We went to the library and Mrs. Sauer taught us about Speed Stacking. She taught us the proper way to stack and de-stack the cups. There are certain ways to do it properly.
Then the children got a chance to try it. It was tricky but they were starting to get the hang of it! Very soon at lunch time, Mrs. Sauer will be hosting the Speed Stack Club once a week in the library. The students can choose to go there instead of going outside.
We did a short literature study of the book The Mitten by Jan Brett. We have read the story a number of times and, using masks, the children re-enacted the story using our large mitten. During Activity Time a number of the children took the initiative to use the giant mitten and the masks and act out the story many times!
Many of the children made their own paper versions of the story and some of the children also used our finger puppets to re-tell the story as well as.
As a part of Math, we created a mitten/glove graph. The children all got to "hang up" their answer to the question.
The children have made lots of Christmas projects over the last few weeks:
Our Class Tree
Everyone made a glitter ornament for the tree.
Our Counting Christmas Trees
First they had to put the tree in order - from biggest piece to smallest.
The end results were great:
Wreaths, Bows & Bells, and Snowglobes
We hope that you liked your Christmas present. We made the fingerprint candy cane picture, stamped the gift bag, and created the Santa gift tag. It was a lot of work but they turned out pretty cute!
As a part of Social Studies, we went on a number of journeys around the world on our "magic carpet" to learn about different celebrations that go on during December.
We focused on our own family traditions but then learned that other people in the world have their own special celebrations and traditions. Sometimes these traditions are similar to ours and sometimes they are very different.
We flew to Israel to learn about Hanukkah, to the continent of Africa to learn about Kwanza, and to Mexico to learn about Las Posadas.
In celebration of Hanukkah, we made menorahs:
Some even tried to spin the dreidel:
We "flew to Mexico", learned the traditional song Feliz Navidad, and did the Mexican Hat Dance.
We made poinsettias - a traditional Mexican flower.
I set out "loose parts" to provoke some learning. The focus was on the Core Competency of Creative Thinking. Loose parts allow for open-ended learning. Because they aren't "glued down" the children can adapt and manipulate the pieces in a variety of ways. Then it's easy for a child to change and re-design their creations, especially as their thinking changes. Sometimes I will ask a question when I provide the children with provocations but this time I just provided them with objects to see what would inspire them. Watching and communicating with their peers also allowed for new inspirations and ideas. They were very excited to try many new creations with the same materials.
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.
Everyone made a paper bag house 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, signs, mailboxes, parks, and even a cabin in the woods! The children did an amazing job of thinking up many different things that we might find in a neighbourhood.
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:
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.
Westmount Post Office
Westmount Fire & Rescue
Our Community Helpers:
At work & play:
Then we made our own community helpers:
Community Helper Visitor:
Constable Winkels came and talked to us about her job as a police officer. She showed us all of the equipment she uses to do her job.
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!