Monday, October 24, 2016

Writing Celebration

Grade 1 and 2 had a successful first Writing Celebration! The students learned useful writing strategies from one another. It was wonderful to have so many parents attend to give compliments to their daughters' writing. Thank you!

Friday, October 21, 2016

House Day

House Activity: October 20th

At the end of the day on Thursday, the elementary students got together with their house teams for some games and activities at the end of the day. This was a chance for the girls to spend time in their houses before House Day. Here are some pictures of girls in 2A after some outdoor play time after their house activities.

House Day Photos: Fun with our friends at Kinuta Park (Students in the morning session.)

Can you guess who is wearing this shirt????

Welcome to the newest member of 2A!

Thursday, October 13, 2016

A Children's Author + A Writing Celebration = Expressive Storytelling!

Grade 2 students read the story, Little Rockin' Roger and the Magic Glass Guitar this week. It was written by children's author and teacher, Benjamin Moores.  It is a highly engaging story about a boy who moves into a new house and finds a magic guitar. 2B's favourite part of the story was the audio clip of the song that Roger played on his guitar. Students asked Mr. Moores some questions about storytelling and he responded through video. Students listened attentively to his advice about what makes a great story. They used this to prepare for their first Writing Celebration!

Compliments given by 6A students.

Students were thankful for the wonderful compliments!

Sayako awaits positive feedback.

Grade 2 students were proud to share their stories.

Hanna reads her Small Moment story about her day at Disney Sea.

Students noticed that 'Little Rockin' Roger' used "Show Not Tell" (...grin painted across his face)

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Stories can engage their audience

Today the library media centre supported the new Unit of Inquiry by presenting a 'river of  stories' for the girls to journey around. They had time to browse the books. They read them before discussing them with friends. Finally they shared in groups why they liked their selected books. Students shared their love of a particular page, the story, the pictures, the humour and the characters before checking them out to read or re-read at home.
 We have many more to share in the library and also online so we hope to see them checking books out frequently during this unit.

Grade Twos Face Fears, Climb Obstacles, and Reach High!

On Thursday, October 6th, the Grade Two Seisen girls went to the Tsukushino Obstacle Course. We went on this trip to give the girls a hands-on opportunity to gain awareness of their strengths and limitations. Putting it simply, we want our grade twos to be committed (even when being attacked by mosquitos), to set goals to overcome life's obstacles, and ultimately to be awesome.

"The future has many names. For the weak, it's unattainable. For the fearful, it's unknown. For the bold, it's ideal." -VICTOR HUGO

"The man on top of the mountain didn't fall there." -VINCE LOMBARDI

"This is hard. This is fun." - DR. CAROL DWECK author of Mindset

"What man actually needs is not a tensionless state but rather the striving and struggling for a worthwhile goal, a freely chosen task."
-VICTOR FRANKL author of A Man's Search for Meaning

"Dare to live the dreams you have dreamed for yourself."

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Our next unit of inquiry is HOW WE EXPRESS OURSELVES.

Central Idea: Stories can engage their audience, communicate meaning, and express values.

Do you have any favorite stories from home or your home country to share? ?