Weekly Update # 23

Important Dates 

  • We wish you a Happy New Year ! We look forward to seeing you again on Monday February 26th
  • Our Field Trip to Yili Park will be on Friday March 2nd. Please sign the permission slip and send it back to school with your child by March 1st. Due to many students being absent, an email sent to me giving consent will suffice.

Writing Focused Read Aloud 

We continue to explore non-fiction books as students have taken a personal interest in making their own non-fiction book to teach readers about things they know and love.

New Play Space

We entered a new play space and got to experience where the Kindergarten and Grade 1 students would play. It was a lot of fun exploring a new play space!

Chinese New Year Performance

It was so great to see the hard work students and Mandarin teacher have put into making this performance happen. Happy Chinese New Years!

In Honor of the Olympics 

We enjoyed a mini-Olympics relay race together with all of Pre-K students.

Learning Through Play 

Honour of the Winter Olympics

Dear Pre-Kindergarten Families,

In honor of the Winter Olympics in Korea, we thought it would be fun to organize a Pre-K Olympics! On Wednesday, February 14th we are asking that all Pre-K students wear either their home country colors or Chinese colors. Make sure your child has appropriate running shoes as they will be participating in a few relay activities on Wednesday. Please note we are not allowed to wear the Taiwan or Hong Kong flags. We look forward to playing a few fun games on Wednesday for our Pre-K Olympics. Please email if you have any questions.

Pre-K Team

Field Trip March 2nd

Hello Parents,

We are planning a short field trip to Yili Park (Yili Lu & Hongqiao Lu) on March 2nd, 2018. This field trip will last from approximately 12:30-2:15. Students will have the chance to collect leaves, play in the park, and engage directly with nature. Students will eat lunch at school.

A permission form will be sent home tomorrow with your child. For your convenience, you may also click HERE for the soft copy. Please send back the permission form by March 1st.


Weekly Update # 22

Important Dates 

  • The Pre-K Chinese New Year Performance will be help on February 13 from 12:30pm to 1:00pm.
  • The Chinese New Year holiday begins on Thursday February 15.  Happy New Year!
  • We are planning a short field trip to Yili Park (Yili Lu & Hongqiao Lu) on March 2, 2018. More information coming soon.

Soap Making 

We had the pleasure of having Ms.Diana teach us how to make soap this week. We were able to choose our own colour and scent and then bring it home to enjoy. Students worked through the process of how soap is made and then waited patiently for the soap to harden. Many students wanted to watch how the soap went from liquid form to solid form. There were a lot of discussions about the state of their soap and how it smelled.

Writing Focused Read Aloud: Celebrating Authors In Our Class

Students continue to use their Writing Goal checklist to self-assess their own work. This checklist was created by students based on their responses of what they noticed about stories. In Writing Focused Read Aloud, we emphasized how writers use lines to show movement. Students have also taken an interest in non-fiction books and some have decided to make non-fiction books about topics they enjoy.

Our Buddy Class 

This week we got to meet our Buddy Class from grade 1. We shared a book we made as well as our favourite story from the class library. We look forward to spending more time with our Buddy Class in the future.

Our Field Trip to the Wet Market 

It was a lot of fun visiting the local wet market!  While we were there, we used our senses to explore the different foods. Students were given shopping baskets and a ziplock bag with money to purchase ingredients in order to make our smoothie and vegetable soup. Parent volunteers did an amazing job taking notes on the different senses students noticed and ensuring that the children had a fun and safe trip.  After the field trip, the ingredients were placed in our discovery table where students can use their senses to further explore. We all made sure we washed our hands before and after contact with the vegetables and fruits.  It was an exciting sensorial experience!

Using Our Ingredients 

We used all of our ingredients to make strawberry-banana smoothie and vegetable soup! Students were divided into smaller groups when we made the smoothie because they were given the responsibility of using butter/plastic knives to cut the bananas and strawberries. Ingredients in the smoothie included organic honey, bananas, strawberries, and soy milk. While ingredients in the vegetable soup included celery, potatoes, green peppers, carrots, basil, salt, pepper, and chicken bouilloin. These were such simple dishes but so much fun to make and even more fun to drink/eat!

Handwriting Without Tears 

This week we enjoyed songs, books and brainstorming words that included the letter S sounds.

Learning Through Play 

Weekly Update # 21

Important Dates

  • The canceled field trip has been rescheduled for Tuesday February 6th from 8:45 -9:30am. New permission forms will not be distributed. If you do not want your child to attend the field trip please contact me via email at hspringpeers@scis-china.org. 
  • The Pre-K Chinese New Year Performance will be help on February 13 from 12:30pm to 1:00pm.
  • The Chinese New Year holiday begins on Thursday February 15. Happy New Year!

Handwriting Without Tears 

This week we focused on the sound of the letter Q through songs and practicing its formation using our workbook. Our students continue to notice other familiar letters in stories, games, and their immediate environment. We also revisited the song Mat Man and students followed the directions from the song to draw their own Mat Man. After students drew Mat Man, they had fun adding details to their illustration and in using their imagination to turn him into different characters such as, a princess, a monkey, a superhero etc.

