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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

Bamboo Garden News, June 8-12 2009

Dear parents, We took our photo in the end of year. Children were doing great trying to be patient and showing the best face in front of camera. They all did a great job. During this week, we took two days to evaluate all children for our end-year student report ready. Thank to all children for their cooperation. This week, we talked about farm animals. What farm animals eat, what farm animals benefit us and how the different animals sound. Language: story: farm animals Have you been to little farm? What do you see there? We shared a story having pictures. We saw hours, cow, goat, sheep, goose, duck, dog, cat, pig and so on. We discussed what they eat and how the benefit people? We could see it clearly from the pictures. We also create different sounds of animals. Music: 我家有个小农场 We had a new song about the farm animals. We created a lyrics by making a sound of animals. 一二三四五六七,一哎一哎唷,我有一个小农场呀,一哎一哎唷,我有 xx(animal- we changed everyday), xxx (the sound of the animal). 我有 xx(animal- we changed everyday), xxx (the sound of the animal). 我有 xx(animal- we changed everyday), xxx (the sound of the animal). 这是我的小动物呀,一哎一哎唷。 Body movement: We follow the music and whatever farm animals they try to be, we make sound of it. Science: 变大?变小? Bigger and bigger or smaller and smaller We had our growing toys in the water which were a shark and a castle. We have been observing what is changing. Children discovered that it was growing up and become bigger and bigger for about a week. This week, we took two of them out...

Bamboo Garden News, June 01-05, 2009

Important dates: 6/18 Last day of school, School party for all students 6/22 First day of Summer Camp Dear parents, One more week and we will finish our school year. After considering how to take care of the fish over the summer, we decided to have the water ready before next school year starts and to have new fish for the next school year. Instead of having new fish at the end of school year, we will have a “growing toy” shaped as a fish and castle. We will experiment with what is going to happen when we put them in the fish tank. Language: 雨靴里的麻雀 We talked about how birds fly. We talked about how they have babies and how they build their nests. Science: Fly! Fly! We had an experiment about how birds fly with cardboard shaped as a bird. We discovered that birds can move their wings so fast in order to fly and they can stay in the air while getting food. We also realized that the convenient airplane is an idea that came from flying birds. Art: 我的风筝 We made our own kite. We fly them when we play outside. Music: We continued singing our songs related to sea animals and birds. Activity: 老鹰捉小鸡 We played a game to end this inquiry named “An eagle catches chicks.” Pei was a chicken and all children were chicks. Feng Laoshi was an eagle. We sang our bird song and every time the song finished, an eagle tried to catch a chick which was left behind. Next week, We will move on to farm animals. What do...

Bamboo Garden News, May 25-29 2009

Dear parents, 1. Thank you for coming to pick up your half-time child on time. 2. As the head of school already announced, if you are interested in enrolling in the Mandarin immersion summer camp, please contact Ping or Jie. 3. Full-day children can bring animal-related books to share with us in the afternoon. This week, we talked about all animals in the bird category, including those which do not fly. Language: Are they birds? After we watched a video about the penguin, we discussed what animals are birds? There are “老鹰- eagle,猫头鹰-owl,鹦鹉-parrot,孔雀-peacock,天鹅-swan,啄木鸟-woodpecker”。What are their special characteristics, what do they usually eat and how do they usually move? Music: 飞呀飞呀 We have a new song about all the animals we learned about: “我是只小企鹅,飞呀飞,碰碰碰,自由自在,啄木鸟,咚咚咚,猫头鹰有大眼睛,飞呀飞呀,大老鹰来了。” Body movement: We sang our new song with our body movements. We also do morning exercise to imitate how animals move. Art: We imagine the color of the sky. The sky’s color changes in the morning, in the afternoon and at night. What are the different colors of the sky? We talked and made the sky color as a background. We also used a lot of different beautiful colors to make birds. Peipei posted them on the board, please come and take a look. Social studies: How do we take care of our fish? The children and I are learning how to create a better environment for the fish. We didn’t want to see the bad situation again and again. We decided to leave the water in the tank and have everything work for a week without any fish. After a week, we will see if...

