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.
We played a new pumpkin math partner game this week. With a partner they took turns rolling the dice and colouring the pumpkin that matched the number on their dice. The children are getting quicker at being able to recognize the number of dots on the dice without having to count them each time. Instantly recognizing groups is an important math skill that we will be practicing throughout the year. The children also practiced being a good partner, taking turns, being patient and when the game was over they needed to thank their partner. They did an awesome job!
What kind of face should we carve our jack-o-lantern?
That was our graphing question. So each child got to draw the face that they wanted, then they put it on our graph, and when everyone was finished the one with the most was the face that we would carve.
The children had fun scooping out all the seeds and the pulp.
Our finished product:
We sure enjoyed Halloween day - our costume parade and our party!
We were thoroughly entertained by Sandra "Safire" Sommerville this past week. The children sure enjoyed her circus-style performance. She juggled many different objects but her finale was certainly a 'show stopper'. The lights were off while she juggled hoops and wands that lit up!
I set up a challenge for the students to see if they could build a gate for our five little pumpkins. They had to use some good critical thinking strategies to find a way to balance the pumpkins. Many of the students came up with some good ideas. They planned them, tested their plan, and then often had to refine their thinking to make it work. These kinds of challenges are a part of the Applied Design, Skills, and Technologies component of our curriculum.
We love our story "Five Little Pumpkins". We have re-told the story with our finger pumpkin mitt and we've read it as a big book. But the best was when we dramatized it using our stick puppets.
We've been talking a lot about 'being brave' - just like Kerry Koala from our Fun Friends program. The children got to practice this by standing up in front of their classmates and saying their lines. A fantastic job by everyone!! It's always a bucket filler to hear your friends clap for you when you finish!
Meet Kerry Koala:
We've been using the Fun Friends program to help us talk about feelings and emotions. This week Kerry Koala came to our class but she was very nervous. We talked about being 'brave' and how that means sometimes we have to do things even if they are a bit scary. The children helped Kerry be brave by telling her some of the things that she needed to do to talk in front of the whole class. They told her to use a big voice, to stand tall, and to look them in the eye.
It's important for children to be able to identify and express their emotions in appropriate ways. Kerry Koala used different pictures to talk to the children about their feelings. Then we made Kerry Koala stick puppets - happy, sad, scared, and mad.
We used the stick puppets to show how we would feel during different scenarios: you fall down and scape your knee - how do you feel?; your first day of kindergarten - how do you feel?; Mom and Dad take you for ice cream - how do you feel? etc.
We will be seeing Kerry Koala a number of times throughout the year to teach us about feelings, how to face fears, relax, solve problems, and set goals.
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!