Children’s opinions for spelling conventions for their blogs

Screen Shot 2015-02-18 at 10.31.50 AMWe sought the children’s opinion about how words should be spelt on their personal blogs. When we send emails, tweets and publish books we use conventional spelling.
We asked the children. In your opinion how should we spell words  on your blogs?
LV: It doesn’t have to be perfect, mistakes are learning.
MB: Try your best to spell.
SC: You can’t spell perfectly all the time, and if you didn’t do a mistakes at all, you wouldn’t be learning.
OH: It doesn’t matter if you are right or wrong, it matters that you try your best.
YM: If you write something and you are not sure it is OK because you are trying your best.
LR: If it’s alright if you do a mistake, cause if you make it your teacher can check it and then you will know how to do it.
YO: If you can sound out the words, it doesn’t matter if you are right or wrong, just try your best.
HM: Your best try, if you try and do it perfect it will be scribbly. Not your worst, just clear and your best.
TA: It doesn’t have to be perfect, do what you can and put it down.
CK: If you make a mistake it is still good, it is your learning from spelling the word. When you learn more, you will get more better and smarter.

Why children have their own blogs in Grade One.



The children created these essential agreements  for blogging.

  1. We will keep our password safe.
  2. We will ask to use other people ideas and learning.
  3. We will post appropriate things.
  4. We will say things which make people feel comfortable when we comment.
  5. We will put things onto the blog that are important to us.

We will keep our password safe.

Each child has chosen a password, a copy of the password is kept by Zoe. Zoe must be very careful with this in case it gets hacked. Children may choose to share their password with parents.

We will ask to use other people ideas and learning.

Everyone can look at the blogs and get ideas from other people. We can’t take other peoples things because they belong to them, they could be copyright.

We will post appropriate things.

Everyone can put what they want on their blog, but they should be things which make people feel comfortable. Sometimes you can see uncomfortable things on the internet. If you do you go and tell a grown up. Even if you didn’t ask to go on the internet still tell someone, the promise is the grown up will not be mad.

We will say things which make people feel comfortable when we comment.

When we write on other peoples blogs we will use words which will make people happy. All blog posts and comments go to Zoe first, this is Zoe’s rule for having a blog.

We will put things onto the blog that are important to us.

We our proud of our blogs and our learning and we want to share it with our friends and family.


We are using  kidblog because,

The children document and reflect on their learning using digital tools. The children are intrinsically motivated to share their thinking, learning process and products with the class, their families and the wider community. We wanted to find a unique space to honour this documentation.

The  kidblogs are intended to be a platform for the  celebration of co-constructed learning. This are a social process of digital documentation, which invites children, their families, teachers and the wider world to: construct, share and reflect. This platform invites all involved to engage and share perspectives. Defined curriculum outcomes will be embraced through personal passions and individual expressions of learning, using authentic and meaningful technological documentation and tools.

Family near and Far

Please feel free to leave comments on the children’s blogs or add new posts at home. All comments and posts are moderated by Zoe. Please be patient when you are waiting to see your new posts.

Our wider community of connected learners

Please feel free to leave comments on the children’s blogs. All comments and posts are moderated by Zoe. Please be patient when you are waiting to see your new replies.

Tools for working with Kidblogs at home.

You can log in and post a comment or post through the website. This lets the children use the same format as adult  blogs.

There is an app you can download to access kidsblog, for Android and Apple devices. APPLE  ANDROID (You can download the WordPress app and connect to a Kidblog class URL (  Come and ask me if you want help.

1P in their own words, explaining their essential agreements:

TA: So when you blog the first important thing is make sure you don’t share anyone your password. If someone sees it they can come into your blog.

MB: You need to have a good password that you don’t give  a way.

SC: I am really proud of it. Be polite [if you comment] because if they weren’t polite people would sometimes get sad.

HC: You can put passwords because people can hack into your blog, people can get into my iPod. So keep your pass code, or any people can go on.

ME: Use nice words like , I like that pictures, so it makes her feel good.

TG: Then you know how the password. Keep it on there.

OH: Having a blog if fun and respecting is part of the fun, that means we always be kind on it.

HH: Things that aren’t mean comments about people. I can do my maths and writing.

LJ: The password is not to tell anyone, if you tell the passwords they can delete your stuff on your iPhone.

CK: I’m not getting to tell everyone so some people are bad and they can delete. If they know your password, they can go on your iPad and delete all the things you buy. Then you have to buy again. Robbers can get into your house if you don’t have a key. They might take important things and you might be upset. If their is no food then you will be like the homeless people. So don’t let people know your password or your house key.