Bamboo Garden News, May 18-22, 2009

Dear parents, Important note: 1. Thank you for signing up for Hot Lunch and for volunteering to eat with us. If your child signed up for hot lunch with a half-day schedule, please pick him/her up at 12:00 pm, or no later than 12:15 pm. Please understand that full-time children will be ready to nap at 12:15-12:30pm. 2. If you want to share your family pet with us, please let PeiPei know. We will arrange a time for you. Thanks. Many thanks to Sophie (Luca’s mom), Sherry (Miles’ mom), and James (Corbin’s dad) who came to the classroom to share with us about their pet. James told us how to take care of fish, so we all tried to be experts at raising fish. Language: WOW! We see a lot family pets! It was our pleasure to invite parents to share your experiences with all of us. We had Sophie (Luca’s mom) here to talk about their family pet, a cat named “Lulu.” Sophie and Luca told us how they take care of the cat, the cat’s habits, the cat’s favorite food and so on. Sherry (Miles’ mom) was here to share with us about a family pet, a lizard. Sherry and Miles shared how special the pet is, the daily routine of a lizard, what a lizard eats and so on. James and Corbin told us how we need to take care of our fish, what the air pump, heater, and light are for, and how important a responsibility it is to take good care of our classroom pet, fish. Music: We continued to practice our new song...

Bamboo Garden News May 11-15, 2009

Important dates: 5/19 (10:30am) A parent (Sophie – Luca’s mom) will share how they raise pet(s). 5/19 (6:30pm-8:30pm) Shu Ren parents conference and workshop. 5/25 Memorial Day. School closed. Dear parents, Many thanks to all parents who helped accompany us on our second field trip. I believe that children had a lot of fun watching the show. We also invited the fire department last Tuesday to show us how the water works, the inside of fire engine, and what kind of special clothes they use when they are on duty. The firefighter told us how to escape from a fire and what we shouldn’t do when we are in a fire. It was a very good experience for us and the children to have a chance to talk to firefighters. This week: Sea animals Language: A fish tank After we learned about most of the sea animals we normally see, we were happy to set up a fish tank. We talked about what fish need in the tank, including water, seaweed, stones, and so on. When we were trying to set up the tank, we found out that actually we need more things to keep fish alive in the tank, such as light (灯管), air pump (空气调节气), and a heater (暖管) and we also had fake seaweed. Music and body movement: 海底世界 We continued singing the songs about sea animals with body movement. Art: Our own fish tank! We used the shapes we learned to make a fish. On another day, we talked about the different colors in the sea, on the bottom, in the deep sea, and on...

Bamboo Garden News, May 04-08, 2009

Here is a message about the trip to the Julia Morgan theater on May 14th from the head of school: *Group A: Lead teacher: Kai (K teacher) Pre-k children: Miles, Mia, and Desmond Please arrive at Shu Ren by: 8:45am, May 14th (Please be here on time) Departure time (bus): 9:14am *Group B: Lead teacher: Meng-Pei One chaperon with two children: -Peter Imburg: Sophia, Monte -Heidi Tasker: Kieren, Deja -Christina Chang: Kai, Charlie -Meng Pei: Evelyn, Luca -Irene Shen: Michelle, Nicolas -John Palmer: Alexandra, Paige -Gloria Breeden: Corbin, Kimi (will confirm ASAP) Arrive at Shu Ren by: 8:45am, May 14th (please be here on time) Departure time(bus): 9:24am If you have any questions, please let me know. Thank you! Dear parents, Thanks to Sophie (Luca’s mom) and Megan (Kimi’s mom) for their future participation to share how their family raises pet(s). If you would like to participate to share how your family raises pet(s), please let me know and we can arrange the time for you. You will be greatly appreciated. Full-day children are welcome to bring books about animals. Language: How many kinds of animals do you know in the sea? Story: Way down deep in the deep blue sea. Animals are close to humans and even are good friends to us. We discussed if you were swimming in the sea, which friend would you like to meet in the deep blue sea? By reading a book, way down deep in the deep blue sea, we saw a lot of different sea animal friends. There are 水母,狮子鱼,海星,海葵,小丑鱼,龙虾,螃蟹,蝶鱼,海草,海豚,鲨鱼,海马。 We talked about how they move in the sea. Music: 海底世界...