Independent Writing Rooms of the House Project (2017)


Dear ep1 red VCIS parents and guardians,

This is week 17 for all of the pupils on the English programme here at Varee Chiangmai International School.

The children of ep1 red have recently completed their UNIT 4 English language project about the rooms of a house.

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The works you see below were produced independently without assistance from me.

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I hope you enjoy the images.

Kind regards…teacher Chaz.



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Practical Introduction to Estimating and Measuring Length (EP1 Red 2017)


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Dear ep1 red VCIS parents and guardians,

Currently in Maths the ep1 red children here at Varee Chiangmai International School are learning about measuring, specifically measuring length.

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The children were asked to carry out a double activity which first consisted of them reading a worksheet and then measuring certain items which they possessed.

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Secondly the children then went on to a slightly different activity which initially required them to estimate 5 classroom things. These 5 items were decided by the children themselves by taking a class vote.

The concept of estimating is a very important one in maths because it allows the children to essentially hypothesise, or make pre conceived judgments about the answers to the questions they require. 

This is a skill which they will apply in mathematics and indeed science for the rest of their lives. The more they are able to estimate in various activities the better they will become in getting closer to the actual measurement.

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With estimating it is important that the children have first had experience actually measuring items in centimetres as this allows the children to acquire the concept of a particular unit of  measurement, in this case centimetres.

Once the children had estimated and written down the lengths of what they thought their items would be in centimetres, they then went on to actually measure them with a ruler and then compare to see if their initial estimates were close to their actual measurements.

As the weeks progress in ep1 red the children will use millimetres (mm) along with centimetres (cm) to estimate and measure with.

The next unit after measuring length and height will be measuring weight and finally measuring capacity.

I hope you enjoy the images!

Kind regards…Teacher Chaz.

 

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ESTIMATING THEIR CLASSROOM THINGS BY VISUALISING

ACTUAL MEASUREMENTS

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EP1 Red Pupils’ Portraits 2017-2018


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Dear ep1 red VCIS parents and guardians,

Recently the children of ep1 red here at Varee Chiangmai International School created their own portraits.

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Unfortunately the photographs of each pupil outside of our classroom have faded in the direct sunlight so we decided to make our very own.

Personally I feel that the portraits the children have produced are amazing and much better than the original photos and what is more, they will not fade.

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Please feel free to see your child’s work outside of the ep1 red classroom.

I hope you enjoy the images!

Kind regards…Teacher Chaz.



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Whole Class Participation Mini Whiteboard Reading Game (2017)


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Dear ep1 red VCIS parents and guardians,

This particular activity applies the use of the invaluable mini whiteboards which, in my humble opinion are one of the most simple, effective and versatile educational tools an EFL teacher has for very young learners.

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The basic goal of this exercise is to find and write the page number of the passage being read out. Time is of the essence so the children have to skim read the text by memorising and retrieving certain key words they hear.

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EP1 Red’s Current Reading Book

The children in ep1 red are only 5, 6 and 7 years of age and for many of them it is their first real exposure to the English language in an academic context.

They have been in ep1 red for only 13 weeks now.

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For this activity to be helpful the children must already be familiar with the text they are asked to read.

There are a multitude of skills which are being utilised and enhanced in this particular activity. Such as skim reading, reading, working memory, listening, writing, numeral writing to mention but a few.

As you can see ALL of the children are ACTIVE participants and enjoy this exercise immensely.

I hope you enjoy the YouTube video!

Thank you…Teacher Chaz






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EP1 Red Number Words and Numerals 1 to 20 Activity (July 2017)


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Dear ep1 red VCIS parents and guardians,

The objective of this simple yet effective activity is to aid and enhance recognition between the number words from 11 to 20 and the corresponding numerals.

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First the children were given a worksheet which had 10 sections on the left and also the right. The children wrote down the numbers from 11 to 20 on one side including small corresponding images. On the other side the children wrote down the number words.

They were able to refer to the whiteboard for the spelling of the number words.

The children then cut up the 20 segments and mixed them up and turned each segment upside down.

When each child was ready they were given 1 minute to quickly move to another desk, turnover the 20 segments and rearrange and pair them correctly.

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This activity was carried out several times in one lesson where each child moved to a different desk each time.

This simple game can also be played in pairs or individually.

The key to EFL activities for young learners I feel, is that they should be quick, simple and engaging and should also employ a variety of skills.

I hope you enjoy the images and the YouTube video.

Thank you…Teacher Chaz.




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EP1 Red Body Parts and Clothes Group Work (VCIS 2017)


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Dear ep1 red VCIS parents and guardians,

Yesterday the children of ep1 red here at Varee Chiangmai International School were involved in a fun group activity.

This was an integrated activity which involved the children applying what they had learnt in Career and Technology, specifically clothes and also Health, specifically the parts of the body.

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Each child in their groups chose who would be drawn around, who would draw around the chosen pupil, they also discussed what type of clothing they would like to draw and who would draw that type of clothing. Finally the children also decided between themselves, who would label which body parts.

This is a simple yet extremely fun example of group learning in ep1 red.

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Very little intervention, direction or assistance was required by me, which is a great indication that the children understand my instructions in English, are able to communicate amongst themselves in English and also understand the importance of working together in order to achieve the same goals.

I hope you enjoy the images!

