The sleepover list, the children have decided what they need.

Your child will need to pack

  • 1 teddy bear or night-time toy
  • I book (optional)
  • pyjamas
  • sleeping bag and pillow
  • toothpaste
  • toothbrush
  • hair brush or comb
  • face cloth
  • wash bag to put wash things in
  • sleeping bag or blanket
  • pillow
  • full set of extra clothes
  • Clean underwear
  • flashlight

The children are excited about managing their own belongings and routines, “just like grown-ups!”. It will be easier for the children to look after their belongings if they are clearly labeled. This weekend the children should practice packing and unpacking their bags by themselves, several times, so that they know exactly what they have in their bags, where to find everything and how to fit it all in. (Sleeping bags can be particularly tricky.) This will help the children feel a sense of control and independence and will ease anxiety.

We talked about how everything has to fit in one overnight bag and the importance of “packing light”. While we have discouraged the children from bringing big suitcases (for space and storage reasons), it is important that the bag is big enough for children to fit  ALL their belongings inside easily.

Sleepover unplugged

We proposed that the sleepover be ‘unplugged’, with no electronic devices, after much debate the children have agreed to use the class iPads if they wake up early and have read their books.

The children made their first lists in pairs. We came back together and one group read their list. The other groups ticked off  if they had the same item. This was a great tool for working together.

    • Water bottle
    • One Book I want my own book or bible
    • Alarm Clock, we can use the class iPad
    • Blanket, we can use the sleeping bag
    • Pillow
    • Toy/stuffed animals, special toy to sleep with
    • Toothbrush
    • Toothpaste
    • Pajamas
    • Hairbrush
    • Water spray for hair tangles, use your hands
    • Lip gloss, dry lips
    • Clothes
    • Socks and underwear
    • Sleeping bag
    • Electronic device
    • Torch/flashlight
    • Craft, we can use the class things
    • Sweets and food, we will make another list
    • Cup, from the cafeteria.

Do you think it is a good idea to have a sleepover in Kindergarten?

We asked the children whether they would like to have a sleepover at school. This would be a celebration of  the children’s learning journey this year. I showed the children a video of the sleepover from last year. This started a lively debate amongst the children and we decided to make a T.Chart,  documenting  all the good and bad things about a sleepover.

Good things

  • You get to hangout with friends.
  • You get the school to yourself.
  • You get to play in the playground with torches.
  • Let get to shine torches on people in the dark.
  • You get to sleep late and wake up fast.
  • I whole school will belong to us.
  • You get sleep together.

Bad thing

  • You won’t have your mama.
  • You won’t have your daddy.
  • You won’t have the things form your house.
  • You might be afraid.
  • You might want to sleep alone and then change your mind and no one wants to sleep by you.
  • What shall we do if there is an earthquake. or fire.
  • You can’t have electronic devices.

Questions that arose from this discussion.

We made a table  to show whether people wanted to have a sleepover at school.

  1. Can you bring books? Can you bring books that are not in the English language?
  2. Can you bring electronic devices?
  3. Can we watch videos?
  4. Can we play UNO?
  5. Do you need money?
  6. Can we buy things from the cafeteria?
  7. Can we buy form the cafeteria and not cook things?








As we discussed the sleepover some children changed their minds about attending. They talked with parents and  other children offered support. Mari and Mika have changed their minds from no to yes. Ophelia and Takafumi are undecided because they want electronic devices. Kai is not sure he can sleep without his mum. The children have told him he can sleep with them. The chidlren have started to make cardboard sleeping boxes and redesigning the room into sleeping areas.

Updated chart

The children’s major concern was not having access to their electronic toys. They are debating whether they should have them for the sleepover. The children will be planning this event and problem-solving any issues. The first thing they wanted to resolve was what food they would eat. I am curious to learn what food they will choose and they they propose to buy and cook it.


Provocation, Kindergarteners are too young to have their own blogs.

IMG_9935The resounding response from the children, we are not too young! The documentation highlights the year long learning journey to developed the children’s understanding of digital and social citizenship.

We use social media tools as the class blog, Twitter and Instagram  to document and share our learning. We also use You Tube as a whole class to safely explore working online and supporting children to make decisions about what they watch and how to share online.

KP personal blog essential agreements and reasoning.

  • Stay on the blog.

Don’t buy stuff on the app store or watch videoes with bad words, or videoes that goes to other YouTube videoes at the end of the video.

  • Keep your blog and password safe.

Don’t put your password on the blog, or they can go on the blog. Zoe has security [teacher moderates all posts and comments.]

  • Your things are for the blog, if you want someones things, ask them.

Like Nick Sharatt books are copyrighted, they are Nick Sharratt’s. Ask people if you want to use their things. You can’t take it and change it and say it is yours.

  • Put things on the blog which are special to you.

Learning, origami, writing and Minecraft [see list below, What would you put on your blog.]

