Category - Specials

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Specials Sum-Up 2017-2018
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What does an Artist really do?
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Thai Language, Thai Culture and Thai History blog update!
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Industrial Arts and Agriculture
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Visual Art Update
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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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Visual language is all around us.

Specials Sum-Up 2017-2018

PSPE: This is the last month for physical education. Everyone who has studied physics in this semester will have better development in jumping, swinging, and rolling. In addition, children are involved in the analysis of the situation. I look forward to the concentrate instruction on playing activities. Finally, I hope to meet you again the next academic year.

 

Music: Let’s create a Musical Environment at Home!

I’m really enjoying teaching and watching how the students grow their musical experiences during the year.  It would be a benefit of your child to continue this growing at home with the parents and family. I would like to share a few ideas to promote a musical environment for your child at home.

– Explore rhythm around the house, for example, in the bedroom, living room, kitchen and toilet! Learning to follow and move to a beat can also help the little ones to express his or her emotions, and it’s a great way to release energy in creative ways.  Check this out for fun rhythm around the house: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sVPVbc8LgP4&pbjreload=10

– Make the instruments together: The children will enjoy exploring the different sounds from various materials that they choose for their DIY musical instruments as well as training their motor skills in a creative and fun way.  Here is the useful link for DIY musical instruments ideas: https://feltmagnet.com/crafts/Music-Instruments-for-Kids-to-Make

– Listen to the world music: World music can introduce new sounds and noises and can help inquisitive children learn more about other cultures and traditions. World music can also help a child develop strong listening skills that he or she will benefit from in other learning environments.  Here is the sample music: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EfTs3lHsges&index=3&list=RDGVEGNNg6ifs

Musically yours!

 

Art: It has been a fantastic first year of Visual Art in MYIS. Not only have I truly enjoyed working with all of the very unique and creative students it has been such a joy to watch the artistic skills develop throughout the year. Together we have explored drawing, painting, collaging, printmaking, and sculpture  and in doing so students have become familiar with the artroom and the many tools we use when making art. Just like our students, the artroom and the artwork within is always evolving! I look forward to coloring in my second year with MYIS.

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Thai: A year passes very quickly, This year is very challenging and very fun for me as a Thai teacher whose goal was to have students enjoy learning Thai language, Thai culture, and Thai history.  I was very proud when I saw a student progress in Thai language. I was very happy when I saw children smile, laugh, and actively play in Thai class. I so glad when I met student on the playground and they called my name or said “Sa-wad-dee”. Even when I asked them to write a reflection for Thai class, I see how much they’re enjoying an activity they have learned. Next year, I promise I will do my best and to set up activities students will enjoy in Thai class.

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Woodworking: Industrial arts is an educational program which features fabrication of an objects in wood, plastic, rubber or metal using a variety of hand, power, or machine tools.

In Term 1, we focused in on our central idea “Characteristics of matter determine their use” and “How the world works” as our transdisciplinary theme and in Term 2 we focused on our central Idea “People learn through communication and expression” with the transdisciplinary theme “How we express ourselves”.

As a teacher, my objective is to encourage the students to take ownership of their learning by means of constructive learning, gain an understanding of the things around them’ and prepare them to put what they have learned to practice in their real life situations.

I believe that learning by doing is more effective for students at Magic Years because we value meaningful learning. For this to happen, I get the students involved in different activities such as: cooking, planting seed and harvesting, taking care of our school animals, and producing useful products for our school community to use.

What does an Artist really do?

Brainstorm, collect materials, consider the steps, create, revisit, engage, and share!

The focus of Term 2 has been thinking deeply on What it means to be an Artist?  

To begin the term we were preparing for the Art Exhibition that was held March 28-30th. The exhibition was a HUGE success, teaching the students what it means to be an artist. Together we went through the process of brainstorming, making, revising, and preparing for presentation.  It was more than evident that the students were pleasantly surprised when they saw the exhibition for the first time, realizing that their works of art could look so amazing when matted and hung from the wall.

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After the exhibition students continued to deeply explore what it means to be an artist as they embraced a choice-based classroom broken into 5 different mediums: Collage, Drawing, Painting, Sculpture, and the Think Tank. Before starting a project students were asked to really consider the project they wanted to create, the materials needed, and the steps involved. They also became more involved in their own personal assessment by filling in a chart after each class period that shares what station they visit each day. This allows Ms. Jemina and the students to visually see what the students true interests are, while also pushing them to try new techniques that they have not yet explored.

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Earth Week was a really fine time to explore new art making techniques that were all based on nature. We used sand and leaves to make texture drawing, prints, and clay plates. Students really enjoyed looking at how artists have made art with the earth and than trying it themselves!

