Archives for November, 2015

Nov
23

Words are our voice

  On November 9th and 10th, Kenn Nesbitt, former US Children’s Poet Laureate, taught QAIS students from grades 1-6 not only what poetry is and how to write it, but also how to enjoy and laugh along with the creative process. “In my own small way I’m trying to do my part to help people laugh, […]

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Nov
23

Green Energy

Last Friday, Grades 5 and 6 took a field trip to visit Huasheng Green Energy in Jimo (a sub-city of Qingdao), as part of their IB Primary Years Programme unit on How the World Works. Their Central Idea is that “Energy is used to support life, but its use comes at a cost,” and they took […]

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Nov
16

Technology: A tool of our modern civilization

As PYP 3 students commence the path towards their summative assessment, Ms. Szyman invited me to have a brief tech integration session with students in which they would learn about  book creator, an App that they will use to organize the findings of their research, and to create a book about the civilization of their choice. Not […]

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Nov
16

Education for Life

“Education is a natural process carried out by the child and is not acquired by listening to words but by experiences in the environment.” – Dr. Maria Montessori In the Lotus Cottage, we bake our snack every day. This month we are making pumpkin muffins, in honor of the season. This is one of the most […]

By Katy Porray | Montessori
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Exploring Civilizations in Grade 3

The third grade class has been studying how past civilizations can be used to make connections to present day societies.  The class  field trip to the Qingdao Municipal Museum, students explored the museum by completing a scavenger hunt.  The students observed artifacts throughout Qingdao’s history and were able to see and make connections to their […]

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Nov
06

The Latest in the Library

Greetings from the QAIS library, where we are keeping very busy these days. PYP students have created their own personalized library cards! These cards have helped to foster a sense of responsibility for the students, where they enjoy taking turns distributing and collecting the cards during each visit. The cards have also helped to streamline […]

By Shannon Carney | Grade 1 . Grade 2 . Grade 3 . Grade 4 . Grade 5 . grade 6 . Library
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