Author - Ms. Jennifer

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Our new play centres!
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Tuning in
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Our First Week

Our new play centres!

The J&C team love to play and explore with about everything there is to offer at school. Currently their most favourite space is inside our classroom walls. Fabrics and tables have been placed in a manner that children are able to play any given scenario in their minds; be it a restaurant, an office, firefighters or mechanics.

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Our little people particularly enjoy taking on roles in their play, for example, today they loved making meals and playing secretarial roles. We could hear a group of boys inviting adults or friends over to serve them their soup, slurping and commercializing how delicious the meal is. As for the secretarial roles we could hear a few boys on the phone dealing with a complicated business affair, nodding and agreeing to terms. And if they weren’t busy on the phone they were charging merchandise to their clients. Common conversations heard would be how “busy they are” or how they are “working right now.”

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Our current spaces supports our Unit of Inquiry that focuses on communication and collaboration. The role play area supports the children’s curiosity to manipulate and replicate language they hear from friends, teachers and parents in either English or Thai. And so we are very happy to see the children showing how verbal they can be either in Thai or English!

 

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Tuning in

During the following weeks we will be inquiring  into our first unit on communication. Through this inquiry, we hope to find out about many ways of communicating positively with our friends and family and respond to situations.

Transdisciplinary Theme: How We Express Ourselves

Central Idea: Communication provides opportunities for us to interact with people

Lines of Inquiry:

  1. Ways in which we can communicate
  2. Choosing effective and appropriate forms of communication
  3. Interacting with people

Key Concepts:

  • Reflection
  • Function
  • Responsibility

We have begun tuning  in by learning each other’s names and recognizing our friends though joining in with our ‘Good Morning’ song in our morning circle time.

Our Good Morning song

Our Good Morning song

Signing in

Signing in

Part of tuning into of lines of inquiry is learning to be cooperative when sharing spaces and materials with my peers during our play. We have already begun to see some friendships forming …

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As the unit progresses we will further explore  how best to communicate positively with peers and respond to situations.

Our First Week

Welcome to term 1, we have had a wonderful first week in our new classroom and are very excited for the coming school year!  We have been busy meeting our new friends, families and the new environment. We all are enjoying this time together, getting known each other and having fun. Here are a few highlights of the week:

In our short four day week we have been exploring a variety of centres in the classroom and our specialist classes.

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We have been learning all about our daily routines and developing our self management skills.

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Next week we will be learning all about our families. Please can you bring to school a family photo we can put in our home corner area display.