Welcome to Nursery

Comment 0

Welcome to Nursery SY 2017-2018!

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 second year here in Chinese International School Manila, and my sixth 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.

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


Comment 0

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.

20170427_134350 20170427_134724

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.

20170502_100744 20170502_101940 20170502_101538

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

20170502_102343 20170502_10062620170502_101307

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

20170502_100317 20170502_100642


Comment 0

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.


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.

20170406_101834 20170406_101838

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.

20170407_095223 20170407_095322

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.

20170407_100802 20170407_100439 20170407_091755 20170407_095313 20170406_102043

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

20170407_134532 20170407_134601 20170407_134653

Comment 0

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.

image-0-02-06-b415fa2eacd11fffcc7008aec2ea919624fe80b48bf1280a2906f9a9fc38146b-V[1] image-0-02-06-bad8ad6ab2f39d35557b1107b49e87d4fa9ef1ad4539d0830864bccf0f929246-V[1] image-0-02-06-80a898fbf389f1e4ce9208452c24662388b1c94bcc6069c5a6edce881b98c344-V[1]

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

image-0-02-06-679a6451de2f4913bd52a4f3d81a1ff80c9e13df4bb6ca8aad2637b0d757fede-V[1] image-0-02-06-6eb2bed335065b3b9298c4af2b768c593f23d1d3dcb15158b170064979dfb448-V[1] image-0-02-06-4d98b648dcc398a71bdd53008bd54bc1392311d3b7883cbfa8d2177991868f71-V[1] image-0-02-06-00edf448a56a07349ddb9cf92847612810b03c89d8dce8cd4dd9387f0efe78be-V[1]

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.

20170321_082419[1] 20170321_082514[1] 20170321_082846[1] 20170321_083253[1] 20170321_083601[1]

The children also made their own stories.

New Doc 2017-03-29_4 New Doc 2017-03-29_1 New Doc 2017-03-29_2


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.

Comment 0

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.

100 Days Banner

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


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.

20170207_081307 20170207_081235  20170207_082601 image-0-02-06-1b9253533a60cec602eca02c7efc388ac9af20dc68976e924f06201832dbbd36-V


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

20170207_083841 20170207_084455

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


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.

20170207_095915 20170207_095238 20170207_095934(0) 20170207_100631

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.

image-0-02-06-ac71a4ff43bd8f5b01f5ca76866b2f9c870d58408e1abca85e061a7c328f8cfd-V image-0-02-06-5252ea2e5b2362b04edebfd766ac7782cb1bf82fd29022b24b3b56320c62e2b8-V image-0-02-06-0512ace0484091b376358fb6127e2dafce77b6f1c18c4860a5e4c00af8936ede-V image-0-02-06-54a1306ae2712a45de99d8003a93d0d16bb7523ad266e12f05cd4d792c020dff-V

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.



Comment 0

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.

image-0-02-06-516ddfe899f4cb32e4cf7bf97e94a724db4b77a0ff0bcf275eb09e91cf69dadc-V image-0-02-06-48b6d8f8181057edeba7b3d1226dff90875ee5908ef9ec8f0f7882b3bf867033-V image-0-02-06-903dece2e4bb06cdd286877bf9174d7140d8980b88063042c50bbf947c49eb24-V

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.

IMG_3136  20170127_090831 image-0-02-06-a03301b3ac2ee449cafaf0e39f3206373c94c652c2f69c15b445602af06688e3-V  IMG_3142

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.

image-0-02-06-878f6c8f76b0bd1e0347a19018896a3160b3ca8846b99c1b57c5d28f8fd6888a-V image-0-02-06-372b7df1bd204c0eda5f0ded2c837691cd684d019b7965848325ef77e7664182-V IMG_3191

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

20170127_121503 20170127_121440 20170127_121447 20170127_121436

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

20170127_132929 20170127_132916 20170127_124049 20170127_124008 20170127_123957 20170127_123946 20170127_12411920170127_121858 20170127_121856 20170127_121440

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.

Comment 0

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:

Phonics Song 2

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.

 20161125_075942     20161124_100338 20161110_07581720161125_075639

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.

20161004_082329 20161010_082343 20161117_141447 20170126_093559

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.

image-0-02-06-35df705e40cff5d974aa347994f5c488aa59c3cfb963fc4bbed47b77d0544249-V image-0-02-01-b1f7f0f3e4f384ca1d55b34af8b3c26e9a12a256ef3759008ec8f8def8b992de-V  20160905_080937 image-0-02-06-2a048692d8a890070f275b1ddb2081e5d8b53cf1ce8b555b15b6ae151fa2b1be-Vimage-0-02-01-ef072e2d88f4a59160e25743f6dbc4ab2585f8c4bf466bf0cad56e8dab7d847a-V

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

20161010_081806 20160908_081405 20160905_081319

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




Comment 0

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.


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

20161209_083011 20161209_083031 20161209_083150 20161209_083325 20161209_083204

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

20161209_085242 20161209_085355

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

20161209_091313 20161209_091324 20161209_091333 20161209_091818 20161209_091658 20161209_091531

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

20161209_093800 20161209_093725 20161209_093716

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

20161209_100130 20161209_095602 20161209_100242 20161209_100156 20161209_102230 20161209_102227

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

20161209_104551 20161209_103744 20161209_104950 20161209_103706 20161209_103714

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

20161209_112007 20161209_112012

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.



Comment 0

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:


Shape Song:


Positional Language:


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.

20161117_095547 20161117_095518 20161117_095436 image-0-02-06-b34d81e9c9f146ade6c9385f7bbaa5ab0bb1be0da4ada630938447929c2456ee-v image-0-02-06-84bb4cf1b8c128c7df7bdb8594deca2e37ddddc02e80da446f025be0aee6dda8-v

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

20160906_085147 20161014_092538 20160906_090359 20160930_102253 20160908_102857 20160818_095910

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


Comment 0

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.

20160830_102403 20160817_095937

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.

20160817_095924 20160826_132341 20160816_100656

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.

20160921_100824 image-0-02-01-622412906a8bde23f6a87efb814fd88ccb244578dbe46e1ad2f5ebfa24fbf60e-v

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.

image-0-02-06-999d170d6c4620242bcce82561b6d300c2d97a5cb9719183e23820cf776b95b9-v image-0-02-06-ffa9aca32d24c6f8ff96106a4fe95affc6fda9cf43ee61e70e89abafc8a2f1df-v image-0-02-06-b88dbd1055d099c698c0572ba0fcc282cda52688eb2c278efa9860698fc42f72-v image-0-02-06-b043465bec170aadd12af2803d8d6c8f6b375978edb4f462ff95990258624f38-v image-0-02-06-ac6b71db4eed172f520c54fafa5c7809829d9793005ad20b0500c85dfa09f2d0-v

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.

20161108_101507 20161108_101515 image-0-02-06-4ad96722ba7da752c214bd93ea306bc18eeace58fbe7bbcc76d04c01f699f7f0-v image-0-02-06-da5f0d4e5a83fe4b5f82a8af9f3778a227889baa60391e94814688525ab7f6a4-v image-0-02-06-e70a75e691d447a34aff5f084ea6be2474d617b04de6caa55cce8b74e5bd0b71-v

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.



  • http://www.deped.gov.ph/