Qingdao International School


It’s The Most Wonderful Time of The Year In Lotus Cottage | 这是莲花班一年中最绚烂的时光

This is my favorite time of the year… between (American) Thanksgiving and the December holiday season that rings in the next year, there is so much hustle and bustle going on!  With a new Unit of Inquiry just beginning about Earth’s Cycle, the holiday concert to rehearse for, a potluck luncheon to look forward to, […]

By Quynh Cao | Early Childhood . Montessori

Grade 5 and 6 Experience Shanghai

Old and new. Immense and petit. Fast and slow. The future and the past. Shanghai, China’s largest city, is a study in contrasts which QAIS grade 5 and 6 students got to experience first-hand last week as part of their PYP Exhibition unit. In addition to exploring ideas and asking questions related to technology, air […]

By Sean O Oussoren | Exhibition . Grade 5 . grade 6 . Uncategorized

Grade 5 Unit Sharing

        Grade 5 students did a fantastic job this week of sharing their unit work in Language, Mathematics and our unit of inquiry. Our unit, part of Sharing the Planet, focused on our use of energy, its sources and how it needs to be sustainable used. Students created board games as part […]

By Sean O Oussoren | Grade 5 . Sharing the planet . Uncategorized

Grade 1 Cleans The Beach

Grade 1 students successfully and enthusiastically accepted their “Mission Possible” on November 11th, by taking direct action and assuming responsibility to ensure a healthy and clean planet. After learning about The Great Pacific Garbage Patch and the thousands of pounds of trash that are dumped each year into the world’s oceans, students were determined to […]

By Jon Springer | Grade 1

Grade 5 Field Trip to Learn About Producing Steaks

文章如下: Grade 5 students continued their inquiry into how goods and services are produced as part of their Trade unit under the trandisciplinary theme of How We Organize Ourselves. Students specifically have been investigating how goods and services are produced and got the chance to see this first hand with a trip to Qingdao Guohui […]

By Sean O Oussoren | Grade 5

Road Transport Museum!

We began our week by dressing up in our favorite costumes for our Autumn Festivals Carousel. We really enjoyed learning about Diwali (India) with Mr. Skinner and guest, Día de los Muertos (México) with Ms. Cecilia and Ms. Jessica, baking delicious Halloween (North America) cookies with Mr. O and Ms. Jackie, and learning dance moves with […]


Are children’s shoes important? 孩子的鞋子有多重要?

文章如下: by Rosemary Gosse, Montessori Coordinator Your child’s footwear affects learning! This sounds a bit crazy, but let me give you some background so that you can understand why I say this. An essential feature of the Montessori classroom is that children have the freedom to move about and manipulate the objects they are working with. […]

By Jon Springer | Montessori

Screen time & Children

This is a fascinating article about how the child’s brain interprets screen time. It recently appeared in Psychology Today. Screentime Is Making Kids Moody, Crazy and Lazy Victoria L. Dunckley, M.D. Mental Wealth   Children or teens who are “revved up” and prone to rages or—alternatively—who are depressed and apathetic have become disturbingly commonplace. Chronically irritable […]

By Rosemary Gosse | Grade 1 . Grade 2 . Grade 3 . Grade 4 . Grade 5 . grade 6 . Montessori

Early Childhood & PYP After School Activities

After school activities started for all students this past Tuesday. New to this school year, we have added activities open to early childhood students. They are learning to dance, cook, kick in Tae Kwon Do, and draw language thoughtfully in calligraphy.  

By Jon Springer | Chinese . Grade 1 . Grade 2 . Grade 3 . Grade 4 . Grade 5 . grade 6 . Montessori

PYP 2016 International Peace Day Carousel

Our PYP students at QAIS celebrated International Peace Day with a meaningful 5-stop carousel of activities. Students engaged with their own ideas by reading “If Peace Is…” and then creating their own booklets of their personal ideas of peace. From the personal, they moved to thinking about other children in the world as our CAS […]