One of our favorite class books is called “Bee-bim Bop”. It is a story about a Korean family preparing a traditional Korean dish called Bimbimbap. The books brings us through all the different steps of preparing this dish and it is fun to read due to the rhyming pattern. Since our friend Lucy is Korean, and she told us that she knows all about this dish, we asked her mom to come to class to help us make Bibimbap.
Jason’s grandfather came to teach us how to make a well loved Chinese food-dumplings. We all love dumplings!
Our Fellow Snail Christian, is both Chinese and Danish. His family came to class to read and sing to us in Danish. They also brought some special traditional Danish Christmas cookies called klejner. We especially loved hearing one of our favorite books “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” being read in another language!
Gal is from Israel and her and her family are Jewish. During the winter they celebrate Hanukah (The Festival of Lights). Gal’s mom came to share their family’s Hanukah traditions with us. We watched a short video that told us the history behind the holiday (look Below).
We also made our own dreidels (spinning top), dreidels are used to play a special Hanukah game. Gal and her mom sang a traditional song as they lit the candles on the menorah and they taught us a song and dance about lights.
Emma’s Father came to share his Chinese Calligraphy skills with the Snails. They thoroughly enjoyed getting to try it themselves.
Today was the first day of our ECC International Weeks. It is a time that we encourage our children and families to share about their home cultures/countries. Our friend Alex is lucky enough to have 2 flags! He is both Indonesian and Italian. Today he shared the Italian food pizza with his classmates. The children were very excited!
We turned our pizza time into a Literacy Link. We first watch a retelling of the Story Book “Pizza Pat” on youtube and we then drew our favorite kind of pizza. Thank you to Alex and his family for sharing a piece of their home culture.
During Earth Week we read stories about keeping our natural environment clean. We talked about how keeping our environment clean, we can keep people and animals safe and healthy. Putting our garbage in the trash and not on the ground, is one way The Laser Bugs agreed that we could be responsible for our environment. We also agreed that it was important to keep our school clean. We decided to walk around our Mountianside campus to check for garbage.
Here is a “Story” I have created with Storify. It is a digital platform that compiles information shared on social media (using hashtags and links). This story showcases the connections and conversations regarding our #eccphoto Project (mostly on twitter and instagram) amongst the contributing teachers and our supportive administration. Take a look through and you will see just how many contributors are sharing their thoughts/reflection and their student’s learning.
The #eccphoto Collaborative Art Project connects multiple grade levels across the world through photography, artistic interpretation, and written expression. ECC students were mentored by their ES Reading Buddies on photo taking skills with iPads. ECC students spent time reflecting on the quality and interest of their photos before choosing their favorite. Their favorite photos will be highlighted as the focal point of the #eccphoto Collaborative Art Project. Using that photo as inspiration, students from one grade level will create a visual representation of the photo while the other grade level will create a written interpretation. All will be displayed in the Secret Garden for the SIS community to view on Thursday, May 19, and Friday, May 20.
This Collaborative Art Project has many contributors from SIS and beyond. It includes SIS ECC students and their ES Reading Buddies. Additionally, four schools outside of the SIS community with be joining. Global contributors include 4th grade writers from The International School of Tianjin, Kindergarten artists from The Franconian International School in Germany, 2nd grade artists from The International School of Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, and 5th grade writers and artists from the International School of Myanmar.Here is the link to the shared collaborative blog, that the other teachers will also be posting on.
The learning activities inspired by this project encompass the goals of Te Whariki, the early childhood curriculum that guides the ECC. Students will be actively engaged in authentic learning experiences that incorporates the holistic and constructivist approaches that the ECC program values. The SIS ESLRs of Independent Learning, Complex Thinking, and of course, Collaboration will also be highlighted. Our project, as well as the SIS mission, focuses on caring community engagement and encouraging students to be innovative contributors.
We will use the SIS Learning Innovation Markers as a guide with tech integration. Teachers will be sharing the learning experiences of the project through social media with our SIS community and with contributing teachers and students. Student communication and writing skills will be fully engaged. Even ECC students will be writing (drawing) vocalizing their reflections on the photos and responding to their peer’s work. In different classes, technology will be the tool to make connections through student blogging, Skype dates, and video chats.
The process has already started and is ongoing. The layers of the project are plentiful. ECC students have already taken their photos and passed them along to their reading buddies and their international partners. ECC students continue to revisit their photos and offer their reflections through writing and drawing. They have also conferred with their Reading Buddies. The students who have received the ECC photos have already begun brainstorming and planning their writing and artistic responses. Each teacher will incorporate the work on photo responses into individual class units. Our culminating event will be our Collaborative Art Show, that will be featured in the Secret Garden, Thursday, May 19th, and Friday, May 20th.