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Festive February

We started the month celebrating the Chinese New Year. It is one of the biggest event that we celebrate in school. We had different activities that the children engaged in and enjoyed.

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The first activity we had was the Lion Dance, a tradition that we practice in school and in the Chinese culture to bring luck and fortune. Together with the whole school, we gathered and watched as the Lion Dancers perform.

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After the Lion Dance, the Early Years and Elementary had a presentation for the event. The Nursery kids sang and danced to the song Gong Xi Gong Xi. They worked hard and practiced for weeks for their performance and we couldn’t be any prouder.

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Then, we had a cooking activity in the classroom. The Nursery kids cooked Nian Gao or Tikoy, a Chinese dessert served during Chinese New Year. The children helped in preparing the ingredients as well as cooking the food.

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We ended the celebration by making an art activity. We had them paint, in a caligraphy like, the characters: 四 季 平 安 and 出 入 平 安, which means safe all year. It symbolizes prosperity for the New Year.

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It was indeed a festive start of the month. It was a day of celebrating tradition as well as learning more about the Chinese culture.

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100 Days of School Celebration

January 30th marked the children’s 100th day in school. Since the first day of school, children have been anticipating this day as it is a milestone that gives them a sense of accomplishment and achievement. Once they look back to their first day, they see that they are now smarter, wiser, and brighter.

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The Nursery, together with the Pre-Kinder and Kindergarten classes had an eventful celebration on their 100th day in school. This celebration also paved way to learning different concepts while having fun.

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Their day started by coming to school in their 100 year old self. We talked about how they would look like 100 years from now. They were able to distinguish how old and young people look like. They even mentioned how they would look like their grandparents when they are 100 years old.

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We gathered all together and had a parachute activity with the other Early Year children. Here the children were able to identify patterns as they were asked to line up following the girl-boy-girl-boy pattern. This activity was not just about playing with the parachute but following instructions and movement exercise as well.

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We also prepared different Stations for them to go around to. We started making our 100 Days Hat. We colored and used sequins to decorate our hats.

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The children enjoyed playing Sort 100 Fruits and Shake the Bottle (with 100 pompoms) game. After the games they also danced to their favorite tunes.

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To incorporate Digital Literacy, we had a station where they were shown how green screen looked like. Their pictures were then used to create their 100 Days key chain.

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They were also taught how to say 100 days in Chinese (Yībǎi Tiān). They were shown how to write in Chinese characters and they also painted their 100 Days Card in Chinese characters.

To end our celebration, the children were given their 100 Days badge.

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It was a simple celebration but it was truly memorable for the children as we prepared activities they they loved doing while also learning from the activities.

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Early Readers and Little Writers

The Nursery children are continuously learning about letters; as part of our ELA class, we learn about the different letters and its sound. Every week we take on a different letter to practice and master its sound and how it is written.

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As part of the subject, we also encourage them to read books even though they are still mastering letter sounds. How? By creating their own story based on the pictures they see in books. It is a good practice to develop their love for books and creativity. Aside from the Read Aloud that we do regularly, we give them time to read books in our mini library. Here they can choose the book/s they like and even read it to their friends, they can even share a book to their classmates and read it together.

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This quarter, the class learned more about creating a story. They were exposed to the different elements of a story which paved way in helping them create their own story.

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In line with the Book Week Celebration, the Nursery class made their first Book. We started by identifying the characters they want in their story and who the story is about. Then led to the setting of the story. One by one, we were able to make a short story.

 

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After making the story, each child drew a scene from the story and pasted it on the pages of the book. We read the story again and the children decided on the title of their story. They came up with the whole thing on their own and are very proud to be able to create their own story.

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The children were really proud of the book they made and wanted to create more books. They put in much effort in creating their book and the finished product made them so happy and inspired that they can further create more.

 

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A Healthy Me

As we end our journey on learning about our bodies, we also took on ways on being healthy. In Nursery, we don’t just want them to learn about the parts and function of their body but also start learning how to take care of their own body.

We started the year talking about being healthy and what it takes to be healthy. We identified healthy foods and what these food can do for our body. We discussed why it is important to exercise and how it can help keep us strong. We ended the first quarter learning ways on taking care of our own body.

We showed them how to take a bath properly and even had them try it on the doll.

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We also showed them the proper way of brushing their teeth. Since it is a regular practice in Nursery for them to brush after eating, we are able to practice and remind them the proper way of brushing teeth.

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We had an experiment on how germs can easily spread by just a simple touch. We used glitters as an example for the “germs”; we let them shake and touch the hands of their classmates and see if they had “germs” in their hands. They tried different ways to remove the “germs”, such as alcohol, hand sanitizer, wet wipes, and water and soap. Which led them to realize that the most effective way of cleaning our hands is by using soap and water. They then practiced the proper way of washing hands

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We had so much learning experience throughout the month of October, and this is just one of the many activities we had this month.

