Principles you live by create the world you live in. If you change the principals you live by, you will change your world.

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PSPE Update
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Visual Art Update
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Storytelling is Not Reading
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Triathlon For Kids 2017
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The Orff-Schulwerk Approach
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Thai Language and Culture
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Library Books From Overseas
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Visual language is all around us.
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Recording a favourite book for your child.
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Super Hero Stories

PSPE Update

At Magic Years Physical Education is a valued part of our curriculum.

PSPE unit of inquiry : Our body works together when we exercise

Our Primary students are focusing on the importance of fitness and exercise as they continue to refine and plan their own exercise schedule.

Tuning into how our body works together when we exercise, students measured their height, weight and speed. They carried out assessments and recorded data to inform the next steps of their plan.

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At the beginning of each class, our Primary students are encouraged to reflect on their prior knowledge by taking part in a gentle warm-up walk with an elbow buddy, and share specific knowledge they know now that they did not know at the beginning of the unit.

Below are some of students answers:

We know that:

 

-”We need to exercise so we become stronger”- Beau

-”We need to eat healthy food so our body parts will work well”

– Chaosua

-”We know that we have to practice to get better in doing something.”

– Archie

-”We know that all our body parts are important.” – Nene

 


This exercise has helped our Primary students to collaboratively create a visual which they will use as a reference point for future discussions, and as they map their understanding of the lines of inquiry and move towards the summative assessment task.

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Lines of Inquiry:

  • An awareness of our body
  • Co-ordination of body parts
  • Object control to achieve goals

 

At Magic Years, we value student passions and provide opportunities for students to follow their interests. We consider how we can best engage students through activities and games to nurture a healthy lifestyle and develop physical, mental and personal skills. We aim to nurture healthy competition and believe that setting personal goals should be encouraged and accomplished through a strong sense of passion and care, with an agreement to always ‘do our best’. Through fun and friendly challenges we aim to foster independence, commitment, and reflection, guiding students toward being confident risk takers.

With this personal growth in mind we are currently working towards a successful Volleyball tournament due to be held at Magic Years in October. The students and teachers are very excited about hosting and participating in this event. As we work hard and train hard to be the best that we can be, we apply our knowledge and understanding of our central idea to our practice and strive to do our best!

 

Mr Emmanuel – PSPE Co-Teacher

Visual Art Update

It has been an excellent start to the year in art class! All of the students have shown a lot of energy and creativity and it is so exciting for me to see how artistic all of the MYIS students are. During the first term we will be investigating Who We Are. The younger students have been exploring ways of using their hands to stamp and use a variety of tools. They have also been using shapes, such as squares and rectangles to create larger objects such as buildings and whole cities. The older students have been reflecting upon who they are, creating expressive self-portraits. It is incredible to see the variety of ways we can express who we are through line, shape, color, and texture!

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Storytelling is Not Reading

These kinds of music stories follow the important elements of teaching music with the Orff-Schulwerk Approach.
During our recent Book Week at Magic Years, in music class, we all enjoyed listening the stories and songs, acting with the role-play, playing the percussion instruments for sound effects to accompany the stories, dancing with the music and also sharing laughs and good time together. This make me realizes that telling a story to children can be so mesmerizing and very different from reading story out loud to a group. Add songs, chants, rhymes, dances, or musical instruments to a storytelling scene and the story experience is even more enriched!

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Triathlon For Kids 2017

Transdisciplinary theme: How we organize ourselves

An inquiry into the interconnectedness of man-made systems and communities; the structure and function of organizations; societal decision-making; economic activities and their impact on humankind and the environment.

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The Orff-Schulwerk Approach

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.

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Thai Language and Culture

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.

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Library Books From Overseas

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.

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Visual language is all around us.

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.

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Compare this alphabet to that of Thai Sign Language (TSL).

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Can you see any similarities or differences?

 

 

 

 

 

Recording a favourite book for your child.

At Magic Years, we want to do our best at supporting children in their learning journey.

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Giving a hug from home through a favourite book at school.

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 (jessv@magicyears.ac.th)

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.