Using the Creative Thinking Core Competency, the children made their own 'Love Bug' using loose parts.
Next, the children did some writing about their Love Bug in their "I Am An Author" book.
Together we thought about what would happen if we would got an early spring or if we continued with more winter. The children each decided what they would prefer and why:
This was what greeted the students in preparation for Chinese New Year - our table of Chinese "artifacts". This is called provocation - a way to provoke the curiosity and interest of students.
Our Jar Candles
Westmount Chinese Restaurant
We opened the Westmount Chinese Restaurant in our Dramatic Play area. The children enjoyed serving the "food". We even had visits from Ms. Mabee and Mrs. Connolly! Our Chinese food at our playhouse was a great place to practice using chopsticks. What a challenge! The children practiced role-playing financial transactions using our play money and cash register.
The Year of the Rat
This year is the Year of the Rat. We also figured out that we were born in the Year of the Horse. The children tried writing those Chinese characters. It was tricky!
We made our own stand-up rats
Our Lucky Signs
We finished off our Chinese New Year theme by joining our friends in Mrs. Zirnhelt's Grade Two class for a Chinese lunch. Following Chinese tradition we brought our friends a gift - an orange, which is a symbol of good luck and wealth. It was a great experience for the children to try foods that many had not tried before!
We created framed family pictures this week. The children drew the people in their immediate family, they glued it to a 'house frame', and then coloured the frame. Each child presented their family picture to the class and introduced all of the people in their family. This is an important part of practicing their oral language. It can be very intimidating to present and speak in front of all of their peers. They all did an amazing job!
We've been doing lots of things with our names lately. This is helping us learn about the letters of the alphabet that are in our name. The focus has also been on uppercase compared to lowercase letters.
How many letters are in your name?
We cut our names apart and counted the number of letters that are in our names. Then we created a floor graph to compare them to our friends' names.
Because we see the names of the children in our class every day that we are at school, they become some of the first words that we learn to read. We've been practicing reading each other's names in class big books, pocket chart songs, from the Special Friend list, and from many other places in our classroom.
We created 'name puzzles' by cutting each letter of our names in different shapes (practicing our cutting skills!) and then we had to put our puzzle back together. It became a bit trickier when we had to complete the puzzles of our classmates' names.
Everyone made Name Caterpillars. Each letter of their name had to go on one circle for the body of the caterpillar. They had to think about how many circles they would need to make their caterpillar and they also had to make sure that they made it go the right direction for reading purposes. It's harder than it sounds! We compared their lengths. Some of the caterpillars are very long and others are very short! We decided to have them crawl in and around our classroom tree.
Let's make our names!
Using a variety of materials at our Discovery Centre, we had fun making our names!
We've been reading and learning about Remembrance Day and peace.
Our focus has been on how we can show kindness and how this relates to peace. The children all drew what act of kindness they can do to promote peace.
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 creating at our Discovery Centre.
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.
Our finished products:
We also painted an Aboriginal poppy:
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!