In Mongolia each year, they have a special festival called the Nadaam Festival which has horse racing, archery, and wresting. Naturally, horse racing was the best idea for Falcon Class. Everyone was the winner!
Falcons loved being astronauts! Students had the choice of Solar System projects they could work on. We talked about the characteristics of the 8 planets and the new planets that NASA just found. We used the tablets to go on a mission to the space station, we talked about gravity and how planets orbit the sun. We made a Huston control center and discussed the launch center in Florida. The Falcons made space ice cream, a space rocket, helmets, and jet packs. The last day we used our left over Oreos to learn about the phases of the moon.
Falcon Class make the best zoologists! We continue to explore what we want to do when we grow up and what can make, create, design, and invent? First, we discussed all the different types of animals (wild and domestic) and the animals we see in the zoo or at our house. After discussing all these animals, the students got to choose which one they wanted to study. We had 8 questions to answer. Where does it live? (continent or country) What does it eat? (carnivore or herbivore) Why is it special? What is its habitat? (desert, grassland, arctic) How big is it? It is it a predator or prey? Does it use camouflage? What is its skin like? Then, the students worked in groups to create the habitats, and answer the other questions. We then had an Animal safari to use our counting and tallying skills. At the end of our safari we had animal crackers and milk to celebrate.
While we were learning about what architects do, we were exploring how to answer the questions: What do I want to do when I grow up? What can I create, invent, make, or design? How can I solve problems? First, we discussed all the different kinds of buildings and places around Doha. Then, the students had to work in groups to plan out what they would build. We talked about how architects make plans called blue prints to help the construction workers know what to build. Next, we used boxes and many different supplies to help us create Doha. We also made pasta sculptures (that I just sent home). And lastly we did an Oreo building challenge. The students had to use many different kinds of blocks to see if they could get an Oreo to balance on top. When it did, they could eat their Oreos (each child got 4). They had milk to go with the cookies so we could talk about the concept of full and empty.
The first song is Where do you start your letters? This is to help us understand where to write in the 3 lines. Capital letters start at the top, while lower case letter start in the middle, and we stop at the bottom. The second video is Don't Give Up, is to help us understand that we have to keep trying when things get hard and that practice helps us do things better. Please try to help your children learn how to open their own snacks and bags, and zip up sweatshirts and tie shoe laces. I know it is sometimes easier to do it for your child, but they don't learn how to do things for themselves. All we have to do is give them a little time.
The White Falcons made up a story using toys and objects from class, and then took photographs to tell the following story.
One Day the Brachiosaurus is asleep and when he woke up the Triceratops came. They are friends, and then the Cheetah came over to visit the Brachiosaurus and Triceratops. And the Brachiosaurus, Triceratops, and Cheetah went for a walk. And the Anklyosaurs came to the snow (the lights) and play. And the dinosaurs came to have a party. The End.
As a part of our discussion for our Big Idea: What Can I Do? We have been exploring what we can do physically, as well as what we can do with our brains. Can we do flips? Yes we can!
We had a blast for our fun Thursday activities. We made lemonade and used colors to mix a beautiful design in our cakes. We wanted to see what we were best at making. While the students loved the lemonade, they voted the cake as the thing we make the best.
We had so much fun on Thursday. We first had to fill eggs with primary or secondary colors. Each student had an egg with their name on it and they chose which color they wanted and then had to mix it inside the egg. Then, we talked about an artist named Jackson Pollack and how he would do big splatter paintings. Next, we went outside to the playground to throw the eggs and colors on a canvas to create our magnificent painting!
A little about us...
Greetings! Welcome to KG2 Falcons class page. I am Renee Koval class teacher from America. I have been teaching internationally for almost 10 years. I have taught in Prague, Czech Republic; Seoul, South Korea; Moscow, Russia, and I am on my third year at EMS. Ms. Jonna my teaching partner is from the Philippines and has been working at EMS for 6 years.Together we are a creative team that is committed to creating a loving and safe learning environment.