Anglo-American School of Moscow – Pre-K Team

Author: Masha Rebenko (Page 1 of 5)

Sharing the Planet

Dear Parents,

For the next two months we will focus on our Sharing The Planet Unit. We will continue to inquire into our connection with nature and our responsibilities towards it.  

Central idea :  People discover and learn through nature.

Lines of Inquiry that will define the scope of our inquiry into the central idea:

  • what nature is…
  • how we explore and discover in nature
  • responsibilities we have towards nature

Learner Profile Attributes: Inquirers, Caring, Risk-takers

Our Approach to learning will focus on observing nature and recording the changes we notice. Students will be encouraged to use all senses to find and notice relevant details and record their observations by drawing and note taking.

We will continue to have a lense of Systems Thinking while exploring our relationships with nature.

Students’ Learning Goals: 

  • I can state why an object is nature or not and explain my thinking
  • I can spot systems in nature
  • I can name ways nature helps me
  • I can name ways I help nature
  • I can name responsibilities I have towards my pet/plant

Ways you can help:

  • Let your child build his/her own theory of what nature is.
  • Spend some time outside exploring nature with your child.
  • Let your child have responsibilities towards a pet or a plant at home.
  • Watch the Eagles with your child and talk about what he/she notices.

Explore through Nature!

Yours in Learning,

The Pre-K Team

How We Express Ourselves

Dear Pre-K Families,

It’s the magic time of Storytelling in Pre-K! We are starting our “How We Express Ourselves” Unit of Inquiry in which students will be thinking about different ways to express ideas through stories and showing their creativity.

Central Idea: Stories can be expressed and interpreted in many ways.

Lines of Inquiry that will define the scope of our inquiry into the central idea:

  • Ways stories are expressed
  • Ways people respond to and retell stories
  • Creating and expressing our own stories

 All throughout this unit, we are discussing and exploring various means of storytelling. Through Guided Inquiry students are investigating what the creators need to think about while crafting a story. During the Open Inquiry time, students are learning different ways of storytelling and special skills required for those.

Each student will explore the different storytelling spaces created for them in our Pre-K classrooms:

  • Drama area with a stage and costumes
  • Puppet theatre
  • Shadow theatre
  • Green Screen studio
  • Animation Studio
  • Book Making and Publishing areas
  • Art Studio
  • Tech Apps Storytelling Studio

Ways you can help at home:

  • Help your child notice the different ways we share and tell stories at home or during family day trips (theatre visits, gallery walks, camping, meeting with relatives online…). Take pictures or draw them and encourage your child to share his/her understanding in class.
  • Read books or watch movies and talk about who the characters are, in what setting the story takes place,  what problem the characters are trying to solve and how do they do it.
  • Please speak with your child’s teacher if you would like to come in virtually and share a story with the class. Maybe you have a favorite book you’d like to read to students. Maybe you can read a well known story in a language different than English? Maybe you have a way of sharing stories that other children may not have experienced – something specific to your culture.
  • Create stories with your child at home during play time!

Happy storytelling!

The Pre-K Team

Woodworking in Pre-K

During our Systems unit we offer children the opportunity to use real tools alongside grownups.

The first hand real play experience has so many benefits including:

·         Encouraging children to play and explore

·         Allowing them to actively learn

·         Giving the opportunity to critically think and create

·         Children can begin risk assessing themselves

·         Giving children responsibility and independence

·         Showing children you trust them

·         Great for motor skills

·         Supporting communication and language development

·         Promoting hand eye coordination

·         Encouraging children to learn self-control

·         Great for problem-solving opportunities

·         Gives real hand experiences

Overall it promotes development in all areas of the Early Years Development.

There are many more benefits and importantly children find using real tools fun and exciting.

If you would like to do some further reading, you might enjoy looking at this article from One Hundred Toys.

If you are curious of how it looks like in your child’s class, enjoy the video from PK at AAS! It will take you through the whole process of creating a project: from watching the Safety Tool Talks and trying tools out to planning and implementing own ideas into a project.

Your in Learning,

The Pre-K Team

Three-Way-Conference

Dear Parents,

On Thursday/Friday, November 26th/27th we will be conducting Three-Way Conferences. A Three-Way Conference is when the student, teacher, and parents are present and the student shares, shows, and reflects on his/her learning journey. The student is the center of such a conference so his or her attendance is mandatory. Students are expected to wear their formal school uniforms on this day.

As you prepare to come on Thursday 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. 

Conference questions:

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

You are welcome to set up a conference time with the PE, Music, Russian Culture and ESOL specialists through their personal emails.

Sincerely,

The Pre-K Team

How We Organize Ourselves

Dear Pre-K Parents,

We have begun our new unit of inquiry. The following information will allow you to support your child’s learning and understanding.

We are inquiring into the following:

Transdisciplinary Theme: How we organize ourselves

An inquiry into the interconnectedness of human-made systems

Central Idea: Deconstructing and constructing objects and systems helps us understand their complexities.

