August 18, 2014
It is with great pleasure and excitement that I welcome your nursery kids to our class at The American School this 2014-2015 academic year. I am looking forward to each and every day exploring and learning with them. I am Lovely Joy A. Coloma from Manila, Philippines, this I my first year in teaching Nursery here at TAS. I had 6 years teaching experience in Philippines and I took my Master in Arts in Early Childhood Education in the same country. I am excited to grow and learn with your child as they as they discover new things about themselves and the world around them.
Get ready for a fun filled year in Nursery! This year, we will be operating on play based learning with small instruction groups to help make learning more meaningful to the children. Play helps to enhance language development, social competence, creativity, imagination and thinking skills. During play, children are using fine and gross motor skills, reacting socially to one another, thinking about what they are doing and going to do, reacting emotionally to one another and using language to talk to one another or themselves, which are all key behaviors to the cognitive development of young children. We will also integrate some Montessori approach that enriches your child’s Practical, Sensorial, Language, Mathematics and Cultural skills. We are going to help students to learn how to self-regulate during play, which enables children to get along with others, control their behavior and be in the clam-but-alert-and-focused state conducive to learning. We strive to provide a safe and caring environment so that the children can have the confidence to try out their wonderful ideas, knowing that they have the support and trust of their teachers. We will try to provide authentic learning opportunities, focusing on the children’s development and interests.
Teaching your child is a tremendous responsibility and I will do my best to ensure that each student has a safe and motivating learning experience in this upcoming school year. However I cannot do this without your help as we are partners in the learning process. I will be communicating with you through your child’s daily journal, class website and telephone. Please check their planner every evening for any notes. Each week the class website will be updated with a brief outline of what we will be working on the following week. I’m still working on the website this week so I will be sending you the website soon. I encourage you to contact me if you have any questions or concerns. My e-mail is: email@example.com.
You are the first guardian of your child. Help him/her be in the best frame of mind to learn by making sure a full night’s rest and a healthy breakfast is provided. Have your child in bed before 8:30 at night. Set time aside each day to ask your child to tell you how his/her day went. Show you value education by taking an interest in the work brought home.
For the first couple of weeks at school we will be working on establishing class and school policies and routines. We ask that the students speak only English while at school, with the exception of language classes. Of course students will be able to speak Vietnamese for special circumstances such as asking for help or calcification. We also have no electronics policy at the school. Unless I otherwise give permission please to not send your child to school with a phone, iPod, iPad, tablet etc. If they bring it to school the first time it will be taken away and given back at the end of the school day, after that it will be given to Ms. Aubrey and you will have to talk with her to get it back. If your child must bring a cellphone for contact reasons it will stay in their backpack which will be in the hall with no lock or theft protection.
Next week we will start swimming on Tuesday and Thursday mornings (There’s a little change in their swimming schedule). Please send them to school with their swimsuit, towel and goggles if needed. Swimsuits will be sent home Tuesday, Wednesday or Friday deepening on when they are dry. Proper footwear must be worn at school. No flip flops, clogs or sandals are allowed. Please send your child to school with a change of clothing in their backpacks in case any accidents. We will also be having a 30 minute nap each day. The school will provide a sleeping mat, but we ask that you send your child to school with a pillow, blanket and any other napping material they may need.
“Let us put our minds together and see what life we can make for our children.”