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May is managing to fly by too! To conclude the year students are being asked to reflect on what they have learned and put together all of the skills that they acquired this year to make a final project that they are truly passionate about. It will be interesting to see what they come up with at the End of the Term Celebration, see you there!

Thai Language, Thai Culture and Thai History blog update!

Many things happen in Thai class, we work very hard to support differentiation in a child’s language learning and also make sure that students who came to Thai class enjoy learning the Thai language.

Divide children into subgroups.

In order to support the differentiation in student’s background knowledge in Thai language we divide student into subgroups and set up different activities for each group.

In kindergarten, Thai native speaking students focus more on listening and speaking skills, Thai alphabet recognition, and basic Thai alphabet handwriting practice. For Non-native Thai speaker we focus on listening skills by using tasked-based or TPR techniques to help students learn simple Thai vocabulary such as “Ra-by-Si (color), Din-Sor (pencil).

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Native Thai speakers

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 Non-native Thai speakers

             In primary years, native Thai speakers are focusing more on Thai lessons in reading and writing. The Non-native Thai speakers are focusing on listening and speaking skills in basic Thai vocabulary that students can use in a social context. To support all the different student interests activities such as reading, reading comprehension, and letter writing are offered at the different centers.

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Book making

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Learning Thai languages and culture through hands-on activities.

In Thai class student have a lot of opportunities to do hands-on activities such as cooking Thai food and creating Thai art and handicrafts.

Thai food.

All students love to cook, this is a good opportunity to integrate Thai language and culture. Before cooking, students learn about the ingredients and steps by first watching a video or reading a story and then creating a cook book or mind map that helps explain the steps. The students favorite part is cooking the food and eating it after.

Making an omelet.

Step 1: Listen to the story then discuss the ingredients and how to cook.

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Step 2: Making a cook book.

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Step 3: Cook then eat.

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Making a green mango with Sweet fish sauce.

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              Thai art and handicrafts.

Working on arts and crafts in Thai class is one activity that student love to do, especially in kindergarten. The first question the students ask when they arrive to Thai class is “Do we get to make something today?” This opportunity is good for young learners because they are using their fine motor skills. These fine motor skills use the same muscles we use for hand writing and this will be applied well into the futureง Creating arts and crafts in Thai class is one of the first steps that we use to develop a sense of art appreciation for  the Thai culture.

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Industrial Arts and Agriculture

Industrial Arts & Agriculture

When children engage in woodworking projects, they have the chance to learn how to use the tools, machines, materials for creating their own Projects.The measuring in woodworking can improve both the sense of numbers and space for kids and the construction and design factors of woodworking help to exercise kids’ visual skills. In addition, constructing objects from toys and play with the properties of matter will help kids improve their self-reliance. Furthermore, woodworking is a great chance for kids to bond with their families.

Materials and Tools

Materials that are easy to cut are ideal, especially for younger kids with no previous experience. Some good examples of these are cutting and pounding on fruit, melon, and zucchini. For the older kids, they can use the real tools with adult support then they can do gluing, sanding, hammering, screwing, cutting and drilling.. Tools that are off-limits for kids until they are better trained and experienced are power tools, because of the level of danger associated with handling them.

 

Safety First

Any time that kids are involved in a woodworking area, added safety is always necessary. Before the kids arrive, the area has to be set up with nice and safe environments. Next, the safety focus should be on the kids themselves. Make sure that any kids will focus on the sequence of using tools, for example, using google and helmet during their cutting the wood, putting shoes on and work on the working table.

Recycle

We strive to learn about recycling.Recycling is the process of converting waste materials into new materials and objects( reduce, reuse, recycle).We collected wood, glass, metal, cardboard/paper, plastic and rubber for our users.

 

What is agriculture?

Agriculture and farming are the simplifications of nature (living things and non- living things). The children that participate in the garden will help with the planting, weeding, feeding and be caring for our garden and goat farm. The kids will be able to gain valuable information about agriculture through classroom tools and hands-on gardening.

 

 

 

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Visual Art Update

With the New Year arrives the new term and also a new theme, how we express ourselves. In the art room we will use our theme from last term, who we are, to guide us as we use visual art to communicate ideas and experiences creatively. Students will consider how they can creatively transform their ideas into art, share their unique views with others, while also reflecting on why they made specific choices in the way that they did to expressive themselves. Students will begin to understand themselves better because the art making process will push them to be risk-takers who are committed to being creative. Before, while, and after the students create a variety of different art works they will reflect on their choices, likes, and dislikes to further develop an understanding of who they are.

 

To conclude I would like to take some time to reflect on Term 1. I’ll let the images do the talking…

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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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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?