All About Me and My Family


Posted by msmartaPS1 | Posted in English, Homework & home-based activities, Parent-Teacher, School goals, Social studies, Welcome | Posted on February 26, 2016

This activity has been WONDERFUL in helping to create self-esteem and confidence in these young children. They loved getting to stand up in front of the class and telling about their family trees and family pictures. They liked having the other children ask questions about the pictures and sharing their own thoughts and memories of their pictures. This is one of our HOME-BASED ACTIVITIES as part of our “All About Me and My Family” Unit. THANK YOU for helping your child to create your family tree! We hope you enjoy this pictures, taken during their “presentations” 🙂




Fruits & Vegetables are FUN!


Posted by msmartaPS1 | Posted in Arts & Crafts, English, Homework & home-based activities, School goals, Science | Posted on February 25, 2016

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The Year of the Monkey


Posted by msmartaPS1 | Posted in Arts & Crafts, English, Music, Social studies, Welcome, Zoo-phonics | Posted on February 12, 2016




After our Chinese New Year Holiday, we’ve come back full of energy and creativity! The Chinese Zodiac theme has been a great way to end and review our Animals Unit. Our students have enjoyed making monkey crafts representing the year of the monkey! We hope you enjoy this picture of our crafts and a brief introduction to the year of the monkey and to your child’s Chinese Zodiac Sign… We have a wonderful mix of rabbit and dragon children in our class! Each with their own personality, but sharing some of these common traits. 


Monkey is the ninth in the 12-year cycle of Chinese zodiac. The Years of the Monkey include 1920, 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, 2016, 2028…


Monkey years draw their nature from the animal of the year. The Monkey is an intelligent, witty, and inventive animal. They are problem solvers, working with their group while simultaneously demonstrating an independence associated with achievers. The nimble monkey is playful, youthful in nature, and is a joy to watch as they move from activity to activity.




Occupying the 4th position in the Chinese Zodiac, the Rabbit symbolizes such character traits as creativity, compassion, and sensitivity. Rabbits are friendly, outgoing and prefer the company of others. They also prefer to avoid conflict. In confrontational situations, Rabbits approach calmly and with consideration for the other party. Rabbits believe strongly in friends and family.


Occupying the 5th position in the Chinese Zodiac, the Dragon is the mightiest of the signs. Dragons symbolize such character traits as dominance and ambition. Dragons prefer to live by their own rules and if left on their own, are usually successful. They’re driven, unafraid of challenges, and willing to take risks. They’re passionate in all they do and they do things in grand fashion.



Our 1st Science Project “Let’s Move it!”


Posted by msmartaPS1 | Posted in English, Language Arts, Parent-Teacher, Science, Welcome | Posted on February 5, 2016



Zoo-Phonics, loving letters and sounds!


Posted by msmartaPS1 | Posted in English, Homework & home-based activities, Parent-Teacher, Phonics, School goals, Welcome, Zoo-phonics | Posted on September 10, 2015

At PreSchool1, The Alphabetical Sound is taught with the ZOO-PHONICS CURRICULUM, one letter per week.

We use Zoo-Phonics to teach the sounds and shapes of the entire 26 letters of the alphabet. The secret is the creative Animal Letters and the Body Signals or Movements that go with them!

We then reinforce this instruction with fun games, music and activities. Preschoolers are in constant motion and they love to make noise. So we use what is natural for them and channel it for learning. If they are moving, they have fun and they are processing information through this important movement and sound production.

You can also use and enjoy Zoo-Phonics at home with your child. 

Any questions, just let us know! 🙂

This week we are introducing letter D and  “d” sound… “DEEDEE DEER” 🙂


Have a good day,

Ms. Marta

Communication BOOKS: Parent-Teacher Communication


Posted by msmartaPS1 | Posted in English, Homework & home-based activities, Parent-Teacher, School goals, Welcome | Posted on September 7, 2015

Dear parents, 

Thank you for your participation by writing comments on our communication books and sharing your ideas and suggestions. We  really appreciate your collaboration. We believe Learning is a family affair. We look forward to getting to know your child and you in a more personal way as we begin this new academic year.


