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A Collection of News, Events, Updates, and Reflections from Appletree International School

In This Issue Special Events:

January 2014 Issue № 1 Unicode: U+2116, UTF-8: E2 84 96

In This Issue Insights:

Review of events from the past month

Articles on child education and development

Teacher’s Desk:

Parents & Kids Corner:

News, pictures, reminders, teacher bios, quotes, and what your child has been up to in class this month

Interactive parent & child activities

Contact:

Contact Appletree and find us online!

Message From the School: Hello Parents! This is the first edition of the monthly e-newsletter we will be sending out to keep you informed and up-to-date about the exciting things that are happening in our programs. We have a really lovely group of passionate and dedicated teachers who will be contributing to this resource with glimpses into what’s happening in the classroom, student activities, as well as their own observations and perspectives about the delight they take in working with your children. We so look forward to spending the rest of the year educating and enriching your child and developing their morals, self-awareness, and academics. We’re honored to be leading such a talented, sweet group of children and thank you for entrusting us with the care of your most important possession in life. ~ Appletree International School Staff & Faculty

Upcoming Events! ✧ Friday February 14th is Meak Bochea Day! ✧ Friday February 14th is also Valentines Day! ✧ We will have no school on Friday, February 14.


Appletree International School Newsletter

Issue â„– 1 | January 2014

Special Events: A Morning with Manulife: Exciting Collaborative Event with a Supportive Partner

On Saturday, January 25 Appletree facilitated a special event; a first of its kind in Phnom Penh. The school worked with insurance corporation Manulife to host a workshop for the benefit of parents, family, and guardians. The workshop focused on parenting and offered progressive perspectives on up-andcoming researched based child rearing strategies. Manulife fully endorses their support for Appletree International School, based especially on its dynamic and unique philosophies regarding education and pedagogy, along with its vision for the future. The event was a great success, and we would like to give our deepest thanks to Manulife, all attendees, and everyone who helped make it such wonderful presentation and experience.

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Teacher’s Desk: Nursery: Ms. Christina’s Panda Class

Parent Notes: Please remember to take all of the checked homework and class work sent back on Friday out of the homework folder and keep it at home, please do not return it on Monday. Thank you so much!

Panda Press: What We’ve Done This Month! This month the class focused on transitioning to their new classroom and new lead teacher with the theme “Getting to Know You”. Christina took this time to observe the unique individual needs of each child and understand their personalities in order to best serve each one. Aside from socialization and forming new relationships, here is a recap of just some of the things we learned: Creativity – learning new songs during circle time and making 3 crafts to celebrate the Chinese New Year. Language – Letter and phonetic identification and writing with a focus on letters A and B. Math – Numbers 1 – 10 and sorting objects into groups. Physical Activity – Dancing, kicking a ball, and learning to hop. Science: Discussing weather, understanding hot and cold.

Teacher Bio:

Christina DeCusati originally hails from the US and has lived in states all over the country. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology with a minor in Early Childhood Education, and received her TESOL certification through Paññāsāstra University of Cambodia in 2008. Christina spent the past 11 years working with children in a wide variety of capacities ranging from accredited daycare centers to mental health facilities. She is an avid traveler and has also lived in Vietnam and Thailand, spending her time teaching English and volunteering in 7 shelters and orphanages throughout Southeast Asia. In her spare time she loves to read, watch independent films and documentaries, and play with her puppy, Ruby. Her dream is to see a world with more humanitarians and less religion.

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Issue № 1 | January 2014

Teacher’s Desk: Pre-school: Ms. Fabiana’s Rabbit Class

Happy students preparing the Chinese New Year making lamps with colored paper.

The students are painting a sea image with watercolors.

Rabbit Review: What We’ve Done This Month! This month we have centered on providing our students with more linguistic tools to express themselves. We have worked with expressions of emotions and verbalizing complete ideas. This means that we are teaching them to convey full ideas (sentences) and not just words. Games and playing are present every day as a way to learn new skills and make the language acquisition process more enjoyable, fun and natural. In the belief that art is another form of communication, we have been producing paintings and drawings using different techniques. At this age, it is important for children to get used to handle different kinds of tools: brushes, pencils, spoons, scissors under supervision, erasers, etc. We have also stressed the importance of the snack time as a socializing opportunity and a time for the children to speak among themselves, share, enjoy food and at the end, dispose of the packaging in the paper bin. More to come in February! HAPPY CHINESE NEW YEAR TO THE BIG APPLE TREE FAMILY !!!

Teacher Bio:

Fabiana has been an English teacher for over 15 years. Born in Uruguay, South America she has lived in the United Kingdom, Spain, Brazil and Canada. Fabiana is a certified Teacher of English for Speakers of Other Languages by the London Trinity College of Arts and Music in the United Kingdom and holds two post- graduation degrees in Education and Management of Educational Centres by Universidad ORT Uruguay and Harvard University, School of Education. Besides, she has a Licentiate Degree in International Businesses and Integration by the Catholic University - Uruguay and has followed postgraduation studies in Conflict Resolution and Global Governance at the University of Waterloo, Canada. She loves arts, fencing, history and sailing. Over the years, she has worked as a volunteer to a number of organizations, such as: The Lions Club, Red Cross and Unicef in her country of origin. Fabiana’s dream is to live in a more equal world where, at birth, every child in the world has the same life chances.

