Language Acquisition

Jan
14

Happy 2019!

Happy new year everyone. Hoping that you had a great time over the break, we are excited to be back and resume our routine. Children returned as happy as can be looking around for new activities. Since time flies by, we’ve already set up a few activities related with the Chinese New Year. The legend […]

By Helena Arranz | Language Acquisition . Montessori . Toddler
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Jan
13

Welcome 2019!

Happy 2019! Welcome back, after our winter break we came back ready to create a vision board for 2019! Sharing our dreams, hopes and goals for 2019 was a great start for our second semester!!! As part of our continuing activities on building community, we cleaned up our room and got it ready to add […]

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Jan
09

The power of Chinese in Grade 4 and 5

Our Grade 4 and 5 beginners don’t only learn Chinese but use it to explore the world by talking to people. As their teacher, the most joyful thing is to see the sparkle in their eyes when they are trying to make the conversations happen. I strongly believe the IB spirit of lifelong learning is […]

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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
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!

We love our class meetings! Now we take turns to be in charge of leading the meeting. Sharing our passions and teaching our friends things we love is helping us to get to know each other and build a stronger class community! We enjoyed learning from our Peony Cottage Reading Buddies about their unit celebration! […]

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Nov
18

Birthdays and more!

Our campus looks gorgeous with these yellowish colors. Fall is really amazing here in Qingdao. We walked around to admire and learn about leaves, colors and natural life cycles. We have been expanding our knowledge in areas such as language and geography as well as refining fine motor skills and increasing attention span. It is […]

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