Anglo-American School of Moscow – Pre-K Team

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A couple of minutes in the forest

Dear Parents,

The Forest walk was so much fun yesterday! Thank you for getting your kids well equipped and letting them have some messy exploration!

Check this video… What learning do you see is happening?

While you are throwing your child’s outdoor clothes into the washing machine (thank you) have a sit, put your feet up, and read this article from the New York Times about why dirt is so good for your child!

A Little Dirt is Good For You – New York Times

Have a Great Weekend and spend some time in Nature,

The Pre-K Team

Our playground is a learning space

Children naturally become intensely engaged in play. Pursuing their own purposes, they tend to tackle problems that are challenging enough to be engaging yet not totally beyond their abilities. Sticking with a problem, puzzling over it, and approaching it in various ways can lead to powerful learning.  When several children are challenged with the same problem, they often come up with different approaches, discuss various strategies, and learn from one another. These aspects of play can promote thinking and learning in different areas.

Our Pre-K playground opens up many new learning opportunities for children.

Children used bamboo sticks, colorful curtains, and clips to make a Tent on a sunny day:

Working together the children first decided to put sticks together. Then, they came up with the idea to make a tent. Helping each other, they put the curtains on the sticks and fixed them with clips. Two days later the children decided to put a big wooden chair in the area they were playing in. While putting sticks around it and covering it with curtains, they came up with the idea of building a … Pirate ship!


The final step was to put a flag on the ship:

Pirate ship is ready:

Once the children started to focus on a project, we saw them work and play collaboratively, using their imagination, previous knowledge and experience. Some playmates were familiar with each other, and others were becoming new friends.  Playing together and learning from each other helps children to connect to each other.

Yours in Learning,

The Pre-K team




Who We Are Unit of Inquiry

Who We Are

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.  The 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. Arrange some play dates for your child, helping him/her to develop skills at making and negotiating friendships.
  5. Share any stories with your child of times that you have learned something new – demonstrating that you have flexible thinking and resilience.
  6. 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


Goal Setting Conference Homework for Families

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 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 10th. 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


The First Forest Walk

Dear Parents,

The First Forest Walk this Wednesday was a great success! We were extremely lucky with the weather. Students were all well equipped and enthusiastic to go.

In the forest children explored new places, tried new things and made new friends.

“I liked playing in the forest!”

” We found a zombi spider. They don’t walk they jump.It was funny when it was walking and jumping.”

“I found the slug. It was tickling me!”

“I loved to make the trap and the house!”

“Jumping was fun. Because I even touched the ground with my nose!”

“I liked jumping, because I all the time falling down.”

“Me got stick and this, this, break it. And it brake.”

“It’s nature!”

Going to the forest every week helps students nurture harmony and balance which in turn leads to happiness. Nature engages mind, body and spirit, which helps the child grow into a whole being. It’s all about the process of learning!

Sit back and enjoy the video if you wish to experience the excitement of the forest walk with us.

More Forest Learning Adventures await for us in the year ahead!

Have a wonderful weekend everyone and try to find some time to get closer to nature!

The Pre-K Team

First Updates

Dear Pre-K Parents,

We have reached the end of our second week of school, and the children are settling in beautifully. Students are getting used to transitions, sitting on a carpet at circle time, cleaning up and sharing toys and materials with others.

While working on our Pre-K norms of behavior (The Pre-K agreement) we decided that everyone has a right for FUN and LOVE in school. Therefore, we all agreed on giving Deep Fun and Deep Love to friends.

Deep Fun is when you play together and share and it is fun for everyone. Cheap Fun (the one we don’t like) is when people grab toys from each other; when you have fun but the other person isn’t (someone falls down or makes a mistake  and you laugh).

Deep Love – is being kind to your friends, inviting everyone to play with you and love the person for who they are. Cheap Love-Telling someone they can’t play with you, they are not your friend or they can only be your friends if they give you something.

Please, let your child explain the concepts at home and practice with his/her siblings.

Important Info:

Full days  – Classes are open at 8:25 (9:10 on Wednesday) and Dismissal is at 3:20-25

Lunch –  Please follow the link send by the ES office to order lunches for your child for the upcoming week.

Quiet time Gear – please send in a small blanket and a small pillow for your child to feel comfortable (if you haven’t done so yet). If your child wants to have a small special sleeping buddy to keep in class you are welcome to send it in as well.

Extra Clothes – Please make sure you send a set of extra clothes to school. (Including socks and underwear!!!)

Labeling – Please label all the clothing items your child wears/brings to school. It is impossible to keep track of uniformed pieces 🙂

Next week starts with DAY 4

Wednesday (DAY 6) First Forest Walk starts this week –  please make sure to check the weather in the morning and dress your child accordingly. We would suggest wearing long pants and high socks on the day to make it easier to protect your child from ticks, mosquitoes and stinging-nettle. Rain boots are advised for those students who like to play in the mud 🙂

It’s been a great start of the year full of learning!

Have a great weekend,

The Pre-K Team

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Best wishes for the new school year,

The Pre-K Team


Dear Parents,

On Tuesday, June 11th, if the weather permits, we are going to take the children camping in the forest!  This is a whole day spent out in the woods, walking to new spaces in the forest and making the fire if we a lucky to get to a spot where we are allowed to, learning how to set up a tent and spending ‘quiet time’ inside with our friends, even though I know it will never be quiet!

Children will need to have snacks and lunches packed for the forest, water bottle and appropriate clothing. If you’ve ordered school lunches already we will cancel them for you… so don’t worry.

Friday, June 14th is Sports day!  Please dress the children with hats and put on sun cream.  The children will be outside for a couple of hours in the morning.

Our Pre-K Party will be held Tuesday, June 18th in the forest.

Thursday, June 20th is the last day at school.  This is only a half day with dismissal at noon. You are welcome to come to the end of year closing ceremony held in the North Gym starting at 11:00.  Your child can be picked up from our classroom at 12:00.

We would like to finish the year as a full class, although if your child will be leaving school early for holidays, please let us know so that we can be sure to send home his/her portfolio and all other things.
Let me know if you have any questions!
Hope you are all well,

Support Staff Appreciation Lunch

Dear Families,

On Thursday, June 13th, the Elementary School will host our annual Support Staff Appreciation Lunch to show thanks to those in our community whose important work often occurs behind the scenes. The guests of this lunch are not teachers. They are employees of AAS who support our efforts in the classroom, from the drivers who bring your children to school, to the cleaning staff who ensure the school is neat and tidy.

The success of this event is directly dependent on the food donations from each family at each grade level, but a little donation by all will send a big message to our support staff. Below is a list of classes and food items each family is asked to bring. Each food contribution should serve 6-8 portions. Please label your serving dishes (each part) and utensils so we can ensure they are returned to you.

Class and Item:

  • Pre-Kindergarten – Individually wrapped chocolates
  • Kindergarten – Fresh Bread such as rolls, buns or baguettes
  • Grade 1 – Cakes, Cookies, Cupcakes Pastries
  • Grade 2 – Savories (for example spring rolls or other finger-foods)
  • Grade 3 – Sliced Fresh Fruits Vegetable plates and dip
  • Grade 4 – Salads: Pasta, Garden, Greek, Potato, Coleslaw or other
  • Grade 5 – Sliced cheeses or meats (deli style)

Please bring the above items on the morning of June 13th, with the exception of Pre-K who can bring any time from June 10-13th. .

Warm regards,

Laurie Bartels

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