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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

Pine Garden Biweekly News—March 15- March 26, 2010

松园双周报 Song Yuan Biweekly News—No.7 March 15- March 26, 2010 1st/2nd Grade Pine Garden Greeting Pine Garden families, The Pine Garden Biweekly review and planners are listed below: Language/ Geography/ Art While discussing the story about an immigrant family, the students were all being very insightful and provided some in-depth viewpoints, such as ” Look! the father seems not be able to speak their language so he looks stressed-out.” and ” He doesn’t know how to eat those food because they look different from the food in his country.” or ” I guess there is a war happening in his old country so there are no people on the street.” The class ended up having a discussion talking about their own family and wanted to go home and figure out how many people in their family had actually moved from one country to another. During the discussion, we learned and reviewed some countries and the seven continents and the students mentioned where their family and relatives are staying or are from. We have been putting a globe in our main center and discussing about the directions and location: 北美洲/North America, 南美洲/South America, 欧洲/Europe, 亚洲/Asia, 非洲/Africa, 南极洲/Antarctica, 大洋洲/Oceania, and 东/ East, 西/ West, 南/ South, 北/ North. Also, we have been practicing writing journals everyday, and have started with 今天的天气是…/ The weather today is…. and 我今天觉得…../ I feel…. today. Math We are learning how to make a certain amount of money in various ways by playing games and pair- practicing to get more ideas. In the meantime, we are still practicing two- digit subtraction and addition in class. Social Studies/Art...

Panda Bear Newsletter – April 15, 2010

Dear Panda Bear Families, Language: After picking up seeds from the park, we discussed the many different kinds. From the docent, Miss Shu of Tilden Botanical Garden, we realized that leaves have a lot of different shapes. We had objects that we can compare such as “针叶(pine needles)” which are long and brown and grow mostly in cold areas, “阔叶”which are wild and grow mostly in warm areas. We also explored several different trees so that children really see the different shapes. In addition, children were great investigators and raised many educational questions about trees. Math: We had a game where we sorted the seeds we collected at the park by colors and shapes. Art: We are finishing our four season trees. We also made a big thank you card for Miss Shu to show our appreciation for the knowledge she shared. Science: We discussed what a seed needs in order to sprout and grow. The children came up with dirt, sun, and water. After the discussion, each child decorated a Styrofoam cup and planted some basil seeds. They put it in front of the window and have been watering their own plant each morning. After the basil started to sprout, each child was given their plant to take home. Please feel free to re-pot and use the basil for any of your cooking needs. Music & body movement & social study: (If I were a tree?) Close your eyes and think about whatever seed you want to be. Think about how “you” would grow up, how your branches look like, how your leaves, fruit, flowers grow, and think...

Winnie Bear Newsletter – April 15, 2010

Dear Winnie Bear Families, In addition, to continuing our “Tree” unit, the past two weeks have been filled with special activities. On Thursday, April 1st, we had a whole school egg hunt. On Tuesday, April 6th, Shu Wen, a docent from the Tilden Botanical Garden came in to speak with us about some native trees and plants. She brought in some leaf samples and growing trees for us to see. On Thursday, April 8th, Chris Lin, the author of “Mandy and Pandy” came in to share his stories with the whole school. The children all seemed to really enjoy all three activities. =) Language: Vocabulary Below is a list of theme specific vocabulary words that have been introduced: 1.Easter – 复活节(fu huo jie) 2.Maple Tree – 枫树(feng shu) 3.Squirrel – 松鼠(song shu) 4.Bird – 鸟(niao) 5.Butterfly – 蝴蝶(hu die) 6.Caterpillar – 毛毛虫(mao mao chong) 7.Monkey – 猴子(hou zi) Reading: Stories We continued to read a few books on how plants grow and went through the different life stages of a growing seed. We have also been sharing books that children brought in from home that are related to our current theme. Art: What animals live in trees? / Easter Egg Trees After we discussed what kinds of animals live in trees, the children each made a tree and drew the animals they liked on their tree. We also made Easter egg trees. The children traced their hand and forearm to make the branches and tree trunk, and then they colored five different eggs and used them as leaves and put one egg on each finger. Science: Growing Basil We...

Panda Bears Newsletter – March 26, 2010

No.10 Panda Bear Newsletter March 15-26, 2010 Dear Panda Bear Parents, Language: By looking at the trunk poster, what are we missing? We discussed what is missing on the poster. Branches(树枝), leaves(叶子), flowers(花), fruit(水果), blossom(花苞), roots(树根). After learning the different parts of a tree, we put all the things on a trunk poster and we finally can see how a tree looks. What about the trees during the four seasons? By observing the tree in the yard, we found out that the leaves are coming out little by little. It’s spring time. What are the different types of trees in different seasons? We came up with ideas and finished a sample of four trees in four seasons. Art: 1. We formed groups of 4 and picked up the things that we think are needed for a tree from the yard. We had a big poster that had a trunk on it. Children needed to talk to others to finish decorating the tree. 2. When we visited the park, we made bark rubbings on paper using crayons. 3. We decorated our spring tree with pastel colors. Science: 1. Children found out that Crabs are changing shells. They are looking forward to seeing a new shell on Crab. 2. We planted lima beans after soaking them and watching them sprout in a cotton bag. We then transferred them to dirt bowls. 3. We placed the lima plants in three different places: a. Under the sun b. Under an artificial light source c. Covered with box We will discover what might happen when lima plants grow in three different places. Activities: 1....

March 31 – April 20 Kindergarten Planners

March 31 – April 20 Kindergarten Planners Our new theme is about 小小园丁/Little Gardener. Five weeks, from 3/29 to 5/7, are the total number of learning weeks for this unit. The subject will focus on Language, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, PSE, and the Arts. The central idea is about how plants and human lifestyles are interdependent. The inquiries are: * Worms and compost / 蚯蚓和堆肥 * A tiny seed / 一粒小种子 * What are our native plants? / 什么是原生种植物? * Yummy edible plants / 美味又可食用的植物 We would like to inquire about the growth process of plants and learn that plant and human lifestyles are interdependent. Here are my questions for the children to reflect upon: What is worm composting? How does the body of a red wiggler worm work? Why do plants need soil, water, and sun in order to survive? Why do we need plants? How do plants grow? Why are native plants important to their community? How do we properly take care of plants? What do you know about edible plants? Language: We will begin a new lesson next week—Lesson 5, 悄悄话 / Whispering. Children will learn new words, 子 (child), 也 (also, and, too), 雨 (rain), 悄 (quiet, sad, silent), 里 (inside), 话 (word, language, saying, speech), 说 (said). The children will also learn new vocabulary from our weekly inquiries: “Worms and compost” and “A tiny seed.” Math: We will start the chapter “Introduction to addition”. We will learn addition with manipulative numbers, number lines, math sentences, and math signs (plus signs, equal signs, etc.), story problems, adding groups of 10, ordinal numbers, recognizing and counting...