Bilingualism in Children: Separating Fact from Fiction

 Join us at LLAC for a presentation that focuses on the nature of bilingual development; ESL & language delay; the benefits of bilingualism; and common myths & misconceptions. On 24thOctober (Tuesday) at 8:00-10:00 am with Arthur Fang, a pediatric Speech-Language Pathologist.

Register here.

Shelly Chutke

Lower School Guidance Counsellor

Canadian International School of Hong Kong

Parent Observations

16/10/17

Dear Parents,

Thank you for signing up for a session to observe your child’s engagement in our programme. A parent observation checklist will be provided to help guide you in your observations. If you would like to have a look at this prior to your observation session, it can be found here: 20172018 Reception Observation Sheet We will use this checklist as a starting point for our learning conversations that will take place in early November.

Due to classroom space as well as distractions to the children, we request that only one parent per family attend these sessions. The sessions will last 45 minutes.

Kind regards,

Ms. Fiona

Reception Observation Sign-Up

October 9 , 2017

Dear Parents,

Assessment is an integral part of the Early Years Teaching and Learning Programme and feedback is continuous. Reporting on student progress includes: portfolios (Seesaw), anecdotal notes, informal conversations and more formal conferences.

We recognise the importance of maintaining our partnership with you, the parents, in order to communicate effectively regarding your individual child’s development and learning.

In order to facilitate this, during the month of October you are invited to attend an observation session here at school, during which you will have the opportunity to observe your child’s engagement in the programme and take some notes. Due to classroom space as well as distractions to the children, we request that only one parent per family attend these sessions. A parent observation checklist will be provided to help guide you in your observations.

Please find below the google form for sign-up. Please sign up at your earliest convenience and contact your class teacher if you are experiencing any difficulty.

Reception B A.M.

Reception B P.M.

Following on from the observations, our Learning Conversations (parent/teacher conferences) will be scheduled for 3rd and 6th November. Please note: there will be no classes on these days and students do not attend this conference. This is a time for parents and teachers to discuss our observations of your child’s learning and development. More details regarding the sign-up process for these conversations will follow shortly.

We look forward to seeing you at school soon.

Kind regards,

Pre-Reception and Reception Team

 

Pirate Inquiry, Dress Down Day and Last Blog Post.

22/9

What a wonderful week we have had in reception B with some fantastic inquiries. Here is a quick round up of some of the learning that has taken place.

Pirate Ship Inquiry

The children researched what we would need in order to transform our loft into a pirate ship. We visited the library and then looked through the books to compile a list of what we needed. Our 4A buddies from the PM class helped us paint the wooden ship. Now the ship is constructed, I am seeing many of the children demonstrating the IB attitude of  cooperation through roleplaying pirates.

If you have any pirate themed items at home that you would like to donate/lend us we would be very thankful as this inquiry is still going strong.

Handbag Designers

This week the children showed a real interest in designing handbags after one of our morning friends made one out of paper and string in our maker centre. After exploring how to make a bag that could hold something, many of the children had a go at sewing. This was an incredibly difficult task and needed perseverance to complete the bag. The children demonstrated being risk-takers – showing a willingness to trying something new that was tricky!

Please note, items that can be recycled in our maker centre (cups, boxes, bottle lids, etc.) are always gratefully received.

Dress Down Day

On Friday some of us chose to dress as our favourite book character (or in our favourite clothes). This coincided with our weekly library visit. This week Ms. Jenny read two fantastic books. One was a book with no pictures and the other was a book with no words!

Last blog post

We are looking forward to welcoming parents to our Seesaw Workshop on Wednesday and sharing with you how you will be able to keep track of your children’s learning throughout the year. This more personalised method of communication will allow for you to keep up to date with what is happening in the classroom and will mean that the Friday weekly updates on the blog will no longer take place.

We will be using Remind to keep in touch with upcoming events.

Early Years Moves from Paper to Online Portfolio with Seesaw

Pre-Reception, Reception and Prep classes are using Seesaw this year to document their learning journey. Seesaw gives children a platform to capture and reflect on their learning – in real time. Seesaw will give parents a window into classrooms/learning spaces and into your children’s learning process. It will form an integral part of the way in which we assess, record and report on your child’s growth and development over the year.

