This week has been a lot of fun as two big inquiries have happened. The Turtles class became interested in pizza! A group of children turned dramatic play in a pizza parlour (complete with wood burning oven!). They decorated the table, made menus, practised using the cash register, and even tied up their pretend dogs outside! We watched a video about how to make pizza and wrote out the recipe. We read a silly poem about pizza and found the rhyming words.
Many friends chose to make Shape Pizzas! Can you count the different shapes you see?
In the Whales room, the attention of many friends has turned to castles. On Monday, a group of students at the art table began wearing crowns. This started an interesting discussion: Who wears crowns? We knew kings and queens and princes and princesses did. We thought they all lived in castles. We brainstormed what we already know about castles and wrote down our wonders about them. We watched a video about the most beautiful castles around the world. Friends were especially intrigued by the geometric shapes in the castles from Japan. We read a non-fiction book about castles and learned many new vocabulary words about the specialized areas within a castle. Students have been working hard transforming dramatic play into a castle of our own!
Enjoy a few more pictures from our week! Have a safe and fun weekend everyone.
What a week this has been! We hope everyone had a wonderful Family Day on Monday...the calm before the (crazy!) storm.
This was our Spirit Week and on Tuesday we had Jersey Fun. Here's a Sens fan playing one of our math games "domino parking lot" (you add up the number of dots on both sides of the domino and "park" it on the right spot on our number mat).
This week, spies have come out in full force in the Turtles room. Everyone wanted to make a spy kit. They made lists and found/made what should go inside: magnifying glass, night vision goggles, notepad, pen, key...
On Wednesday, we had a cozy day in our pajamas and a fun afternoon playing BINGO. Junior classes came down to help us with the game. What a great activity for number recognition! Congratulations to the BINGO winners!
On Thursday, we were happy to see all of our friends again! It was Dress Like Your Favourite Book Character Day. We had some very creative costumes and lots of fun reading the favourite stories of our friends in both rooms. We had a visit from the junior students in the afternoon - they came into both classes to read with our kinders for Buddy Reading! We had so many compliments about what great reading skills our kinders have. Keep looking for the title and authors name when you read, and use your reading strategies: making connections, making predictions and visualizing as you read the story. SKs, keep an eye out for sight words (you can see the list of sight words we focus on under the 'Resources' tab).
Resting book characters :)
Can you tell which book is our favourite?
Friday was Superhero Day! That morning, we worked very hard to build 90 snowmen with the rest of the primary students. Thanks Mrs. Grant for delivering our 'snowmen accessories' (pompoms, carrots, sticks...so fun)! That afternoon, we were treated to a movie and popcorn. What a great way to end our week!
Here are some more pictures of our learning this week. We love stumbling across evidence of what we've been covering in student's play!
Thanks for a fun spirit week Turtles and Whales!
Both the Turtles and the Whales are in desperate need of:
- Aluminum foil
- Pencil crayons
- Cream of tartar
- All purpose flour
Donations would be much appreciated. Thank you!
What a LOVE-ly week the Turtles and Whales had! On Monday, we talked with both groups about the Lenten season. We compared it to Advent and discussed the hard things Jesus did in his life. We brainstormed good deeds that we can do during Lent to honour the sacrifices Jesus made for us. The students had so many good ideas to share: caring, sharing, cooperating and using nice words!
On Tuesday, both groups celebrated Shrove Tuesday. We learned that many people enjoy a treat on this day before Lent begins. We made pancakes - what a great learning opportunity. We practised our reading and measuring skills by following a recipe. We helped pour, mix, and cook! They were delicious (or at least the syrup was :) )
It was fun seeing many students at the Mardi Gras celebration in our gym our Tuesday. We heard lots of stories about the party the following day. Thank you to parent council for organizing such a wonderful event for our school.
On Wednesday, we joined the rest of the school at Blessed Sacrament church for our Ash Wednesday mass. It was a beautiful service and the kinders did an amazing job! So respectful. Thank you to Madame Adou and Mr. Lapointe's junior classes for being our buddies (they walked us to and from church and sat with us!). When we returned, some friends were curious about the ashes that were placed on our foreheads. They used mirrors to look closely at their reflections and drew self-portraits.
The Whales received an exciting email on Thursday. Our classmate who moved to Yellowknife sent us some amazing pictures of life up North! We compared the photos to Ottawa. We also discussed the different hours of daylight between Yellowknife and here.
Friday was one of the best days of the school year! Valentine's Day! The kinders have been looking forward to Valentines day for weeks. Everyone looked so cute in their Valentine's Day colours. Friends were bursting to hand out their valentines and give hugs :)
In the morning, we had our kinder Valentines Day celebration. We split the kinders up into groups and rotated through different centers. Students got to make a love bracelet, decorate a Valentine's Day cookie, create and cast a love potion, and participate in Valentine's Day obstacle courses in the gym! Thank you to the fantastic parent volunteers who came in that morning and helped out our groups. We really appreciate it!
The afternoon was spent exchanging Valentine's, reading Valentine's Day books and having little dance parties! So fun.
Thank you to Miss Lorelei and the Campos family for baking the cookies. They got rave reviews from all. One friend remarked, "These are better than french fries!" Highest honours.
A new inquiry began in the Turtles room this week! They are interested in all things spies. Students have been creating the gear they think spies need. They figured out how to make walkie-talkies from our recyclables and want to assemble a spy kit next week. They even cracked some letter/symbol codes that were left out for them!
In the Whales room, measurement has taken off! We are practising how to measure with non-standard (cubes, links) and standard (rulers, measuring tapes) units of measurement. What can you measure at home this weekend? Challenge: how could you measure the width of an orange?
Also, thank you to Mrs. Grant for the cinnamon hearts. We predicted what would happen if we put them in snow and ice (we were right - everything turned red!) Our little scientists at work:
Here are some pictures of other happenings this week:
Have a great long weekend! Happy Family Day!
The Kindergarten Team
PS. Don't forget next week is Spirit Week. Tuesday is Jersey Day!
This week kicked off with great Groundhog excitement! We learned about groundhogs and persuaded the children to cross their fingers for an early Spring :)
Through our discussions, we talked more about graphing. Students used the co-created bar graph to read data. "More people think the groundhog will see his shadow. Fewer people believe the groundhog will not see his shadow."
from Wednesday was an interesting day weather-wise. Our first bus cancellation of the year! On bus cancellation days, kindergarten students are dismissed from the primary doors (the doors the kinders walk into in the morning). The rest of the school is dismissed from the gym. If your child has a sibling in the gym, we suggest going to the schoolyard, knocking on the primary doors to get your kinder, then going through the gym doors that open onto the schoolyard to save you from a longer walk :)
The Whales had a "whale" of a time at their Balloon Day! They turned dramatic play into a hot air balloon, used balloons to propel cars for races, played balloon hockey and estimated how many balloons were in a bag suspended from the ceiling. Oh what fun!
Students with big brothers and sisters have started talking a lot about homework. We've made up little homework books for our friends who've requested them to work on at home and at school. Please keep your child's homework book in their mailbag so we can check it and refill it periodically. Working on the book at home is optional and we are so pleased to see how much the children are enjoying it. Many friends like to go to the "homework club" during Thinking and Learning Time!
On Thursday, we celebrated Global Play Day by opening our doors and allowing the children to explore both rooms. It was a blast!
On a sad note, today was Miss Clensia's last day. The Turtles will miss you! Thank you for everything you have done for our classroom this last month.
Have a wonderful weekend everyone!