It's time for Share a Snack again and it's SUSHI this time! (No raw fish served) Luca's mom Miki and Maddy's mom Minyoung brought all kinds of things to go along with rice and seaweed: eggs, ham, cucumbers, and carrots. What a delightful experience it must be to try and roll your very own sushi! Very tasty! Thank you, moms.
For the last couple of days HKA had the honor of welcoming a renowned educator and expert on teaching writing to students Carl Anderson! Following a day of presentations and workshops with the teachers, he also was able to come into the classrooms to conduct model lessons on writing. And today he worked with our 1ai students showing teachers how to help them improve their writing. It was a very valuable experience for both students and teachers. Thank you, Mr. Anderson
The Chinese tradition of celebrating Mid-Autumn Festival always brings lots of joy to everyone. Parents and G5 students did a great job organizing stations and games for the children including everyone's favorites mooncakes and lanterns. G1 students had an absolute blast!
This week's Mystery Reader was Harley's mom Alena. She brought an amazing book called 'Library Lion'. Harley was really surprised to see his mom coming and was very happy! The most exciting part of reading this book was to 'ROAR' out loud like a lion!
At the end as we had more time, our Mystery Reader read us two more classroom books: 'How do dinosaurs go to school?' and 'Leo the late bloomer'. Thank you, Alena.
Monday, September 21st marks the 2015 Peace One Day! POD is observed every year, and it serves as a day of global ceasefire, for further information please check-out peaceoneday.org.
In light of the Peace One Day 1ai students looked closely at the age appropriate peace books and discussed that the meaning of peace is being calm, quiet, laughing, having friends, helping others, reading books, ... ... To reflect on their learning students created a class Peace Book where they shared their ideas of what peace means to them.
What a delightful fruity snack it was today!!! Such a world of colors and vitamins! Thanks to Chiara's mom Diana, the students were enjoying using the cookie cutters to create all kinds of fruit shapes and combinations out of watermelon, honeymelon, dragon fruit, blueberries, grapes and more... What a healthy and fun snack! Thank you, Diana.
What a surprise we all had when suddenly a Mystery Reader walked into the classroom this morning! And he was also our first Dad! Laurence, Scarlett's father, brought a fascinating book called 'Ripple's Effect' by Shawn and Amy Blankson. The students were all ears listening very intently and reflecting on the book at the end. Thank you, Mystery Reader.
More dads are welcome!
The next step in our unit of inquiry (Who We Are) is examining the good and positive behaviors. We have started to read a book "How to behave and why" by Munro Leaf and it produced a vigorous discussion on how to be good. The students shared lots of examples of what to do and how to behave to be a good friend.