Reflection

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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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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Nov
18

Artifacts!

  We continue to have fun in our literacy block. We love reading books together!  We continued this week sharing about our personal artifacts. We love hearing the stories behind the artifacts. We learned about Rock’s modern book, Angelina’s special piggy bank, Zoey’s pre-birth frame, Anna’s baby blanket, Avery’s Japanese books, Cheng Rui’s soldier artifact, […]

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Nov
12

Busy hands, active brains

With a few children absent last week, the days ran mostly quiet in Bamboo Cottage. New activities also kept the children engaged and focused. Art is a meaningful way for self expression. The youngest are starting to pay more attention to lines, colors and design, while the older ones can already express orally what they […]

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Oct
30

Fall & Pumpkins

Last week we were reading a book called “The old lady who swallowed leaves” accompanied by a wonderful sensorial bin full of leaves, pumpkins, seeds and other seasonal nuts to explore through our touch and visual senses. Toddlers loved to put their hands into the box and play while learning vocabulary at the same time. […]

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Oct
21

Who We Are: Unit Celebration & Wellness Fair

We had a successful Unit Celebration (Who We Are: Healthy Choices) with our parents and hosted a school wide Wellness Fair in collaboration with our friends from Grades 4 and 5. We organized ourselves in five booths: yoga, mandalas, food pyramid, dental hygiene, and germs. Despite the busyness of it all, we truly enjoyed sharing […]

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Oct
15

Learning to listen. Learning to live together.

What busy weeks we have had! So many things have happened. Children came back from their holidays with lots of stories to tell (whether they are true or not it seems they had so much fun). We hope you all had fun together. Our group is becoming a small family, our students are already working […]

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Sep
24

Peace starts from within us

During the past two weeks we have been very busy at Bamboo Cottage. The new students are showing curiosity about the environment and materials. They are progressively embracing common rules and our daily routine. Sometimes they still show hesitation to follow the group but they are becoming more open minded. We are lucky to have these […]

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Sep
16

Healthy Choices

We kicked off our week with one of the Great Montessori Stories, The Story of the Universe, narrated by our Montessori Coordinator, Ms. Jamie Sloan. Our friends from Grade 9 helped to bring the story to life with their interpretation. Thank you, we were intrigued and enjoyed the experience.  We then went back to our […]

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