Early Years children got together today to celebrate SEK’s day. It’s been 25 years since our school first opened its doors and we enjoyed going to the forest in the afternoon to find our mascot «Koskillas» and wish him a Happy 25th Birthday!
Being part of an International learning community means being immersed in a multicultural environment which encourages and celebrates multilingualism. «Koskillas» really enjoyed listening to children singing «Happy Birthday “in multiple languages (English, Russian, Spanish, Catalan, Portuguese, Chinese….) .Kids asked him questions, hugged him and overall were surprised and happy to have found him.
We hope you will enjoy taking a look at
these pictures from today’s celebration!
«Peace is being different, feeling good about yourself, and helping others. The world is a better place because of you! » Todd Parr
On September 21st, Rainbow class kids listened to «The Peace Book» by Todd Parr, a fantastic and simple story about the meaning of peace.
In an IB school, working together to decide Classroom Essential Agreements is one of the ways to set the tone for learning and collaboration and this is usually done at the beginning of the school year to help everyone understand shared norms and expectations.
«Peace» is a difficult concept to grasp for preschoolers but after reading the book «Hands are not for hitting» by Martine Agassi and working together on our Essential Agreements , we will make this world a more peaceful one by using our helping hands, walking feet, quiet voices and listening ears.
On September 26th, Preschoolers celebrated European Day of Languages by listening (and singing along) to this wonderful song from Global Wonders.
They also explored flags from different European countries and identified colours, shapes and patterns on the flag they chose. Our fantastic classroom assistants, Ms. Matina and Ms. Lucia also found their home countries flags.
Our preschoolers have been in school for over three weeks now and all of them have been settling in nicely and are enjoying getting to know each other, exploring and playing together.
One of the first things that help our little class community get along with each other is agreeing on what’s the best way for everyone to be happy and safe in our environment and that is done by coming up with Our Essential Agreements.
On Thursday, April 6th, Preschool children and Primary 6 kids met at the Library to continue with our «Reading Buddies» project. On this occasion, children read the book «The doorbell rang» by Pat Huchins.
After the read aloud, preschoolers got together with their «buddies» from Primary 6 and demonstrated their understanding of the story by drawing their favorite part on a piece of paper with crayons. Then, together they chose a book and read it.
Rainbows, Sunshines and P3 teaching team enjoyed welcoming Xuan’s mum this morning to our classroom for a visit. She came to give us a short presentation about the story and traditions of the Chinese New Year. She explained the story about the twelve animals in the horoscope, told us this is the year of the dog and showed us pictures of food they usually eat during the celebrations. And then she has also visited the P4 and P5 classes and she has been sharing it with our classmates: Granotes, Rays and Dolphins.
We also learned how to say «Happy New Year» while singing this song.
Rainbow and Sunshine class kids went to the Library last Thursday to meet Ms. Carmen and her students. Primary 6 boys and girls became Reading Buddies to our preschoolers. It was a very exciting experience for both our young students as well as our oldest in Primary School. After listening to a fun story about dragons as a whole group, each one of the preschoolers was matched up with his or her reading buddy to choose together a new book and read a little bit more.
We will meet our Reading Buddies several times throughout the school year and we will keep you updated.
A big thank you to all our dedicated students in Primary who took part in this activity!
Sunshine and Rainbow class kids have been working on their pre-writing skills by tracing lines using different tools and on several supports (chalk on a chalkboard, Ready to print app on the iPads, markers on laminated worksheets, pens on cardboard, etc.)