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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February 13

Splendid China Trip Learning Experiences

Goals of the trip: It will raise the awareness of the children of the Chinese Culture through the Park’s many activities and performances. Children will have the opportunities to see the miniature of China’s most popular attractions, which will also enhance children’s understanding of the ongoing school-wide China Week activities.

The Brave Bears Splendid China’s exploration started with a dance show. Also, they have the opportunity to join the dance. It was great to see the Brave Bears showing their dance moves.

 

Then, they went off to explore the miniature famous attractions/villages of China.

The Brave Bears even went on a scavenger hunt.

In addition, the Brave Bears rode a train to see more of Splendid China.

…and of course, the Brave Bears’ class didn’t leave Splendid China without a group picture. 🙂

Overall, the trip was fun and a great first-hand learning experience where children gain knowledge along-side their friends or together.

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December 2

Week 15 @PreK1a, Brave Bears – Showcasing Diversity in the class and in the community

The Brave Bears are fortunate and thankful to have a diverse community. During the culminating activity of the international celebration, they had the opportunity to proudly showcase their nationality to the community. The Brave Bear also paraded with their family through a 3dimentional artwork.

After the parade, the Brave Bears had an international snack potluck with their family.

Prior to the parade, the Brave Bears had more taste of China.

..and a traditional dessert from Chaoshan.

 

Next week, the Brave Bears will prepare for Winter Concert. They will be singing three songs and will have a shared snack in the playground after.

Upcoming Events:

Dec 7: Winter Concert 

Dec 15: 11:30 Early Dismissal

Dec 18 – Jan 5: Winter Break (No School)

Jan 8: Classes Resume

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November 25

Week 14 – @PreK1a, Brave Bears – International Celebration 2017 Part 1

The beauty of the world lies in the diversity of its people ~ Unknown

The Brave Bears’ class is indeed diverse! The class has 6 nationalities. They will sort how many in each nationality the class has next week, which group has more and has less.

 

This the Brave Bears had traveled (pretend) and had a chop on their passport from Japan, Germany, Korea, Denmark, France, and Canada.

In Japan, the Brave Bears has a yummy Cheese Mapple Cake.

In Germany, the Brave Bears listened to German stories and had learned that if you don’t eat you get smaller and smaller.

In Korea, the Brave Bears MS Buddies read them a Korean story. The story is about good eating habits.

In Denmark, the Brave Bears listened to Danish story, and then fly to France to have traditional French sponge cake.

In Canada, the Brave Bears celebrated Thanksgiving Day by showing their gratitude to everyone who makes their learning space a fun, clean and safe place to grow.

The Brave Bears even had a Thanksgiving brunch. They are thankful for their friends, sister, teachers and for the PIZZA! 🙂

Next week, the Brave Bears will travel to Vietnam, the Philippines, Hong Kong, Macau, USA, and learn more about the culture where we live in, China.

The International celebration will culminate on Dec 1 with a parade from 8:30 to 9:15 am and Potluck from 9:30 to 10 am. Here is the sign-up for the Snack Potluck.

Upcoming Events:

Nov 20 to Dec 1: International Weeks

Dec 1: International Parade & Potluck

Dress your child in national costume or with the colors of your flag on that day. Parents are invited to watch the parade and encouraged to bring a traditional snack to share with the class for the potluck from 9:30 to 10 am.

Dec 2: International Winter Bazaar 

Dec 7: Winter Concert (more details to come)

Dec 15: 11:30 Early Dismissal

Dec 18 – Jan 5: Winter Break (No School)

Jan 8: Classes Resume

 

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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 17

Week 13 @PreK1A, Brave Bears – Belonging Strand Begins

Knowing self and others is the learning focus of this week. It is vital for young learners to know who they are and the people around them, such as friends. This will help them not just to build a caring community, but a place where they belong. This week, the Brave Bears shared what they know about themselves through a self-portrait. Next week, the Brave Bears will have work on their final self-portrait. Click here for the detailed post.

Learning about the early math concept more or less nicely weaved with belonging strand as well, because the Brave Bears learned that they belong to a group which at times is more and at times is less. Find the Brave Bears more or less learning experiences here.

The Brave Bears were also introduced to the concept of recycling. They were challenged to create with Yakult and cardboard. Click here to see how the Brave Bears completed the challenge.

Next week, the Brave Bears will start to learn about the world around them, such as where their friends come from, and as well as a taste of their friends’ culture.

Upcoming Events:

Nov 20 to Dec 1: International Weeks

We are inviting parents to come to our class and do culturally significant activities that represent your countries.
Activities you might want to share : 
  • Make a traditional Craft (easy for children)  
  • Teach us how to make a traditional but easy children food 
  • Traditional children’s games, etc
  • Teach us a children’s song in your language  
  • Read to us in your language 
  • Surprise us? 🙂 

Click here for a convenient time.

Nov 21: Parent Workshop: Creative Use of the iPad

Dec 1: International Parade & Potluck

Dress your child in national costume or with the colors of your flag on that day. Parents are invited to watch the parade and encouraged to bring a traditional snack to share with the class for the potluck.

Dec 2: International Winter Bazaar 

Dec 7: Winter Concert (more details to come)

Dec 15: 11:30 Early Dismissal

Dec 18 – Jan 5: Winter Break (No School)

Jan 8: Classes Resume

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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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November 4

STUCO Spirit Day – Disco Day

Dance like no one is watching. ~ Unknown

The Brave Bears confidently shown their dance moves during Disco day.

Disco started at PE.

….and ended up the at playground.

 

The best disco costume winners were…. 🙂

 

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