A number of children have enjoyed exploring at our Discovery Table. Using "loose parts" the children had a chance to create salmon habitat and redds. 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.
We've been focussing on the changes that are occurring now in the season of Fall. We went outside this week to see what changes we could notice and we also did a scavenger hunt to look for some things in nature. It was a beautiful day outside and we had lots of fun being "Nature Hunters"!
We've also been busy making fall projects in the classroom:
We played our Autumn math game - Falling Leaves. The children had to practice the math skills of reading dice, matching numbers, and counting. It's a partner game so they practiced the social skills of taking turns and being a good partner. We always make sure to thank our partners for playing when we are done!
We have been busy learning about the life cycle of sockeye salmon. Sally the Salmon has been teaching us all about her life as she went through her different stages of development.
During her travel back, she begins to change and she notices lots of her other friends are beginning to change too. They are all changing to a bright red colour with green heads and green tail. Wow! And the male salmon are all getting big humps on their backs and their mouths are becoming more hooked with sharp teeth. What a transformation!
Finally back at her home, Sally the Salmon finds a mate, digs a redd and lays her eggs. Her male partner fertilizes the eggs with milt and then Sally carefully covers her eggs with small rocks by swishing her tail around. She doesn't want any predators - like birds or bigger fish - to eat her eggs. She wants the life cycle to continue!
We've been practicing our fire drill. We have done it a couple of times by ourselves but now we have done a couple with the whole school. We are getting very good at it! Here are some of the things the children said that we need to remember when we do our fire drill at school:
We had gingerbread men for snack but while they were cooling and we were at the library - they ran away!!
Those sneaky gingerbread men!! They left us notes all around Westmount School. It was quite an exciting time hunting everywhere for them. While we were searching, we met a lot of people who work at the school as well as many of the bigger children in the other classes.
Just when we had given up hope...
We had fun decorating them...
...but best of all, we liked eating them!
We went to the library and met our Teacher-Librarian, Mrs. Sauer. She taught us a lot about the library and how to take care of things.
Mrs. Lord, our Library Assistant, is there to help us sign out our books.
We've already had a couple of trips to the library to take out books. Our library days are Wednesdays. Please help your child remember to bring back the book again the next Wednesday. If the book is returned, s/he will be able to get a new one. Your child needs to transport his/her book back and forth between school and home in a bag to keep it clean and dry.
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!