YL: You tell the password then the people get, they get your money.

YM: I will my holiday because I do fun things. I will do kind things.

HM: You have to get your own ideas and you shouldn’t take the others ideas. You should copyright your ideas, or you can let them take it… but you probably shouldn’t.

YO: Passwords are important because if you don’t have a password and you tell someone and then they can get on your blog and delete everything out or do inappropriate stuff or delete. That’s why passwords are important, they save and protect your blog.

MO: I make it and patterns and I make something. Some drawing and writing. Appropriate stuff like flowers and things you make.

LV: You can go to others people blogs and you can share stuff with your family and get ideas from others. Do appropriate stuff , not bad things and anything that makes you uncomfortable, so do good stuff. be careful on You Tube or internet.

LR: If you are a grown up and if you had a children and if the children know what your password is they can easily break your iPad or PC.

We will start blogging very shortly



The respectful exchange of labour in the service of others.

From seeing the homeless people in the park to making them food. G1 in the service of others.

The children arrived at school 20 minutes early and placed a mask on their faces. They entered the canteen and put on their plastic gloves. The canteen was filled with hardworking high school students making onigiri. The Grade One children respectfully watched them work.

Mr Snowball announced that more support was needed for onigiri wrapping. The Grade One children quickly set up a work station and wrapped the onigiri with precision  and care. As the process developed some children began to take the completed onigiri and place them on the completed pile.

Next a group of children took the hot rice and fanned it until it cooled. They turned the rice over and took turns until it reached the perfect temperature for handling. It was at this time we realised another group of children had taken themselves to the onigiri making table.

The high school group really wanted to meet their 400 onigiri target. Our biggest concern as teachers and for the event organiser was  the children needing extra support and this would take time from meeting their target.

This was not the case. Once again we are in awe and wonder at these amazing children, who set about giving their best in the service of others. The high school students noted that the onigiri makers were very fast and efficient. The children who wrapped were careful and fast. The rice coolers never tired of fanning and turning the rice.

It quickly became apparent that this was a truly collaborative effort. Here we had the whole range of our school working together, learning that we all have something to offer in the service of others. The aim of the high school students was to make 400 onigiri. When we left we all made 624!

The children are very excited to be in charge of the onigiri making session on 6th March. Parents would be VERY welcome to join us. Could we make a 1000?

A space to learn and explore, our friend the park

“Come forth into the light of things, let Nature be your teacher. ” William Wordsworth

The park is our classroom, a place to learn, explore and grow. Since August we have been taking the children to the park, which is over the road from school. This gives children an opportunity to connect with the space and explore their environment.

The children have begun to observe the change in the seasons and its affect upon living things.  These interactions with the natural world will form the basis for our unit of inquiry about the process of change in living things.

One of the skills we are developing is the capacity to view, analyse and present  findings. The children have been creating observational drawings in their sketch books and larger pieces of paper.

When the children are in the park we talk about respecting the space we share with others. The children are free to explore the space and stay within eye contact of the teacher. This offers us the opportunity to observe how the children interact in different spaces, how their relationships with space and each other are strengthened by these experiences.

In the first week of school we reconnected with the park and shared the space with the local dog walkers.

If you see the sleeping people in the park…

When we go to the park the first thing we do is sit on the wall and go over our agreements. These have been developed by the teachers and children over time. One agreement brought up by the teachers is staying where you can be seen. One of the children’s agreements is, if you see people sleeping be quiet. They are tired and this is a way we can help them. They didn’t choose to be homeless (children’s words).

The children’s own words about helping feed the homeless people.

Lavanya: We need to help, if you don’t give them food, they will still be there but they may die. They may need clothes.

Luna: There are homeless people near Sogo, my mum said it to me.

Mihajlo: If you don’t give them food, they may die, people need food.

Heidi: You need to help um because they need food to keep them warm. You need food so you don’t die. We should help them because we have more things then they do.

Henry: If there homeless they have to sleep on the benches, they need water and food or they will die.

Yellana: You need to be kind to people when they live outside and they freeze cold and can die.

Hamish: Homeless people if you  don’t give them over a week they will die, you can’t survive without food.

Takafumi: They might be alive but they will die faster than other people, because they will be hungry. Even if your hungry, you don’t get to have something.

Shunye: In my opinion they don’t have much money to buy things, we have to feed them food and drink.

Yunho: Give them money, clothes and food and a bed.

Mari: Nobody help people and the people don’t help with money and they don’t have money . They need a house.

Monica: So they don’t die.

Lindsey: Homeless people don’t have food and water. They need water, if it is hot they could die. They need food or you die.

