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

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

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Parent-Teacher Communication

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Posted by msmartaPS1 | Posted in Homework & home-based activities, Welcome | Posted on February 2, 2016

Dear parents,

Thank you for your collaboration by commenting on your child’s Communication Book. This has been very rewarding and useful to understand your child’s behaviour and specific needs. Most of you have been very supportive and this has been really positive for your child’s educational, social and bilingual progress.

Starting this week, we will communicate via this EDUBLOG. If you have individual questions, you can write your comments on this blog or send us a private e-mail to msmartag3@gmail.com

We would appreciate you continue supporting us and collaborating on our weekly EDUBLOG.

Have a wonderful week!

Ms. Marta & Ms. Roth 

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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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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*

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