We are using Communication Books to better communicate with parents. This way we can get to know you and your child in a more personal way and this will result in your child’s best adaptation to school, class and teachers and a positive progress in the second language (English). They will be sent home every Friday in your child’s schoolbag and must be returned on Monday.


• Parental involvement enhances academic/language performance. The more intensely the parent is involved, the greater chance of success.

• Parental involvement leads to better classroom behavior.

• A parent’s interest/encouragement can affect a child’s attitude towards school, classroom conduct, self-esteem, and motivation.

• Parent’s should stay involved in their children’s education from preschool through high school.

  • Training and resources can help parents get involved.
  • Reading together at home greatly improves reading skills.

Significant involvement most likely develops when schools actively seek out ways for parents to get involved.

• Parental involvement lifts teacher morale.

• Parental involvement benefits both children and parents. Parents will gain a better understanding of school curriculum and activities and communicate better with their children.

• Time constraints are the greatest barrier to parental involvement. The use of a Communication Book will help with time constraints as well as with language barriers. Parents can either write in English or Khmer 🙂 


“Effective dialogue develops out of a growing trust, a mutuality of concern, and an appreciation of contrasting perspectives” (Lawrence-Lightfoot, 2004).


 *Would you like to share your opinion about this new communication tool?

Your comments are always welcomed and appreciated!

Have a good week,

Ms. Marta 


Welcome 2015-2016 – Tutoring


Posted by msmartaPS1 | Posted in English, Homework & home-based activities, Language Arts, Math, Parent-Teacher, School goals, Social studies, We are reading…, Welcome | Posted on August 20, 2015

Dear Parents,

I hope you had a great summer and your child is enjoying his/her new classes and teachers at East-West.

This blog will now focus on another grade/class. I’ll continue teaching part-time at East-West and tutoring students from all grades.

If you feel your child needs a private tutor, feel free to contact me!


Character Webs


Posted by msmartaPS1 | Posted in English, Language Arts, Parent-Teacher, We are reading… | Posted on April 22, 2015

Charlottes Web

Charlotte is Wise, Patient and Caring.

Wilbur is Terrific and Radiant!  Fern is Kind, Friendly, Creative…

E. B. White’s Charlotte’s Web is one of the most famous classics of children’s literature, and has been translated into multiple languages and made into several films. Have a look at our students’ Character Webs of their favourite characters in Charlotte’s Web. 

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Raz-Kids: Interactive e-books


Posted by msmartaPS1 | Posted in English, Homework & home-based activities, Language Arts, Parent-Teacher, We are reading… | Posted on April 9, 2015

Dear parents,

We are using an exciting reading website! Raz-Kids delivers hundreds of interactive, leveled eBooks spanning 27 levels. Each student has his/her own Student Portal and knows my Login Password.

We’ve had two sessions to help them understand how to use their Student Portal and complete their Reading Assignments. I will ask them to read one book and take a quiz every weekday.

I’d like to ask you to encourage them to use all these online tools we are providing. Interactive learning is very positive for their learning progress and confidence.



Thank you for your time and participation.

Ms. Marta

Reading & Maths (e-books, fun games and activities)


Posted by msmartaPS1 | Posted in English, Homework & home-based activities, Language Arts, Math, Parent-Teacher | Posted on March 6, 2015

Oxford Owl is an award-winning free website. It’s packed with up-to-date expert advice, top tips and activity ideas so
you can support your child’s reading and Maths at home in  the best possible way.

READING: Oxford Owl Reading

Oxford Owl Reading has 250 free eBooks for you to share with your child as well as simple ideas, top tips, activities and games to help your child with their reading at home.

You’ll also find advice from educational experts on many areas including phonics, motivating boys and how to help a child who is struggling with their reading.

MATHS: Oxford Owl Maths 

Oxford Owl Maths supports you with your children’s maths throughout their primary years. You’ll find a whole host of activities, simple ideas, top tips and eBooks to help your child with their Maths at home.

There are lots of ways to help to build your child’s confidence in maths. There are many fun games and activities you can do with your child that practise maths skills. Most children love playing games and it’s an easy way to support their learning.

***If you have any problem when joining, Contact Ms. Marta***


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