Yesterday we had our first Skype call with our new Kindergarten friends at our sister school, BISS, in Beijing. Both classes of children were so excited to meet each other after a few weeks of technical delays. First we greeted and introduced ourselves by name. Then we each had a chance to show some exciting things from our classrooms and learning. Some of us even prepared special gifts to surprise our new friends!
Next time we talk to our friends we want to do even more sharing. In between our video calls we will share things via email. We are currently working on preparing videos of our goodbye song and Keshav reading Brown Bear, Brown Bear to send to our friends. They will be sending us a video of their goodbye song which they sing in English...and Mandarin!
We used giant tracings of our whole bodies to express our identities creatively using a range of materials. We took the time to explore our physical features again using mirrors and carefully selected materials to accurately represent our FORM, including eye colour, hair colour, and skin colour.
First our families played with us and joined our Morning Meeting.
Using the story as inspiration to focus on FORM, we created portraits of our parents, concentrating on accurately representing the shapes and colours of their physical features.
We also wondered: "How am I connected to the people around me?" We drew pictures of ourselves and our friends and family, as well as the things we have in common. For example, our favourite foods and activities.
We finished the morning with a shared potluck snack!
Thank you to all the mums and dads who joined our Family Morning and supported our learning! We hope you had fun!
To build confidence with our 'Speaking & Listening' and 'Viewing & Presenting' skills, we each shared our family books during a Morning Meeting:
As we shared our family books, we noticed many connections between ourselves and our classmates:
To continue consolidating our knowledge about 'The people around us', we created Draw & Tell app drawings and voice recordings which represented ourselves surrounded by people that are important to us.
As our unit of inquiry continues, we will be working on finding more connections to these important people in our lives - including what physical features, character traits, and likes and dislikes we have that are the same and different.
We once again observed ourselves using mirrors and shared many favourite parts of ourselves. We chose one very favourite thing and recorded it with writing and drawing in our journals.
When we were finished tasting, we continued with our drawings and writing, including more examples of our most and least favourite foods.
Our names make us unique:
Just like Chrysanthemum, we all have special names. As a class, we talked about what makes our names special: