"There are some who think man is the wisest of creatures and those who know nature to be the best".
We read the story "The Six Cedar Trees" - Illustrated by Coast Salish artist/author Calestine Aleck and cultural edits for the animal characteristics by C. Aleck and Terri Mack and learned many lessons from our Pacific Northwest Coast animals that help us develop a deeper understanding of ourselves.
Communication - I can share my thinking like WOLF.
Creative Thinking - I can be creative like RAVEN.
Critical Thinking - I can be critical like SALMON.
Personal Awareness and Responsibility - I can be reflective like BEAR.
Personal and Cultural Identity - I can honour my roots like ORCA.
Social Responsibility - I can make the world a better place like BEAVER.
We read My Heart Fills with Happinessby International speaker and award winning author Monique Gray Smith and illustrated by celebrated artist Julie Flett as a reminder for us to reflect on and cherish the moments in life that bring us joy.
What are you grateful for?
Our classroom community takes a few minutes at the beginning and end of each day to share our gratitude’s. The more we practice gratitude, the better we get at it and the greater the benefits. This is a reminder for us that there is always something good in every day and that offering our gratitude’s each day will increase our happiness, create lasting happiness, protect us from stress and negativity and lead to stronger relationships.
We read Shi-shi-etko and Shin-Chi's Canoe by Nicola Campbell and also watched the movie directed by Kate Kroll with actress Ta'kaya Blaney. We then shared with each other things we do with our families. We discovered that we learn many life lessons from our families and each of us have our own special family traditions. But most importantly we learned how important families are. Families give us love, hugs, cuddles, kisses, joy, happiness, comfort and safety.
The Circle Philosophy
The Circle of Courage represents the circle of life and the importance of balance,harmony and interconnectedness. "I can make a difference, I can succeed, I am loved, worthy and cared for and I have the power to make decisions"
Coding and Programming - Can you help your Ozobot learn to dance? Can the mouse find the cheese?
We are learning that computer programming is writing a group of instructions for a computer to process/execute. These instructions are typically used to solve a problem. In fact, robots themselves are like computers and need to be programmed before they can do anything. We are discovering that when working with ideas it sometimes takes a few tries to make our ideas come to life.
We can carve safely using simple tools and create an Indigenous animal following the procedures and steps modeled by an expert.
I care for this place and can work with others to make something better.
We registered in the BC Agriculture "Planting a Promise" program. We planted 35 large daffodil bulbs in the planter in front of the west building and 75 Liberation tulip bulbs with the help of our buddy class, Ms. Madu and Mme. Dare in our school garden and in the planter in front of the west building.
Did You Know?
The Liberation tulip bulb is an acknowledgement and celebration of the 75th Anniversary of the liberation of the Netherlands and the important role Canada played.
More than 7,600 Canadian soldiers were killed, wounded or captured in this victorious campaign to liberate the Netherlands.
World War II proved to be relentless and food supplies to the Netherlands were exhausted and many people were reduced to eating tulip bulbs just to try to survive.
Many Dutch people painted “Thank you, Canadians” on their rooftops to show their appreciation to the Canadians who air-dropped food during this time and cheered Canadian troops as one town after another was liberated.
The Royal Family of the Netherlands had escaped capture and found refuge in Ottawa and their daughter Princess Margaret was born in a hospital room that was hastily made a territory of the Netherlands so their daughter could be born on Dutch soil.
Since that time, a strong friendship has existed between Canada and the Netherlands.
Throughout the year we will be exploring the life cycle of a daffodil and tulip and what they need to grow. Through investigations we will be discovering:
Plants are diverse in the way they grow and are different in their appearance, in their use and in their life cycle.
Seasonal changes happen in plants as well as animals.
Plants have basic needs (air, water, soil and light) that must be met for them to grow.
Air, water and soil have different physical characteristics that can affect the growth of plants.
Personal choices have environmental consequences that can affect living resources, like plants.
We are excited and love our beautiful our daffodils and Liberator Tulips that bloomed in April.
We would like to acknowledge, honour and thank our Canadian veterans and their involvement in the liberation of the Netherlands. You are forever in our hearts.