Troy: If they don’t give them food they will die.

Chan Seo: Sometimes it is hard and homeless people they sleep outside and get black. They don’t have money for sunscreen and they might be Africa people because they will be black.

Leela: Homeless people we need to give them money and food so they don’t die or get sick.

Ophelia: They are poor, we need to give them the things they need to live, except we can’t give them a house.

YIS In service of others.

At YIS each year group has an organisation to support which helps our community of children, teachers and parents give service to others. The children in Grade One have shown an awareness of the homeless people they have seen. We have asked to support the Chiku Centre in Kotobuki. The children will be supported by high school students and learn about the centre. The students will also support Grade One as they learn to make the onigiri for people at the shelter. The children will make them on Friday 6th February, with the high school students.

100th Day of School

We have spoken to the children about the centre and proposed turning our 100th day celebrations into an event to support others. The children were enthusiastic about this, as they had raised the issue of homelessness with us.

How can you help?

As an integral part of our Grade One Community would would like to invite you to share the making of onigiri, Friday March 6th 8am to 9.30am. We understand many of you have to work and would ask that you watch the video with your child and talk to them about it.

More information will be shared through our weekly round email.

Celebration of learning, the children host their parents

After a busy morning preparing food, the parents went home and the children focused on preparing to host our celebration of learning. The tables were covered in cloth and center pieces were made. Each child brought their own element of design.

The children decided to practise inviting their parents into the room and explaining their food chooses. The emphasis was placed on the children as hosts. It became apparent that menus would be required and each child quickly prepared one.

The parents were greeted, brought into the room, served food and the celebration was underway. When much fun, food and conversation had taken place the children brought out their portfolio to share with their parents.

The videos capture a little of the magic. THANK YOU to everyone who made this event possible. We are excited to continue our learning journey in January.

Celebration of Learning, the power of Community

The celebration of learning places the emphasis on sharing as a community. The children spent a long time planning the food they wanted to share with their parents. They collected lots of data and presented a list to the parents. The parents spent a great deal of time having meetings and planning the items we would need.

Today the plan came together. The cafeteria was filled with parents and family. Everyone joined in the communal activity of preparing food together. It is worth watching the video to get a sense of the joy and calmness within the room. It gave great pleasure to all those taking part.

Look out for part two… the children will prepare the room and serve as hosts to their families.

YIS, a community of learners

Grade 9 buddy time

As part of our school wide values, we create special times for students of different ages to interact and share learning times. This was our second buddy visit and both groups mixed together as they enjoyed using the big chalk. The playground was transformed into roads, mazes and a multitude of Tick-Tac-Toe games. The children ran around together and the space was filled with energy and laughter.

One of the greatest impact this time has had on our relationships in the school is the way the Grade One students stop and wave to their buddy when they see them around school. They feel connected. We look forward to our next buddy time.

When a Grade 10 student creates learning opportunites for Grade 1.

As part of Danny’s Grade 10 MYP personal project he wanted young children to feel  a sense of fulfillment and achievement when creating art.

Night and Day Art workshop and Exhibition

Dear Parents,

I am Daniel Eckhoff in the 10th Grade, and every student in Grade 10 has to create a “personal project” based on his/her personal interest. In my case, I am creating an art gallery and art workshop. Your child has created art that will be displayed in my gallery. It is very important that at a very young age, a child feels proud and has the sense of fulfillment and achievement when creating art, or anything creative in that matter.

Your child’s work will be displayed in the Loft from 3 pm to 5 pm on Tuesday, 2nd December. I’m sure your child would be very proud if their parents came to view their work and I would appreciate it very much.

Thank you very much.

Kind regards,


As you can see the children were absorbed in their artistic pursuits. They begged to stay for longer and created their own exhibition for Danny in the classroom.

Thank you Ms Connie for the photographs

Learning round the world, hello to our new friends.

We use social media such as Twitter to connect with family and friends around the world.  The blog also  connects us with other school, this enriches our understanding of  the world. The children  are learning how to communicate with others. They use video, photographs and tweets to share their learning with others.

We have several special friends.

Kingfisher Class in  England

Kinder Pals in Canada

We have just started to communicate with a Grade One class in America. They sent us a video and some questions. The children decided to make their own video and send their own questions.

    • Which city are you in?
    • What kind of Maths learning are you doing?
    • Can you speak a little bit of Japanese?
    • Do you know other languages?
    • What transport do you use to get to school?
    • How many people in your class?
    • Do you like school?

I forgot to get Hamish and Mari to say something. The children said I should have used our power saver list!