Shu Ren International School
Berkeley, CA
Mandarin-English Immersion
Pre-K to 8th Grade
An IB World School
Berkeley, CA
Shu Ren International School
Berkeley, CA
info@shurenschool.org
510-841-8899
Mandarin-English Immersion
Pre-K to 8th Grade
An IB World School
Berkeley, CA
Shu Ren International School
Berkeley, CA
Mandarin-English Immersion
Pre-K to 8th Grade
An IB World School
Berkeley, CA

Bamboo Garden News, Oct. 20th-24th, 2008

Dear Bamboo Gardeners’ parents:
Thank you very much for always visiting our “bamboo garden” blog and giving me feedback. It encourages me a lot. First of all, I would like to welcome our new bamboo gardener, Paige, who is joining us on Tuesday and Thursday mornings. Secondly, I want to mention three things about our new classroom management:
1. When kids come into the classroom, the first thing they need to do is to put the colored card, which matches the color they will sit on at circle time,  in our little envelope. (They already know about this)
2. Thanks for always caring about your kids getting the reward everyday (stamps). The main purpose of doing that is to encourage kids to help them improve not only their Mandarin, but most importantly their self-discipline. Also they are expecting a little gift by gathering enough stamps. From this week, I will have a “traffic signal system” (green, yellow, red stamps). We will explain getting green stamps is great, yellow is good, and red is having enough space to improve. We always discuss the reasons for getting different stamps at the end of day. (It will work for both Full and Part- time kids.)
3. We will have our IB ten learner profiles evaluation paper everyday (inquirer, thinker, risk-taker, knowledgeable, communicator, principled, open-mind, caring, balanced, and reflective) to help kids with their weaknesses as well as encouraging their strengths. It is our goal to help kids grow up with the IB learner profiles.
4.Please remind  your full time kids to bring a book from home. Schedule:
Luca: Monday,  Wednesday
Kai: Tuesday, Thursday
Evelyn: Friday        (We will take turns every month)
Our hard work:
As our inquiry goes deeper, we learned what the functions are for our five features, hands and feet. We discovered more about the specific functions, see below:
(Music & body movement)
Songs: repeating the songs from last week. Added a new song: 小小眼睛 (small eyes)
Rhymes: repeating the rhymes from last week.
Story: The wonderful sound – 奇妙的声音(the wonderful sound), 大象的鼻子 (the nose of the elephant)
Oct. 20th: (ear- listen): After a short story, we had a little test if they could tell a sound was coming from the left or right ear with closed eyes. We made a “transitional phone” with two cups and a cotton line. (Science, Language)
Oct. 21st: (nose- smell): We also had a story about 大象的鼻子 (nose of the elephant). If your elephant didn’t have a nose, how many noses do you want to create for it or where you are going to place it. (Math, Art, Language)
Oct. 22nd: (mouth-eat): We had four foods, and we had a game to guess what we were eating without seeing the food. They smelled it first and guessed. Then we tried the taste after that. (Language)
Oct. 23rd: (Hair): By looking at other people who have long or short hair, how do we create our dream hair, different colors, different lengths, or “a lot” or “less” hair. (Math)
Oct. 24th: (Feet): How do you come to Shu Ren International school? I had a little story acted out with my two happy feet how I walked to Shu Ren on the map on a white board. Then, we made foot prints on a big poster showing how kids can walk from their house to Shu Ren international school.  (Language, Art)
Physical Education: We will have PE two times a week for 15 mins before free-play outdoors. Our group  activities will relate to our theme (my body), every Tuesday and Thursday from this week.
Social: The children are trying to learn “sharing” with new friends. They even tried to remind other kids that we need to share. Also, we are trying to communicate with each other if there is a conflict.

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