Self Connection) ~Sophie

I am researching spiders, and this book is all about spiders! (Text to Self Connection) ~James

This book is all about sharks, and I researched sharks! (Text to Self Connection) ~William

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Swimming in P.E!

We have really been enjoying our swimming lessons with Mr. B! We are now very independent in changing in and out of our swimming clothes, all by ourselves.

Mr. B taught us all about the importance of water safety and we’ve been learning and practicing swimming strokes, floating on our own, and blowing bubbles under the water. Mr. B. even gives us a few minutes to play at the end if we try our very best during the lesson. Great job, KA Friends!

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Avid Readers Use Gestures

Today we discovered that as Avid Readers, we don’t just read with feeling, but we also should read with gestures! First, Ms. Edwards modeled big gestures when she read a dinner book to us…really helped us to understand what gestures are. Once we understood what “gestures” were,  it was really fun reading our books using big gestures!

Parents: Ask your child tonight to read their new “Dinner Books” tonight using feeling and gestures!


noun: gesture; plural noun: gestures

  1. 1.
    a movement of part of the body, especially a hand or the head, to express an idea or meaning.
    “Alex made a gesture of apology” (Source: Google Dictionary)
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