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It’s winter time

Winter has suddenly arrived to Qingdao. I guess because of that, the Christmas spirit has also invaded us. We have decorated our little Christmas tree (and class) and changed some of our art trays with holiday work like this DIY Christmas ball decoration, and Christmas lights cord. Our sensorial table has also changed to white […]

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Dec
09

How We Organize Ourselves

Reflection is an important step in our learning. We identified what we learned about ourselves and our classmates in sharing our personal artifacts. We self-reflected about the attributes we each displayed this unit and the ones we really want to focus on for the next unit. For each unit we also change seats so that […]

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Dec
09

Reflection time…

We started our week reflecting about our learning from our last unit of inquiry, Where We Are in Place and Time. Writing about what we learned,  and reflecting about the learner profile attributes we were able to display is a great way to help us understand how we can continue working on becoming the best […]

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Dec
03

Arrivals and Farewells

Arrivals are always entertaining. Children enter into the classroom full of energy, smiling and with many stories to tell. They take off backpacks and coats, change shoes, and place personal belongings in their cubbies. They are all familiarized with this routine and they enjoy chatting with friends and helping each other to get ready. Children are […]

By Helena Arranz | Uncategorized
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Dec
03

Math: Tradition and Application Coupled for Success

As someone who has a difficult time learning a language—especially Chinese, I understand when students tell me that math is very difficult for them. Math, in and of itself, is a language; this language, though, uses numbers and symbols as opposed to sounds that make up words. My husband, an MYP/DP teacher, and my son, […]

By Meredith Daniels | Uncategorized
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Dec
03

A Hero’s Journey

The last Grade 3 Unit of Inquiry centered on Heroes. This unit of inquiry falls under the transdisciplinary theme “Who We Are.” These everyday heroes were given the challenge of solving the following question: “How can we teach others about the difference between empathy and compassion through actions as opposed to words?” We used our […]

By Meredith Daniels | Uncategorized
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Dec
02

Unit Celebration: Personal Histories Museum

We were very excited to prepare our Personal Histories Museum with our very own personal artifacts. We took some time to practice with each other before sharing with our parents. Thank you parents for your support and joining us for our unit celebration. We love having the opportunity to share our learning experiences from the […]

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Dec
02

Unit Celebration Where We Are In Place and Time

This week we closed our unit of inquiry Where We Are in Place and Time with a great celebration. We work hard to finish all the different pieces we included in our museum… In Math we were challenged to work with concepts that we will learn more in depth in grades 7 and 8! Understanding […]

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Nov
26

Thanksgiving Week

Last week was a week of success, there were many new additions to our routine to encourage independence and to reinforce responsibility. Children were open to the new activities and they happily committed to the tasks. Some of them baked the muffins to share with families on Friday, and others cut some apples for the […]

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Nov
25

Happy Thanksgiving!

One of the skills under our math strand operations and algebraic thinking is understanding even and odd numbers. We discussed that even numbers end with 2, 4, 6, 8, or 0, whereas odd numbers end with 1, 3, 5, 7, or 9. We enjoyed playing a game in which we rolled a die to come […]

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