Our big critters:
We had a fantastic day at Isobel Lake last Friday. The weather was beautiful and the children had a great time. I've included some photos of our day. Thank you to all of the parents who volunteered their time and came with us on the trip.
The little critters and discoveries:
Pond Study with Mr. Deptuck
We wondered what plants would need to grow so we conducted a science experiment. We planted three seeds.
One would not get any water. We planted it in a cup with soil and left it in the light.
One would not get any soil. We put the seed in a cup, watered it and left it in the light. One would not get any light. We planted it in a cup of soil, watered it and put it in a box.
The children noticed:
"the one with no soil started to sprout"
"the one with no light grew"
"the one with no light is yellow, not green"
"the one with no water didn't do anything"
"the seed coat fell off the one with no light" (you can see it on the paper towel in the photo)
"the one with no soil got roots but the stem didn't go up"
"the one with no light didn't have big leaves like our beanstalks"
We brainstormed and created a list of what:
- plants have
- plants need
- plants give
We have been busy learning about the life cycle of different insects. Our biggest focus has been on butterflies. We received our butterfly larvae - commonly known as "caterpillars" - and they have been busy eating and getting bigger.
The larvae have now moved onto their next stage of development - pupa. They are all snug in their chrysalis and we are patiently waiting for them to emerge into adulthood. The chrysalis are all hanging on the side of the tank and it hopefully won't be too long before we have a number of butterflies!
The children demonstrated their understanding of the butterfly life cycle by using pasta noodles.
The School District has started a new program called "You Can Count On Me" to help promote math skills. It was great that so many parents were able to attend the session to learn math games and then teach and play them with their child. What a fun way to spend time with your child and also practice math! Families that were able to attend got to take home a package of math materials to play the games. We hope that this will encourage families to play math games over the summer to help further develop math skills.
This week we introduced our newest centre - Kindergarten Construction. Using our new workbench and tools the children are having fun experimenting! They are not only practicing their motor skills and eye-hand coordination but they are also having to co-operate with classmates and use their language skills to explain their ideas and plans.
We compared the differences and similarities between nails, screws, and bolts. The children got to try screwing all different kinds and sizes of screws into our hole board. Some are easier than others!
Shhh!! For the couple of weeks leading up to Mother's Day we have had to keep the things that we have been working on a secret, otherwise it would ruin the surprise at the Mother's Day Tea.
The children enjoyed singing and performing, serving the food and drinks, and presenting the gifts for their Moms. The children did a great job and were super hosts! We hope that the Moms enjoyed it, too!
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!