  • Blogs have nice words and comments should make us happy and comfortable.

Zoe is security, like the trap door in Minecraft. It stops the bad stuff and lets the good stuff through. Be nice. It should be comfortable to you.


IMG_9913Do you think you would like your own blog? What would you put on your blog?

Takafumi: We can share pictures with Amelia when she goes away on Holiday.

Amelia: We can share with our mums and dads.

Elly-Grace: Share with family and neighbours.

Ophelia: Videoes of what you have been doing and discovering.

Amelia: Writer’s workshop published books.

Henry: Take pictures of what you make and then when it is finished [process]

Mari: Colour design [artwork]

Mihajlo: House design

Henry: Video of making things.

Ophelia: Take a picture, build, take a picture, build and finish.

Henry: Beebot, show your map video of how to go to. Write code and show the map and they figure it out and do it with their Beebot. [buddy classes in other countries]

Ophelia: Video of being the power saver , so you don’t forget.

Who is the blog for?IMG_9920

Us, everyone in the entire world.

Who can comment on your blog?

Everyone on the planet.


Why should you have a blog?

Kindergarten kids are too young to blog.

Takafumi: You might make a mistake and send it to not good people.

Ophelia: Put a password on it.

Henry: My dad said I can’t have a password until I am 18.

Takafumi: People might know your password.

Kai: You show it [people might see it].

Elly-Grace: You will get dots [password protection]

Mari: My dad’s password is dots.

Kai: Can we tell our mum and dad our password?

Ophelia: They need to promise to write nothing on our blog. They should write nice things.

Kai: I can’t spell things.

Mari: How to do it, maybe.

Henry: I don’t want to show all the pictures I do.


Related blog posts  from previous years.

Five and six year olds explain the importance of passwords.

Why do you teach five year olds about digital citizenship?

Teaching Copyright in Kindergarten. It’s easier than AB©

When Kindergarteners say, “I’ll video that.”


Children describe Google Earth as a tool for exploring reading and writing.

We have placed a world map outside the class and all the kindergarten children have indicated which counties they come from. Inside the class we have a map to show where are Twitter buddies come from. The children also ask to see the world map on their class blog, this shows where in the world the class blog has been viewed.
We have used the  Peter’s map outside the classroom and a south north perspective map in the corridor, we want to children to be exposed to different perspectives of mapping. Google Earth offers another perspective of mapping. The children used our iPads to facilitate their learning. We also used a mirroring device, this enables the children to show their iPad screen on our class projector. This makes sharing very powerful and easy.
This video shows the children’s engagement with Google earth. You will observe children typing into the search box and reading words on a map and transferring this to Google earth. You will also see children teaching each other how to do this.
These are the children’s reflections on using Google Earth.
Takafumi: You can find place
Amelia: You can find school Just type in YIS and it takes you to it.
Henry: It helps you to read and write, cause you have to put in the letters and read them.

Elly-Grace: If you don’t have it in your house you can ask  them to buy it.

Mika:  I learned to type . I need iPad… Airplane [found an airport on the iPad.

Kai: International school, I see our school and I see Henry find a boy and girl.

Ophelai:  You can find every single thing in the whole world. I was going to do granny’s house and her name is Barbara. I tried her phone number.

Author of the month for October, Dr Seuss

We shall be focusing on the author Dr Seuss, an American author and illustrator best known for the fun characters and distinctive illustrations and rhyming text in his children’s books. Seuss’s books have been entertaining children and adults for over fifty years. His stories have stood the test of time and are as appealing to children now days as they were half a century ago. Seuss’s books have been translated into many languages and have been turned into animations and movies. His repetitive, rhyming text and captivating illustrations make Seuss’s books particularly good for beginning readers. Dr Seuss has also written under the pen name of Theo LeSieg.

We will be enjoying Dr Seuss’s stories through printed books, ebooks on our iPads, videos and Youtube clips. Sam-I-Am is a often a particular favorite.



Click here to go to the official Dr Seuss website which contains lots of audio-visual resources.

Adapted from an original post by Tasha Cowdy

Otsukimi, moon viewing.

Otsukimi (moon viewing) is celebrated in Japan to honour the autumn moon. The children decided to research the moon, but how would we do this?  We went to the library and got lots of non-fiction books about the moon. The children choose to focus on information texts rather than story books. We explored Goggle Moon, as some of the children suggested “goggling it”. We also used a free app called moon globe, to explore the moon’s surface. The children made clay sculptures of the moon,  using their  research. These are displayed in the class if you would like to come and see them.

Ms. Yuri has focused  on traditional Japanese stories, such as the moon princess. She made  cross cultural links as she explored what people see in the moon. For instance Japanese people say there is a rabbit in the moon. In England we think we see a man in the moon.

To celebrate Otsukimi the children made traditional Japanese sweets called O’Dango.

Making odango on PhotoPeach