Weekly Update #35


Too bad about the rain today!  We got some time in at the ballroom and did lots of dancing and Minecraft Yoga in class to get some gross motor movement in.  Earlier in the week, we had beautiful weather and enjoyed lots of outdoor play!



Art Exploration

We have continued to explore lots of art materials and techniques this week. The kids have mostly been painting, using watercolors, fine black markers, and collaging lately.  Next week, we will explore a few more techniques before working on our final masterpiece!

Describing Art

We’ve been learning how to talk about art and how to describe it too.  We can describe the colors, the shapes, and the lines.  But we can also think about the story or the feelings that art might try to convey.

We’ve watched a series of awesome videos entitled Kids Describe Art to Experts, which have helped model appropriate descriptive language for the class.

Reflections on Russian artist, Vasily Kandinsky’s Composition 8.

Reflections on Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci of Italy.

On Friday, our buddy class (Ms. Stamatyades’ class) came in to read to us.  It is always a good time!


Important Upcoming Dates

  • PAFA picnic is TOMORROW, SATURDAY May 26 @ HQ!
  • Pre-K Art Walk is on June 7, hope to see you there!
  • Field Day is on June 8. <–CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO!
  • June 13: End of the Year Assembly and grade-level celebration (student-only)
  • Last day of school is June 14! It is an early dismissal day for students. They will depart at 11:30am.





Our annual Field Day will be held on Friday, June 8 (rain date is on Monday, June 11).  This is a day where your child will join a team of other students from different classes and travel around the school to participate in ten fun (and sometimes wet) stations!

To avoid overcrowding and to maximize space for students, only parents who have signed up as volunteers to help run stations should be on campus during this time.  A Sign-Up Genius link available for volunteer sign-up here. Thank you for your understanding!

Please see the chart below so you know which color your child will need to wear on Friday June 8. 

For example, Ramphies is BLUE A.  This means he is on Team Blue A and will need to wear BLUE (top only is fine).

Please remember the following for Friday June 8:

  • Send in a water bottle
  • Almost all the kids will NOT be on my team so label your child’s water bottle with their name and room number (i.e. Ramphies B205 *this can be done on masking tape)
  • Apply sunscreen and mosquito repellent on your child at home if needed
  • The kids will get wet so send in an extra change of clothes (socks, underwear, top and bottom – does not have to be school uniform)-

Weekly Update #34

We had a super busy week here in Pre-K!  As the end of the school year gets closer and closer, our weeks become busier and busier!  A few highlights include:

  • Field trip to the art studio!
  • Ms. Ineke joining us for art/inquiry time!
  • Many art projects and messes!
  • Sharing some great read alouds and song books!


Art Investigation

We continued to explore new materials this week, such as collage materials, quick-dry clay, and new paints.  It’s been exciting to explore new materials and learn the best ways to create.

Before starting any art project, we first think about what our plan is.  This could mean asking ourselves any of the following questions:

  • What am I planning to make?
  • What do I need?
  • How will I use these materials?

We will explore more new materials and techniques next week.  After that, students will begin to work on a cumulative art canvas, where they can integrate different materials and techniques into one final art project, to be displayed at our Gallery Walk in June.

Of course, our main event this week was the field trip to the Mogogh Art Studio.  Some of the kids reflections from the field trip were:

“I liked when we were making the sharks.  We used sponges, rollers, paint, glue, clay, tissue paper—so many things!”

“The clay was so hard to squish it. We really had to use our strength!”

“I had to use my muscles to stick the clay on!”

“I thought it was great, I made a Megalodon shark!”

“My favorite part was making the parts out of clay.”

“I tried my best to make the fins. I felt happy.”

“I felt very tired in, like, five minutes because it took a long time to squish the clay!”

“I’m proud of myself for trying so hard to make the art.  I wanted it to be perfect but then I said, it doesn’t have to be perfect! So I’m really proud about that.”




We did an experiment with colors called “Walking Water”. The kids thought it was pretty cool. It is really easy and can be done at home! 


We reflected on some more famous art pieces: The Great Wave Off Kanagawa by Japansese artist, Hokusai and The Weeping Woman by Spanish artist, Pablo Picasso.


Ms. Luna created a boat out of cardboard, which the kids loved painting on Friday.  We will see what they do with it next week!


Ms. Chong surprised us as a guest reader at library this week. She read Purple, Green and Yellow by Robert Munsch, a great book about girl and her markers!


Important Upcoming Dates

  • PAFA picnic is on May 26.
  • Gallery Walk is on June 7, hope to see you there!
  • Field Day is on June 8.
  • Last day of school is June 14! It is an early dismissal day for students.

Weekly Update #33

Early update this week as I will be out tomorrow (Friday!).  Some highlights this week:

  • Exploring art – in terms of feelings, techniques, famous works and more!
  • Playing “musical horses” in the ballroom!
  • Celebrating Hanna’s birthday!
  • Writing together.

