Communication BOOKS: Parent-Teacher Communication

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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.

WHY COMMUNICATION BOOKS? 

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.

IMPORTANCE OF PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT

• 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 🙂 

***TWO-WAY COMMUNICATION***

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

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 *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 to Preschool 1 @ EWIS

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Posted by msmartaPS1 | Posted in Homework & home-based activities, Parent-Teacher, School goals, Welcome | Posted on September 4, 2015

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Welcome 2015-2016 – Tutoring

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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!

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Grade 3M @ East-West 2014-2015

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Posted by msmartaPS1 | Posted in Parent-Teacher, School goals, Welcome | Posted on June 19, 2015

“TREMENDOUS THINGS ARE IN STORE FOR YOU! WONDERFUL SURPRISES AWAIT YOU…”

Dear Students & Parents,

Thank you for a Fantastic Year! Have a Super Holiday!!! 🙂 🙂 🙂

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Countries & Cultures: Final Projects

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Posted by msmartaPS1 | Posted in Parent-Teacher, Social studies | Posted on May 28, 2015

We are learning about Cambodia and Cambodian culture and the countries that have had an important influence in Cambodia’s history and daily life.

It’s been a really interesting Unit and our students have learnt a lot from their own culture as well as other cultures. They were very surprised with some Country Facts such as the number of lights needed to light the Eiffel Tower in Paris (20.000); that cows are sacred animals in India; the number of festivals and celebrations in Cambodia, the height of Mount Fuji in Japan and its significance to Japanese people…

As a lover of culture, I have really enjoyed this lesson myself and I am very happy to share their excellent Final Projects on these 4 countries 🙂

CAMBODIA – INDIA – FRANCE – JAPAN 

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IF I LIVED IN ANOTHER COUNTRY, I’D LIKE TO LIVE IN…. BECAUSE… 

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Camping – Kirirom National Park

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Posted by msmartaPS1 | Posted in Homework & home-based activities, Language Arts, Parent-Teacher, School goals, We are reading… | Posted on May 8, 2015

We are reading The Owl who was Afraid of the Dark. This book teaches us that Dark does not have to be scary.

Dark can be EXCITING, KIND, FUN, NECESSARY, FASCINATING, WONDERFUL, BEAUTIFUL…

One of the reasons Dark is Exciting and Fun is because we can see fireworks and sit around a camp fire. Our students love this idea: Go Camping and Sit around a Camp Fire, and have asked me where and how they can go camping. I’ve told them about Kirirom National Park and thought it could be a good idea to share it with all of you. This place is great for a family holiday surrounded by nature!

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I asked them what they’d like to do if they went Camping and these are some of their answers 😉

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ANY OTHER IDEAS ABOUT CAMPING HOLIDAYS NEAR PHNOM PENH OR IN CAMBODIA? 

Thank you for your suggestions 🙂

Have a wonderful weekend!

*Grade 3M*

Being Responsible – Responsibili-Tree

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Posted by msmartaPS1 | Posted in Parent-Teacher, School goals, Social studies | Posted on April 24, 2015

Our school goal last month was Being Responsible. We discussed with our students about Responsibility and how they can show responsibility. You can see below the meaning of Responsibility and some ways your child can show he/she is responsible. You can also see an activity we’ve done to be aware of our daily responsibilities. I will ask our students to take their work home so you can post it on the fridge or on their bedroom door 🙂

What is responsibility?

  1. Being accountable for what you do, for your actions and behavior.
  2. Doing the right thing at the right time, so others can trust and depend on you.

    *What are ways you can show responsibility?

    1. Complete your homework and chores on time without being reminded.
    2. Follow through on your commitments, even when you don’t feel like it.
    3. Accept responsibility for your mistakes and learn from them. Don’t make excuses or blame others.
    4. Take care of your things and those of other people. Return items you borrow.
    5. Find out what needs to be done and do it.
    6. Make wise choices, such as choosing to eat healthy foods and wearing a helmet.
    7. Always do your very best. Others are counting on you!

    “I am responsible for doing the work I need to do today even though it may be hard.” ~Helen Keller

    ACTIVITY – RESPONSIBILI-TREE

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     HAVE A WONDERFUL WEEKEND! 

    *GRADE 3M*:-) 🙂 🙂 

Character Webs

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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

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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.

NEW TO RAZ-KIDS? WATCH THIS QUICK VIDEO INTRODUCTION!

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Thank you for your time and participation.

Ms. Marta

What do kids learn about Music in Grade3?

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Posted by msmartaPS1 | Posted in Music, Parent-Teacher, School goals | Posted on April 3, 2015

In Grade 3, students develop understanding of musical concepts through participation in various musical experiences (e.g., listening, singing, moving, simple instrumental playing, playing with musical manipulatives).

By the end of Grade 3, students will:

Apply the creative process to create and perform music for a variety of purposes, using the elements and techniques of music;
to communicate their feelings, ideas and understandings in response to a variety of music and musical experiences; demonstrate an understanding of a variety of musical genres and styles from the past and present, and their social and/or community contexts.

The Creative Process comprises the following stages:

Challenging and inspiring
Imagining and generating
Planning and focusing
Exploring and experimenting
Producing preliminary work
Revising and refining
Presenting, performing and sharing
Reflecting and evaluating

Enjoy this video! 🙂 🙂 🙂

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HAVE A GOOD WEEKEND!
*GRADE 3M*

 

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