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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.

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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.

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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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Halfway to the Finish Line

I can’t seem to grasp the fact that it is already 2019, and we have finished about half of the schoolyear.  These kids who started with me in August have done so much growing, and I am so delighted to see all their achievements.

2018 ended in a blur of activity, what with our Christmas Concert, and our Service Learning event with the MovEd foundation. Amidst all the activities, we managed to celebrate Christmas by giving thanks for all that we’ve been given, and by helping those in need. The break did us all good, and we all came back refreshed and ready to work and learn.

Although January is just about to end, there’s so much that we’ve already done.  We’ve spent time learning about adding and subtracting, going as far as working with 3-digit numbers; we’ve gotten our hands dirty planting and exploring seeds and plants; we were even able to try new food when we were learning about South Korea!

Aside from these fun activities in the classroom, we’ve been busy outside as well. We finished our assembly today, and we prepared a lot for that.  We’ve also been practicing for our Chinese New Year celebration (which will be happening on February 4th) as well.

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It was amazing to see the generous and giving spirit of the children as we did our Service Learning activity Christmas Cheer with the MovEd kids.  I loved seeing my second graders interact with the kids, trying their best to communicate with them despite the slight language barrier and bit of shyness.

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The Christmas Concert and Christmas party were also a blast, what with the fun games that the parents prepared for us, and the visit of a very special guest, Santa Claus!

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Gim Bugak

The other day, one of our friends’ mom came to share about their culture. They are from South Korea, and so our friend’s mom came to show us how to prepare a Korean snack that they eat.  It was a lot of fun to learn new words, try our hands at making the snack, and of course eating the snack too!  We learned that we need to be very patient when we make Korean food, as most food they prepare need to be dried or left out for days at a time.

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We were a little unsure about trying the food at first, because of the rice flour. But we saw the snack and had some; it was really really good! We were so lucky because we were given little snack bags of the snack, which was called gim bugak, to take home! :)

Plant Needs and Pollination

In Science class, we’ve been learning all about plants.  We learned that plants need 5 things to grow — water, soil (for nutrients), air, space, and sunlight. We decided to do an experiment to test this out.  We planted some monggo seeds into two sets of cups. One set of cups stays where there the sun doesn’t get to them, while the other set sits on our window sill, getting as much sun as possible.  In the next few days, we will observe to see the differences in their growth.

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We also learned a lot about pollination, particularly how this happens. We did a really cool experiment to see how insects help plants pollinate by bringing the pollen of the flowers to where they need to go. We did this with the use of glitter, and some cotton buds. It was really interesting to see the results! :)

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Curiosity and Being Inquirers

We ended the month with our Grade 2 Assembly, and our IB Learner Profile focus was on being inquirers. The kids enjoyed preparing for the assembly and learning the dances and songs. They did such a wonderful job, and it was such a source of pride to see them conduct the entire assembly on their own.

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Thank you so much to the parents who came to watch our assembly! As always, your support is very much appreciated :)

The kids have had such an eventful past few months, and it’s going to be even more exciting as the months progress.  I personally cannot wait to see how the kids continue to grow and amaze me :)

By the way, should you wish to see more photos of random days in class, and various activities from school, do check out this album! :)

 

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Singapore Splendor

One of the countries we learned about this past month was Singapore. For such a small country — known as the “little red dot” — there sure is a lot to learn!  Its history is so interesting, and so are its people.

One of the things we learned about Singapore is that there are three major races who make Singapore their home — the Malays, the Singaporean Chinese, and the Indians.  Because they are so diverse, the contributions they make to Singaporean culture make it so rich and interesting.  One of the things we learned about in Social Studies this month was how people would meet and greet each other.  Did you know that the customs varied according to race, and even whether they are a boy or a girl??  We had a lot of fun learning about the different ways people interact with each other in Singapore; we even did a role playing activity to demonstrate what we’ve learned.

Here are some photos of us as we showed the different ways the various races in Singapore interacted with each other.

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Book Week 2018

For Book Week 2018, our class chose a book by David Shannon called A Bad Case of Stripes. . It was about a little girl named Camilla Cream who was so very worried about what everyone thought of her that she even refused to eat her favorite food just because she thought that people would laugh at her!  We really enjoyed reading the book, and one of the lessons we picked up from it was that we need to be true to our hearts – we need to be true to who we really are, and not be afraid to be ourselves.  For our book blurb, we chose to perform the song True to Your Heart by 98º from the movie Mulan, because we thought that it would be a fun song that still taught people that they should listen to their hearts.

Here we are in our costumes! We were a little shy in performing, but we also had a lot of fun :)

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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!

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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!

Jump!

Jump!

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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