Kind regards…Teacher Chaz.

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EP1 Red Little Red Hen Story Map (June 2017)


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Dear ep1 red VCIS parents and guardians,

Very recently the children of ep1 red here at Varee Chiangmai International School produced beautiful story maps of their current reading book Little Red Hen.

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This is their second attempt at this particular activity however, this time with a different book and all of the ep1 red children have been extremely successful.

The children were given 6 random sentences from their reading book which were displayed on the interactive whiteboard.

The children then had to find the correct order in which the sentences occurred and write them into their story maps and then draw the appropriate illustrations.

Finally the children went on to colour their drawings.

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This activity applies the use of a multitude of skills and enhances a range of abilities namely reading, writing, working memory, sentence structure, punctuation, grammar,  skim reading, numbers, illustrating and sequencing to mention only but a few.



Please note that to L1 learners (English as a first language learners) this activity may seem simple however it is quite sophisticated and challenging for L2 learners (English as a  second language).

Just eight weeks a go the majority of the children in ep1 red did not possess any understanding of the English language whatsoever, including speaking, reading and letter formation.

All of the instruction and guidance the children have received has always been in English.

The children’s learning has been immense since they started on the English programme and will continue to progress rapidly.




I am extremely proud of the progress of all of my pupils.

I hope you enjoy the images.

Kind regards…Teacher Chaz.



CORRECT STORY SEQUENCE

1. Will you help me plant the wheat? (page 6)

2.Will you help me cut the wheat? (page 10)

3.Will you help me make the flour? (page 14)

4.Will you help me eat the bread? (page 22)

5.Yes said the rat the cat and the dog. (page 24)

6.No said Little Red Hen. I will eat it all by myself. (page 26)



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EP1 Red The Ugly Duckling Story Map (June 2017)


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Very recently the children of ep1 red here at Varee Chiangmai International School produced beautiful story maps of their current reading book The Ugly Ducking.

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The children were given 6 random sentences from their reading book which were displayed on the interactive whiteboard.

The children then had to find the correct order in which the sentences occurred and write them into their story maps and then draw the appropriate illustrations.

Finally the children went on to colour their drawings.

Most of the children were able to do this activity.

For those children who did not get it right their first time, will get better at it in the future.

The key I feel to young learners esl activities is repeated attempts at similar if not the same activities.

This activity can be made more challenging by adding more random sentences from the book in question and by in turn adding more boxes to the worksheet.

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As the children progress on wards through their first year of learning on the English Programme, I am certain that you will see at first hand, great improvements in their English language ability and fluency.

I hope you enjoy the images of the children’s work.

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Please feel free to view them personally outside of our classroom amongst other works.

As always I am here to help you so if you have any questions or comments please approach me at any time.

Thank you…Teacher Chaz.




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EP1 Red Outside Our Classroom June 2017


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Dear ep1 red VCIS parents and guardians,

The children of ep1 red here at Varee Chiangmai International School, have worked exceptionally hard these first 5 weeks of the new academic year.

It has been a huge step up from their learning in Kindergarten and I am extremely proud of their progress.

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The images below show the different types of Art work my pupil’s have produced independently, since they started their learning in my class.

The work outside of my classroom will change on a trimonthly basis and will focus on a specific subject area.

I hope you enjoy the images.

Please feel very welcome to view the beautiful Art pieces yourself.

My kindest regards…Teacher Chaz.





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EP1 Red 3D Bicoloured Hands (2017)


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Below are a few images of the children of ep1 red here at Varee Chiangmai International School creating beautiful pieces of art works.

Currently the ep1 red children are learning about different types of lines and shapes in their Art classes.

All of the children in my class are extremely talented and I am very proud of them all!

I hope you enjoy the images.

Kind regards…Teacher Chaz.

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EP1 Red EDUCATION CITY (2017)


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Dear EP1 Red VCIS parents and guardians,

Below is the link to the EDUCATION CITY website for all EP1 pupils here at Varee Chiangmai International School.

Please click on it and save/bookmark it for future use.




https://ec1.educationcity.com/home




The USERNAME and PASSWORD for your child has been stuck into the front cover of the Varee Chiangmai School, ‘DAILY PLANNER’ book. (blue)

This is the big blue book which the daily homework is stuck into.



HOW TO LOGIN TO EDUCATION CITY

1. TOP your child must enter their USERNAME.

2. MIDDLE your child must enter their PASSWORD.

3. BOTTOM your child must enter THAILAND.

ED CITY LOGIN PAGE



4. Choose ENGLISH (green) MATHS (orange) or SCIENCE (blue).

SUBJECT SELECT PAGE



5. Click on GRADE 1.

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6. Click on ACTIVITIES (looks like a puzzle) and then choose a game.

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If the game is too challenging then the children should choose another which is easier.



If you have any questions then please feel welcome to e-mail me at chazc@varee.ac.th or alternatively speak to me personally.

Thank you…teacher Chaz.




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EP1 Red Semi Symmetrical Art (2017)


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Below are a few images of the children of ep1 red here at Varee Chiangmai International School, creating beautiful pieces of semi symmetrical art.

I am very proud of all of my pupils especially since this is only week 3 of the academic year and the children are only 5 years old!

I hope you enjoy the images!

Kind regards…Teacher Chaz.

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