Category - Language

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September 2018: Interviewing Our Teachers
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Celebrating Book Week
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Creating Picture Stories
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Developing Reading Skills
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Developing Our Writing
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Completing Our Obstacle Courses
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Oral Language
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Thai Language in Excellence
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Alphabet Creation

September 2018: Interviewing Our Teachers

Children who are taught to think about things at an early age through open-ended questions are better equipped to understand the world around them, and relate this new information to past or present experiences.

Open-ended questions have no right or wrong answers, but help to broaden children’s thinking processes, to develop their speech and language skills, and to build confidence in their ability to express themselves using words.

In our next stage of inquiry, our class community went on an inquiry adventure to interview teachers within our school community on some of our wondering questions. We worked in small groups to demonstrate our communication skills when asking these questions and listening to the replies or answers from the teachers.

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Question 1: Why is it important to make good choices?
Answers:
• So that we can make new friends, stay strong & healthy and we can learn!
• We want to be part of our school community.
• We think carefully so that we can stay safe.
• So that we can be the best version of ourselves.

Question 2: What happens if we don’t listen to our friends?
Answers:
• We might miss something special from them.
• We cannot play together, and we will be sad.
• We will be alone and we cannot share our ideas.
• They might feel upset with us.

Question 3: How do we make friends at school?
Answers:
• We talk to them, we call their names and we keep a good eye contact with them.
• We communicate with them, and we listen to them.
• We play together and help each other.
• Be kind and happy.

Question 4: How can I share my feelings?
Answers:
• We can use our facial expressions.
• We can use simple words so that people can understand us.
• We use kind words and our biggest smile.
• We say it nicely, and no shouting please.

Question 5: Why is it not okay to hurt others?
Answers:
• We don’t want others to feel sad.
• We don’t want them to get hurt.
• If we hurt others, we don’t feel good deep down inside our hearts.
• We want a happy classroom, together.

Oh boy, these are some amazing answers or replies that we have received from our school community. Be sure to communicate further with your child at home, and it would be awesome to talk about some powerful magic words like I AM SORRY, THANK YOU, PLEASE, EXCUSE ME, and many more!

On top of that, our class community also enjoyed making some artwork related to unit of inquiry about feelings with the integration of language component (Readers Workshop, Writers Workshop & Phonics). A for ANGRY, S for SAD, and N for NERVOUS. Definitely a great way to make new learning connections together!

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ANNOUNCEMENTS:

  • NO SCHOOL for kids on 20th & 21st September 2018 (Thursday & Friday)
  • Weekly rotation of library books on Wednesdays
  • Looking for parent volunteer(s) to be our unit’s guest speaker to share new, inspiring insights with our class community – please contact Ms. Cally

 

Celebrating Book Week

This week at Magic Years we celebrated Book Week, a time for appreciating books and the joy of reading whilst also promoting the importance of daily reading in the lives of our children.

“The greatest gift is a passion for reading.” – Elizabeth Hardwick 

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Creating Picture Stories

As mentioned in our previous blog post, this week the children have been busy planning and creating their own ‘Picture Stories’. Read More

Developing Reading Skills

As mentioned in our previous blog post, our current unit of inquiry on ‘Images’ has allowed us to make strong connections with the children’s language skills, particularly in reading.

Over the last 3 weeks we have been reading a big book called ‘Miss Moo Goes to the Zoo’ together. Read More

Developing Our Writing

Last week, we introduced a new learning centre into our classroom environment, a writing centre complete with a mailbox, envelopes, stamps, letter pads, postcards and other materials.

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Completing Our Obstacle Courses

As mentioned in our Oral Language post, as part of our inquiry we have been exploring going on and designing journeys, including obstacle courses. In our last post, the children had worked in pairs, gone out onto the playground, taken photos of obstacles for their course and then drawn their obstacle course map.

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Oral Language

As part of our current unit of inquiry we have been reading quite a few stories about journeys. We have particularly focused on the famous book by Michael Rosen, ‘We’re going on a bear hunt’ and other versions of this story like ‘We’re going on a lion hunt’ by David Axtell and ‘We’re going on a leaf hunt’ by Steve Metzger.

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Thai Language in Excellence

One goal for Excellence Class this semester is to bring more Thai language and culture into the classroom. Ms. Jacky, Ms. Bee and Mr. Jarryd have been working together to make Thai language and culture meaningful for both Thai native speakers and Non-Thai native speakers.

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Alphabet Creation

During the first few weeks of school we have been revisiting the letters and sounds of the alphabet, exploring their shape and how they look. We have been reading quite a number of alphabet books to remind us of each letter and particularly enjoyed ‘Alphabet – Under Construction’ by Denise Fleming.

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