Grade 2MP

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Welcome to Grade 2MP SY 2017-2018!

Welcome to CISM SY 2017-2018!  I hope you had a fantastic break with your families and are eager to work in partnership with the school to ensure that your child continues to develop into becoming a well-rounded individual.


I am Ms. Myles to the students, and I teach English Language Arts, Mathematics, Science and Social Studies.  I graduated from the University of the Philippines (Diliman) with a Master of Arts degree in Teaching in the Early Grades (Kindergarten to Grade 2).  At the same school, I also took up Bachelor of Music in Music Education and graduated cum laude.  For 15 years, I have worked as a licensed teacher at different international and progressive schools in Metro Manila.  I am also a mother of three children ages 3, 5 and 6.


“BE BETTER THAN YOURSELF,” as William Faulkner said, is a goal that I would like to share with your children.  It is a daily journey of knowing, accepting and celebrating their uniqueness — both their strengths and weaknesses, and carrying on towards gaining self-confidence and self-improvement.  It is NOT about comparing themselves to others; thus becoming limited to what they THINK they cannot do, but about being motivated in giving their 100% in everything they do.


With this in mind, let us begin this academic year with much enthusiasm for a lot of fun learning!



  • School hours — 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
  • Wednesdays — late start at 8:20 a.m.
  • Club day — dismissal at 3:30 p.m. (with the exception of a few clubs)
  • Early birds (7:00-7:25 a.m.) — waiting area at the Multi-Purpose Hall (MPH), with designated bag area on the first floor
  • Latecomers — late slip from Admissions Office
  • Dismissal — waiting area at the cafeteria



  • Tuesdays and Fridays — P.E. kit and extra shirt sent
  • Fridays — casual clothes (NO immodest style of clothes, expensive jewelry, make-up)



  • Labeled with child’s name
  • Water bottle – sent everyday
  • Hygiene kit — extra clothes, underwear, socks, small towel, comb/brush placed in a small box or bag to keep at school
  • Gadgets and toys — NOT ALLOWED unless required by a teacher for academic purposes



  • Student packet supplies — to keep at school
  • Notebooks — labeled and covered with clear plastic; returned on or before August 14



  • Healthy food and drinks
  • Medications and instructions – given directly to the school nurse



  • Thursdays



  • Given only when necessary (maximum of 20 minutes)



  • Homework notebook — signed and sent to school everyday
  • Curriculum:


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Learning a Little Bit About Africa

This quarter, Grade 2 was introduced to the continents of the world in Social Studies.  They started off by watching a short video about a continent, and locating countries belonging to it on a map.  Then to emphasize how countries as well as past and present events relate to each other, they tackled either a current event or a part of its history.




For Africa, the children learned a little bit about slavery.  They were asked to come up with an important question about the photo shown to them.  Then from everyone’s questions, they focused on answering one question:  What is African slavery all about?


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The children read an article on African slavery and answered questions about it.


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They likewise listened to the story “Henry’s Freedom Box” by  Kadir Nelson, which related the life of an African slave.  They watched a video about the salt mines where African slaves worked.  Then they took note of important information that could help them understand the topic.




The children did a gallery walk wherein they could see other children’s ideas in their models (mind maps).  They were allowed to revise their own models based on the article they read, the story they listened to, the video they watched and the gallery walk.  Finally, in their notebooks, they were asked to write an essay about African slavery and its effects on Africa.


Children are capable of exchanging ideas about the world, relating one thought with another, as well as working with different people.  All they need is the opportunity to practice these skills.

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Makers’ Fest




On May 22nd, the school celebrated Makers’ Fest which showcased the digital literacy skills of students from Grades 4 to 10.  They demonstrated how their creations worked – from robots and machines to other applications and games.  They also showed their skills in making power point presentations with animation, brochures and the like.





Nursery to Grade 3 were so privileged to witness and experience all these amazing technologies!  Of course, who could forget the treats that they got for listening and trying out these brilliant creations?  The children had fun learning throughout the day!  They likewise had a glimpse of what they would do in the future, and they really look forward to participating in Makers’ Fest.




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Trip to the Grocery Store

Waiting for the others...

Waiting for others… finish buying and paying

…to buy and pay


Just before Holy Week, Grade 2 visited a nearby supermarket to put into practice what they have learned so far.  In Mathematics, the children tackled money, while in Social Studies, they discussed needs versus wants, and goods and services.  At the grocery store, they were asked to buy something to eat and drink for Php 100 or less.  They were allowed to get an extra treat for themselves, as long as they did not get soda and chips.  They were also asked to keep their receipts in order to check their change later on.



Eating and drinking…






In pairs, the children decided on what food and drink they wanted to buy.  They also needed to find out how much each one costed.  They made estimates and price comparisons with another brand to make sure that they did not overspend.  This activity likewise taught them the value of money.



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Asking Questions and Finding Out Answers

In Science, children have been asking questions and finding out answers.  In a lesson on erosion, they looked at a picture of a tree on the beach with its roots exposed.




They were encouraged to ask questions about it.  Most of them asked why the roots showed.  They expressed their ideas based on what they saw in the picture.  They also made a model or an illustration of their answers.


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Next, the children conducted an experiment to find out the answer.  They thought about what materials to use like clay for the tree, sand and water, and the steps to follow.  Then they blew air on the sand, poured water and recorded their observations.







They watched a video on erosion to gather more information that could help explain why the roots of the tree were exposed.  Finally, they sequenced pictures that show how erosion  happened.


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It was amazing to listen to children’s conversations!  They were encouraged to keep asking questions and share their different ideas.