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Have a fantastic weekend!
Learning around the room - math (rolling dice, counting and feeding pumpkin seeds to hungry pumpkins); language (making letters with wikki stix); fine motor (using tongs and tweezers to pick up pom poms and transfer them to a tray - also math involved here), a sensory playdough flower shop, a creative rocket ship built by friends, and a block house with a room of every kind; science (seeing, wondering and thinking about a strange object in the sensory bin - is it an egg or a seed? "Let's open it up and see!)
Beautiful sunflower art inspired by the book "The Tiny Seed".
A spontaneous science experiment that came from discovering that a toy could spin. The explorer was challenged to see what would happen if an object was put inside the spinner. A pumpkin seed was chosen, that seemed to disappear while spinning. With some problem solving, we coloured it purple. We could then see it while spinning. Other seeds and small toys were then chosen for comparison. Lots of centrifugal fun (although they didn't know that's what it was called).
A shorter week, but not short on learning....a reminder that if you click on individual photos, there are captions for some of them. As you can see from the photos, the children are exploring concepts learned in whole and small group in the classroom during their play and exploration. They challenge themselves and extend their learning with our support. They are proud of what they can do.
An inquiry seems to be starting in the classroom. Tiny soft things were discovered inside a pod and some were thinking that they are seeds. They had fun blowing them around and wondered why they blow around but some seeds do not. They wanted to know what would happen if we planted some seeds and would like to know which items in our fall bin have seeds and which do not. We will be exploring these ideas over the next few days to see where it takes us.
A busy week in Forest schools, searching for patterns, building letters, creating pumpkins, crayon leaf rubbings, and Thanksgiving books and songs. A quick thanks too, to the little fairy who dropped off the pumpkins and corn at our door for us to explore! Such a nice surprise! Happy Thanksgiving everyone!
We made applesauce together in K1 on Friday. The kids did every aspect of it, including the cutting (we cut wedges and then they used plastic knives to cut small pieces). We included numeracy and literacy by counting apples, using words like more or less, measurement for ingredients, and used sequencing words in both languages for describing the steps. We ended with eating the delicious applesauce. Many kids wanted a second and third helping!
Hard to believe that we have come to the end of our first month! The children are learning the routines well, and are forming solid friendships. They are exploring the classroom in rich ways and we have seen so much learning happening. A big focus has been on patterning (we had a challenge to go home and create a pattern for you using our body movements, objects or words), counting and number recognition, printing our names and classmates' names, a variety of fall concepts (colours, harvest - we will be making applesauce tomorrow, and weather), conscious discipline including breathing and other self-regulation strategies, lockdown and fire-drill procedures (we had our first school drill and did fantastically well), fine motor development (we are loving painting, cutting and drawing), and learning new songs and games in both languages. We enjoy going to the gym and will begin Forest Schools next week. JK's are getting better at choosing their own snacks, and many are very successful in putting their own coats on using the flip trick (ask them about it!).
It was a very great pleasure seeing many of you at our Parent Night. We look forward to working with you throughout the year and thank you again for your support and role in your child's education. It really does take a village to raise a child! Please continue checking this site as well as our school website for updates, such as the Fall Food Drive currently happening. Many thanks to those who have already sent in non-perishable food donations.
As the weather turns colder, a reminder that you may want to keep a hat and mittens/sweater in your child's backpack for those chillier days. We do check the weather as the day progresses and instruct the children on whether it has warmed up or not. We do however, ask that only running shoes OR rubber boots be sent in each day as switching footwear mid-day causes great confusion for the children and often results in misplaced footwear. A reminder again that if you label everything, we can assist in making sure that it goes home with your child. Several children have identical belongings and the names help us greatly.
We are thrilled with how the month of September has gone and look forward to October. We will begin our Scholastic orders this month (info to come) and also hope to have Raz kids (at home reading program) and Dreambox (at home math program), available within the month as well. Many thanks for a great start! We love teaching your children - they make us smile every day.
Literacy, Numeracy, Science, Arts and Social-Emotional Learning abound in these photos. There are captured conversations and details to show the learning that was happening in some of the photos.
"My horse jumps so far, all the way to here." "Mine jumps far too, to this one." Teacher asks, "How can you know which one really jumps the furthest?" "Because I see it and my horse jumped over...(stops to count) 4 circles and her horse only jumped over 2 circles." Other girl: "I need to put more circles."
Wow! What a great beginning! We have had a busy first two weeks getting to know each other, learning new routines, and exploring our classroom environment. We are enjoying our inside and outside play and are starting to follow many transitions as though we have done them our whole lives. Everything from taking care of our belongings to tidying up our classroom together. We are starting to figure out which parts of our food are snacks and which are lunch. We had a practice fire drill and did a perfect job.
We have read some wonderful books, including "The Way I Feel", which reminds us of the many feelings that we can have. We talked about how all of our feelings are important but that we have to show them in appropriate ways. That lead to a discussion on what to do when we feel upset or angry. We have also read a few of our Schubert books and some of us are pros at doing the breathing techniques. We especially like doing the balloon and rainbow breaths.
We have learned some new songs in both French and English, and are often heard humming them while we play. We are getting to know each other's names, and are finding lots of things to do with our new friends, or on our own, in our beautiful and fun classroom. Our returning SK's are enjoying being role models and helpers for their new Jk friends. We have met our new Principal Mrs. Blackburn, and learned about all of the other important people in our school. We sang a song to help us remember.
We are seeing signs of fall and learned that autumn is a different way of saying 'fall'. We are going to examine fall nature finds more closely. We were wondering why some vegetables and fruits have "skin" (some of us said that only people have skin) or peel and why we eat some and not others. We will be exploring this by examining different produce. There is so much that we have learned and so much that we want to know...we can't wait to be back next week!
Stay tuned for photos beginning next week, that show the math, language, science, art and many other things that we are already learning in K1!
This is where you will find photos, wonderings and discoveries that occur in our busy classroom environment.