Intercultural Week

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What a treat it was to celebrate our many home countries during Intercultural Week. Thanks to all of the parents who helped us learn more about the world!

Here’s a quick recap of our whirlwind learning trip around the globe…

Jayden’s mom and Yhard’s mom came to teach us about Loy Krathong and helped us make our own Krathongs!

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Joris’s mom taught us about the biking culture of The Netherlands. Then, we got to design our own bikes!

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Arianna’s mom taught us about the tradition of wearing red and white Martisor to welcome the spring in Romania.

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Naiyana’s mom came and taught us about Maori traditional designs in New Zealand. We colored our own headbands to wear…

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Then, Naiyana’s Dad came and taught us how to do the traditional Maori Haka.

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On Friday, we enjoyed an AMAZING intercultural day!

We went to our Intercultural Day Assembly…

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We visited Candada…

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Ireland…

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Australia…

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The United States…

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and Thailand…

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It was a wonderful journey!

We Are Mathematicians!

Kindergarten is an exciting year of growth for young mathematicians!

We are exploring numbers in many ways…

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We are learning how to count carefully and how to group numbers together.

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We share our thinking with others and learn how to justify our thinking by showing evidence.

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We are exploring shapes right now and we will talk about many other big mathematical ideas throughout the year.

We practice recording our mathematical thinking in a variety of ways. In short, we do a lot of important work as mathematicians every day!

“I think I’ve changed my mind!!!”

We use this phrase a lot! We’ve discovered that mathematicians often need to adjust their thinking when they are working on a problem. Sometimes we think we know the answer until we double-check and see that we’ve missed an important part of the problem!

How Can I Help At Home?

Simple things like having your child count the plates and glasses at the table before dinner to make sure there are enough for everyone or looking for numbers in the airport while you’re waiting for a flight help embed math into your daily routine. Math is all around us and it’s wonderful when you can point that out to your child on a daily basis!

AND–PLEASE model a positive attitude toward math! Sometimes parents catch themselves saying things like…”I was never good at math” or “Math is really hard”. We teach students at school to have a “growth mindset” and to approach math (and all areas of learning) with “I CAN DO IT!” thinking.

Thanks for supporting your growing mathematician!

Questions to Spark Conversations…

*Who did you write a happy message to this week?
*What happy messages did people send to you?
*What does “Stretchy Snake” help us to do?
*What did Zero the Hero bring us for the 50th day of school?
*How many stickers did everyone get when we divided them equally?
*What do we mean when we say, “Stories that are TRUE about YOU!”?
*What are some of the things we can write about?
*What can we wear to school every day next week?

Learning to Listen and Listening to Learn

Throughout the year, Ms. Kate, our school counselor will come in to teach us strategies for working and learning together. This week Ms. Kate came into our class TWICE to help us learn about “Whole Body Listening” and “Skills for Learning”.

She brought two puppet friends with her…”Puppy” and “Snail”…

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Puppy is a bit impulsive and we are trying to teach him how to be a good listener so that he can learn! :)

Listening is a fundamental skill and “Whole Body Listening” helps children listen to their teachers and their classmates effectively. Whole Body Listening is more than just hearing with the ears! We learned in class that the four parts of “Whole Body Listening” are…

1) Eyes Watching
2) Ears Listening
3) Voice Quiet
4) Body Still

Ask your child to show you the actions paired with each of the 4 main listening rules. We played games to help us remember the parts of Whole Body Listening…

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When you talk about the concept of Whole Body Listening at home, be specific about which areas of listening you’d like your child to focus on, for example, “Sarah, I need you to listen and keep your body still.” Or, “David, please be sure to keep your eyes watching the person who is speaking.”

Your child brought home a drawing of their body with all the body parts needed for whole body listening. Ask your child to explain it to you! :)

After talking about “Whole Body Listening” Ms. Kate came in another time to teach us about four important “Skills for Learning”…

1. Focus Attention
2. Listen
3. Be Assertive
4. Use Self-Talk

She focused on the first two this week. She taught us to use “Attentascopes” to help us pay attention both to what is important in the classroom and to our peers when playing. Our “attentascopes” help us to ignore distractions. She also taught us a trick for listening with our brains…repeating what we just heard! Repeating information is a helpful strategy for children to build their memory skills.

During Ms. Kate’s lessons, we always have a chance to share our thinking and learn from each other…

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In her next visit, Ms. Kate will help us learn how to be assertive by asking for help when we need it and to use positive self-talk to let our brain know that we can do anything! Ms. Kate is a wonderful resource for our students and families at ISB!

Questions to Spark Conversations…

* Can you tell the drawing story about Tom and Sally?
* What are Owl Eyes? Lips the Fish?
* Who are Mr. and Mrs. Wishy Washy? What do they like to do?
* What are “Attentascopes”? How do you use them?
* What month did we start this week? Who has a birthday this month?
* What TRUE stories did write this week in Writers’ Workshop?
* What shapes did you find on your shape hunt around school?
* Can you find lots of shapes around the house?
* How was the new cafeteria system for you this week?
* Did you try to eat something new?