Category Archives: Class News

Ready for the Break

Here we are at the end of our first term! Can you believe it’s been 9 weeks?  We have been busy this week, and i am sure everyone is ready for some time away from school.

This week, we went on a Pattern Walk, one of our students suggested we use the book “Walking Through the Jungle” as a basis for our own books “Walking through the School” (Patterns edition).  Along with parent teacher’s meetings on Thursday and the visiting Danish Performance Team, today; we have been very busy.


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Enjoy the break everyone! See you on the 19th!

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!

Talking About Touch: A Personal Safety Curriculum

In class, Sam and Opal have been helping us develop personal safety skills using Talking About Touching: A Personal Safety Curriculum. This program teaches children skills that will help them keep safe from dangerous or abusive situations. Your child will also learn how to ask for help when they need it.

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Sam and Opal

Recently, we have been learning that there are three kinds of touch:
Safe touch. These are touches that keep you safe and are good for your body. They make you feel cared for, loved and important. Safe touches include hugging, holding hands, pats on the back, and arm around the shoulder and a shot from the doctor.
Unsafe touch. These are touches that are not good for your body and either hurt your body or your feelings (for example, hitting, pushing, pinching, kicking, biting and touching the private parts of your body).
Unwanted touch. These may be safe touches, yet the child doesn’t want to be touched in that way, by that person, or at that moment in time. It is okay for a child to say “No” to unwanted touches. Children can say “No” to any unwanted touch, even if the person touche them is someone they know. Help your child practice saying “No” in an assertive yet polite voice. This practice helps children learn how to set personal boundaries for keeping themselves safe.

During the next week, the children will learn the Touching Rule: A bigger person should not touch your private body parts except to keep you clean and healthy. They will learn that private body parts are “those parts covered by a swimsuit.” It is recommended that you teach your child at home the correct anatomical name for private body parts so that, if necessary, he or she is able to communicate accurately about any touch questions or problems that arise.

Following the lessons concerning the Touching Rule, the children will learn Safety Steps that will guide them to know what to do if someone breaks the Touching Rule.

Safety Steps
Say words that mean “No.”
Get away.
Tell a grown-up.

Another valuable lesson we will explore in the coming weeks is that it is never a child’s fault if someone breaks the touching rule. Children need to be able to identify adults to talk to, both inside and outside the family, since they may not always be available.

Encourage your child to come to you if he or she has questions about using the Touching Rule or Safety Steps.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding Talking About Touching: A Personal Safety Curriculum, be sure to email me, Ms. Heidi, or come visit me at school.

Language Week and the Friendship Duka

Hello, مرحبا, Hola, Hallo, 您好, Jambo, and Namaste,
No matter how you say it, language week has been a lot of fun. A special thank you goes out to the language week team, and to all of the parents who gave their time and energy to help with Wednesday’s language activities and Friday’s friendship duka. Early Childhood students were wished a happy new year in Mandarin, heard a story in Maori, sang songs in Spanish, and played simon says in Tamili. We also gave each other gifts on Friday at the friendship duka. It was a fun week!

Language Week on PhotoPeach

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.

EC in the library

EC students are inquiring into making observations and stories.  They had a chance to put the two strands together in the library this week.

A bulbul fledgling, rescued by some teachers’ children, has been cared for in the library for about two weeks.  The EC children watched it for about a minute.


Children then said what they’d seen and heard – fluttering wings, twittering, a yellow bottom.  Ms. Karen answered questions about feeding and caring for the bird.


EC kids were then transfixed by a story about a young mole who rescued a baby bird and struggled with whether to keep it as a pet or release it.

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Some EC children agreed that letting the bird fly free was the best thing to do.   Some said they would have liked to keep the bird.   We agree.   But the library bird will be released in about a week, once it is flying and eating independently.



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