Anglo-American School of Moscow – Kindergarten

Author: Brittany Wiese (Page 1 of 2)

Goal-Setting Conference

Dear Kindergarten Families,

This week the children will be busy preparing for their Goal-Setting Conference on Thursday or Friday. They will be thoughtfully considering what their strengths are and the goals that they would like to achieve this school year. We would like to ask you, as their parents, to also think of strengths and goals for your child. The strengths and goals can be social, emotional, and/or academic, something you see at home, etc. During the conference, the teacher will ask you to share at least one strength about your child prior to discussing your child’s goal(s).

As the appointments are only 20 minutes each, please join to your child’s Webex classroom at your appointment time. If you would like to continue the discussion from the conference, or want to discuss a different topic, please let the teacher know and together you can schedule an additional time to meet. This conference is for goal setting specifically. 

Formal school uniform or similar is required for students. 

We look forward to partnering with you and your child this year.

Unsubscribe from the Kindergarten Blog

Dear Parents,

We hope you enjoyed your summer holiday.

If you are subscribed to our Kindergarten Blog, you will have received this post as a message in an email. You may now be considering whether or not you want to continue to receive emails from our class each time we post something new on our Blog.  If you have decided you don’t (and there may be some very good reasons for this – like you no longer have a kindergarten child), then simply click on the link below to “Unsubscribe”.

We appreciate your support this past year and wish you all the best.

New Unit: Where we are in place and time

Next week, Kindergartners will begin a new unit of Inquiry.

The Central Idea is that people design and create spaces to meet specific purposes.

Students will dive into…

  • investigating spaces
  • how spaces are designed to meet specific purposes
  • the process of designing and creating spaces

Next week during Kindergarten Open Inquiry, students will investigate spaces around the school and observe pictures of how the school has changed over the years. Students will also have the opportunity to design spaces during this time. If you have any spare shoeboxes, toilet paper rolls, or paper towel rolls at home, please send them to school with your child beginning next week. 

Later this month, all classes will go on a field trip to visit a submarine to learn about its purposeful design.

Lots of exciting opportunities for learning ahead!

We are readers and writers!

Dear Parents,

For the past few weeks, students have been introduced to the concept of Writing and Reading Workshop.

Our goals during this time are for students to see themselves as readers and writers and to launch our workshop through building routines that will be used as each child grows as a reader and writer this school year.

Students are asked the following questions:

  • Why do people read and write?
  • What kinds of writing do authors write?
  • How do authors write books?
  • How do people read?
  • What do people read?
  • Where do people read?

Students are building the following routines:

  • where to find the writing supplies within their classroom (e.g. markers, pencils, paper)
  • brainstorming writing ideas (e.g. things we like, things we know about, etc.)
  • building stamina by reading and writing for a longer amount of time each session
  • what to do when a teacher is meeting with another student
  • how to add pictures, words, and start a new book when one book is finished
  • how to choose books to read
  • how to read a book (e.g. read the pictures, look for letters/sounds they already know, look for words they already know, etc.)
  • how to find a reading and writing spot
  • how to read independently or with a friend
  • how to treat books

Ask your child what he/she has been reading and writing about at school!

Sincerely,

The Kinder team

About Me Box

KG’s About Me Boxes

What is it ? Our About Me boxes are small boxes, about the size of a shoebox, containing artifacts about us as individuals. These will be shared with our classmates to help them understand who we are.

Why? As a home connection this activity really helps children connect what we do at school with their home life. It also helps bring their home lives into the classroom. It also helps them make connections with other students around them.

How to do it:

Ask your child

  • What makes him or her who they are.
  • What does your child do well?
  • What is your child interested in?
  • What are your child’s favorite things to do?
  • What does your child want to learn more about?
  • What is something that would make us know your child better?

Think together of several artifacts that show your child’s special abilities and interests. Children might include a family picture, a favorite food, something they have made, or a drawing. (Please try to make the artifacts meaningful. If a child chooses to put in a toy car, it should be a special favorite.)

Choose up to 5 artifacts. If the artifact is very special or valuable, please do not send it school. Your child could bring a photograph or draw the item. Also, we understand that some of you might not have your shipments, so your child can be creative and draw or write about special items.

Place all artifacts in a shoebox-size box with your child’s name on the box and decorate it in some special way. Help your child be creative.

Send the About Me Box to school by Monday, September 17th at the latest. Children will be sharing their boxes with their classmates, so they should think about what each artifact represents and why the artifact is important in shaping who they are.

Please contact your child’s teacher if you have any questions

Julie.Villers@aas.ru, Brittany.Wiese@aas.ru, Lara.Wolf@aas.ru, Nicky.Edwards@aas.ru

We look forward to learning more about your children, your families, traditions and children’s experiences.

New Writing Unit: Informational

New Writing Unit: Informational 

 Big Idea: Writers write to inform. 

Guiding Questions:

Why do writers write non-fiction?

How do writers get information for their writing?

How do writers add information to their writing?

 

Through mini- lessons students will become aware of….

  • What a fact is
  • Text features in nonfiction books
  • Organizing information about their topic
  • Adding facts about their topic
  • Finding information for their writing
  • Revising their writing
  • Editing their writing

 

Parent-Student-Teacher Conferences

 

Dear parents,

As you prepare to come on November 23 to listen to your child share about his/her learning, here are some suggestions of questions to ask your child in order to better understand their thinking. You will also take your child’s paper portfolio home for a few days. As you look through your child’s paper portfolio and Seesaw portfolio, with your child, you can use these questions as guidelines when talking about what you see.

Conference questions:

  • What are your goals this year?
  • How can I help you achieve your goals?
  • What have you learned this term?
  • What would you like to learn that you do not already know?
  • Which subject is a challenge for you?  Why?
  • What makes you happiest at school?
  • What do you want to improve or get better at?

When looking at specific pieces of work:

  •  What do you like best about this?
  •  What did you learn from this?
  •  What skills did you use?
  •  What would you do differently on this piece?
  •  What does this work show about you?
  •  Tell me more about …
  •  What was challenging about this piece?
  •  What was easy about this work?
  •  You seem to be having a difficult time with…Why do you think that is?
  • Which piece of work are you most proud of?

When making general comments about your child’s learning:

  • What I noticed about your work was…
  • I like how you  . . . .  Keep up the good work.
  • I know you have difficulty sometimes but…
  • I’m glad you are making an extra effort in…
  • How can I help you …
  • You really surprised me when I learned you could…
  • I can’t wait to see your work in…!
  • What is your favorite time during the school day and why?
  • You seem to really enjoy…Why do you think that is?
  • Tell me what is the most important thing that you learned in . . .

Please remember that your child should wear his/her formal uniform for the conference. 

Goal-Setting Conference

Dear Kindergarten Families,

This week the children are busy preparing for their Goal- Setting Conference on Friday. They are thoughtfully considering what their strengths are and a goal that they would like to achieve this school year. We would like to ask you, as their parents, to also think of a strength for your child. The strength can be social, academic, something they do well at home, etc. During the conference, the teacher will ask you to share at least one strength about your child prior to discussing your child’s goal(s).

As the appointments are only 20 minutes each, please come to your child’s classroom at your appointment time. If you would like to continue the discussion from the conference or want to discuss a different topic, please let the teacher know and together you can schedule an additional time to meet. This conference is for goal setting specifically. If for some reason you are not able to come on Friday, please let the teacher know a time that works for you on another day. 

Formal school uniform is required for students. 

We look forward to partnering with you and your child this year.

 

« Older posts