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.
During our Belonging unit, we have been exploring the different communities (groups) that we belong to. As a shared PreK 2 activity, all 5 classes came together to have a Morning Assembly (just like the big E.S. kids). This was such a success! Both teachers and children enjoyed it. We decided that throughout the school year, all PreK 2 classes will meet periodically to have a Morning Assembly. Each class will take turns in leading a song, story or dance that showcases their learning. At the end of the assembly all 5 classes will sing a shared Chinese song.
This activity will be kept fun and engaging to build the routine of presenting in front of others. This will help the Snails continue to build their self confidence and build a foundation for public speaking.
On Halloween day we went around the SIS campus on a scavenger hunt. We went on a search for Spooky decorations around Jing Shan Villas. Every time we found a spooky thing, we checked our list to see if it was on there. If we found something that was on our list we put an “X” or a check mark. The children had a lot of fun..they had no idea that they were working on their mathematical data handling skills.
Over the course of a week, we took the time to choose our class name. We first listed all the animals that we knew, then we began voting on which animal mascot we preferred. We visited the list daily and voted each time to make the list shorter. When we finally got down to 2 animals (frog and Snail), we then drew the animal that we preferred.
When we had the final vote for snails, we then listed the kind of snails that we liked. Each idea that the children suggested, we did research on. As a class, we looked at google images of each idea i.e. Bubble Snails, Fire Snails, Flower Snails..
Working together as a class to choose our name, gave the children ownership. All children were a part of the discussions and decisions. Activities like these set the feeling that we are a community, a team where every one has the opportunity and responsibility to contribute. Little did the children know that the were busy learning new vocabulary, math skills and growing as communicators by sharing their ideas.
Sharing our travel journals, has been a great way to verbally practice sharing our experiences with our friends. The children have been proud (not shy at all) to read their Travel Journals to their classmates. As you can see from the video, the children are welcome to contribute to the discussion of asking and answering questions in the language that they need to express their thoughts in.