Grade 2ML

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Welcome to Schoolyear 2017-2018

August 7, 2017

Dear Parents,

Welcome to Second Grade! I hope you all had a wonderful and restful summer break.
I am Cristina Lagdameo and I will be your child’s homeroom teacher this year. This is my third year with Chinese International School Manila, and my tenth year in the profession, having taught at various schools in Manila, Philadelphia, and New York City. I hold a Master of Science in Education degree, with a major in Reading, Writing and Literacy from the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education. In addition to this, I am also an AB English Literature graduate from Ateneo de Manila University.

I am very excited at the thought of a promising year ahead and I look forward to working in partnership with you as we develop your child’s potential. This year will be filled with a multitude of fun activities aimed at helping your child become an independent, responsible, critical and eager learner.

Attached are a few general guidelines for the Grade 2-ML Class (PDF: Guidelines SY2017-2018).

Should you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to get in touch. You may email me at, send me a note via your child’s homework notebook, or set an appointment through the school office (at 02 7980011). I look forward to meeting you soon, and working with you in ensuring your child’s success in the coming year.

Warm regards,

Maria Cristina Pilar A. Lagdameo
EY/ES English Language Arts Subject Leader
Grade 2 Homeroom Teacher

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Easter 2017

While we did not make that big a deal out of Easter this year, we did try to ensure that many of our activities were Easter-themed, while still being in line with our curricular topics.   It was quite fun for the children to be doing their Math topics but with an Easter bunny hopping about on the worksheet they’re answering, or hunting for eggs to count the money they could find inside.  Aside from these, we were also able to make Easter Egg themed sun catchers, and listen to Easter themed stories.

Perhaps the highlight of our Easter celebration was our Easter Egg Hunt, which we held on the Friday before our Easter break.  During outdoor play, the children searched for various plastic eggs that we had hid earlier.  The kids seemed to have a blast, and it was especially nice to see how they helped one another look for eggs, particularly when they noticed their classmates didn’t have any yet.

Here are some photos of the week that was.  As always, please click on the photos to go to our flickr page, where there are even more photos to see :)


We're Going on an Egg Hunt!

We’re Going on an Egg Hunt!

Making Egg Suncatchers

Making Egg Suncatchers

Math Money Egg Hunt

Math Money Egg Hunt

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Market Time!

To make our unit on money more meaningful, the second grade students learned all about Philippine currency.  We looked at the different coins and bills used in the Philippines; we also solved various story problems about Philippine currency.

As a practical application to the unit on Philippine money, the second grade classes went on a trip to Wellcome, our neighborhood grocery store.  They were each asked to bring Php100, and were given parameters with which to go shopping.  They needed to buy a drink and a snack for themselves for that afternoon’s Easter celebration in class.  They were not allowed to buy junk food, soda, or candy.

It was a fun experience taking the kids to the grocery store and watching them make good decisions, while evaluating whether they had enough money to buy what they wanted.  The kids were also made to line up and make their purchases on their own, which they had a blast doing.  They made sure to keep their receipts as well to show to their parents after.

Here are photos of the kids as they contemplated what to buy, and as they went about shopping at the grocery store :) More photos on our flickr page, where there’s a whole album just for this event!

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Learning About Home Countries — Indonesia and Russia

The last few countries to visit on our “trip” to learn about all the different home countries of our classmates and friends were Indonesia and Russia.  We invited the parents of our students from these countries, and they did an amazing job of sharing their culture.  The kids were thoroughly engrossed and had a wonderful time playing the different games they taught, as well as trying out the different food from these countries.  Thank you again to our wonderful parents for coming and sharing your time and knowledge with us!! <3

Here are some photos of the fun we had!  Click on the photos to bring you to our flickr album :)


Playing Tug-O-War


Trying out blinis :) YUM!!!


Learning an Indonesian Dance