We invite all Early Years parents to a parent workshop on Wednesday, 27 September, 2017 from 8:00-9:10AM at the school’s LLAC lobby.  At the workshop, we will present about the purpose of portfolios, the role of parents and how they can access their children’s online portfolio.   Please use this linkto sign up for the workshop.

Seesaw for Family links: https://web.seesaw.me/platforms-parents/

Reminders and dates for your diary:

Pancake and Pyjama Day- Wednesday 27th September. Please send your child to school dressed in their Pj’s!
No School – Just a reminder that students do not come to school during the following days: Mid Term Break (October 2-6) and Monday, October 9, which is another PDD for staff. Please mark these dates on your calendar.

Seesaw Parent Workshop, Kelso and Our Favourite Toys!

15/9/17

Early Years Moves from Paper to Online Portfolio with Seesaw

Pre-Reception, Reception and Prep classes are using Seesaw this year to document their learning journey. Seesaw gives children a platform to capture and reflect on their learning – in real time. Seesaw will give parents a window into classrooms/learning spaces and into your children’s learning process. It will form an integral part of the way in which we assess, record and report on your child’s growth and development over the year.

We invite all Early Years parents to a parent workshop on Wednesday, 27 September, 2017 from 8:00-9:10AM at the school’s LLAC lobby.  At the workshop, we will present about the purpose of portfolios, the role of parents and how they can access their children’s online portfolio.   Please use this link to sign up for the workshop.

Seesaw for Family links: https://web.seesaw.me/platforms-parents/

Kelso’s Choices

This week Miss C (lower school guidance councillor) came to our classroom to talk about what to do if the children have a  problem.

 

Miss C first asked the children to discriminate between “big” problems that must be shared with an adult, and “small” problems that they can resolve.

When faced with a “small” problem, we encourage students to try two choices from “Kelso’s Choice Wheel.” If the “small” problem persists, they are told that adult intervention is warranted.

We looked at these choices:

Miss C read the children a story and then they danced to this song!

Kelso’s Choice effectively teaches young children peace-making skills. It is a proven resource to increase confidence, reduce tattling and is a preliminary tool to prevent bullying.

The program is a powerful and timely tool to build a vital life skill for the young people in today’s world. The program philosophy is simple: each child is smart enough and strong enough to resolve conflict.

Source: http://kelsoschoice.com/about/

What is your favourite toy?

This week we have been inquiring into how people play. We identified that toys are important in play and reflected on which toys we liked the best and why. We used our fine motor skills to mould our favourite toy out of clay – this was challenging! We demonstrated the IB learner profile of being knowledgeable, sharing what we know about our favourite toy.

 

 

Parent Volunteers

Parent volunteer sign up sheets can now be found on toolbar at the top of our class blog. Thank you in advance for your support with our cooking and reading.

Reminders and dates for your diary:

Please can you email/bring in a photograph of your child playing (at home or outside) to support further discussions that link to our central idea – Play helps us learn about ourselves and others.

Friday, September 22 is Dress Down Day (DDD). The theme is Favourite Book Character. Alternatively children can dress down.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How Do You Play?

8/9/17

This week the children were asked ‘How do you play?’. They shared their thoughts with us (see below). Later they were asked to draw themselves playing. During our reflection time we discussed our friends responses and identified that as a class there are many differences in the way we play. This helped us consider the perspectives of others and reflect on how people are different. This all supports our current unit of inquiry, Who We Are.

An inquiry into the nature of the self; beliefs and values; personal, physical, mental, social and spiritual health; human relationships including families, friends, communities and cultures; rights and responsibilities; what it means to be human.

 

Please can you email/bring in a photograph of your child playing (could be at home or outside) to support further discussions that link to our central idea – Play helps us learn about ourselves and others.

Loose Parts and Open-Ended Materials 

This week we introduced  some new materials to our playground. These included crates, wooden planks and large pieces of cloth. These open ended materials provide the children with never ending ways to transform objects into whatever they can imagine. This week we have had police stations, houses, caves, bridges, cafes…

Loose parts provide novelty that encourages high levels of intellectual play and development of symbolic thinking (White 2011).

