QAIS - IB Primary Years Programme Blog

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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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
17

Human Migration @ QAIS

We had a great busy week! At the beginning of the week we started interviewing some members of our school community about their personal migration story. We prepared questions guided by our lines of inquiry, concepts and 3 important concepts related with human migration: risk, challenge and opportunity… Ms. Robin, our librarian gave us some […]

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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
11

Artifacts…

  We started our week sharing about our personal artifacts. This week we heard about Steven’s stamp book, Rachel’s special necklace, Michael’s family book, and Eric’s souvenir. We look forward to hearing about more personal artifacts next week.  We unscrambled the second and third lines of inquiry. We discussed about how our personal artifacts tell […]

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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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Nov
04

Last week and a half…

  Where We Are in Place and Time is our current unit of inquiry. Having conversations with each other to share our ideas is a nice way to listen to everyones perspective… Having a meditation in Shavasana pose gave us a mindful experience! Ms. Tonya visited our class to share some ideas about how to […]

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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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