Early Years and Elementary Department

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First Early Years and Elementary Assembly

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Last August 11, the Early Years and Elementary Department had their very first school assembly with the mindset — If we want to end right, we have to start right.  By 8.00 a.m. students from Pre-Kindergarten all the way to Grade 5 gathered at the MPH to welcome the school year 2016 – 2017.  It began with us singing the Philippine National Anthem and ended with the closing remarks from the Headmaster himself, Mr. Carlos Enriquez Jr.

Our assembly kicked off with the usual meet and greet headed by the new Early Years and Elementary Director.  It was then followed by a very warm welcome to all old and new CISM students.   During our gathering, much emphasis was given on the changes that were about to happen in school.  The school’s new Mission and Vision together with the entire school leadership team was introduced to the children.  With all these changes around them, the challenged given by our Headmaster to every student is to become a better version of themselves.

Hooray for good beginnings and hopefully, happy endings!

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Letter from the Early Years and Elementary Director


It is with great pride and enthusiasm that I welcome each and everyone of you to Chinese International School Manila.

My goal is to work with each student, faculty member, and parent in order to attain the best possible experience for all involved.  Together with the Early Years and the Elementary Faculty, we make an incredible team.  Our combined efforts will create a strong foundation for each and every child that enters our school doors.

With your unending support dear parents, let’s all march forward as we enhance children’s curious minds towards becoming independent learners and innovative thinkers.  In cadence, we shall bring out children’s potentials to be the best they can be.


Cheers to a great school year for all of us!


Ma. Fleurica Miranda

Early Years and Elementary Director


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Nursery Summer Fun Activity

Summer is here and the heat is on!  Last Tuesday, Nursery enjoyed some activities that could be done during the summer:  Swimming and Outdoor Picnic.

Prior to this, they began noticing the effects of weather on their lives with the use of the daily schedule board in class.  The children noticed that during the summer, they get to do a lot of outdoor play since the sun is always out.

That morning, we started with an early dip on the Kiddie pool.

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Straight after was our Summer Picnic.  The children ate and shared snacks with their peers.

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It was a fun-filled day for the Nursery children to swim and eat with their classmates in school.

After the activity, we talked about how the sun is their friend and how it gives them light. We discussed about the things that can happen if they stay under the sun for a very long time.  From our class discussion and our given activity, they learned that it is important to put on sunblock before they go swimming.  They can also use sunglasses and a hat to protect themselves from the sun as staying under it for a long time can burn their skins.

At the end of the day, the class was able to learn a lot of things beyond the four walls of the classroom.

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The Scientific Process For Early Years

Part of our units in Science is learning about Scientific Inquiry.

This begins with observation and investigation.  In here, children demonstrate curiosity and raise simple questions about objects and events in the environment.  They observe objects and events in the environment and describe them.  They also begin to identify and use, with adult support, some observation and measurement tools.  They start comparing and contrasting objects and events and begin to describe similarities and differences.  Using simple words they make predictions and check them with adult support, through concrete experiences.  From there, they make inferences and form generalizations based on evidences they’ve gathered.

This is then followed by documentation and communication.  Children record observations or findings in various ways, with adult assistance, including pictures, words (dictated to adults), charts, journals, models, and photos.  They get the experience to share findings and explanations, which may be correct or incorrect, with or without prompting.

While we in Nursery were learning about the stages of Matter, we went through a very simple experiment about how solid turns into liquid.  We observed how ice can melt and turn into water.

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The Nursery class had so much fun learning concepts in Science as they did this hands-on activity.  At the end of the experiment, they drew their observations and shared it with the class.

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Early Year’s Easter Activities!

Last March 17, the whole Early Years Family celebrated Easter.  Parents were invited to a mini Sports fest, an Easter Egg Hunt, and last but not the least, an Easter Family Class Breakfast.

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The Easter games and obstacle relays for the whole family were loaded with fun.  Parents were wearing their sports gear as they joined in different activities at the gym.  The children had a blast watching their daddies and mommies participate.

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After the festivities was the Egg Hunt.  Children from Nursery to Kindergarten were all in search of eggs which were hidden all over the school playground.

Finally, everybody went inside their respective classroom for a delicious family class breakfast.  Each family brought breakfast food which were then shared with the class.

It was indeed a good way to begin the Easter festivities!

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Real and Make-Believe Stories

Is age really just a number? Inside our Nursery classroom, it is!  As early as now we are beginning to learn the concept of Fiction and Nonfiction stories.

Every ELA Reading time, the children have read alouds before concept teaching time.  Read Aloud is a strategy in which the teacher sets aside time to orally read to the child.  After every story read, the children are asked different questions regarding the story.  This exercise hones their listening and comprehension skills.  It gauges how much the children understands the story.

Our third quarter unit in Reading is all about Real and Make-Believe stories.  During this period of the school year, the children are exposed to Fiction and Nonfiction books. Different activities namely, free reading and read alouds, are being given to understand the concept further.  The meaning of real and make-believe are being discussed to the students.  At an early age, some children can already explain why a story can be considered real or make-believe.

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See?  We enjoy different reading materials this early!

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100 Days Of School, 100 Days Smarter!

Last February 10, the Early Years team celebrated a hundred days of school.  This day marks 100 days of pure fun and a whole lot of learning.

The day started with some activities at the gym.  The students enjoyed doing zumba, parachute games, and some relay with children from Pre-K and Kindergarten.











The 100 Hunt was the next activity.  The students were tasked to look for tags with the number 100, which were hidden all over the school playground.



Finally, the celebration ended with an artwork inside our respective classrooms.  The Nursery students decorated their hats which said, “I am 100 days smarter!”




To all of us in Nursery, Happy 100 Days of School!!!


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I Love My Family

Our new unit in Social Studies is about ‘Me and My Family’.  As an introduction, the story ‘The Giving Tree’ by Shel Silverstein  was read to the children.  From there, they were able to review what a tree is and realize that people undergo changes from being a child to being elderly.

The story was also used as a springboard to help the children understand what a Family Tree is.

To help them learn and visualize the concept of Family, the children filled up their Family Tree worksheets by sticking photos of their different family members.  This was used in our class’ show and tell activity during our Social Studies subject.

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The Family Tree activity was further used to introduce the concept of extended families and identify their extended family members.  With such, the children realized that they have more families who love and are willing to help them.

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Book Character Day

I am very pleased to announce that the Nursery class bagged second place in this year’s Book Character Day.

Our class decided to showcase the story ‘The Ugly Duckling’ which is a literary fairy tale by Danish poet and author Hans Christian Andersen.  The story tells of a homely little bird born in a barnyard who suffers abuse from the others around him until, much to his delight and to the surprise of others, he matures into a beautiful swan, the most beautiful bird of all.

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The children and teachers dressed up as ducks, a barn, and a tractor.  All of us had so much fun as we sang and danced to the tune of ‘Six Little Ducks’ on stage.  Though the youngest grade level in Chinese International School Manila, all appeared pretty much confident on stage during the performance.  Click on the link below to see our class’ performance and check out a few photos from the said event.









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Again, congratulations to the Nursery class and thank you dear parents for all the support!

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Nursery Assembly

Attached is an invite to come and join us as we celebrate Valentine’s Day during our Lower School Assembly on February 12, Friday.  See you there!

Nursery Assembly

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