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Issue № 1 | January 2014

Teacher’s Desk: Pre-K: Ms. Justina’s Kangaroo Class

Kangaroo Knowledge: What We’ve Done This Month! After thorough review of the alphabet letters and their sounds, we started to learn new words with the short “a” sound. For example: cat, ant, yak, ax, can, etc. Counting objects in the classroom helped kids to work with a larger set of numbers as well as count backwards from 20 to 1. Another happy lesson we enjoyed this month was about family. We used family photographs to discuss the names of family members. Those students that didn't bring photographs drew their families on the white board and it was fun to discover that fathers are always tall and mothers are always beautiful. They were introduced to the map of the globe in order to explore continents and their country of origin. Now they are capable of remembering that Cambodia is in Asia and to find it in the world map. We worked with illustrations of animals to introduce them to the continents as well as well as blue color as the mark of the ocean and green as the mark of the continent. We used nouns (objects) they are familiar with to teach new concepts and ideas. February will be an exciting month as we will be discovering the natural world.

Teacher Bio: Justina was born in Lithuania, one of the Baltic countries in Eastern Europe. After graduating from Vilnius University as a Bachelor in Ethnology (specialized in the Asian region), she lived in India and Iceland. She has worked for the Indian/Baltic Chamber of Commerce and Asian Countries Chamber of Commerce, besides she got involved with the NGO “Seeds Iceland”, where she worked as a teacher training groups to acquire social and communication skills. “Seeds Iceland” works with youth development, social and cultural interaction issues. Justina is passionate about other cultures, languages and how different societies relate to each other. She believes that living and working in foreign countries helps broaden horizons and that results in positive impacts on our own countries. Her dream is to add Khmer to the list of Asian languages she has studied (Hindi and Sanskrit).

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Issue № 1 | January 2014

Insights

The Latest Developments in Child & Education Research From the series “Your Brain At Work” by David Rock No. 1: As freedom wanes in children, so does creativity. We live in a world obsessed with data. Applying this trend to education may be having unintended consequences, creating an obsession with following the rules, with getting the answers right, and with reducing children’s capacity to think freely. Researchers wonder if this trend may be partly to blame for the decline in creativity among American children over the last few decades. This should raise concern in the business world, where creativity is an important driving force for innovation and problem solving. There are also very strong links between creativity and success in life.

This Month: Highlights from “5 Big Parenting Discoveries of 2012” by Psychology Today

No. 2: Overly coddled children can grow into incompetent adults. When kids are praised for everything No. 4: Parents misread and told they are 'special' it does two their child’s emotional things: reduces their desire to put in cues. A team led by Kristin effort and reduces their ability to selfLagattuta has uncovered regulate since they do not challenge evidence suggesting that not themselves. Self-regulation is a central only do parents underestimate player in whether people succeed or not. their children’s worry levels, No. 3: Fostering delinquency in our young by being too controlling.

but they overestimate their optimism levels as well.

…Continued: There are three major styles of parenting: Authoritative parents are demanding and controlling, but also warm and receptive. They want their children to work independently, but hold high expectations for them as well. Permissive/Indulgent parents are warm and receptive to their children's needs, while making relatively few demands upon their children. Authoritarian parents have a harsh approach to child-rearing. These types of parents are more concerned with raising obedient, discipline children - which might sound okay at face value, but this style is more likely to raise disrespectful, delinquent children who do not see them as legitimate authority, according to new studies from University of New Hampshire. No. 5: Ability to joke and have fun. Researcher Elena Hoicka, Ph.D., believes parents who joke and pretend with their toddlers help them develop life skills. “Parents, care givers, and early years educators shouldn’t underestimate the importance of interacting with young children through jokes and pretending. By spending more time with your children, confidence levels of both the parents and the child are heightened as well.”

*Extracted from Psychology Today for the sole purpose of information.

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Issue â„– 1 | January 2014

Parents and Kids Corner:

Kids really love routine and following a set schedule; because it helps them know what to expect every day. Making and following a morning and night routine will make your child more comfortable and lessen chaos during these times of transition. Here are some examples of a typical morning and nighttime routine:

Help Your Child Learn!

Below is a fun educational activity you can do together with your child.

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Issue № 1 | January 2014

All About Appletree:

Contact Information and links to our Facebook page, Youtube videos, and website.

Here at Appletree, we provide a caring and safe educational environment where students develop positive traits while growing intellectually and socially. It is our desire to make our school a fertile ground for students to explore and investigate their curiosity. In everything we do, our focus is to promote and nurture their character and creativity. Our teaching is inspired by the curriculum framework of the Primary Year Program (PYP) of the International Baccalaureate Organisation, one of the most prestigious educational bodies in the world. The PYP curriculum framework focuses on the holistic growth of the child, developing hearts as well as minds and responding to social, physical and emotional needs in addition to academic excellence. We also know young children learn better through play, which is why we incorporate Playful Learning system of LEGO Education; a fun and hands-on preschool learning system known for its effectiveness in enhancing creativity and ability to problem solve. If you have not already, we welcome you and your family to find out more about our programs and how together we can create an enjoyable and fruitful learning experience. Call today to schedule an appointment.

Where is Appletree Located?

Building #426, Street 271 (Opposite Preah Kossamak Hospital), Phnom Penh, Cambodia ©Christina DeCusati with Appletree International School

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