We had our first art lesson this week! We learned how to draw a giraffe through the directed drawing technique (I draw, then you draw). After drawing our giraffe’s we added some patterns in the background using wax crayons. Our final step was painting the giraffe–so fun to see what happens when you paint over crayons!
Nature school starts next Tuesday!!
I’ve sent home the following letter and brochure explaining “Nature School”. I know we had a great time learning and exploring outside last year–and look forward to new and exciting learning adventures this year!
Please make sure your child has the appropriate clothing needed to fully participate.
new nature brochure
nature school letter to parents
Our schedule has been set! A paper copy is coming home with each child–but here it is if you can’t find yours! If you haven’t sent an extra set of clothes or gym shoes please do so ASAP.
parent timetable 2017
Well, the summer days are coming to an end…I’m sure many of you are excited about heading back to school. Just a few reminders for the coming week…
- All students will return to last year’s classes for the first week.
- School will be in session from 8:50-9:50 on Tuesday September 4th.
- Please bring your gym shoes with you for Wednesday-Friday.
- As I will be welcoming our new K’s for gradual entry–our class will be working with guest teachers for short periods each day (1-1.5 hours daily).
See you all soon–I look forward to hearing about your summer!
We are hard at work learning about numbers in Division 9! One math lesson each week is devoted to a math journal activity–this week we played a dice game (dice are one of the best math materials ever!).
We love dice games!
For this game you need:
- 2 six sided dice
- something to use as counters (mini marshmallows or fishy crackers are fun!)or some crayons to colour with…
I’ve included a link so you can print it out at home to play–
Dracula or Frankenstein?
Ghost Or Witch?
Which character are you???
We’ve started learning some new games in drama this week.
I think our favourite is “The Floor Is Lava”! This game encourages cooperation and communication–ask your child how to play…all you’ll need is something for the floor (like pillows, or place mats)!
Our second game is “I Can Do This”. No materials needed, although I recommend a soft floor (lots of your children end up on the floor during this game–and so will you!) This game encourages attention to detail, body control and a creative mind! Good luck trying these!
Our third game is called “Duckie Wuckie” and encourages communication and control of our outward emotions! All this game requires is 3-4 players and an ability to keep a straight face–look out some of your children are amazing at this one!
What did you notice about your child (and yourself!) while playing these games?
Each Wednesday we have been participating in ‘nature school’ from 9-10:30. We have had a great time exploring our senses. We’ve participated in a ‘listening walk‘, a ‘looking walk’ (scavenger hunt), and a ‘touching walk’ where we explored the texture of items in nature with paper rubbings and crayons.
The last few weeks we have focused on the changing leaves and signs of fall. Although the weather hasn’t been the best–we are still going out and enjoying ourselves.
Here are a few stories we’ve listened to/watched:
“The Rain Came Down” (We were so quiet while trying to figure out if it was Mr. Seto reading–it wasn’t!)
“Fall Leaves Fall” (We loved her accent!)
This week we did a leaf hunt–looking for these 5 different types of leaves:
- a smooth edged leaf
- a toothed edge leaf
- a lobed leaf
- a needle
- a compound leaf
After collecting the leaves, we used pencils to sketch them. It was a bit wet–but the covered area at the park protected us. What a great day!
Can you go on a leaf hunt in your neighbourhood and find these leaves?
In language arts we have been reading stories with different versions. For example, the ‘Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly’ has become a series of books with the old lady swallowing just about anything you can think of! (My favourite is the pie one!). Another story we looked at was “We’re going on a bear hunt”. There are a few new versions of this one too!
These stories morphed into drama activities as well…
We began by acting out the story “We’re Going On A Bear Hunt”.
After working through it a few times, we added our own creative ideas of where we could go:
- inside a library
- around a bubbling volcano
- through Mexico
We have since added a new twist, by looking at the story “We’re Going On A Ghost Hunt”! We also added some new creepy places to search for this story as well.
Can you think of a story we could try?
BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND!
Our Big Idea:
We use patterns to represent identified regularities and to form generalizations: Repeating elements can be identified.
We have been working hard learning about patterns in math and decided to use our knowledge to create some patterns outside in nature.
We had the choice to:
- work alone
- work with a partner
- work with a group to create our patterns
We had to gather materials, choose a pattern to represent (the core), and then create that pattern (making sure to repeat it 3 times).
Here are some of our results. Try some of your own at home…
Categories: Math, Science
Our schedule has been set. It is of course subject to change…although we try to stick to it as much as we can! Please let me know if you have any questions.
parent timetable 2017