We had a great day at the farm. Friends enjoyed exploring the different barns, playing on the playstructure and learning more about animals. We braved the heat and the Turtles and Whales were awesome ambassadors for CCH! Way to go everybody. A HUGE thank you to our awesome parent volunteers for making our trip possible. Such a nice way to celebrate all the hard work the students have put in this year. Have a great weekend everyone! :)
This week, Turtles and Whales took a closer look at the Shape Go Map. We used the map to come up with a story by the class. The Turtles wrote a story about Robert Munsch, and the Whales wrote a story about Angry Birds. We discussed how authors brainstorm before publishing their work. This inspired many friends to make their own books! Both rooms are filled with budding authors.
Two things really piqued the interest of the Turtles this week: castles and time! We borrowed the castle from EDP and friends have been using it to act out many stories in small world play. The donation of a clock from one of our families also had friends wanting to make their own, paper plate version. We gave a brief overview of how a clock works and that it keeps track of time. How else can you keep track of time (calendar, sun....)?
Corpus Christi students were really lucky this week - each class got to work on a dance routine with a dance instructor! We worked hard all week and on Friday, classes got to present them to each other. This inspired the Whales to make a stage in their room. Many plays (and some Frozen singalongs) were acted out here:
Warm weather is here! Don't forget hats, sunscreen and a water bottle as the days get warmer. We are normally outside twice a day.
We hope everyone has a fun and restful long weekend. We will see you on Tuesday!
We hope everyone had an enjoyable week. The kinders have sure been loving the warmer weather! As the weather can be a bit unpredictable this month, please ensure your son/daughter comes to school with a hat for sunny days and sweater or light jacket for chilly mornings.
This week, we talked about syllables. We practised clapping the syllables in different words, and also put our hands under our chins and took note of the number of "bumps" we felt. We sang this song and practised with many different words!
to the tune of Row, Row, Row Your Boat)
Syllables are sounds we hear,
In each and every word,
Count the parts in WORD,
And tell me what you heard!
We presented both groups with a math challenge this week: How many different combinations can you make using only a red, blue and yellow block? Many friends visited the math table and did a great job exploring the different ways to make towers! We love when their thinking exceeds our expectations. We set out a recording sheet with blank vertical towers the students could fill in. Many students realized they could make different combinations by setting out the blocks in different ways (ie two on bottom, one on top). Love the out of the box thinking!
Fun in the sun!
Catholic Education Week is always one of the most exciting and jam-packed weeks of the year. On Monday, things started off with a lovely Open House muffin breakfast in the gym. It was great to see everyone and the children were proud to have the opportunity to show off our hard work. Both classes documented and displayed one of our talking circles (about your favourite thing at school/school memory), among other things.
We had SO MUCH FUN at Scientists in Schools Monday afternoon. Both groups participated in the "Backyard Bugs" workshop. Perfect timing as we have found many ants in our classrooms of late :) . We learned that insects have three main sections: head, thorax and abdomen. We also learned that insects have 6 legs, all about the life cycle of butterflies, how some insects camouflage themselves and how mosquitoes suck blood and flies eat their food (they spit on it first! Gross!)
We got to see what it was like to have compound eyes (couldn't resist the cuteness of these pics...)
Thank you to the parents who came in to help out :)
On Tuesday, we had the book fair. This was an exciting day in the Turtles class because a Turtle won the book fair draw! He won $25 in books and also $25 in books for our class. A great day!
We also had a really interesting presentation by Hydro Ottawa about electricity and keeping ourselves safe! It was a busy day!
On Wednesday, we wore our school colours - green and white! This got us in the spirit for our school's 90th celebration on Friday.
Thursday was Dress as Your Favourite Book Character Day. Lots of cute costumes! Waldo, princesses, the Hulk, the Chicka Chicka Boom Boom tree.....here's Pinkalicious and Max from Where the Wild Things are that morning:
On Friday, we had a special liturgy in our gym to celebrate our school's 90th birthday. The mural that was made by our school was given a special blessing. The kinders were very respectful and excited about our school's 'birthday party' :) Thank you to Mrs. Wong for organizing a beautiful service and thank you to Mrs. Grant for our awesome shirts! #CorpusChristiPride
In between all the special activities, here's what we got up to in our classrooms:
Turtles - insect science lab, making flubber, playing dominoes, building with lego, baking treats at the bakery, experimenting with watercolours, counting by 5s....
Whales - shopping and planting at the garden centre, making insects out of playdough, documenting our own work on the Ipads, making palettes of the colours we need and painting beautiful still lifes of flowers, collecting the seeds we find in our lunch boxes, counting by 5s.....
Have a great weekend!