Grade 2ML

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We’re Almost at the Finish Line!

In just a few short days, the schoolyear will be over, and with it our days in Grade 2ML for this particular class. It’s crazy to think how quickly the days have flown by, and it is absolutely amazing to see the growth in these children throughout the past year.

We’ve mastered addition and subtraction with regrouping; we learned our shapes and our place values. We’ve read so many books — both together, and independently. We’ve created experiments, tried new kinds of food, celebrated birthdays and milestones. We’ve crammed so much of life into these past few months, and we did a lot of growing.

It is bittersweet on my end — it has been my privilege and honor to have had these kids under my wing these past months. While I am proud of the way they have each grown in their own ways, I am slightly saddened by the fact that I won’t see their eager and smiling faces barrelling into my room at 7:25am everyday.

As we end the year, I’d like to thank all the families for their constant support. It has been a wonderful year with everyone! Here are some photos from the year. As always, the photos are shared on the class photos site on Google Photos :)

Wishing everyone a wonderful summer!!!


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The World Around Us

A big part of second grade is exploring the world around us. We do that in Science by studying what makes up the Earth, and figuring out how things move or are created. We also learn about the actual make up of the Earth, particularly its crust and how it is made up of tectonic plates.

In Social Studies, we learn all about the different countries that make up the world we live in. We pay close attention to the countries of the people we spend time with — our classmates. Thankfully, the parents of our classmates and friends are very generous with their time and come in to tell us all about their homelands. We learn so much from them, it really is quite exciting!


Edible Science

To learn about tectonic plates and how these piece of the Earth’s crust move along, we got creative and used food! This was particularly appealing to the children, as they were allowed to have some of the crackers and condensed milk to eat after conducting the experiment :p

The pieces of graham crackers served as the tectonic plates of the Earth’s crust. The condensed milk served as the molten lava that holds up the crust. What happens when the pieces slip and slide against each other? The children tried to mimic the movements of the plates using the crackers, and learned about how the different plates could possibly move. It was a fun, albeit sticky, afternoon!


There’s More to Belgium than Belgian Chocolate!

Our friend’s parents came in to talk to us about their home country of Belgium. They taught us about their flag, the different things you can do there, and even told us about a famous cartoon that originated from their country (The Adventures of Tintin)! We also learned that they speak a bunch of different languages in their country, depending on what part you live in.

The best part of their visit though is that they brought us a bunch of Belgian chocolate to have! It was so good :)

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Erosion and Weathering

Science is definitely a hands-on, experimenting type of subject. We learn best by observing the things around us, and getting our hands dirty.  When we learned about weathering and erosion, we literally got our hands dirty as we explored what would happen with soil if we continuously blew against it with straws, simulating the way the wind moves past rock and dirt structures. Boy did we learn just how strong the wind is!


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Memorable March

If there’s one thing to say about March, it’s that we definitely had a memorable and eventful one! :) I mean, we had not one but two field trips in March!  How’s that for exciting?

Market Day

As a culmination to our unit on money, and in particular, Philippine money, both Grade 2 classes went on a mini field trip to Wellcome Supermarket, a small grocery store around the corner from school.  We spent about a half hour perusing the aisles, looking for a healthy drink and snack to fit our budget. Each child was able to buy something they wanted, and they were given the experience of budgeting, paying, and making sure that they got the right amount of change. The trip also reinforced for them the importance of and need for the receipt. The kids had an absolute blast! It was definitely a lot of fun to watch them let loose at the store :) click here to see more photos of us at the store!

Hmm... what should we buy?

Hmm… what should we buy?

Thanks for my receipt and change!

Thanks for my receipt and change!

Friday Farm-Day!

Our actual field trip for the year was to Holy Carabao Holistic Farms in Sta. Rosa, Laguna. At the farm, we learned all about being Earth Warriors. The founders of the farm spent the morning with us, teaching us all about healthy soil, compost, and fun farm animals! They even played really fun games with us that had us harvesting worms from the compost, carrying chickens, and using a tomato in a relay race.

After all the lessons we learned, we got to feed some animals, learn about how to take care of plants, and even plant some lettuce ourselves! After that, we rode a cart pulled by the carabao. Some of us were a little nervous at the start, but ended up loving the ride so much that we wanted to go again :) After all the excitement, the founders of Holy Carabao, Mel and Hindy, presented the kids with Earth Warrior badges that the kids wore with pride.

Bunny feeding!

Bunny feeding!

Bunny feeding!

More bunny feeding!

Planting lettuce :)

Planting lettuce :)

in the nursery

in the nursery

Harvesting WORMS!!!

Harvesting WORMS!!!

Feeding some goats :)

Feeding some goats :)

drawing the farm!

drawing the farm!

Getting our hands dirty -- literally!

Getting our hands dirty — literally!

learning all about what organic means

learning all about what organic means

Carabao Ride!!!

Carabao Ride!!!

If you wanna see more photos, click here!

Playtime Marketplace

During Math class, the children were able to simulate buying and selling by thinking of goods and services that they can provide. They took turns buying and selling, and had so much fun that it became a part of our actual indoor playtime :)


The massage service was quite popular!


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February Frenzy

The shortest month of the year has just concluded, but despite the fact that it was the shortest month, so much went on in our classroom!  We started February off with our celebration of the Chinese New Year, and ended it with fun visits by class parents to teach us a little more about their respective home countries.  It was definitely a fun-filled month! :)

Gong Xi Fa Cai!

We welcomed the year of the pig with a bang, as we had a whole day full of fun and exciting activities prepared by the Mandarin department to ring in the New Year. Children from Early Years and Elementary also held a program of various Chinese dances and demonstrations.


The first activity of the day was the Lion Dance, which is a yearly tradition at CISM. The entire school community gathers by the driveway to watch as the Lion Dancers perform. After this, the children all go back to their rooms, and wait for the Lions to come and “eat” the ang pao that was left for them on our door frame.

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The rest of the day was spent in workshops learning about the different provinces of China. The children were able to do some arts and crafts, as well as taste the different food offered in the various provinces they learned about.

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Food Chains

As part of our Science lessons, the children have been learning about Food Chains and how the food chain is only as strong as its weakest link. Should one link from the food chain be weakened or disappear, there is a great effect to those particularly that rely on it for food.

We explored the concept of food chains in various ways, such as role playing, drawing out food chains, and creating food chain crafts.

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Happy Hearts Day

It is traditional in my class to celebrate Valentine’s Day by talking about kindness and showing love not just to those we hold dear, but to everyone we meet.  We usually start of by talking about compliments, particularly what a compliment is and what it is not.

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After that discussion, we have what is called the “compli-mat” activity, in which each child is given a “compli-mat” where they write their names in the heart, place the mat on their table, and then the children spend time going around to each other’s mats, writing compliments for their friends. It’s definitely a reaffirming activity, and one that helps them see the good in others, and see the good that others see in them too.


Incredible India

As a culminating activity for our lessons on India — which is still a part of our home countries study — some parents came in to teach us a traditional game, as well as show us and help us make a traditional Indian dish.

The children had a lot of fun playing the game, and in fact were disappointed that we didn’t have more time to play it.

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It was fun to watch the children make and try the Indian snack as they were quite excited about making it, but were also a little wary about trying new food. They were good sports though and most of them tried it, as we talked about not knowing if we like something or not if we don’t at least try it. A number of them enjoyed the dish, and asked for seconds :)

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