Feeling grateful! :)

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Posted by msmartaPS1 | Posted in Parent-Teacher, School goals, Welcome | Posted on June 10, 2016

Another school year done! Teaching might be one of the most rewarding jobs and teaching at EWIS has definitely made an amazing impact on our lives and careers. Teaching Grade 3 last year was a challenging and fun adventure,  supported by a great team and, of course, my students and their families. This year, my Preschool students, with their unlimited energy and pure smiles have also been part of a personal adventure, becoming a mother in October, which I think it’s made me a more understanding and caring teacher… MAKING EVEN HARDER SAYING GOODBYE TO THESE WONDERFUL CHILDREN!

It’s been a year of learning and sharing among teachers, students and parents. I feel so grateful I’ve been able to know you and your children. Our positive communication throughout the school year has helped us to better understand our students, to stop and think about their delicate emotions as children and to teach them more effectively, thinking about their individual needs. We thank all our students’ parents for being so open to share and work together.

Our last day has been full of music, laughter, fun and wonderful hugs…!!! 🙂 º

We think these pictures show how proud we feel of our students and how much we’ve loved spending time together.

I will miss you all (Ms. Roth, Ms. Panha, all our students, families and the EWIS community)

— HAVE A HAPPY HOLIDAY…  & LIFE 🙂 —

MS. MARTA

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Happy Khmer New Year :)

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Posted by msmartaPS1 | Posted in Parent-Teacher, School goals, Welcome | Posted on April 8, 2016

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Let’s work together – Preschool team building activity

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Posted by msmartaPS1 | Posted in Arts & Crafts, Parent-Teacher, School goals, Social studies, Welcome, Zoo-phonics | Posted on March 18, 2016

This is the first of a series 0f 10 team building activities we’ve planned for this term. In the first activity our preschoolers work in pairs to complete Zoo-phonics’ Timmy Tiger Jigsaw Puzzle  –

Our goal with this series of team building activities: The skills learned from team building are important parts of personal and group development in children. During team building activities, children have the chance to communicate with each other and work towards a common goal. By practicing being an effective team member and team leader, children develop confidence in their own abilities.

We hope you enjoy these pictures taken during the activity. Please, don’t forget to share your comments, ideas, suggestions, thumbs up… !!! 🙂        PS1 @ EWIS wishes you all a happy weekend 😉

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Families & School = Perfect Partners!

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Posted by msmartaPS1 | Posted in Homework & home-based activities, Parent-Teacher, School goals, Welcome | Posted on March 11, 2016

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Thank you for attending our parent teacher conferences this week! We think they’ve been very positive. Most of you have attended and we’ve been able to talk about your child and share ideas. We are very lucky to have such amazing students and parents at PS1! We are working well together, communicating weekly and doing home-based activities 🙂 All this work can be seen in your child’s positive attitude and progress both at home and at school. This is very rewarding for us as teachers and we hope you are enjoying this project too. Thank you again for participating and being so open to share and collaborate. Have a nice weekend with these wonderful children 😉

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PS1 Parent Teacher Conferences: Monday 7th, Wednesday 9th, Thursday 10th

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Posted by msmartaPS1 | Posted in Parent-Teacher, School goals, Welcome | Posted on March 4, 2016

PS1 Parent Teacher Conferences: Monday 7th, Wednesday 9th, Thursday 10th 

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All About Me and My Family

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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” 🙂

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Fruits & Vegetables are FUN!

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

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Zoo-Phonics, loving letters and sounds!

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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” 🙂

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Have a good day,

Ms. Marta

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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