 

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Amazing September

The children have gotten to a great start of the school year as they adjust to our classroom routines and get to know their friends in school. As we end the First Quarter, let me share with you what the Nursery kids have been learning.

In ELA, the children are learning more about books. They learned the different parts of a book and how to properly handle a book. Even though they are not readers, they are able to use their imagination and tell their stories about the pictures they see in books when we have Reading Centers.

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Every week we learn a new letter; how it sounds, words beginning in the letter, as well as the proper way of tracing/writing the letters. During our Center Time activities, children are able to practice and learn more about the letter for the week. They enjoy making crafts on every letter, as well have practice their creativity and art skills. Center Time activities help them recall and recognize the letter using different materials.

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We also have read alouds during Math; the stories read introduce the topic for the week. This quarter we focused on counting and recognizing numerals. Each week, we discuss a new number for them to be able to understand the concept of numbers and help them practice counting. We use different materials for them to practice counting, such as animal counters, counting sticks, clay, and unifix cubes. We utilize different manipulative and materials during Center Time to ensure that the children are having fun, as well as learning.

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In Social Studies and Science, we are learning more about ourselves and as well as the children around us.

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For science, we are exploring the different parts of our body and what we can do to take care of our body. We discussed about how each part of our body function and discovered how our senses function. We had a smelling activity and tried to guess the different items on the cup. We also identified which one smells good and bad.

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In our discussion about the sense of touch, the topic was integrated with Social Studies. We talked about “Then and Now” where we discussed how we have changed from babies to big girls and boys.

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Then we had an activity to explore our sense of touch. We crawled like babies and used our hands to touch and feel the textured floor. Then we used our feet, just like big girls and boys, and walked on the textured floor. We also added paint and had a footprint mural, and cold water to wash off the paint.

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These are only a few of the activities that we have done in class, and we’re looking forward to more exciting and fun learning experience with these bunch. It was truly an amazing start of the school year.

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Welcome to the Nursery Family 2018-2019

Dear Parents,

Welcome to Nursery! My name is Ms. Mackey Molina, and I am going to be the Nursery teacher this year. I am looking forward to having your children in my class.

I graduated from University of Santo Tomas with a degree in BS Psychology and took my Certification for Professional Teaching in Miriam College. It is my third year here in Chinese International School Manila, and my seventh year in this profession.

A day in Nursery begins as we gather in the carpet to discuss activities and share information about new experiences. This is then followed by singing songs and moving around – to set the pace for learning through different subject areas. After lunch, we have time to rest and take a nap. This will energize the students as they continue the rest of the day with more fun and learning. Play is important in the development of every child; it is an essential part in early learning and we provide this as often as possible. I believe that children learn best when they relate learning materials to meaningful experiences. The children will have opportunities to play together before going home. We end our day with an afternoon carpet time to wrap up and bid our teachers and friends farewell.

We look forward to a wonderful year of exploring and learning with your child. Please make sure that you read and sign your child’s Communication Notebook daily. This is where I will communicate with you by way of note, reminder or concerns that I have about your child and I invite you to do the same. You may contact me any time via email mmolina@cismanila.org or set an appointment at the Admissions office through Ms. Kitin Conchu 632-798-0011 Local 103 or 116, alternatively you may also send her an email at mconchu@cismanila.org.

Thank you for entrusting your children with us. Rest assured that their best interest is our primary goal.

Here are some other things we’d like you to take note of:

 SCHEDULE

  • School Hours – 7:30 AM – 2:15 PM
  • WEDNESDAYS – LATE START at 8:20 AM
  • CLUB DAY – dismissal at 3:30 PM (with exception of a few clubs)
  • EARLY BIRDS (7:00-7:25 AM) – waiting area will be at the Multi-Purpose Hall (MPH)
  • LATE COMERS – secure a late slip from Admissions Office
  • DISMISSAL – waiting area at the Nursery Classroom or Pre-Kinder Classroom

UNIFORM

  • MONDAYS AND THURSDAYS – your child can come to school wearing P.E. uniform
  • FRIDAYS – appropriate civilian clothes

 PERSONAL BELONGINGS

  • LABELED with child’s name
  • WATER BOTTLE – send EVERYDAY
  • EXTRA UNIFORM TOP – send EVERYDAY
  • GROOMING KIT – extra clothes, underwear, socks, towel, comb/brush, baby cologne/powder, alcohol, wet wipes, toothbrush, toothpaste and a cup placed in a small box or bag to be left at school
  • Pillow and Blanket for Nap Time – to be left at school
  • GADGETS AND TOYS – NOT ALLOWED unless required by a teacher for academic purposes

 SUPPLIES AND NOTEBOOKS

  • STUDENT PACKET SUPPLIES – to be kept at school
  • NOTEBOOKS – labeled and covered with clear plastic

 FOOD AND MEDICATION

  • HEALTHY food and drinks
  • MEDICATION AND INSTRUCTIONS – given to the school nurse

 HOME-SCHOOL COMMUNICATION

  • COMMUNICATION NOTEBOOK – check for notes, sign, and send to school EVERYDAY
  • Email: mmolina@cismanila.org
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April Showers

Let’s a take a look at some of the activities that happened this month.

