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An October to Remember

Hello from Grade 2ML! :)

The schoolyear is well underway; who’d have thought time would fly? We are well into the second quarter, and are quickly approaching the end of the first term. Time has flown, and the kids have been growing just as fast.

This October saw many different activities such as Spirit Week and United Nations Day. We’ve also had a lot of exciting goings-on in the classroom — we learned about the Philippines in Social Studies; we’ve been mastering place value, and 2 digit addition in Math; we have been exploring the different groups of animals, as well as their needs in Science, and we’ve tackled many different stories and reading skills in Language Arts.

Spirit Week saw us dressing up in different themes each day. I think the kids enjoyed Pajama Day the most though :)

Tropical Tuesday!

Tropical Tuesday!

Wake Up Wednesday!

Wake Up Wednesday!


One of our favorite activities was learning how to play luksong tinik, a Filipino game that the children had a wonderful time playing. It was incidentally pajama day at school too, so they had so much fun being in their pajamas and jumping over their classmates!



Having so much fun skipping over their friends

Having so much fun skipping over their friends

Momentum help make the jump higher

Momentum help make the jump higher

Or jumping with both feet!

Or jumping with both feet!

The children also tasted different kinds of Filipino snacks like puto (which was a crowd favorite), ensaymada, piyaya, and two kinds of kutsinta. 

So much yummy food for our Filipino snacks activity

So much yummy food for our Filipino snacks activity

One of the other highlights of the month was UN Day, which we celebrated with the whole school.  The children spent a lot of time preparing for their performance during Music class, and boy did all the time and effort spent practicing pay off!  They did an amazing rendition of Michael Jackson’s “They Don’t Really Care About Us” with their percussion instruments (or buckets hehe), and with their stamping and clapping.  It was also wonderful to see the children all dressed up in their costumes. Photos are below :)

We thought the whole second grade would do one country, so we painted a giant Italian flag for the parade... but then we had to change to Spain instead :p

We thought the whole second grade would do one country, so we painted a giant Italian flag for the parade… but then we had to change to Spain instead :p

Here are some of the kids as they performed :)

Here are some of the kids as they performed :)

And here's the class lining up to go down :)

And here’s the class lining up to go down :)

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Diving into Second Grade

August and September have flown by, it’s amazing to think that this class has only been together these past two months.  It feels like we’ve done so much already in that short span of time.

The kids have been busy working and learning every day. They have quickly and easily settled into the second grade routine, and are enjoying all the new responsibilities and lessons they’re experiencing in this new grade.

Science seems like a favorite part of our day, as we spend a lot of time doing hands on experiments and activities. The children have been enjoying watching changes in matter, as well as learning about reversible and irreversible change through observation of materials.

Math continues to be a challenging but fun class, as we spend lots of time solving math problems on our white boards, as well as using our Unifix cubes to represent numbers.  We also get to play fun games in Math class :)

The children have been enjoying the Language Arts classes, too; we read many different short stories and selections, both fiction and non-fiction. We have also been learning about sentences and nouns. We put our learning to practice by writing stories.

The Philippines is our main focus in Social Studies class, as we learn about the country we live in. The kids enjoyed finding out about how life was before they were born, and were amazed to hear about the pre-colonial days.

Playtime is a crucial part of our day as well, as they build their relationships through social interactive play. Their creativity is evident in the various role-playing games they do, often engaging the entire class in their games.

Below are some photos from the past 2 months. Should you wish to see all our photos, please check out our Flickr account! :)


First Day of School!


During Indoor Play, we do games like Snakes & Ladders


Sometimes we play Rush Hour


On the first day of school, we got creative and busted out the Play-Doh :)


Having fun at the play area with some blocks :)


We celebrated Mid-Autumn Festival by playing Dice Game during Mandarin class!!!


Engineering the best bridge

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Learning new Math vocabulary through a game :)

It’s been great having these kids in class! I can’t wait to see how the rest of the year goes :)

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Welcome to Schoolyear 2018-2019!

August 1, 2018

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 fourth year at Chinese International School Manila, and my eleventh 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.

On the following pages are a few general guidelines for the Grade 2-ML Class, as well as the class schedule.

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


  1. School Hours / Schedule
    • 7:30 am to 2:30 pm
    • 8:20 am late start on Wednesdays.
    • 3:30 pm dismissal on club days (some clubs may go on till later).
    • Punctuality is emphasized.
    • Library Day is on Fridays.
    • Attached is a copy of your child’s class schedule for your guidance.
  2. Personal Belongings
    • All items should be clearly labeled with your child’s name.
    • Please send a water bottle in with your child each day.
    • Gadgets and toys are to be kept at home unless required by the teacher for academic purposes.
    • Please send in an apron labeled with your child’s name for his/her use throughout the schoolyear by August 6, Monday.
  3. Personal Hygiene Kit

Each student is required to have a personal hygiene kit, which will be kept in their classroom cubbies for them to use when needed. Please use a container that is durable and compact. This kit should contain the following items, each clearly labeled with your child’s name:

ü  extra set of clothes (shirt, shorts/pants, underwear, socks)

ü  insect repellant

ü  cologne

ü  powder

ü  wet wipes

ü  alcohol

ü  tissue

ü  comb

ü  small face towel

  1. Notebooks
    • Please label and cover your child’s notebooks with plastic, and send them back to school by Monday, August 6.
  2. Snack and Lunch
    • Healthy food and drinks are encouraged.
    • Please refrain from sending junk food or soda.
  3. Uniform
    • P.E. days are Tuesdays and Fridays. As their P.E. class is during the first block, they may come to school in their uniform. Please ensure that you send their regular school uniform so that they may change after P.E. class.
    • Friday is casual dress day. We do not want to restrict your child in terms of their clothing choice for Fridays; however, for safety purposes, we encourage them to ensure their choice in footwear will enable them to participate in the day’s class activities.
  4. Medication
    • Should your child need any medication, please ensure that it is left with our School Nurse at the Clinic on the first floor. Only the School Nurse is allowed to administer medication.
  5. Home-School Communication
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Busy Bees in Second Grade


April has come and gone, and boy has it been an exciting month!  It’s amazing to think that we are at the final stretch of the schoolyear.  Where has the time gone?


