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Open house pp 2012


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IST KG Open House presentation 2012-13

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Open house pp 2012

  1. 1. Welcome to Kindergarten at IST Our philosophy “What children can do rather than what they cannot do are the starting points in their learning.” Tina Bruce (1987) Childhood is a journey... not a race!
  2. 2. Global Citizenscommunicator thinker caring principled ? risk-taker inquirer balanced IB Learneropen-minded knowledgeable reflective Profile
  3. 3. PYP attitudesrespect curiosity confidence integrity cooperation tolerance appreciationempathy creativity enthusiasm commitment independence
  4. 4. How best will my child learn?We expect to have children in our classes who areunique individuals, with:•Different learning rates and styles•Differentdevelopmental stages•Social, emotionaland personaldifferences
  5. 5. How best will my child learn?We aim to meet the needs of each individual student inthe following ways:- Grouping students accordingto ability, interest, friendship,etc- Differentiated activitiesaccording to children’s ability -Opportunities for children toselect activities according tointerest -Teacher assistants to helpimprove student/teacher ratio
  6. 6. How best will my child learn? Self-management skills - showing awareness of personal safety - completing tasks appropriately - taking care of self and belongings - following routines independently Communication skills Social skills - listening carefully to others - understanding what behaviour is - sharing ideas appropriate - responding to questions - working cooperatively in a group - making relevant contributions - respecting othersThinking skills Research skills-having ideas for how to solve problems - developing own questions-making decisions - using senses to notice details-using prior knowledge - choosing ways to find information
  7. 7. Reading Development Children learn to read by reading.Some developmental stagesof reading-•Role playing reading•Using the illustrations totell the story•Reading from memory
  8. 8. Reading Development •Recognising repetition in the text •Pointing to each word as you read •Looking at initial letters and making predictions •Using knowledge of story language
  9. 9. Reading opportunities•Story time•Reading Big Books•Messages and signs around theroom: “reading the room”•Independent reading time
  10. 10. Reading opportunities •Guided reading sessions •Author and illustrator focus •Student generated books •Computer and whiteboard •Book corner
  11. 11. Writing DevelopmentChildren learn to write by writing.mark making letter-like shapes linking letters to sounds heard in a word random letters
  12. 12. Writing Development spelling familiar words accuratelyphonetic spelling writing longer messages independently
  13. 13. Writing opportunitiesWriting should be purposeful, andis focused on conveying meaning. Opportunities to write meaningfully around the classroom recording their a writing area book title Opportunities to where children can write across choose to write the curriculum messages, make books, etc journal writing
  14. 14. Mathematics• All activities are hands-on, concrete and practical• We aim to establish understanding of real maths concepts• Activities are open-ended and encourage exploration and thinking• Emphasis is on learning process rather than quick right answers• Mistakes are important in the learning process.
  15. 15. MathematicsOur Maths program is supported by materials from theEveryday Mathematics program, including the followingstrands:•Number•Pattern and function•Handling data•Shape and space•Measurement•Working mathematicallyPlease take advantage ofthe EDM home booksprovided each term! “Maths is the language of pattern”
  16. 16. PYP – Units of Inquiry Where we are in place and time Change Change happens throughout time and affects us in different waysHow we express ourselves How the world works The Arts We can express Plantsourselves through Like humans, the arts. plants need particular conditions to survive.
  17. 17. PYP – Units of Inquiry How we organise ourselves Who we are Transport systems Transportation Myself systems are We learn about organized to help why we are us connect with unique by people and exploring our places families and life experiences. Sharing the planet Oceans We share our environmentwith a variety of fascinating sea creatures and our actions canaffect their lives.
  18. 18. Enduring UnderstandingsKey Concepts: “It is tempting, if theForm- what is it like? only tool you have is aFunction- how does it work? hammer, to treat everything as if it wereCausation- why is it like it is? a nail.”Change- how is it changing? Abraham MaslowConnection- how is it connected to other things?Perspective- what are the points of view?Responsibility- what is our responsibility?Reflection- how do we know? …try using these kinds of questions with your child to encourage in-depth thinking!
  19. 19. Daily RoutinesDon’t forget!hat, water bottle, snack, lunch, Link book, reading book, folderPlease check the Link book and folder daily & return the following day Morning routine: End of day •Hang up bag routine: At 1.45pm, •Put away food, children wait hat, water and on carpet until folder called. We •You are welcome ensure your to help your child child’s safety settle into the by handing classroom between them over to a 7.00 and 7.10am responsible •The school day adult at the end of the day. starts at 7.10am
  20. 20. Our day• Each day begins with a morning meeting• Each day, children will have time to engage in language, maths and unit of inquiry related tasks• There are two outdoor playtimes, a snack time and a lunch time• KG students have various specials during the week, including Kiswahili (or EAL), music, art, PE, swimming, ICT, and library• We have an EAL teacher, access to student services support, and a counsellor assigned to KG, to help children who are learning English or who need extra support in other ways.
  21. 21. Food, food, food!• School is a great way to introduce new foods - children will try what they see others eating• Try to include a balance: protein, fruit, vegetables, carbohydrates.• Ensure your child has an appropriate amount of food for a snack and lunch.• Please avoid sugary food or drinks - these have an impact on your child’s learning.• Please be aware of allergies
  22. 22. How can I help at home?• Read every day! Children will bring home a class library book daily - the focus is on reading for pleasure. Take them to the library - it is open from 6.50am-2.30pm.• Maths activities may be sent home at certain times and will focus on a concept that is being discussed in class. Use the EveryDay Maths Mathematics at Home booklet to pick up ideas for “playful” maths activities for you to do together with your child• Unit of inquiry discussion questions, and other ideas for activities to do at home, will be posted on the KG blog.
  23. 23. Some reminders• Please try to bring your child to school and collect them on time. Report to the Elementary office if you are late.• Please let us know if someone different is collecting your child. Please wait in the KG quad to collect your child. It is distracting for children to see adults outside windows and doors before the bell.• Please support us by ensuring your child follows school rules whilst under your supervision.• You are welcome to send cakes to school for birthdays - please notify your child’s teacher in advance. Individual pieces are easier to hand out. Send invitations only if they are for every child in class.• Help your child to practice getting changed into swimwear and back into uniform. They are encouraged to swim every week.• Keep your child at home if they are really sick.
  24. 24. Keeping in touch• Please use the link book or email to communicate with the teacher• Save the dates for the KG assemblies: 5th October and 17th April• Informal chats with teachers before and after school• Make an appointment if you’d like a longer chat about your child• Look out for parent-teacher conferences in October and student- led conferences in March• Parent representative: two parents needed per class• Action at home? …please share with us – Encourage independence... “OUR CHILDREN CAN!” “Children who are encouraged to think for themselves are more likely to act independently.”
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