The school launched the Anti-Bullying Campaign earlier this month, which promotes kindness and respect for others. Inside the classroom, we talked about what kindness means to the students. We discussed what it means to be kind and reflected on how they felt when other people were kind to them. The children gave examples of ways of showing kindness to others.

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As part of the Anti-Bullying Campaign, we decorated a Friendship Bench. The children decided on decorating the bench with their hand prints to symbolize their gentle and helping hands, while the hearts are for showing love for people around us.

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The Nursery also had their Class Assembly this April; they shared their knowledge on the IB Learner Profile: Inquirer. They talked about Summer and shared a trivia about Summer in their home country. They danced and sang as they talked about what it takes to be an inquirer.

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The children were truly amazing and we couldn’t be more proud of their confidence and performance.

 

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We are All the Same, We are All Different

 

Being in an international community, the children are exposed to different cultures and traditions that they see and learn from school and their classmates. The best avenue to teach them about diversity is from learning about the different culture and traditions of the people within their class. We talked about how our class is composed of unique individuals. We discussed how we are the same and different as well.

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The children explored on the culture and traditions of their home country. The children had a chance to research about their country of origin and share what they learned to their class.

We started with the host country, Philippines. We saw pictures of different beaches and introduced to some of Filipino dishes. We found out that most of us has been to a lot of beach here in the Philippines. Also, most of us have tried and loves Adobo. We made pastillas, sweet delicacy from the Philippines.

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We learned about Sweden and the Midsummer Celebration. We tried their chocolate and was taught a dance that they perform during Midsummer – “The Rocket”.

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We talked about India and learned about the Holi Festival. We saw pictures of animals and temples from India. We also tried Carrot Pudding, a dessert known in India.

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We learned about Germany and their Oktoberfest. We learned new words in German and also tried German Sausage.

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When we discussed about the country USA, we learned that a few of our classmates has been there already. We made hotdogs, a food known in the States. We also tried potato pancakes.

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Learning about each others’ country and their culture was meaningful to the children. It made them happy knowing that they shared something that is theirs to the other kids in their class. It made them realize that we all have different things from our home countries that we can share with other people.

 

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100 Days Smarter and Wiser

February 8, 2017 was a special day for our students; it was the day that marked their 100 days of going to school. This being said, they are now 100 days smarter and wiser. Since their first day of school, students are anticipating this event gives them a sense of accomplishment and achievement.

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We celebrated this event with the Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten. We had different activities that also further develop their skills in the different subjects. The students also came in with 100 things on their shirts.

We started the day with a Parachute exercise with Coach Vance.

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After the movement activity, we welcomed our special guest, Ms. Rica. She read the children a story.

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For snacks, the whole Early Years had a picnic in the playground. The students were able to mingle with other kids from the different levels.

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After our snacks, we prepared Center Activities which incorporates skills from different Core Subjects.

We decorated a fan with has 100 written in Chinese. The children also learned the word and how to write it in Chinese.

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We listen to the story: The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein. They talked about how people would look like when they are 100 years old. They also predicted on how a tree would look like after 100 years. Then they made a tree mural on how their tree would like in 100 years.

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On our last center, the students decorated their 100 Days hat.

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To end the celebration, students were awarded with their 100 Days badge.

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Little Writers

Stories play an integral role in the growth and development of each child. Children build ideas around the stories we read to them. When they listen to stories, children use their imagination and help develop their creativity. As they listen to the story, they capture the images in their mind and even make up new ones that will help them recall and make stories in the future.

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In Nursery, we have our usual read alouds then talk about what happened in the story. During read aloud, the kids are able to practice their listening skills. Listening to stories also enhance their vocabulary. Children hear new words every time stories are read to them. In turn, they ask about the word how these words are used, creating a wider range of vocabulary.

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In class, aside from learning about the alphabet and writing, we also talk about how books are written. As the children learn about the Parts of a Book and the Elements of a Story, they also had an idea on how to make their own story.

Part of what the children are learning in ELA is how to create their own story.  They were able to come up with a simple story using the Elements of a Story.

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They started by choosing character/s for their book. They gave them names, described how they look like as well as the characters’ personality. They also thought of where the setting took place.

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By working together, they were able to make a whole story. One-by-one, each child shared what they want to happen in the story.

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