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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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! :)