Friday, December 11, 2015
I am always amazed at the learning that takes place when I provide the foundation and tools and then give the power to the children to teach each other. They are practicing the skills outlined in the curriculum and strengthening their understanding of key concepts but there is so much more taking place! They are cooperating, sharing, teaching each other, exploring the concepts in different ways, and helping each other form new and deeper understandings. The results are amazing. They are so proud to share their learning. I am so proud of them!
Today we had a lot of fun imagining what it would be like to be an elf! We wrote about what we would make and who we would give a present to if we were one of Santas helpers! Then we used the elf yourself app to turn ourselves into dancing Christmas elves and we created paper versions of our elf self for the hall. We could not stop giggling!
Friday, December 04, 2015
At sharing circle today the kids got to post their thoughts on the blog all by themselves.
Here is how they were feeling at the end of this very busy week!
Annalynn I am proud of making two cards for my parents
Justine : I am proud I made a creation out of Playdough
Jakob: I am proud that I played a new game on the iPad
Sophie: I am proud of myself because I learned about bugs on the iPad
Isabella: because I did a lot of words I am proud of word work
Matthew: I made an overpowered ship with Lego
Grace: I am proud that I got to put something in the hall
Annalynn: I am proud because I wrote two cards and a poem today
Sebastian : I am proud that I tried my best today
Brodie: I am proud that I built a police car out of Lego
Parker: I am proud that I made a creeper out of Lego
Avery: I am proud I spelled my writing
Thursday, December 03, 2015
We made paper pattern chains to help keep track of how many days until Christmas. We learned sooooo much math from this activity! Counting on, counting back, even and odd, patterns, estimation, measurement, addition, and counting equal sets...multiplication!!! At the end of the activity Grace had an amazing wonder... How many links would our chain have if we joined all 18 groups together? I think I know what we are going to be doing tomorrow!!!!! These kiddos amaze me with their insight, deep thinking and never ending wonders!!!! I love my job!
Tuesday, December 01, 2015
For the concert we will be performing two numbers. The first is a song about Manitoba animals. It is based on the story called "Who is in the Woods?" Some children have instrumental parts and others are acting as animals. The animals are showing that they can keep a "snappy beat". We have really been practicing the stepping to the beat of the song.
The other part of our performance is a recital of a poem.-Not just any poem ... A poem we wrote as a class on the first day it snowed! The kids were so excited that day! We talked about expressing our feelings in a poem and came up with "The Snowy Day". We also have been talking about how good readers read with feeling. So they will read it with first with excitement and feeling just like they felt on that first day the snow fell. Then they are going to read it again and change their voices and expression so it sounds like the way a grown-up might have felt in the day the snow arrived! I think you will enjoy it a lot!!! They think so too!
Monday, November 30, 2015
Friday, November 27, 2015
This winter season we would like to help our friend Callie help the homeless. Callie is a friend of ours that used to come to this school. When Callie was in grade 5, she learned of how there are many people living on our streets with nothing at all, so she created Callie’s Backpacks.
Callie collects backpacks and many different items that people need to survive and feel comfortable. Once she has collected the items, she distributes them to people in need. So far she has handed out over 200 backpacks, but there is still a need for more.
When you and your family come to the winter concert, please bring some items that will help fill the backpacks. Here are some items that would be helpful.
· Warm socks
· Packaged Snacks
· Lip gloss
· Travel size hand cream
· Travel Mugs
We will put boxes outside the office for collection during the week, and at the doors of the gym during the winter concert.
Thank you for your support!
Monday, November 23, 2015
We have been learning all about the characteristics and needs of living things. This has been a huge topic in room 14. We learned what a living thing is, and what living things need to survive. We used this knowledge while we researched a Manitoba animal. Finally we put all the learning to work and created a animal habitat for our animal, complete with food, water, shelter and enemies! This was an amazing opportunity for the students to share their knowledge through a hands on experience. You can come see our finished tofu cuts at the open house on Thursday night. Here is a sneak peek ..,,