We have continued with our “Me; My Family; & My Community” theme. The class has been a busy place this week with a lot of oral language and dramatic play. Our playhouse has become ‘Westmount Restaurant’. Our puppet centre has become a ‘Westmount Fire & Rescue’ truck. The children have been busy writing and sending letters to each other through our ‘Westmount Post Office’. Many of the children have been making chef’s hats, mailbags, fire hats, police hats & badges.
Thanks to all of the parents who drove us up to the Fire Hall. We had a fantastic trip. .
We got a chance to sit in some old fashioned fire trucks
We heard our class be welcomed to the fire hall over the dispatch speaker system and learned about many of the different tools on the trucks
We got to go inside one of the big fire trucks.
The children got to try to knock down a pylon using a fire hose.
We learned about fire safety - not to hide in a fire and not to be afraid of the firemen...even though they look and sound a bit scary in all their gear!
Everyone made paper bag houses for our neighbourhood. They put their house number on the house and then added details.
Many of the children made other things that we would find in our neighbourhood - cars, people, trees, bushes, flowers, pools, many different signs, parks, and even swamps! The children did an amazing job of thinking up many different things that we might find in a neighbourhood.
The School District runs a 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 throughout the year to help further develop math skills.
We created Family Banners this week. The children drew the faces of the people in their immediate family. Then the children presented their Banner to the class and explained about all the people in their family. This is an important part of practicing their oral language and 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 upper case compared to lower case letters.
We created names from glue and glitter sand. Your child can tell you how we made them. This gives our name texture. When the children run their fingers over the bumpy sand they can now "feel" their name providing them with another way to learn and remember the letters.
Everyone made Caterpillar Names. We compared their lengths. Some of the caterpillars are very long! The children decided that the caterpillars should be on our tree.
We've been reading and learning about Remembrance Day and Peace.
A number of the children have chosen to colour, make booklets, or do some of the activities at the drawing & writing centre.
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 a tough job but they did an amazing job! They made small sponge-print poppies to decorate it. We used the wreath at our assembly on Thursday.
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!