Grade 1-DH

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Happy New Year!

As a New Year begins, Grade 1DH is ready for more fun and learning this quarter!

We started the first few weeks in school with simple experiments about light energy that the students loved! Students learn by doing. Hands-on science encourages the children to DO something – observe, ask questions, touch, smell, experiment.

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The students were also engaged in doing various activities  for social studies.

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Thinking about a business and a product to sell was a sure hit for them!

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The students celebrated the 100 Days of School last January 30. The 100th day marks a special opportunity to reflect upon and celebrate major milestones in students’ academic achievement. This is a time to celebrate their learning and experiences.

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January was a blast! And this is just a start of making new memories and learning new things this new year as a class!

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November–It’s that time of the year again when students prepare for their book week presentation!

Grade 1DH presented The Ocean Alphabet Book by Jerry Pallota. It is about the different sea creatures that can be seen in the Atlantic Ocean. All the students were very excited to perform their book blurb.

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Besides the book week celebration, the Grade 1 students also prepared for their Class Assembly. The students have been practicing singing, dancing and playing musical instruments for the presentation.

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Everyone enjoyed every single practice! :)

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Each of the students were eager to showcase their talents to their family members and the CISM Community. It was truly a memorable experience for the kids–Novemberrific! :)

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We had an Octo-blast!

The Month of October was full of fun-filled activities. We started the month with Spirit Week which made us all giddy to go to school because of the different costume themes for each day.

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One of the highlights for this month is our Grade 1 Spelling Bee Competition. Spelling is important because it helps develop the connection that is shared between sounds and letters. Learning high frequency sight words also has been shown to help with both reading and writing.


The students studied and prepared for the said activity. You can see the seriousness on their faces during the competition because each group wanted to win first place! :)


It was quite a competition for both classes. We cannot wait for the next Spelling Bee Competition at the end of the second quarter!

In line with our Social Studies lesson about  Community Events, we celebrated the Grade 1 Fiesta! Students took part in planning the fiesta. They were given different committees–poster making, planning and decorations. Everyone was busy and excited for the said event!





We also had UN Day and came to school dressed up in our National Costumes. We had a full day of activities–from our UN Day performance, cultural workshop, global potluck to the recycling activity!

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To end the month of October, we had our Halloween Trick or Treat. We had different Halloween activities in class and we also went around offices to get our treats! :)

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It was definitely a busy month for us but we all had a great time! We cannot wait for November! :)





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Having Fun in First Grade!

September! September! Second month of the school year and we’re all having a great time in class! Plus, we are more adjusted now with the classroom rules and routines which makes it more easier for the class!





In Grade 1, we are challenged with more reading and writing activities which will help develop literacy skills. Literacy skills may be the focus in language arts classes, but they are equally necessary for math, science, art, music, and other classes. In class, we are also practicing their speaking and listening skills that will help communicate effectively with friends and adults. (Some of us started shy in the beginning but we will keep on trying until we overcome our shyness!)



They don’t just read and write in class, but they learn through play too! :)


We performed our first experiment in Science which is planting a seed. All the students were keen and excited to go through the Scientific Method together.



For math, we’ve been practicing addition and subtraction strategies through different activities and games.





We did our very first project for social studies which is the 3D Map Model Making. It wasn’t easy cutting, pasting, and decorating but we never gave up! We helped and motivated each other to finish the project.




It was definitely a fun-filled September for the First Graders! We cannot wait to share what October has  in store store for us! :)


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Welcome to Grade 1DH SY 2018-2019!

Dear parents,

Welcome to Grade 1! I hope everyone had a great summer break!

I am Dianne Bernadette M. Hernandez and I will be your child’s Grade 1 homeroom teacher this school year. This is my fourth year in Chinese International School Manila and my fifth year in the profession. I earned my undergraduate degree in De La Salle University, Manila with a specialization in Early Childhood Development. I am currently pursuing my Master’s Degree in Teaching in the Early Grades in the University of the Philippines, Diliman.

A lot of meaningful and challenging experiences are in store for your first grader this year. I am excited about the opportunity to get to know you and your child. I believe our partnership will result in an engaging and fruitful learning experience to achieve your child’s highest potential.

Communication is key to your child’s success and to a great parent-teacher partnership. Please remember that your thoughts, concerns, and questions are always important to me. Together, we may communicate through your child’s assignment notebook, via e-mail (, or you can set an appointment through the school office at (02 7980011) local 103 or 116.

Once again, welcome to Grade 1 DH! Together we can make this a great experience for your child!



Dianne Bernadette M. Hernandez

Grade 1DH Homeroom Teacher