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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.


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.


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.


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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Taking Care of Myself and My Environment

For the First Quarter in Science, the children have been learning more about themselves as well as other living things around them.

We started the year by learning about our bodies; we studied the different parts of our body and what each of the part does. We played games when learning about the body parts and talked about how each body part function. We had arts and crafts and made our “silly faces”. We even met Mr. Skeleton, and named it Boney Bailey. Also, we talked about how eating the right food can help our body be strong and healthy.

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Of course, it is also important to discuss how we should properly take care of our own body. We practiced brushing our teeth and washing our hands properly. We had an experiment showing why it is important to wash our hands and how germs spread easily by just touching objects and even people. The Nursery children also enjoyed practicing how to take a bath. We used a doll, real shampoo and soap, to show the steps in taking a bath. The children even tried to bathe the doll on their own.

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After learning about our own bodies and how to take care of ourselves, we started taking about other living things. We learned that aside from people, plants are also living things.

We started with a plant experiment to show that plants are alive; they grow and that they have needs of their own. The children learned how to plant seeds. We took care of two plants, one was inside the classroom and one was outside. With this, the children discovered that plants don’t only need water but also air and sunlight. As their outdoor plant continues to grow, the indoor plant grew but as days progress, it also died even if we water it every day.

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With the experiment and our discussions, the kids were able to realize that plants need care. They realized that just like us, plants need food, water, and air to grow and survive.

Our topics for Science during the First Semester taught the Nursery how to value their body and what their bodies can do, as well as appreciate their environment.

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From Counters to Counting

Learning Math or numbers can be a bit intimidating for little humans. That’s why in Nursery, we use different strategies in teaching them the concepts in Math.

We begin the class with some number videos and songs that the kids can sing and dance to. This way, they learn and recognize numerals from what they see in the videos and rote counting from the songs.

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The children also enjoyed listening to Number Stories. The stories paved way as we touch on the concept of each numeral.



Kids learn in different ways; The use of concrete materials such as blocks, unifix cubes, toys eggs, and counters show meaning to each number.

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We incorporate our topics in Math to different games such as number hop, number fishing, number bingo, and number find.

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During Center Time, we use Manipulative such as number insets, number cards, clip cards, number puzzles and counters. We even use iPads in some of our Centers for ordering and matching numbers. We also use clay to practice forming numbers as it also helps in their fine motor skills.

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The kids were exposed to the concepts of Math by doing and discover. Through the various activities presented to them, they were are to learn and play at the same time.

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All About Nursery

Another school year has begun and we couldn’t be more excited to spend the next days, weeks, and months with these amazing children. Let’s take a look on a day in the life of a Nursery student.

In the classroom, we have established rules that we follow in order to make our day to day activity harmonious. The children also learned about the routines we have in class.

A day in Nursery always starts with the children signing in their names and choosing their job for the day. Every day they get to be leaders by choosing their jobs or different task that they can oversee.


Then we begin with our Circle Time. This is the time where we greet on another, sing songs, dance, and check the Calendar and the schedule for the day. Here, the children get to see what their day is going to be and the people they are going to spend the day with.

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After our morning routines, we start our lessons for different subjects. We stay in the carpet as concepts as introduced. Here, we listen to Read Alouds, watch videos, and also sing songs. We also incorporate games so children can enjoy learning through play. We also have Center Time where children go around and work on various activities such as art, writing, and using manipulative.

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Every day children are encouraged to eat healthy food and after having our meals, we practice brushing our teeth. After lunch, we have nap time, where children can sleep or rest in our nap area.


We end the day by having an outdoor or indoor play. Through play, we build friendship to one another as we share toys in the classroom and play outdoors. Before heading home, we wrap up everything we’ve learned and say our goodbyes.

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Today was good

Today was fun

Tomorrow is another one.

-Dr. Seuss




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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.


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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.


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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