The kids named their colors this week.  There were lots of creative names such as: Lava Party, Puffer Fish, Blueberry Sky, Pokemon Power, Pumpkin Soup, Star Vader, Green Parrot, Happy Water, Lollipop Pink, Kapow Rain, Grey Spider, Flash Man, Grape Flower, Bluebell, and more!


We have been looking at many famous artworks and reflecting on them.  We are gaining new vocabulary to help us talk about art in a deeper way–how it makes us feel, what we think is happening, what we think the artist felt, how the colors are used.  This week, we wrote some thoughts down about Vincent van Gogh’s Starry Night. I look forward to hearing more thoughts about other masterpieces as time goes on!


We engaged in more interactive writing this week.  The kids came up with sentences about what are is (above).  They are all such risk-takers–willing to experiment with lower-case letters and write words out!


On Thursday, we celebrated Hanna’s fifth birthday.  Best wishes to Hanna on this milestone birthday! 🙂 Woo!


Upcoming Dates

  • Art Auction will be held on Saturday May 12 at 7pm.  Hope to see you there!
  • We are going on a field trip to MoGogh Art Studio on Thursday, May 17.  Field trip forms went home last week. Please sign and return with 50 rmb.
  • The SCIS Spring Picnic will be Saturday May 26 at the Main Campus.  Hope to see you there!

Weekly Update #32

Even with the day off, we had a crazy, busy, fun week!  Here are some highlights:

  • Our Spring Concert: We Love Bugs!
  • Experimenting with colors
  • Interactive writing
  • More water play!

The kids rehearsed throughout the week to prepare for their performance on Thursday night.  What a wonderful job they did!  Ms. Babb, Ms. Luna and of course, our star students worked hard to learn songs, moves and instrumental pieces to WOW you for the show. I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did! 🙂


Interactive Writing

Interactive Writing is a whole-group writing experience led by the teacher.  Together, the class decides the beginning letter-sound  of a word and/or comes up with a short sentence to write on sentence strips.  As a class, we count the number of words we hear, sound out the words, and connect these sounds to letters.


I still do most of the writing and formal spelling, but students get to sound out words, write letters, and help space the sentences together.  We try to meet the students where they are at — often students are writing letters that are familiar, because they are letters from their names.  Students only participate if they want to–all of them did!

Art Investigation

We continued to talk about art this week, focusing in on colors through hands-on experiences, conversations, read-alouds and videos.


We had fun exploring color mixing throughout the week.  We learned how to make colors lighter, darker, and which colors compliment each other.  On Friday, we looked at a variety of paint samples and the kids loved hearing the creative names of the colors. We then created our own colors and on Monday, the kids will come up with a fun name for their creations!

We also explored using different tools with paint.  The kids experimented with using forks, sticks, toothbrushes, rollers, a variety of paint brushes, and marbles (see picture above).


Upcoming Dates

  • Art Auction will be held on Saturday May 12 at 7pm.
  • We are going on a field trip to MoGogh Art Studio on Thursday May 17.  Permission slips went home this week.  Please sign and return with 50rmb. Form: MoGogh Field Trip
  • The SCIS Spring Picnic will be Saturday May 26 at the Main Campus.  Hope to see you there!

Art Auction – May 12- Get your tickets!

Time is running out! Be sure to get your tickets for a fun evening with our SCIS community at the ECE Art Auction. Beautiful art pieces created by our own ECE artists will be auctioned off live by our emcee for the evening, Melanie McClure.

Silent auction packages include a four-day cruise to Japan, Shanghai Insiders jeep tour, brunch packages, hotels stays and more. Spa treatments & lunch at the Westin, vouchers for Sherpas and Din Tai Fung will be raffled off throughout the evening.

Tickets can be purchased at the ECE front desk or Thursday, May 10 at the Kindergarten and Grade 1 concert on the Hongqiao main campus. Be sure to get your tickets so you don’t miss this fun filled evening!


Weekly Update #31

We had a busy and fun week.  Lots of outdoor play, including water play and exploring the growing garden.  Some other highlights include:

  • Celebrating Niklas’ fifth birthday.  Best wishes to Niklas!
  • Doing Star Wars Yoga
  • Playing rhyming games
  • Making fuse bead art


What is Art?

To gauge students’ prior knowledge, we asked the students what they think art could be.  They had lots of great ideas.  It’s important to start a new unit off by checking in with the kids about what they know, so we can know what vocabulary to teach, what provocations to expose the class to, and what projects to guide with.

Part of introducing the new unit to the kids includes exposing them to new art in the form of provocations.  We have put of new art pieces around the classroom, read new books about art, and looked at photos of art during snack time.  It’s interesting to listen to the class as they talk about the art — taking note of what the kids say, what they are curious about, and what they want to learn more about.

As we will be exploring with new materials and styles, we had a conversation with the kids about making an Art Agreement.  We talked together about how we can have a successful art space and create art together.


Upcoming Dates

  • The Pre-K Music Concert will be on Thursday, May 3rd at 6:00pm.
  • Art Auction will be held on Saturday May 12 at 7pm.
Happy birthday, Niklas!