Over the past two weeks the students have been hard at work completing their final project of Unit 2. Using the insight they have gained into the behaviours and uses of materials over the past 2 months, the students embarked on a collaborative building effort.
Hello everyone at Peace & Unity.
My name is Mr. Andreas Nielsen. I am 27 years old and I will be working at Magic Years International School for the next 6 months in Peace & Unity. I am an intern from Copenhagen, Denmark, where I am currently studying Social Education, a program which takes 3.5 years to finish. This internship will be my last out of 3 internships during my social education studies. I will graduate in January 2018. I am one of two interns from Denmark who have started at Magic Years this week and we both live together at The Lakeside Condo not far from the school. The other intern’s name is Nanna and she is in Joy & Confidence.
I previously worked for 6 years with children aged 1 to 3 and for 2 years as a substitute with children aged 1 to 6 back in Denmark before starting my social education study. I am here in Thailand at Magic Years to learn, and further develop new qualifications and skills that will be valuable to me in my current study in Denmark and my future work. I also wanted to experience a new culture different from the Danish, which I hope will develop me as a person as well. I will be at Magic Years from 8 to 14.30 everyday, so I hope to meet you all soon. I have already met most of your children who have made me feel very welcome and part of their community.
I hope to meet you all at the current campus or at the brand new campus in January. If any of you have any questions about me or my internship, you are very welcome to ask me.
All the best,
This week our class completed an experiment in the kitchen. As part of our inquiry into Changing Materials we decided to find out what happened when we put plastic cups and cup lids into a hot oven.
This week Peace & Unity took our first field trip of the year to visit the new MYIS campus.
One of the most popular and consistently used centers in Peace & Unity is the kitchen.
Where is the Kitchen Center?
It sits in the back corner of one of the classrooms with a table and chairs in the middle. The kitchen also includes 2 ovens, a shelf set-up like a pantry, and 2 shelves that function as cabinets. The space is large, and is set-up in a square, with many items such as food, pots/pans, dishes and utensils. Here the children cook food and create stories with their peers. Since the beginning of the school year, every child in the Peace & Unity has used this center, and we have seen relationships formed, as well as all 5 Elements of the PYP demonstrated. We are excited by all the learning we have seen, and would to share.
For the past two weeks our class has been hard at work growing beans in our patio area. Besides learning about the needs of living things, this activity has allowed students to work on Science, Research and Communication skills. Today our planting tub is full of many green, healthy plants, but it hasn’t been easy. The students have completed many steps to reach where we are today.
As part of Unit 2: Changing Materials, student have been looking at how colors change. Over two activities this week, students were given the opportunity to mix two primary colors together. During these activities, students made predictions, observed a change, and came up with a conclusion.
The Cutting Center made its first appearance in the Peace & Unity classroom during the second week in September. The Teaching Team placed the Cutting Center in the classroom to spark children’s interest in developing their fine motor skills. While the Cutting Center is still being used for its initial purpose, there have been many secondary goals along the way.
This week we started Unit 2: Changing Materials
This past Wednesday, October 12th, Peace & Unity hosted their bi-annual Open House. It was amazing to see so many families. Thank you to all who took time out of their schedules to come and see the learning happening in our classroom.
We enjoyed sharing the basics of the PYP and our Units of Inquiry this term.
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As a part of our current Unit of Inquiry on Relationships, the teaching team has been helping students to build relationships within the Peace & Unity community. From the very beginning of the school year we have observed students interacting with each other and the environment. As the unit has progressed we designed a new provocation for students to engage with: Peer Groups.
As part of our Relationships Unit of Inquiry, we explored the similarities and differences between our class members. To further expand on how we are similar and different, this week we shared our Family Frames. This sharing was the culmination of a transdisciplinary process combining Art, Math, Social Studies and Language elements.
Each day on our schedule we have Integrated Program Time from 8:30-9:40am. This time is one of the most important blocks of the day for both academic learning and social development.
As we continue our inquiry into Relationships we have started to ask “how are people the same?” and “how are people different?” This has blended nicely with sharing information about our lives with each other.
As we move beyond the first weeks of school we are digging deeper into our first Unit of Inquiry on Relationships.