April 14

Week 29 @PreK1a, Brave Bears Developing Skills for ECC Field Day

What’s the best way to develop skills?

It’s by doing! So, the Brave Bears went out and started moving!

During the practice, the Brave Bears’ always tried their best to stay focused and followed every games’ rules.

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Bulldozers and Builders

 

The Brave Bears even had the opportunity to practice with their Middle School Buddies.

 

The Brave Bears will rock the dance floor (Music and Movement) next PE Tuesday! We hope you can come and join the ECC Field Day on Friday!

Upcoming Events

Apr 20: ECC Field Day – Parents are invited to join the fun!

Apr 21: Literacy Lounge, @Level5

Apr 24: Learning Comes Alive (more details to come)

April 30 – May 1: May Labor Holiday

May 2: 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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April 7

Week 28 @PreK1a, Brave Bears Journey to Digital Portfolio Update – Why and what is a digital portfolio?

Why digital portfolio?

The purpose of Digital Portfolio is to be transparent, authentic and personalized, with a home and school connection, and have our students become innovative contributors to a global world. (Christian K, Lopez A, Vargas L, 2014)

Digital Portfolio also supports Expected School Wide Learning Results (ESLR’s) skills development.

What is a digital portfolio?

A digital portfolio as we all know are compilations of work in digital form. This definition is easy to understand by older learners, but not for young English language learners.

So, the Brave Bears have learned that anything that they see on their mommy, daddy, older sisters, older brothers, grandparents, uncles, and aunties phones, iPads, and computers are digital, especially the photos. The Brave Bears even looked into their class blog, Ms. Ann’s digital portfolio (Instagram), and got a glimpse of their own blog in Seesaw.

Also, the Brave Bears learned that their individual folder in the classroom is called paper portfolio and any of their work on the screen will be in their digital portfolio.

Next week, the Brave Bears will learn how and what to post on their own blog. Also, they will participate in learning engagements that will spark their curiosity, such as which sinks and which floats. In addition, the Brave Bears will be introduced to the digital story making where they can add audio on their own created stories.

…and here is the Brave Bears’ April Calendar.

Upcoming Events

Apr 20: ECC Field Day

Apr 21: Literacy Lounge

Apr 24: 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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April 2

@PreK1a Visits Sky Farm

Brave Bears’ PSA sponsored trip to Sky Farm was full of fun and hands-on learning!

The Brave Bears had the opportunity to experience what they can rarely experience in the city! They fed some farm animals, made soya milk in a traditional way, and even learned and planted herbs. Thank you, PSA!

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April 2

Week 27 @PreK1A, Brave Bears – Did you take a good picture?

In the past few weeks, the Brave Bears have been learning how and what makes a good picture. Prior to learning the basics of taking photos using an iPad, they had to review the basics in handling a shared iPad.

Then, the Brave Bears shared what they know about how to take a picture using an iPad, and came up with a procedure on how to take a good picture.

The Brave Bears also had a picture walk and tagged good and bad photos (green for good and red for bad pictures). The next day, the Brave Bears shared what they noticed and compared the photos. They noticed that good pictures are clear, beautiful, full picture, happy face, and many colors. While bad pictures are blurry, not a full picture, and not focused.

With the criteria of a good picture, the Brave Bears took pictures of their chosen subject.

The Brave Bears were even asked to assess the photos they’ve taken. The best photo they’ve chosen are the ones that were submitted for the ECC Art Collaborative Project. Click here to learn more about the project.

This week, the Brave Bears will be introduced to their digital portfolio and will be guided on how they can independently share their own learning through the Seesaw app. In addition, the Brave Bears will learn more about bookmaking.

Upcoming Events

Apr 5: Qing Ming Holiday – NO SCHOOL

Apr 20: Field Day

Apr 21: Literacy Lounge

Apr 24: 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 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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