Pottery-To-Go was a huge success! The children did a fantastic job delicately painting their butterfly and they again applied their knowledge of the mathematical concept of symmetry. We think that you will love the final product! They were so respectful of Nanci, the owner and local artist. We are so proud of them!
We took advantage of the beautiful weather, before the storm, and had a lot of fun in the school yard today!
These guys and gals are "on fire"! They have no problem figuring out what comes next in the pattern!
Our Kindergarten Celebration Picnic is coming soon! It will be on Tuesday, June 27th at 1pm. Please hold the date! More information to follow!
Predator and Prey
Predator - Eyes in front, they like to hunt!
Prey - Eyes on the side, they run and hide!
We have been learning about predators and prey and how they camouflage in the wild. The children love playing a hide and seek game called, Predator and Prey. It really helps them understand a little bit about what animals need to do in the wild, so they don't get eaten!
Symmetry In Nature!
Learning About Insects
Building Boats Out of Recyclable Items
With our learning buddies we designed and built boats out of recyclable items. Thank you so much for providing them!!!! The children had an amazing time. This week, we will see if they float!
Next week (May, 30th) we will have Pottery-To-Go come into our classroom to teach the children some painting techniques. This piece of art will be our Father's Day gift! Shhhhh! The fee for this is $6.50. Thank you for making this payment on the school online banking.
If you are able to volunteer for this activity, please send me an email.
Have a great evening! Bonne soirée !
In this activity the children were asked to find a particular letter, amongst many, trace the letter, and then fill it in with different types of lines (e.g., curved, zigzag, dots, curly, horizontal, vertical, diagonal, etc...). Then they were to ask their table mates, in French, to find letters.
We have been so grateful for the beautiful weather this week and have made so many new discoveries! As we enter the forest we can quickly hear all the different types of bird songs. We have heard and seen blue jays, cardinal, crows, grackles, sparrows, chickadees, Canada geese, red-winged blackbirds, mallard ducks, and yesterday some of us saw a heron!
We talked about the male being the one who is colourful to attract the female birds and why the females are brown as a way to camouflage themselves in their nest to protect their eggs and babies.
We spotted some daffodils that were transported into the forest, fungus growing on trees, tiny bees in the dandelions, and we also found many trees that were so rotten that when we stepped on them they crumbed into the soil. This gave rise to a mini discussion about the life cycle of trees.
In class, we have been reading, La chenille qui fait des trous (The Very Hungry Caterpiller), and have been discussing healthy and unhealthy foods, the life cycle of a butterfly, as well as the beginning, middle, and end of a story.
Yesterday, we saw a turtle sunning itself. Today there were two! The children and I talked about warm blooded animals and how we can sweat to keep our temperature steady when we are too hot, and how we get goose bumps when our body hair is puffing up to try and keep us warm when we get cold. Turtles are ectothermic meaning that they take on the temperature of their environment. So it they need to warm up, it is important that they stay in the sun. When they are too hot, they need to find water, mud, or a shady spot to cool down.
Thirteen deer crossed our path as we ventured deeper into the forest. They were not too scared of us, since they did not lift their tails up too much to warn the others of danger.
Today we challenged our bodies as we crawled or walked across branches and tree trunks to get to the other side of the stream. Thank you for sending in rubber boots to make water play that much more enjoyable!
We continue to meet people on our community walk and learn the importance of sharing the trail, being polite, and to ask permission to pet someone's dog.
Have a wonderful evening!
Mother's Day Celebration: Monday, May 15th 2pm! The children are excited to invite their mother or special female friend to the class for a small celebration. We hope to see you there!
We have been quite active despite the weather and have been lucky enough to get outside and miss the rain! The children continue to make many discoveries and have noticed more changes in nature. We have our research cut out for us as we discover new plants and critters each day!
In literacy and social, emotional devleopment, we have been exploring emotions through the arts. By simply showing a photo to the children, they are able to look at all aspects of the scene as well as the actions and facial expressions of the characters. This is a great way to teach children about empathy and compassion. I chose a page from the Three Little Pigs and we discussed everything that we noticed about this particular illustrations. The children decided that it was set in either late spring or summer, based on the flowers growing and the green leaves on the trees. They noticed that the pig building the house out of brick looked quite frustrated as the other two little pigs play and did not help him at all. They discussed what words the frustrated pig could use to let the two others know that he needed help. What compassionate children we have in our classroom! We then worked in teams to create the tallest structure using tongue depressors and mini cubes. It is not always easy to understand the concept of teamwork at this age, but they did do a great job trying!
We are planning a Mother's Day tea. We would like to invite the Mothers or a special female friend to the class on Monday, May 15th at 14h00 for a mini celebration!
Have a wonderful night!
UGDSB Kindergarten Teacher