EAGLE TRACTS

CORNERSTONE INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

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Dear Parents,


I am excited to present to you the February edition of our Eagle Tracts.

It has been almost one month into the second semester/term of the school year with our students already making notable strides. Every moment we have spent with them so far in the classroom has been worth the count. We carefully observed students to understand and support their inquiry into the world around them through questioning, wonderings, expression of emotions, and student action.


As educators, one cardinal aspect of our work is to pay attention to the natural way through which children learn. While we are at this, we also get to inquire into our teaching and learning practices. We are able to select the appropriate approaches to teaching with a deeper understanding of students' learning needs. The IB promotes learning that is broad, balanced and connected. The programme supports students to perceive themselves as agents of their own learning, capable of taking self initiated action.


It is our understanding that, the cumulative actions learners take, together with our response as guides are what will eventually contribute to a better world. Through the development of the IB Learner Profile attributes, students are shaped as active global citizens who possess the right knowledge with character required to make reasoned ethical choices.


I invite all members of the school community to envision themselves through the attributes of the IB Learner Profile.

Thus said, please take time during this month of February to explore deeper into what it means to be knowledgeable. The IB posits that, knowledgeable people develop conceptual understanding across a range of disciplines. They engage with issues and ideas that have both local and global significance (International Baccalaureate Organization, 2013).


As a community of learners inspired by the mission of our school and that of the IB, one of the avenues to cause a positive change in the world, is through the acquisition of knowledge. Through the understanding of concepts which are broad, connected and can be transferred across different disciplines, we are equipped with the right knowledge to take the action needed to contribute to a better world.


While we guide students in school through the different ways of acquiring knowledge, exploring issues around and beyond them, I encourage you to do same. Consider local perspectives and global perspectives on ideas or situations that come up. Together we can make a difference if we strive to be knowledgeable.


Join us at the upcoming PYP/MYP Sharing event as we investigate and learn more about how the IB education changes us and the world we live in.


Please enjoy reading all the highlights of events, articles, announcements, and solving the puzzles presented in this edition of our Eagle Tracts. I will also be happy to read your comments via Smore or on our social media handles and website.


Have a lovely month of February!


Sincerely ,

William Gyamfi

PYP Coordinator

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Do you know what it means to be knowledgeable? Do you know what you can do and achieve with your knowledge? Here are a few reasons why we need to seek knowledge.
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IB Learner Profile - KNOWLEDGEABLE
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In C.I.A., Bluebell is the name given to one of our kindergarten homerooms. Here is a beautiful write up from a student in the Bluebell homeroom. Let us learn more about the flower Bluebell.
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MARTIN LUTHER KING JNR. DAY CELEBRATION AT C.I.A.

Students showing appreciation and celebrating cultural diversity and equality on Martin Luther King Jnr. Day.
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INDIGENOUS GAMES

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Second grade students engaged in the cloth parachute activity (an indigenous game).
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UNIT CELEBRATION FOR KINDERGARTEN

Hurray!!!! It is the end of another unit for the Kindergartners. A unit celebration on family (where we are in place and time) where students dressed up as any member of their family. They as well described the roles and responsibilities of family members.
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PAPER DECORATION

The second unit in visual arts was fashioned with paper decoration. In view of this, students were grouped to execute art using techniques such as marbling, sprinkling, thread pulling, spraying and stenciling. It was expected of the students to exercise their creative thinking skills and demonstrate how best they respond to their artistic meaning. Students in MYP Year 3 were able to logically connect their requisite knowledge to their art. These are artworks from students in MYP Year 3.

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DID YOU KNOW?

1. Elephants can’t jump.

2. Octopuses have three hearts.

3. There are no muscles in your fingers: Their function is controlled by muscles in your palms and arms.

4. Skin is the body’s largest organ.

5. Bats are the only mammal that can actually fly.

6. Your hair contains traces of gold.

7. Broccoli is a “man-made” food.

8. The Eiffel Tower “grows” in the summer.

9. Bees can fly higher than Mount Everest!

10. Snakes can burp fire.

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See if you can find the 10 differences between these two pictures

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THREE WAYS TO HELP YOUR CHILD RETAIN ATTENTION

Learning necessitates the use of one's attention. It is the act of focusing one's attention and keeping one's mind on something while tuning out everything else. It assists children in gathering information from their surroundings in order to facilitate subject learning. It also allows children to concentrate on information in order to encode memories. A child's attention span allows him or her to acquire and memorize more information.


Children have varying levels of attentiveness. Keeping their concentration on a particular matter becomes difficult as they learn. As much as they are engaged in the subject, they cannot help but be attracted by other things that are not related to what they are learning. The good news is that children can be trained to extend their attention span.


Putting a child in games that demand them to pay attention, the habit of reading and storytelling, and the act of mindfulness are all strategies to extend a child's attention span. These strategies will pique the child's interest in playing while also developing their attention. Games are a good source of entertainment for children, however, it is important to select those that stimulate learning, creativity, and capture the child's attention since the brain activity is drawn to a certain details during the game. This mechanism therefore enhances selective focus on cognitive tasks such as visuospatial attention as well as processing speed for a given task.


Reading and storytelling are both activities that necessitate a certain level of concentration. It requires that a child pay attention and imagine the sequence of events in the story. It is natural for a child who is reading or being read to put forth efforts to focus attention on the reading or story for the aim of comprehension and enjoyment. It is critical to examine the child's desire or interest and combine it with stories that will challenge their thinking. Reading and storytelling captivate their interest, stimulate their imagination, and hold their attention throughout time. This suggests a direct relationship between attention and reading.


For a moment, envision yourself as a child at the playground, where your mother is trying to persuade you to eat, your friends are screaming out from the seesaw, and you need to change your clothes all at the same time. A moment like this can cause a child's mind to wander. A short breathing exercise in meditation or mindfulness can assist the child to reduce tension and focus on one item at a time. The same principle can be employed both in class and at home.


Attention is a necessary skill for learning. Only a few children can maintain the sustained attention required to encode and process information. It is important to teach children the skills needed to focus.


References

Bosse, M. L., & Valdois, S. (2009). Influence of the visual attention span on child reading performance: a cross‐sectional study. Journal of research in reading, 32(2), 230-253.

Qiu Nan et al. (2018). Rapid Improvement in Visual Selective Attention Related to Action Video Gaming Experience. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience. Vol.12. doi 10.3389/fnhum.2018.00047.

Semple, R. J. (2010). Does mindfulness meditation enhance attention? A randomized controlled trial. Mindfulness, 1(2), 121-130.


Ms. Georgina Owusua Bonsu Bediako

School Counselor

TIME WITH THE SCHOOL COUNSELORS

As part of our Continuous Professional Development (CPD) trainings, the school staff had a session with the counselors on the topic: Inclusive Education Training (Intervention Plan). The purpose of the training was to equip and educate facilitators on interventions that can be used in their various homerooms.

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