Our second graders have definitely done a lot of growing these past months, and sometimes I can’t believe that the kids in front of me are the same ones I had back in August.  They’re more independent, more confident, and more inquisitive than ever.


Read on to see what the Grade 2ML kids have been busy with!


A Day at the Farm


For this schoolyear’s field trip, the Grade 2ML & Grade 2MP went to Holy Carabao Holistic Farms in Sta. Rosa, Laguna. Holy Carabao Holistic Farms was put up by two moms who were concerned with where their produce was coming from, as they wanted to ensure that their children were eating safe and nutritious produce.


Our field trip started off with an introduction to what the farm was about, and what they did at the farm. This was given by none other than the two founders of Holy Carabao Holistic Farms — Hindy Weber and Melanie Teng-Go. They showed the children a video about “holistic farming inspired by organic, biodynamic, and permaculture principles,” as well as the importance of not using GMO’s.  The kids were also able to explore various types of soil, literally getting their hands dirty with these as they were able to see the difference between healthy and unhealthy soil.


The kids also played a game in which they were divided up into a few groups, and they had to harvest worms from the soil. The winner of the game is the group that had the most number of worms at the end of the time limit. Admittedly, a few of the kids were a little bit squeamish about having to touch the worms, but once they realized that the worms wouldn’t hurt them, they really got into it.


After our session indoors, the kids were led outside where they were able to feed the animals, explore the gardens, and play a reverse scavenger hunt in which they had to find all the harmful things (like fertilizers and GMO’s) scattered around the crops.  They also learned about the wonders of composting, and how compost helps grow healthy crops. They were able to visit a nursery, “harvest” vegetables they would want in their salads, and plant crops.


One of the other highlights for the kids was the carabao ride, in which they were able to ride a cart pulled by a carabao. The kids also played with the bunnies, chickens, and goats that roamed the property.


We left the farm happily talking about all the fun things we did that day, and about all the amazing things we learned. It was definitely a treat for our city kids! :)

Below are a few of the photos from our field trip. There are maaaaany more on our Flickr account :)


Here we are listening to the founders of Holy Carabao Holistic Farms


They taught us a lot of interesting things!


Time to get our hands dirty!!!



Worms are actually really good for the soil :)


Reverse scavenger hunt — take away from the garden the things that are harmful to the plants!


We also met some newborn baby piglets! :)


Carabao Ride!!! :)

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Carabao Ride! :)

Carabao Ride! :)

Show Me the Money!

Math class had us learning about money these past weeks.  We started with exploring barter trade, and branching out to the history of money, and learning about how money came about. We engaged in role-playing to understand barter trade, and how although it was a good idea, it wasn’t a perfect way to conduct business.

We then explored US currency and how to use it. We sang songs about pennies, nickels, quarters, and dimes. We played games that had us adding up coins to see how much money we had, and we role-played selling to understand how to make change.

Philippine currency, as the currency that we use everyday, featured in our lessons as well. We took a look at the new currency of the Philippines, as well as watched videos about the new coins that have just come out, or are about to come out.

To culminate our lessons in money, the Grade 2 classes took a mini-field trip to Wellcome Supermarket, around the corner from school, to get hands on experience in using currency. The children were given a budget, and were told they needed to evaluate whether what they wanted to buy would fit within their budget. They were also given parameters for what they could buy — they could get one drink, and one snack, both of which needed to be healthy, or at the very least, not junk. It was fun to see them exploring the aisles of the supermarket, mentally calculating whether they had enough money for their goods. After our trip to the supermarket, we went back to the classroom to take a look at the receipts we collected from our activity. The kids absolutely loved feeling all grown-up buying their own things, and they were happy to have had an extra snack for that afternoon as well :)

What's a healthy snack?

What’s a healthy snack?

Should we buy this?

Should we buy this?

Yogurt, of course! :)

Yogurt, of course! :)

Here are out picks!

Here are out picks!

Time to pay :)

Time to pay :)

Bagged and ready to go

Bagged and ready to go


We are Ready for Chapter Books!

This month, for Language Arts, the children were encouraged to pick a chapter book from the library that they wanted read. They were given time to read independently in class, and at the end of the week, they were given a poster they had to fill out about the books they read. We called these posters their Book Report Posters.

The aim of these posters is for them to be able to share what they read, as well as give their opinion — backed with detailed reasons — of the book they read. After they did their posters, they were asked to present their posters to the class. It was great to see the kids talk so animatedly about their books, particularly those who absolutely loved the stories they read. An added bonus is that some of the kids who felt they weren’t ready for chapter books realized that they could actually handle reading longer books, and were more inspired to read chapter books going forward!

Independent reading time to prepare for our book reports!

Independent reading time to prepare for our book reports!

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Presenting our Book Reports :)

Presenting our Book Reports :)



We take a lot of photos in class. As not everything is featured on our blog, I tend to just put them all into albums for perusal. Should you wish to see all the photos, they’re uploaded onto our Flickr account! :)