At Magic Years International School we learn about music through the Orff-Schulwerk Approach, a child-centred, developmental approach which encourages children to experience music at their own level of understanding. Imitation, experimentation, and personal expression occur naturally as children become confident, life-long musicians and creative problem solvers.
Inquiry into the transdisciplinary theme: Who we are
An inquiry into the nature of the self; beliefs and values; personal, physical, mental, social and spiritual health; human relationships including families, friends, communities, and cultures; rights and responsibilities; what it means to be human.
As many of our families will be heading back home or abroad this summer, you may come across books about the local culture that may benefit our Magic Years community. As an IB World School, it is important to recognize world cultures and languages. Magic Years aims to celebrate and respect people from all cultures and gain international understanding.
Visual language surrounds us not only in written forms such as road signs and advertising, but also through body and sign language.
Just as many languages are spoken around the world, different countries also have their own sign language, and some countries may have more than one.
Take a look at this video in American Sign Language (ASL) by Dack Virnig telling a story called ‘Three Little Caterpillars’. He signs the story and adds effects to engage his audience. Can you see some actions that you can understand? Can you follow the story? Directly below is the ASL alphabet if you are interested.
Compare this alphabet to that of Thai Sign Language (TSL).
Can you see any similarities or differences?
At Magic Years, we want to do our best at supporting children in their learning journey.
One way we can do this in our library is by making sure your child is surrounded by their favourite books, read by the people they love in the languages they know. We would love to record parents/friends/teachers and relatives read favourite books. Through this your child can be surrounded with literacy that is in a sense ‘alive’ and loved.
The recordings will also be exposed to other learners at M.Y and children within our community can view the world from a new perspective.
Think about a child who is missing his grandmother or uncle. Imagine how remarkable it would be for this child to listen or watch a book being read to him/her by that person. Reading a favourite book could be 10-15 minutes of reading and recording time and could encourage a lifetime of reading and perhaps writing.
Please read this document for ways to record a book at home (whether that be in Thailand or in a different country).
Come in during Book Week and record a book. Make an appointment for us to make the recording or record your own from home.
Ms Mama Jess (email@example.com)
Related article: Every Child Every Day. A U.S article in Educational Leadership that outlines 6 effective teaching elements that can help students become successful readers. The elements in the article that recording a book for your child will encourage are: 1) every child reads something that he or she chooses 2) every child reads accurately 3) every child reads something that he or she understands 4) every child talks with peers about reading and 5) every child listens to a fluent adult read aloud.
As part of a literacy focus, a group of students and I worked on making sense of pictures.