28th February 2020
Dear AISL Community,
This week, the large image below is the focus; child mental health. We as adults should and try to take care of ourselves. Sometimes we need support from our friends or health workers. Children need just as much, if not more, support to ensure they are doing well. Below are some ways that you as parents can help the children. Obviously there are so many variables affecting a child's mental health as much as it does for adults, but children do not always know who, how, or where to seek help.
Every child is different. The image below gives some suggestions as to how the family can help out. These are not complicated or require much skill or expense.
As teachers, sometimes we find that children just want to be heard. Finding time in our busy lives to look after our own well-being can seem daunting.
I think it is important that we also provide time and opportunities for our children to have self care. Sometimes this involves disconnecting and reconnecting with the people in our lives. The digital babysitters can sometimes be ideal, but can also create angst in children when what they are after is conversation or play.
Empowering children with chores or responsibility also gives children the opportunity for positive rewards and this ownership and responsibility can be great for a child's mental health; as long as the chores are within the child's abilities.
From the Director
American International School of Lesotho
My first time doing math in 1st grade was fun. It was fun because it was easy and I didn’t have to think hard about it. But then it started getting harder every year. I then started practicing a lot. I eventually improved in the beginning of 3rd grade because my mom gave me support and helped me to improve. My mom helped me get better, and I thank her for that. I improved so that I can let go of when I was struggling and show that I like math. To help me to improve, my mom did some math stories to help me be more confident about math. Now I like math because it’s easy for me. My advice for math is something my teacher taught me: “If you think your answer is correct, then keep it; never doubt yourself.”
Since 1st grade I did not like homework. I did not like it because it was challenging. Alphabetical order was challenging for me. I used to struggle with reading. I have improved in reading and alphabetical order. I improved because I learned how to read. I improved in decoding skills. Now that I am able to read I can do homework faster. Now I feel good about homework because it is fun. It is fun because I know how to read. My advice to people who find homework challenging is to not give up.
Grade 3 Student Newsletter
My Complicated Equation Journey!
The Amazing Beast Quest Stories
What is Beast Quest?
Beast Quest is a series of more than 150 chapter books. The genre of Beast Quest is fantasy fiction. We started reading the series in 2nd grade; then restarted it in 3rd grade. The characters are Tom, Elenna, Aduro, Malvel, Silver, and Storm. The setting is in the land of Avantia. The problem is that Malvel has put an evil spell on the beasts. People get into Tom’s way when he’s trying to free the beasts.
Why do you like Beast Quest?
We like Beast Quest because it’s a very adventurous and interesting book.
Would you recommend it to others? Why?
We would recommend it to people who like fantasy because they would enjoy how the author wrote the story.
By Aviv & Khoase
The Most Scariest Adventure I’ve Been On!
Have you ever been hiking? I’m going to tell you about my first time hiking.
So, I went hiking in 3rd grade, and that was my first time going hiking. I went hiking up Makhoarane mountain in Morija. I went hiking because it was on a trip which is called CWW or you can call it Classroom Without Walls. I climbed the mountain because we wanted to see dinosaur footprints. I thought I would know this and I don’t need to worry, but when I saw the clouds coming I was really scared that we would get struck by lightning. I feel like it was challenging and kind of fun to hike when you think about it. So, I think you should give hiking a try. And you should always prepare yourself. Get some energy before you go hiking because it takes most of your energy.
Grade 3 Student Newsletter
On Friday when I just lay down, I dreamt a bad thing. I called my mom to tell her I was dreaming. I said, “I am dreaming a very bad thing.” I was still dreaming and I saw my mom was a monster. I ran away from my mom.
I came to my dad. He was still fine. “Let’s go dad.” “Okay,” said dad. The taxi driver said, ‘Let’s go.” I didn’t want to give him money, but the taxi driver was greedy. I saw a cat and I saved him, and my mom woke me up to go to school. The end.
Creative Writing: Bad Dream
On Friday, February 21st, the Second graders welcomed a guest reader. Mrs. Heffron (Liza’s grandmother) visited us and read us a biography Shark Lady by Jess Keating. This book is about how Eugenie Clark followed her dream to become a scientist specializing in sharks. Eugenie Clark was born in an era where women did not take on these roles. We want to thank Mrs. Heffron for coming in to read to us and talking about the book.
Guest Reader in Grade 2
Community Event: Wine Tasting
Thanks to all those parents and friends who attended AISL’s first wine tasting last night.
It was an enjoyable evening for all. We hope to have many more in the future and hopefully the weather will cooperate next time.
We would especially like to thank Ntate Motlatsi Thokoane for his time and his extensive knowledge of wines.
The Emerald Crown Posters
For our upcoming school play, "The Emerald Crown", we'd like to acknowledge the poster contributions of three of our students: Grace in 1st Grade, Neo in 4th gade, and Karabo in 7th grade. Thank you for your creativity and your effort! Congratulations! We will use all three posters to share the information with our community. The play is scheduled for Friday, March 6th, 2pm, at the Maseru Club Theatre.
Health and Safety