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How We Express Ourselves: Storytelling in EC

Over the past few weeks, EC has been focusing on the unit How We Express Ourselves.  The central idea is “stories have a purpose and can be expressed in a variety of ways”.  We are inquiring into:

  • The variety of ways that stories can be expressed (Form)
  • The elements of stories (Function)
  • How stories evoke different responses from the audience (Perspective)

Early Childhood has had some wonderful opportunities this past week to experience a variety of ways in which stories can be expressed.  In the classroom, we have explored many ideas on how to create and retell our own stories, through our play, pictures, books, songs and by acting it out.  This past Friday, special musical guest Hillary Eldridge came in and shared ways in which we can tell stories through music.  We loved reading and singing the book “Duck on a Bike” by David Shannon, giving sound effects to the characters!  We then used our bodies, costumes and voices to retell the story in different ways!IMG_6714 IMG_6720 IMG_6722

On Monday and Tuesday of this week, we had Oral Storyteller Rupal Ganatra come in to share and create stories with each EC class.  We learned how stories come from within us – our hearts, imaginations and experiences – and how they are important to share with others.  We first listened and experiences Ms. Rupal’s story, and then we had the opportunity to imagine and create our own story!

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We would love to learn more about how others share stories and how stories can evoke different responses from the audience.  If you have a story that you would like to share with EC students, karibu sana to join us as a ‘Mystery Storyteller’!  You are welcome to tell the story in any way (e.g. through movement, song, verbally, etc.), or can also read a story of importance to you.  Please get in touch with your child’s teacher if you would like to be a Mystery Storyteller.  We look forward to having you!

Early Intervention in the Early Years

Please follow the link below for insight into what Early Intervention is in Early Childhood and KG.  Miss Heidi, our Early Intervention teacher, works across EC and KG to support student learning in our 4 Domains: Personal, Social, Emotional Development, Physical Development, Cognitive Development and Creative Development.  Please check out her blog to learn more!

To learn more, click here for Ms. Heidi’s website.

Furahia Siku!

On Friday, 15th January 2016, EC participated in the Elementary event “Furahia Siku”.  This means ‘Celebration Day’ in Kiswahili.  On this day, we celebrated Kiswahili language and culture through a variety of activities.  As a part of the IB Curriculum, developing an appreciation, understanding and enthusiasm for the host country is an integral part of student learning.  This special day helped to promote an understanding of Tanzanian culture and customs,  not to mention it was a lot of fun!

We first joined the school assembly, where we witnessed a kanga fashion show, participated in singing some Kiswahili songs with the choir and saw some traditional drumming and dancing.  Then, it was on to the EC unit for some more activities!

Students listened to a traditional Tanzanian folk story told through voice and action.  We got to see some traditional instruments and had a lot of fun watching Mr. Innocent and Miss Nsia act out the story!  Next, we visited Miss Happy at the kanga duka.  She showed us all the fun ways that kangas can be used, such as for clothing, curtains, carrying babies, and to help us carrying baskets on our heads.  We even got to try!  Miss Tabitha then taught us some traditional Tanzanian games and we played together.  We loved playing ‘dodgeball’ with the homemade ball, and especially loved the ‘simba’ game where we had to race past the lions to get home!  Lastly, we joined Miss Sarah and Miss Ikupa for some Tanzanian cooking.  We loved learning how to make ugali and beans, and our favourite part was when we got to eat it at lunch!  Please talk to your child about this special day and perhaps even try some of these fun activities at home.

Please see below for some pictures of Furahia Siku.  We hope to continue to express appreciation for Tanzania and Kiswahili within our school and community.

 Furahia Siku 2016 on PhotoPeach

International Day 2015

Thanks to everyone for their contributions during last Friday’s International Day!  Our students had a wonderful experience participating in the parade, attending the cultural assembly and exploring the various country booths.  Students were eager to share their traditional dress or country colour with peers and recognized many familiar flags.  Thank you all for supporting your child through this new experience and a special thanks goes to everyone who volunteered on this special day.  We could not have done it without you!

Here are some photos of our special day.  We hope you enjoy!

International Day 2015 on PhotoPeach