Writing Focused Read Aloud 

We learned that writers use arrow to demonstrate movement. We tuned into how author Mo Williems uses this technique in his stories. Students also had opportunities to share their stories that they have created to the class. After reading, three students are chosen to either give compliments or ask questions.

Lots of Indoor Play 

It was tough for the class to have to play inside all week because of the bad air.  We talked about how the air we put inside our bodies has to be clean. We had lots of dances and movement chances inside, but we were very happy on Friday when we were finally able to have more outdoor play.

Weekly Update # 20

Important Dates 

  • Wednesday January 31st is our Field Trip to the Wet Market. Please remember to return the permission slip along with 10 RMB so we can purchase the ingredients. 
  • Tuesday February 13th is Pre-K Chinese New Year Assembly. Please email me if your child will not be present.

HandWriting Without Tears

This week, we explored the letter O and the shape circle. We brainstormed words that begins with the letter O and used our HWT books to practice its formation. During classroom inquiry, students have been practicing letter sounds and formation using games, various writing tools around the classroom, and through songs.

Celebrating the Authors in Our Class! 

  • Note: Words at this stage in development ranges from controlled scribbles, to letter strings, to invented spelling.  

We are delighted to share that your children continue to create amazing stories of their experiences and things they love! I am sure you are aware that they are bringing these precious pieces home and sharing it with you. Please be informed that writing pieces will look different for each child and we encourage you to have them share their books with you. Our students are so proud of what they have created and it is especially special when they can share it.

To celebrate the authors in our class this week, students shared the books they have made with a partner. Then, we brainstormed what we noticed about books and after developed Writing Goals based on our student’s responses. The intent is to have students use these Writing Goals to self-assess their own writing. Their beautiful stories can be seen on our bulletin board outside of our class as well as pictures of their writing process.

Inquiry into Sounds

We read a story called Moses Goes to a Concert . Moses and his school friends are deaf, but like most children, they have a lot to say. They communicate in American Sign Language, using visual signs and facial expressions. This is called signing. And even though they can’t hear, they can enjoy many activities through their other senses. Today, Moses and his classmates are going to a concert. Their teacher, Mr. Samuels, has two surprises in store for them, to make this particular concert a special event. Before reading the story, we brainstormed what students know about sounds and after the story, we explored the vibrations of sounds using a tube, and watched a video about sounds. We also played guess that sound, explored different sounds using the drums and brought home egg shakers.

Revisiting the Class Agreement

As we progress through the year, it is common for our student’s needs to change. As a result, we revisited our classroom agreement by asking our students to share what helps them learn and what hinders their learning. We used this information to create a new classroom agreement.

Our First Snow Day!

We had so much fun playing in the snow and making snow balls.

Learning Through Play

Weekly Update #19

Important Dates: 

  • Tuesday January 23rd is Family Music Night from 5pm to 6 pm
  • Wednesday January 24th is the last day to return the order forms. The books will be delivered within 5-6 weeks.
  • Tuesday February 13th is the Chinese New Year’s performance for Pre-K students. It will be from 12:30-1:00 pm. Please inform me via email if your child will not be able to attend.

Learning Through Play: 

  • Students were interested in using their knowledge of letter sounds to sort different objects into their corresponding letter names.
  • Students experimented with different role playing tasks in the Dramatic Play Area such as, pretending to be hairdressers, cooks, and firefighters. We extended student’s interest in pretending to be different animals into the ballroom by bringing along animals masks.
  • We decorated our crowns using patterns.
  • Students used paper and felt to make clothes for our mannequin.
  • We used connecting cubes and number cards to demonstrate our knowledge of numerals and one to one correspondence.

Inquiry into ice and math concepts 

Since the weather has been getting cold and students have been noticing ice in the outdoor play spaces. Inspired by Mrs. Alexis’s class, we decided to freeze water and place different objects inside it.  As students explore the ice, we integrated a math element by asking the students to count how many objects they have removed and how many are left in the ice.  Many math skills are present in classroom play in Pre-K. Students also used their sense of touch and sight to feel the ice and describe what they see.

Unit of Inquiry 

We will continue to explore the senses, why they are important, and how they work together to help us explore the world. To check student’s understanding of the concepts introduced, we asked students to share their learning though verbal, written, and/or drawings through an activity called Chalk Talk.

Handwriting Without Tears 

We learned about the letter Cc this week. We brainstormed words beginning with the Cc sound and search for this letter in books. We also used the HWT books to practice the formation of the letter Cc.

Writing Focused Read Aloud 

This week we compared the difference between speech bubbles and thought bubbles. We learned that speech bubbles are used when we want our character to express speech but thought bubbles are used when our characters are thinking about something. We also brainstormed different topics we enjoy writing about in order to share ideas about a writing topic.