Montessori

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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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
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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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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Nov
04

International celebrations

This has been a short week, but full of activities, books and songs. Halloween was celebrated on Wednesday and some of our students came all dressed up as witches, ghosts, bats, princesses of Disney or monkeys! We started the morning carving a pumpkin and putting a candle inside to make jack-o-lanterns. The children were a bit […]

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Nov
04

Where We Are in Time and Place

      A special thank you to Ms. Jamie and MYP Grade 9 students for bringing to life another great Montessori story, The Timeline of Life. This story fits very well with our current unit of inquiry, Where We are in Time and Place, because it’s showing the progression of life through time. It […]

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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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Oct
10

A Journey from Mt. Everest to our PYP Sharing Assembly

          Every Friday our Lower School has a special sharing assembly where they invite guests to share their inquiries about the world. Last week, our lower school at QAIS had a special guest during their sharing assembly. Mountaineer and QAIS high school science teacher Mr. Brendan Madden dropped by for a […]

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