Loose Parts: Adding quality to the outdoor environment article

    

Class Buddies

We were so happy to meet our class buddies this week. We shared with them how we like to play and explained our class routines. We look forward to having them come and visit us again soon.

Our A.M. buddies are 5B!

Our P.M. Buddies are 4A!

Reminders and Dates for your Diary:

There is no school for students on Friday, September 15 (PDD for staff).

Our first parent workshop on SeeSaw will take place on Wednesday, September 27th in LLAC Lobby from 8 to 9am. We do hope you can join us to find out how we will be documenting and sharing your child’s learning through this fantastic digital tool.

Please can you email/bring in a photograph of your child playing (at home or outside) to support further discussions that link to our central idea – Play helps us learn about ourselves and others.

 

Who We Are

31/08/17

Unit of Inquiry

This week we used a series of ‘play’ photos as a provocation to spark and activate wonder in the students. This activity was a discussion-starter and tuning in activity for our new UOI, Who We Are.

We were able to gather preconceptions and wonderings from the students to help guide the direction of their inquiry. This provocation also encouraged the children to start thinking more about questions and questioning.

As a class we created a list of wonderings and then came together during our meeting time to discuss and reflect on play and what it means to us.

Who We Are Parent Overview Letter

Please click on the link below to view our Unit Overview letter.

WWA parent Letter 

Essential Agreement

Reception B have continued to settle in and build relationships with their peers and teachers. This week we spent time reflecting on how we can make our learning environment a safe and happy space. The students ideas were recorded in order to make a start on our ‘essential agreement’. In a PYP school, every working group starts off by creating an ‘essential agreement’. This means that, rather than teachers imposing rules, everyone works collaboratively to establish an agreement of how the class will function.

A.M.

P.M.

Collaboration in the Water Area

Both A.M. and P.M. classes have enjoyed collaborating to create water channels this week. They considered which materials worked well for this and how they could keep the water flowing over a long distance. This open ended activity gave the children a fantastic opportunity for communication and problem solving.

 

Reminders and dates for your diary:

There is no school for students on Friday, September 15 (PDD for staff).

Our first parent workshop on SeeSaw will take place on Wednesday, September 27th in LLAC Lobby from 8 to 9am. We do hope you can join us to find out how we will be documenting and sharing your child’s learning through this fantastic digital tool.

Please return library books every Friday so that your child can be issued a new one.

Please sign up to the Chinese blog to access resources for your children to practice Chinese at home.

link: http://sites.cdnis.edu.hk/teachers/rachellee/

 

 

 

What a Fantastic Week!

25/8/17

What a wonderful and exciting week we have had in Reception B. The children started the week being reunited with the other half of their class, it was lovely to have everyone finally together!

As part of the unit of inquiry ‘Who We Are’ the students were asked to draw a self-portrait using a mirror for observation.  The children communicated their observations and thoughts through their drawings. The self-portrait demonstrates how much they observe and understand their appearance and identity.  We will repeat this activity throughout the year to monitor development of form, content and detail. There was a huge amount of  interest in what is inside their bodies, “I even have a heartbeat” said one child. This could be a possible future inquiry!

Outdoors, we had children working collaboratively  in order to build an obstacle course. They tested their design many times and were reflective about what worked well.

Some used open ended materials such as tablecloths and crates, as well as their imagination, to build a magnificent house. There were many problems with the children’s ideas that were overcome through communicating with each other and risk taking.

All children have enjoyed story acting their classmates tales that have included dinosaurs, leopards and princesses, as well as many other characters! It was very courageous of the children to stand on the stage and play a character and through questioning we all learnt new vocabulary and added to our story ideas.

The classroom has been an incredibly busy place and our open snack time continues to allow for maximum learning time. Outside the classroom we have enjoyed Music and Movement and our first visit to the Library.

What a fantastic week!

Parent Workshop

Please make a note of the date for our first parent workshop on SeeSaw. It will take place on Wednesday September 27th in LLAC Lobby from 8 to 9am. We do hope you can join us to find out how we will be documenting and sharing your child’s learning through this fantastic digital tool.