We hope that everyone had a wonderful holiday with family and friends. This vacation was very relaxing and filled with family fun for both of us. We had the opportunity to gather with family and friends as well as recharge our batteries!
Although yesterday was a snow day and the busses were cancelled, we continued our schedule as usual and started the morning outside enjoying all of the fresh snow. The children questioned why they could not make snowballs, as well as whether Madame would slide down the hill faster because she is heavier. We tested this theory and realized that we slid down at around the same rate. We also discovered that the best snow for making snowmen and snowballs is when the temperature is closer to 0'C (which is was not) and why we could not produce either.
We read the story, La vie secrète de bonshommes de neige, decided it was fiction and then counted the 17 snowmen playing in the park. We wondered how many snowballs were used to make 17 snowmen. One student said that each snowman has 3 snowballs. Another student said that he did not have enough fingers to count. They decided that we would need 3 groups of 17 snowballs. Multiplication in kindergarten? Why not! Then they decided that we could draw out the snowballs. We discussed how math pictures do not need to be pretty, they are a quick representation of what we are trying to figure out. Once drawn out into 3 groups of 17, another student told the class that when we count each group, we cannot restart at 0, we need to continue counting to get the final answer. WOW! We discovered that there are 51 snowballs in total. Madame then asked could we also do 17 groups of 3? One student quickly shouted out, "That would be the same!" Okay, I was hoping to teach them something more than math pictures do not have to be pretty, but they figured it all out on their own. Bravo, les amis !
We continued our day learning how to smudge using chalk while creating white on black artwork of snowmen at night. The children also wrote and illustrated their own stories, and as always the Lego and block building took on some equally creative designs.
As schools are cancelled today due to weather conditions, we hope that you can take advantage of more family time. Enjoy your day!
À demain !