Welcome to Nursery

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The Doctors are In

In Social Studies, we are also learning different people in our community; we talk about how and who are those that help us in different ways.

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We learned about the people who keep us and our family healthy; the doctors, the nurse, and the dentists. Also those that keep our pets and other animals healthy, the veterinarians. We talked to the nurse in our school to find out what she does and how she help keep us healthy.

We then got to be doctors, nurses, and even veterinarians during our pretend play activity. We took turn finding out how we can help our “patients” healthy.

Our doctors checked their patients and made sure they are healthy.

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The nurses checked if the patients eyes are clear using our own Snellen Chart.

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The veterinarians also took care of our pets and made sure they are not sick.

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Easter Celebration

The week before the Easter Break, the School also had their simple Easter Celebration by having an Easter Egg Hunt. For the Nursery class, we had our own take of celebrating Easter through incorporating it in our activities in class.

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In anticipation of the Easter Egg Hunt, we had activities in Math related to the celebration. With our topic on identifying which set has More or Less, we had centers and circle time activities prepared for the children to enjoy and learn from.

The children were given two toy eggs which had different number of counters in them. They practiced More or Less by identifying which egg has more or less inside.

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Their Buddy Work activity also include using toy eggs and counters. They prepared and placed different number of counters inside the eggs and their buddies were the ones to identify which one had More or Less.

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Our work time also includes bunnies and eggs; having them count the pictures and practice writing the numbers on their own. They colored pictures of the group that had more.

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Our week ended with an Easter Egg Hunt. They had fun finding eggs and counting the surprise inside their eggs.

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English Week Celebration

Last March 22-24, the school celebrated English Week, it was a week where children participated in various games and activities that were linked to ELA. The celebration is to help empower creativity in students and further develop a love for the English language and literature.

We played letter bingo, where the children were asked to find pictures from their bingo mats beginning with the letter presented to them.

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We also played alphabet pathway; the children took turns in getting pictured cards and identifyed what letter the picture begins with.

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We also had our own take on Read Alouds. The children picked their favorite book from the Reading Corner, and told their interpretation of the story to their classmates.

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The children also made their own stories.

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The English Week activities made the children appreciate the language more as they practice interpreting books by themselves and practiced their creativity and imagination in writing their own stories.

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Smarter, Wiser, and Brighter

The 100 Days of School celebration marks the special day wherein the children have been going to school for exactly 100 days. This day means that they are now 100 days smarter and wiser. Since their first day in school they have been anticipating for this as they feel a sense of achievement and accomplishment for having been in school for 100 days.

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February 7 marks the 100th day in school and the Early Years and Elementary students celebrated with different indoor and outdoor activities.

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The Early Year students came to school in their 100th year old self. They started the day with an exercise and had a parachute activity.

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They enjoyed listening to Ms. Rica as she reads them the story: There was an Old lady Who Swallowed Some Books.

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The children had fun interacting with other Early Years children during the snack time picnic.

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They also had different center activities inside the classrooms. They showcased their creativity as they decorated their 100 days hat. They demonstrated their knowledge in math as they counted 100 fruit loops and formed the number 100 using their bodies.

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As we end the celebration, the students were awarded their 100 Days badge for being 100 Days smarter. They also decorated their 100 Days Smarter banner by throwing water balloons on it.

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It was truly a fulfilling day for the children as they get to reflect their activities and experience from the beginning of the school year and now being more than 100 days smarter, wiser, and brighter.

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Chinese New Year Celebration and Sports Day

Last January 27, the school celebrated the Chinese New Year with the help of the Chinese Department; they prepared the children for the celebration through songs and lessons about Chinese New Year.

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The nursery children was filled with joy as they watched the Lion Dance together with the whole school. They were truly amazed by their performance and excited knowing that the Lion will visit their classroom.

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The children also had a presentation showcasing their talent in dancing and singing a Chinese Song about Animals of the Zodiac. They had so much fun performing in their animal costumes together with the Pre-K children.

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After the morning festivities of the Chinese New Year, the children enjoyed playing games during the Sports Day prepared by the P.E. Department.

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The children enjoyed the rest of the afternoon playing different sports and games with their fellow schoolmates from Pre-K and Kinder.

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The events from the two departments were a success. Children had fun learning and being exposed to another Chinese tradition, Chinese New Year. To end the day, they were able to display team work and camaraderie through Sports Day activities.

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Having Fun with Letters

We’re half way towards the end of the school year and we would like to share our daily routine in English Language Arts.

We start our day with a few songs such as:

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Sesame Street: Usher’s ABC Song

Children regularly listen to stories and even made up their own stories based on what they see in pictured books. Stories during Read Aloud introduce the different letters for every week and helps children practice their listening skills. Read Aloud also paves way in helping build their vocabulary as they learn new words from the books read to them.

We use different play activities to support letter and sound recognition that is also engaging for children. Activities such as digging for letters or pictures, matching flower pots, and simple puzzles are some of the activities we do in Nursery.

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Our Center Time Activities serve as support in the learning of letters and its sound. It is also a way for children to exercise their fine-motor skills and creativity.

We use letters to form different animals or objects that begin with that letter; this is also one way of helping children remember the letters better.

