This week we investigated the question “What colour are your eyes?” The children all made their faces from construction paper. As a part of math we then created a huge eye colour graph using their “faces”. Ask your child which eye colour we have the most and least of.
Do you recognize your child?
As part of our new re-designed curriculum, the children learned about our three Core Competencies - Communication, Thinking, and Personal & Social. The Core Competencies umbrella the literacy and numeracy foundations and essential academic content and concepts taught throughout the year. Core Competencies are sets of intellectual, personal, and social & emotional proficiencies that all students need to develop in order to engage in deep, life-long learning.
We learned about the three Competencies this week and have begun to use the vocabulary in our daily learning. The children each chose a poster to colour. Throughout the year we will be making connections to the Core Competencies with our learning.
Some of our finished posters:
We've been reading and learning about Remembrance Day and Peace.
The children all drew about what 'peace' meant to them:
During Activity Time the children have chosen to colour, make booklets, and do a variety of activities about Remembrance Day. A number of children have enjoyed the poppy provocation at our Discovery Centre.
A 'provocation' is simply to provoke - it encourages thoughts, discussions, questions, interests, creativity and ideas.
I provided them with the materials and the challenge...they had to come up with their own creations. The children are connecting with the Core Competency, Creative Thinking, and if they are working with a friend they are using the Communication Core Competency. They are practicing the skill of sharing their thoughts as well as listening to others' ideas.
The children all made big poppies and we also created a class wreath. The children all traced and cut out their hands for the background. Tracing and cutting out our hands was tough but they did an amazing job! They made small poppies to decorate it. We used the wreath at our assembly on Friday.
We used our Critical Thinking skills to hypothesize about which of our pumpkins we thought would have the most seeds - the orange, white, or green/brown pumpkin. Everyone got to put a tally line beside the pumpkin that they thought would have the most seeds. Which one do you think it will be?
Then we had to carry out the task of cleaning and scooping out the seeds from our pumpkins.
The next part of our task was to count the seeds - what a big job! Using our hundreds chart made it a little bit easier.
The last part of our task was to compare our results and determine which number was bigger. When we are working with big numbers in the hundreds, it can be difficult to understand for four and five year olds.
I set up a challenge for the students to see if they could build a gate for our five little pumpkins. They had to use some good critical thinking strategies to find a way to balance the pumpkins. Many of the students came up with some good ideas. They planned them, tested their plan, and then often had to refine their thinking to make it work. These kinds of challenges are a part of the Applied Design, Skills, and Technologies component of our new curriculum.
We love our story "Five Little Pumpkins". We have re-told the story with our finger pumpkin mitt and with our flannel board. We've read it as a big book. But the best was when we dramatized it using our stick puppets.
We've been talking a lot about 'being brave' - just like Kerry Koala from our Fun Friends program. The children got to practice this by standing up in front of their classmates and saying their lines. A fantastic job by everyone!! It's always a bucket filler to hear your friends clap for you when you finish!
The students have enjoyed making observations and taking note of things that they notice about our leaves, pumpkins and gourds at our Discovery Centre. They have been using our "Things I notice" sheets to document their observations.
Float or Sink - What do you think?
We wondered that, too. So...we put it to the test. First we all got to hold our heavy pumpkin and then we made a guess whether we thought our heavy pumpkin would sink or float.
Then we put it into water to see if our guesses were right or not.
Ask your child to tell you what happened!
I'm Mrs. MacDonald. Welcome to a window into our kindergarten classroom. My goal of this blog is to give you an opportunity to see some of the things that we are doing at school. Enjoy!