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Jan
13

Happy 2019!

We were happy to be back in school and share with each other about our winter holiday. We loved hearing about all the wonderful places and things everyone did.   In math we focused on using our knowledge of place value to add and subtract 10, 100, and 1,000. We worked on identifying which digit would […]

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Dec
21

Happy Holidays!

We have been working with understanding place value. We have discussed how each digit has a value and this helps us to determine which one is greater, less, or in some cases equal. We focused on using the appropriate symbols and language: greater than, less than, and equal to. We had special guests in our classroom, […]

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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
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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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
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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