Always a fun and exciting day is International Day at ISM. Kids come in their national costumes and all flags of nationalities represented in the ES are ” unfurled”. The grade 2 parents organized 7 centers, each one representing a nationality, and within that center showcasing an element of their culture. There were games, crafts, dancing, music and food tasting. We all had a terrific time.
The whole grade 2 went on a field trip to Tzu Chi foundation . After watching some videos and listening to how the foundation started, we went to different stations which they have set up for us. It was very interesting to see this kind of organization exist in Metro Manila where caring for the environment is prioritized and many volunteers come in daily to help out. The kids were able to create some bracelets from recycled materials, play a recycling/sorting game, crash PET bottles and plant some seeds in their organic garden. Thanks to all the parents who came out with us.
Last Tuesday, all of grade two went over to the Gardenia Bread Factory for a field trip related to our unit on Sustainability and Production. We witnessed the bread making production line and watched a video explaining every process. The trip was both fun and educational as we learned first hand how wheat became bread. Another exciting part of the tour was being able to taste and buy some of the companies products. Thanks to all the moms who came with us to chaperon the groups.
Beans On Toast is the story of how beans are grown, harvested, manufactured, transported and delivered to the stores for people to buy. It also tells of how a family uses beans on toast for breakfast. The words are simple and the sentences are short. The illustrations are very good and helps explain the process well. After reading the book, the kids chose a partner and worked on making the story more interesting to read by adding lots of details, using time order words, using exciting adjectives and strong verbs. we plan to put our books in the CMC so that others may enjoy reading them.
As they say, visualizing is the sister to imagining. When we read, we create all these images in our head. The author takes us to places we have never been or may remind us of an experience we’ve had that’s similar and so we make strong connections to his story. Each reader can create a different picture in their head depending on how they interpret the author’s words. It is an important reading strategy that the students should practice all the time.