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 have continued with our “Me; My Family; & My Community” theme. The class has been a busy place 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.
As a part of our "Me; My Family; My Community" theme, the children had a chance to focus on themselves at the Discovery Centre. Using "loose parts" the children had a chance to create themselves. The idea behind loose parts is that you use different materials to explore, build, create, and design an infinite number of 'masterpieces'. This allows for the students to focus on the Core Competency of Creative Thinking.
Check out some of the students' creations:
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'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.
Then we converted it into a smaller graph.
Everyone made Caterpillar Names. We compared their lengths. Some of the caterpillars are very long! We decided to have our caterpillars climb in our class tree!
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.
The children also coloured and cut out an Aboriginal Poppy - the Thunderbird Poppy - created by Coast Salish artist, Stuart Pagaduan.
We have been enjoying our weekly time with our Big Buddies! It's a great way for students to make connections with other children in the school. It's an excellent opportunity for the older students to take on a leadership role and it's nice for the younger buddy to develop relationships with older students in the school.
Throughout the year we get together to read but we also do different activities and projects. This week we got together with our Big Buddies and made torn paper name posters.
Our Finished Products:
We made our poem into individual booklets.
Then the children read their booklets to a partner. They are getting good at remembering to read while running their finger under the words. The children also had to practice being good listeners while their partner read to them. At the end they had to thank their partner.
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!