Field Trip Fun For Everyone!

Everybody loves a good field-trip!

Field-Trips are incorporated into our curriculum to add context to the topics being studied in class. We host 3 field trips per school year. Our field trip partners are very accommodating in providing facilities, a fun presentation and extra treats for students to take home.

This week, our Kindergarten and Grade classes took a trip to Westtec Media, the company responsible for film production in Cinemas in Phnom Penh.

With school shirts on, comfy shoes and socks and water bottles in hand, the Little Learner’s hit the road to the tune of wheels on the bus. The trip took about15 minutes and we amused ourselves with reading different numbers on license plates. “That license plate has the number 2 so many times in a row!” Remarked N, age 5.

“Yes,” Mr. R replied, “That’s because some license plates cost more than others. When a plate has more than 3 numbers in a row, that means it’s for VIP’s. Who knows what those letters stand for?”

A range of guesses followed.

“I think it stands for Venus Is Planet” guessed L, age 6.

“Maybe it stand for Visal-Indrak-Panha!” exclaimed another, naming some of her classmates.

“Those are some good guesses! VIP stands for ‘Very-Important-Person’”

“Like you, Mr. R?” someone inquired. He chuckled. “Yes! Like all of YOU kids too. We’re all very important.”

Once on location, students filed out and lined up neatly in their pre-arranged groups. The CEO came out to formally greet our “Film Critics” and invited them inside to see the production room. We saw lots of life sized movie posters and even posed next to a few cartoon characters for photos. We saw the film reel that’s used in the cinema and the big screen used to test movies.

As a grand finale we were ushered inside the private cinema for a VIP sneak-peak of an upcoming feature film cartoon. When asked if they knew what a VIP meant, everyone’s hands shot up in the air. Miniature plush red chairs lined the theater and 3D glasses made everything seem to jump off the screen! When it was time to go, the students filled out a survey card with simple YES and NO questions. This was a fun reading activity!

With full tummies and minds buzzing from all that had been seen, the students arrived safely back at school just in time for lunch.

Stay tuned for a recount of our trip to the DAIRY FARM, coming soon in March.

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School Birthdays

Everyone at school loves a good birthday PARTY! Celebrating a birthday is a special occasion for every child and our teachers at DK Schoolhouse love to make the day just as special as can be.

How We Celebrate at DK Schoolhouse:

– Having an in-class party, song and special activity.
– DK birthday gift
– Special card signed by classmates.
– “Line Leader”, “Story chooser” & “Circle Time Helper” for the day!

Parent’s Should Send:
– Birthday Cake & Candles
– Small snacks or party favors for classmates.
– Party hats/party whistles

Special Requirements For Birthdays: 


-Let us know on enrollment if you do not want your child’s birthday celebrated at school.

– Do not send strong smelling cakes or snacks to school (like durian or jackfruit.)

– Check with the office or your child’s teacher before giving out private birthday party invitations. This makes sure no child feels left out or excluded.

Check out our Frequently Asked Questions page to find out more info on parties, events and more.

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Back To School

Here in Phnom Penh, Khmer New Year is almost here!  After the holidays comes Term 3. Is your child ready for “Back To School”?

Back To School

Returning to school after a long holiday can be a challenge for parents, teachers and students alike. At our schoolhouse here in Phnom Penh, we encounter extended holidays 3 times a year.

Parents often fear their children will “forget” school after so much time away. Teacher’s worry about jetlagged students, not keen on school after so much time away.

What’s the DK school method to combat ‘back to school blues’ ?

Parent’s Can:

Make sure your little one gets a good night sleep the night before. An early bedtime (and at least 8-10 hours of uninterrupted sleep) will make for a much happier child the next morning.

Get your child ready for school a few days in advance. Start talking about school, what they will be doing in class and engaging your child in discussion about school.

Make the first morning of school a happy occasion. Now we at DK Schoolhouse know, this is much easier said then done as parents have to rush out the door and deal with a myriad of other demands. But small things can make a huge difference in how your child feels on their first day back. A good-morning cuddle. A soft whispered song in their ear. A pre-planned outfit that they look forward to wearing. A special breakfast on the way to school. A chit-chat in the car along the way.

And most importantly remember that children need  time to get used to changes. If the first day back is rough, don’t give up. Keep up a consistent and positive routine and very soon your child will be right back in the swing of things.

DK teachers are here to help make the transition as smooth as possible. We are all here to help you! PS: Click here to download your copy of our school calendar.

Happy Holidays!

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