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Hello Again!

I’m so embarrassed that I haven’t updated this blog since Christmas time!  Since Henry started walking/running, my nights are spent cleaning up disasters rather than blogging.  Hopefully the periodic paper notices coming home in the planners have kept you informed…but of course you probably want to see pictures!  Here are a few things we enjoyed last term:  

High Touch/High Tech Science Presentation on the properties of matter/using our five senses:  http://smilebox.com/playBlog/4d7a59314e4467344d446b3d0d0a&blogview=true

We made Shape Monsters at the end of a mini-unit on shapes.  The kids were SO creative!  We had a lot of fun with this.  http://smilebox.com/playBlog/4d7a59314e4467354e54593d0d0a&blogview=true

And here are a few images from around the class.  Often the children will build something or write/draw something and ask me to take a picture.  Enjoy!  http://smilebox.com/playBlog/4d7a59314e446b784d54673d0d0a&blogview=true



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ImageOne of my favorite activities from last week was our “ice race.”  We froze three blocks of ice, and the kids worked as teams to melt their ice with droppers.  One table had regular water, one table had sugar water, and one table had salt water.  We discussed our predictions about which one would melt the fastest (predictions were all over the pl


ace!) and then used droppers to see who was correct.  

I worried that the kids

would get bored of using the droppers to melt the ice, but they were very engaged, and surprisingly quiet!  I had to stop them early because of time constraints, so


 the ice wasn’t fully melted…but the winner was clear!  Salt water, of course.  We talked about wha

t had happened, and then recorded the results by drawing pictures (and I scribe


d their observations for them).  Super fun!  


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What a wonderful day!  We spent the afternoon at the Surrey Art Gallery learning about clay and experimenting with different techniques.  We will keep the pots at school for a couple of weeks and paint them before sending them home.  

Here are some pictures from the day!  

Clay Works Field Trip

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Happy New Year!

My apologies for not updating the blog sooner!  It has been a whirlwind couple of weeks now that we are back to school, but the dust is beginning to settle as we move forward into the new term.

So far in January, we’ve had a couple of very snowy days, and this had led to some fun activities relating to snow and winter.  Next week we will start our penguin unit, and after that we will explore bears.

Thank you to all of the parents who have been able to stay for 15 or 20 minutes on Tuesday mornings for “Noisy Reading!”  It is lovely to see families reading together, and it is such a success that I would like to begin “Noisy Math” on Friday mornings in February.  You are invited into the classroom to explore various math work stations with the children, and I think you’ll find it’s quite fun.  It might also give you some ideas of what you can do at home with some simple dollar store materials.

Currently, I am working on creating some bagged math games that the children can check out to play with their families, similar to our home reading program.  They will choose a familiar game to bring home to play with a parent, brother, sister, grandparent, etc, and return it a week later to bring home a different one.  I think this will be a great way to reinforce some of the math concepts we’re working on in class (recognizing dot patterns, part-part-whole relationships, counting, one-to-one correspondence to name a few).

We have also started using planners on a daily basis.  Thank you for helping your child remember to bring it daily, and for checking for any messages each evening.  The planners are a good organizational tool and the students are very enthusiastic about them!

Here are a few pictures of what we’ve been working on lately.  As always, if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to chat with me after school!

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Math Work Stations

This term we have spent a lot of time developing our number sense skills through whole group lessons, free play, and math work stations.  We enjoyed our Halloween themed work stations, and this week, the children will have a chance to explore our winter Math Work Stations.  Here are a few new ones!  Not pictured are the standard activities that the children always have access to, such as pattern blocks, dot/number memory, and patterning with manipulatives.  You can easily recreate favorite games at home, or perhaps they will give you ideas for other activities to play with your child on our rainy Northwest weekends.  


Egg Carton Cover: The students take turns rolling a dot die, and cover the numeral rolled with a pom pom. The first person to fill an egg carton wins. Later, we will use two dice to fill 12-spot cartons (adding combinations of 1-6).


Colour Stairs: Students take turn rolling a coloured die and a dot die. They then choose that number of snap cubes in the colour they rolled to build a staircase. Each “step” must be the same colour. The first person to build a staircase wins, but this can also be a cooperative activity.


Roll a Rainbow: Students take turns rolling the two dice (one colour and one dot) and choose the correct number and color of beads to add to their rainbow. The goal is to fill the rainbow. Can be played individually, as a game, or cooperatively.


Train Race: Two players compete to build a train that reaches the end of the yarn first. They roll a die, and add that many cubes to their ‘train.’


Roll & Cover: A class favorite! Two or more players compete to cover the numbers on their game boards after rolling a die. Next term, we will play with larger numbers and two dice to practice adding. Another variation is “one less” or “one more” where the student rolls a die/dice and covers the number that is one less or one more.


Tree Decorating: Roll the dice and add that number of pom poms to your tree. The first tree decorated is the winner, or can be played individually. The tweezers are added for some fine motor challenge.


Roll a Gingerbread Man: Two players take turns rolling the die, and they add on the body part/clothing that corresponds with the number they rolled.

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Kindergarten In November

This month we will begin an author study of Robert Munsch!  He is a Canadian author with dozens of hilarious tales that appeal to the silliness of children.  You can check out his website here, and even listen to him read his own stories!  He usually has several books available for purchase in the Scholastic newsletter, so if your child comes home talking about Robert Munsch, ask me for a copy of the Scholastic order form–you can usually find his books for a lot cheaper than you would at other places.  

This month’s Busy Bee show n tell theme is “Mystery Item.”  When your child brings home the Busy Bee bag, please help them choose a favorite toy, and help them notice the “beginning sound” (first letter) of the item.  The class will need to guess based on the beginning sound during sharing time.  

In math, we are working on counting, one to one correspondence, categorizing items, and putting items in size and numerical order.  We have been doing several activities to help with number recognition, and we count every day, several times a day.  At home, you can count too!  Ask your child to help you with baking or cooking–if something needs to be stirred for one minute, encourage your child to count to 60 with you (or they) stir.  Brushing teeth?  Count to 60 twice while they do it.  They can count in their heads while they brush, and it helps to listen to you so they can hear the pattern of the counting.  

In Language Arts, we are writing in our journals a few times a week, practicing our printing, and talking about beginning letter sounds each day during shared, interactive writing times.  Encourage your child to “turtle talk” (slowly say a word) and write down the sounds they say as they write at home.  Maybe there is a far away relative who would like a post card from your child?  There are lots of authentic opportunities for writing, and children love to see their talk written down!  

I am always available after school if you would like to discuss how you can support your child’s learning at home.  Please pop by and say hello and take a look around to see what we are working on!


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Lest We Forget

Lest We Forget

I hope everyone found some time this holiday weekend to reflect on the sacrifices veterans have made for our country, and to give thanks for those still serving in peace keeping missions around the world.

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