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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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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The Year of the Monkey

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

HAPPY  YEAR OF THE MONKEY!!!

2016, CHINESE NEW YEAR 

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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. 

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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…

THE MONKEY’S PERSONALITY

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.

OUR STUDENTS’ CHINESE ZODIAC SIGNS

WE HAVE FRIENDLY RABBITS AND INDEPENDENT DRAGONS IN OUR PS1 CLASS! 

YEAR 2011: YEAR OF THE RABBIT 

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.

YEAR 2012: YEAR OF THE DRAGON

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.

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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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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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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*:-) 🙂 🙂 

MAPS – Our Treasure Island

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Posted by msmartaPS1 | Posted in Parent-Teacher, Social studies, Welcome | Posted on March 25, 2015

We are learning about Map Skills in Social Studies. Working with children is amazing for different reasons; seeing how they use their creativity is one of them! They see the world from a different perspective. I just gave them some markers and here are the results… Their Treasure Island Map (with a compass rose, an invisible bridge, a buried treasure, a volcano, a treasure cave… all you can imagine on a Secret Island)

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Hui Sang’s Black Forest

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Jessie working on her Treasure Cave

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Gavin’s Monkey Land

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Malika drawing a Pirate Ship

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EJ’s Caravel

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Riley’s Invisible River and Bridge

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Da Eun’s Buried Treasure

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Irene’s Compass Rose

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