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We practice writing using different writing tools. We also use clay to form the letters as a an exercise for their fine-motor. Children also enjoy using ink dabbers to form the letters and help them practice the proper stroke of the letters.

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Letter find, alphabet insets, free drawing, and reading time are some of the activities the nursery children enjoy.

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These simple activities continue to help the Nursery children grasp different concepts and skills presented to them in a fun and meaningful way.

 

 

 

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Christmas Cheer 2016

In line with the season of giving, the Early Years and Elementary Years  had their take on spreading the Christmas Spirit through their Service Learning Program.

Together with the MovEd Foundation, children from CISM were able to spread the love and share with their new buddies.

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Different activities were planned throughout the day. The children started with a warm up exercise and parachute play.

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Then, the children had a picnic and shared their snacks with their new buddies.

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After having their snacks, the children moved to different places for the activities. They helped their buddies prepare a healthy meal.

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What’s Christmas without a Tree, they all worked together to make a Christmas Tree that their friends can bring home.

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After a busy morning, these children were able to enjoy listening to different stories and also making their own hand puppets.

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Working together on some Math and Science activities were also fun for these children.

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The day ended with our children giving gifts to their new friends.

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The Christmas Cheer was truly a success as we get to see and learn from simple acts of kindness. It was such a fulfilling activity knowing that children are learning from what they are actually doing. They learn first hand on what it means to share, and what Christmas is really about.

 

 

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Math is Fun

“The only way to learn mathematics

is to do mathematics”

-Paul Halmos

Throughout the semester, nursery children are learning about numbers, counting, and other math concepts such as shapes and the use of positional language. But how does one really learn about math?

In Nursery, we expose children to simple math skills such as counting or number recognition as part of our daily routine. We check the calendar daily and they are easily exposed to recognizing numerals. We practice taking turns and counting to certain numbers and pass our toy to another friend. Those simple activities help the process of learning simple math skills.

During math time, we use songs and videos for different math concepts. The nursery children enjoy singing  songs and watching the videos.

Number Song:

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Shape Song:

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Positional Language:

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We use movement and games to practice the different concepts that we teach. Different learning centers are prepared everyday for children to enjoy and learn at the same time.

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Learning centers such as number hop, counting toys and shapes, sorting toys, and puzzles are included in our daily activities.

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As much as we can, we make their learning experiential and meaningful for them to have a better understanding of the subject.

 

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The Curious Mind of Little Humans

“Questions are more important than answers… If I were a fairy godmother, my gift to every child would be curiosity.”

-Jeanne Bendick

In Nursery, we develop the children’s curiosity and analytical thinking by letting them be little explorers. Children are exposed to activities that help them think and practice their skills.

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As a teacher, I try to teach my students that Science is not just a subject but a part of everyday life; being able to see that everything around them is a part of Science makes their learning even more meaningful.

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We started with ourselves and learned more about our body and how to take care of the different parts. We practiced taking care of ourselves regularly and also during our Center Time activities.

Nature walk activities not only let them appreciate their environment but also practice their senses and observational skills more.

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Classroom teaching is just an introduction to what they are about to learn. In the concept of living things, having them take care of their own plant supplies further knowledge and understanding of the characteristic and concepts. Nursery children were able to compare the different parts of their plants as they grow. They were able to see how each week their plant changes from a seed to a plant. Learning these concepts are easier for them to grasp as the application and actual observation serve as a tool for comprehension.

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Everyday these children get excited to see their plant; they have that drive to find out what will happen and question the outcome of what they see. It sparks their mind to investigate and be curious, which in turn leads to deeper knowledge.

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With all these, it is not just about knowing and learning about the subject and concepts. They also get to have that sense of responsibility of taking care of themselves and of something else.

 

 

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Around the World in a Day with Nursery

“We are like a box of crayons.

Each one of us unique.

But when we get together…

The picture is complete.”

-The Crayon Box that Talked

CISM celebrated UN Day with the theme: Around the World in a Day. This event expressed the diversity of the school and how when we are placed together, we become whole.

The students, teachers, and staff came together wearing different national costumes during the event. The day started with the Parade of Nations; showing the whole school different nationalities and costumes. The Nursery children had fun seeing different National costumes or different countries.

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After the Assembly, the Nursery went to the Travel Expo prepared by Middle and Upper School students. They were able to go around the world with the different activities prepared by the students. The children also learned something new about the different countries they went to.

The first country they visited was USA; the Grade 10 students made them experience one of the activity that Americans liked doing: camping. The Nursery kids had a camping activity where they made S’mores and listened to a story.

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Then, they went to see Hong Kong. Grade 8 students introduced to them Cherry Blossoms and rainbow grilled cheese. The children made Cherry Blossoms using plastic bottles and paint. The Grade 8 also prepared rainbow grilled cheese for the Nursery kids to munch on after doing their artwork.

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Lastly, another batch of Grade 8 students shared their knowledge about Switzerland. Nursery children learned simple facts about the country during the activity. They also did some art activities such as: book mark making, flag coloring, and drawing.

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During Lunch, we shared food with the rest of the school. The children were able to see and taste some of the food known to different countries.

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There’s diversity even in Nursery as we come from different places. But it is also in events like these that allow us to see and appreciate the similarities and differences among us…

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How we are the same and different makes us a class. :)

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