Lines of Inquiry that will define the scope of our inquiry into the central idea:

  • connections between systems, objects and their parts
  • deconstructing and constructing systems and object
  • Exploring the interconnectedness of parts in a system
  • Evaluating and creating systems in our community

Learner Profile Attributes: Inquirers, Thinkers

Our Approach to learning will focus on looking closely at objects to explore the complexity, data gathering and recording. Students will be encouraged to use all senses to find and notice relevant details and record their observations by drawing and note taking.

We will start looking at objects and their parts, investigating the interactions between the various parts and how they make it work. We will also focus on the Tech systems we use to connect with each other during Distance Learning.

The next step will be to see the connections between the objects as parts of systems. Then we will be focusing on people involved within the systems, their feelings and their role in the system.

Students’ Learning Goals: 

  • I can identify systems
  • I can take a system apart
  • I can name the parts of the system and how they are connected
  • I can name people who are part of a system
  • I can empathize
  • I can suggest an improvement to a system
  • I can make a system better

Ways you can help:

  • Practice “Looking Closely” routine with your child. When your child is observing something guide them to notice nuances and details. Ask how the 5 senses help him/her know more about the object. Look for tiny details… How does it smell? How does it feel? What is the object made out of? Does it have any parts? How are the parts connected?
  • Be on the lookout for systems with your child around your home or while you are out and about. They are all around us and will be exciting for your child to begin noticing with a keen eye! Ask your child why they think something is a system. What are the parts of a system? How are the parts connected? Who are people connected to the system?
  • Organize a Curiosity Workshop for your young learner at home. Let your child use some tools to deconstruct and construct different systems. Let your child be creative and explore the possibilities of being a Maker. For inspiration on this one watch a video of a former Yearly Years AAS teacher Amber Taylor:

Enjoy exploring and creating with your child!

Yours in learning,

The Pre-K Team

Goal Setting Conference

Dear Pre-K Parents,

In preparation for the student goal-setting conferences, we would like to ask you to do some “homework”. Please set aside some uninterrupted time over the weekend to sit down and talk with your child about the following questions:

  1. What are some things you do well at school?
  2. What are one or two things you would like to do better?

When brainstorming ideas of things to improve, please remember that general literacy and math goals will be a focus for the entire class throughout the year. Try to think of areas we can work on together to support your child’s social and emotional development.

In your child’s backpack you will find a page for making notes of your conversation. Please return it to school by Monday September 21st. This will enable us to better formulate appropriate goals with your child which we will share with you during the conference.

Thank you in advance for taking an active part in your child’s learning,

The Pre-K Team

News from the Library

Dear Parents,

As we are cruising through our second week of on campus learning, new opportunities open up.

Look at what our brilliant Librarians came up with!

Please visit Kris and K’s “digital libraries.

K is in a forest and Kris is in a meditation room, and we are bringing all the links.

Click around to enjoy.

Curbside Library is here!

What does “curbside library” mean?

Parents and High School Students can request books for pick up from the AAS library.

These curbside days will replace our upcoming Saturday open days.

Our next Library Saturday is Saturday, September 19!

How does it work?

  1. Request some books that you would like on our handy form.
  2. Wait for the “You’ve Got Books” email.
  3. Come to school on the days we have indicated in the emails.
  4. Drive to school (or walk, or taxi, or bus) with your badge to come to the Main Gate.
  5. Give your name to the librarians and pick up what you’ve requested.
  6. Return any books that you’ve finished.
  7. Enjoy your books at home!

We look forward to helping you out!

Please email library@aas.ru if you have any questions.

You are encouraged to read with our child every day. You can also browse adult books for yourselves to enjoy. Get your kids love reading by following your example!

The Pre-K Team

Who We Are

Dear Parents,

Pre-K is beginning our first unit in which students will inquire into how people in a community discover and learn, make choices, and develop independence.  This unit will last for the entire school year.

                

Through literature and learning engagements in the classroom, educators will be guiding each child’s inquiry into:

  • How we discover and learn
  • How can we develop independence as learners
  • How we learn together as a community

How can you help your child?

  1. Please send a family photo via email to your child’s teacher as soon as you can! It would be nice if you can also include a little blurb about your family traditions. Thank you in advance.
  2. Help your child to become aware of his or her new capabilities – helping them to see how they have grown and what they can now do, that they couldn’t do before.
  3. Encourage your child to ‘keep trying’ when they find something difficult to do, promoting independence and new skills – we work at our learning.
  4. Share any stories with your child of times that you have learned something new – demonstrating that you have flexible thinking and resilience.
  5. Keep discussing your child’s learning engagements in class using Google Photos shared by your teacher.  

We look forward to continued work together with you and your child throughout this unit!

Yours in learning,

The Pre-K Team

 

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The Closure of Distance Learning

Dear Parents,

We can’t thank you enough for your support and trust this year! Thank you for helping us make Distance Learning a valuable experience for our students.

Have a wonderful Spring Break. Please refer to the email from the ES Office to find a link to the Independent Learning Extensions (ILE) Slide Deck. We’ve also put the link to the ILE Slides on our Pre-K Distance Learning for Families Document.
Enjoy your family time!

Goodbye Pre-K Video

Your’s in Learning

The Pre-K Team

 

 

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