March 18

Week 26 @PreK1a, Brave Bears – What happened during Book Week?

Book Week kicked off with being cozy…….as cozy as your just at home with your pajamas (PJs). 🙂

…and the Brave Bears even experienced to read in an unusual place while they were in their PJs. Reading in Unusual Places was also an opportunity for the Brave Bears to apply what they know about safety – make sure that there is no car when crossing the road.

 

Dropped Everything and Read (DEAR) happened on Tuesday. The Brave Bears either read alone, shared-reading or enjoying Readers time a group of friends.

Teacher Readers happily read to the Brave Bears on Wednesday. They had four Teacher Readers in a day!

Ms.  Kasey also came to read to the class on a different day.

A Parent Reader came on Thursday. During the story time, the Brave Bears confidently answered questions related to the story and even started to make predictions about what will happen next.

Books Come Alive and Book Character Dress-Up happened on Friday. The Brave Bears proudly came to the school showing their “special dress” for the day. Some of them even took their character seriously. 🙂

Here are short clips of the Brave Bears Eric Carle’s Books Come Alive experiences.

In addition, the Brave Bears also decorated their door inspired by one of Eric Carle’s story, The Tiny Seed. Just like the Tiny Seed, the Brave Bears are blooming and growing into strong learners.

Painting the flower petals with loose parts, such as Lego, Yakult bottles, and fork.

Spray paint for the background.

Finally putting the flower together.

Next week, the Brave Bears will continue to learn about how and what makes a good picture. They will help in creating criteria that they can use to assess a good picture. Then, the Brave Bears will explore ways how to take pictures.

Upcoming Events

Mar 23: PSA sponsored Sky Farm Visit
Mar 26 – 30: Spring Break – NO SCHOOL

Apr 1: Classes Resume

Apr 5: Qing Ming Holiday

Apr 20: Field Day

Apr 1: Literacy Lounge

Apr 1: Learning Comes Alive

Gentle Reminders

PE Tuesday: Please send your child to school with comfortable clothes.

Attendance: Arrival is the Brave Bears social and time to reconnect with friends. Please send your child to school on time.

Bug spray: Please apply bug spray on your child before coming to school.

Snacks: A gentle reminder that NO chocolates for snacks.

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March 12

Week 25 @PreK1a, Brave Bears – How many ways can you express yourself?

Each child is unique. Unique how they think. Unique how they learn. Unique how they express themselves.

Last week, the Brave Bears were provided with open-ended materials and learning experiences where they were encouraged to represent thinking in different ways. Also through open-ended materials and learning experiences, the Brave Bears scaffolded learning – they had inspired each other, worked together and made learning fun.

During indoor exploration, the Brave Bears made mikes using connectors and started sharing what they have learned through a song in a group. Also, during indoor exploration, the Brave Bears represent thinking using loose parts, such as popsicle sticks and clothespins. Click here to see the Brave Bears creations.

 

The Brave Bears also started to represent thinking through illustrations and simple stories.

In addition, the Brave Bears start to express themselves through photos and taking photos. This skill will also help them to independently share their learning using Seesaw.

Here are the Brave Bears learning engagements and experiences for this week’s Book Week.

Upcoming Events

Mar 23: PSA sponsored Farm Visit (more details to come)

Mar 26 – 30: Spring Break – NO SCHOOL

Apr 1: Classes Resume

Gentle Reminders

PE Tuesday: Please send your child to school with comfortable clothes.

Attendance: Arrival is the Brave Bears social and time to reconnect with friends. Please send your child to school on time.

Bug spray: Please apply bug spray on your child before coming to school.

Snacks: A gentle reminder that NO chocolates for snacks.

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February 5

Week 21 @PreK1a, Brave Bears – What do you know about Chinese New Year?

“I like Chinese New Year!” most of the Brave Bears responded when they were informed that Chinese New Year is coming.

Prior to asking the Brave Bears what they know about Chinese New Year, they looked at the story behind Chinese New Year. In between the story, the Brave Bears were asked questions, such as what do you notice and what do you think.

Then the next day, the Brave Bears were presented with a mouth watery provocation to learn about what are the Chinese New Year colors.

…and here is the Brave Bears’ what we know about Chinese New Year.

Here are the Brave Bears’ learning engagements this week, and for the rest of February.

Upcoming Events

Feb 9: ECC CNY Celebration – Parents are all invited to watch the children perform some Chinese song at the Sports field from 8:30 to 9am.  Children are encouraged to wear Chinese traditional clothing on that day.

Feb 12: Splendid China Visit

Feb 15 – Feb 25: Chinese New Year Holiday

Feb 26: Classes Resume

Gentle Reminders

PE Tuesday: Please send your child to school with comfortable clothes.

Attendance: Arrival is the Brave Bears social and time to reconnect with friends. Please send your child to school on time.

Lanyard: Please wear your yellow lanyard when at school.

Snacks: A gentle reminder that NO chocolates for snacks.

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January 15

Week 18 – @PreK1A, Brave Bears – Welcome Back!

The first week back of the Brave Bears was a smooth transition. They had time to reconnect with their friends and get to the school routine slowly.

During PE, the Bears Bears had to work together with a friend to have a ride on a scooter, and some of the children challenged themselves to shoot a ball through the hoops.

 

The Brave Bears had met their Reading Buddies as well. It was a joy to see how the children enjoying stories and a great time with their buddy.

….and on Friday, the Brave Bears had made a vegetable soup, good for the cold weather.

Prior to cooking the Brave Bears chose their favorite veggie and compared the results. They found out the corn is the most favorite veggie.

 

Upcoming Events:

Jan 22 & 23: 8:00-9:00 Parent session: Accessing the Gecko Portal @ library

Jan 25: 1st Semester Reports available on the Gecko Portal

Gentle Reminders

Attendance: Arrival is the Brave Bears social and time to reconnect with friends. Please send your child to school on time.

Lanyard: Please wear your yellow lanyard when at school.

Birthdays: Please let us know in advance when celebrating your child’s birthday at school. Only cake or cupcakes, please.

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November 24

“This is Me!” Part 2

The Brave Bears final self-portraits have shown that they have learned more about themselves in a short amount of time. Their self-portraits are more detailed to the point that they even wanted to draw their family portrait as well.

In this activity, the Brave Bears also shown their ability to control a writing material and to document what they noticed from the iPad camera.

The Brave Bears self-portraits will be displayed in the classroom next week. Feel free to check them out.

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November 4

Brave Bears meet 1C Super Kids for Reading Buddy

You can find magic where ever you look. Sit back and relax, all you need is a book. ~ Dr Suess

…and that’s what the Brave Bears had done while they were being read by their Reading Buddy. Grade 1C, Super Kids started reading their own written stories, then read some of the Brave Bears favorite stories.

Reading Buddies support the young learners growing passion to reading. It also improves social and communication skills, such as speaking and listening abilities.

Click here to find more about the benefits of Reading Buddies.

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