It is hard to believe we are into May, and March and April have come and gone. We have been a busy class as usual. After spring break the home reading program got underway and the children are all enjoying participating. Each morning they read their book to a classmate before choosing a new book. They are very proud of their progress. In math we have completed a unit on 2D and 3D shapes and have just begun a unit on measurement. In socials we completed a unit on Canada in March and on the environment in April. We concluded our unit on the environment with a trash bash in our neighbourhood last Thursday. The children all pitched in to pick up a substantial amount of garbage. They were all horrified to see the amount of garbage that people carelessly dropped. After our trash bash we went on a lovely hiking adventure which we all thoroughly enjoyed. They were all troopers and did a very good job of keeping up the pace and climbing over logs. We captured lots of lovely photos which you can see here. Lots of eager smiles! In April we participated in an Easter Egg hunt on the playground which was hosted by the grade 7 students. Kendall's brother Zac dressed up as the Easter Bunny to the delight of 41 kindergarten and grade one students. We completed some very beautiful Easter egg artwork which was displayed in the hallway until recently. Our bulletin board is now decorated with our beautiful shaving cream earth paintings. Each student has made a pledge about what they can do to keep our world beautiful. In the past couple of weeks the children have been secretly making their Mother's Day surprises. No peeking! In science our classes have been involved with a mystery growth experiment. They have each planted marigold seeds in a pot of their own and most are up and growing nicely. Looks like a few will have to replant. We have also planted 4 plants that have each been given a different environment. Little Miss sunshine gets to grow in a sunny location and be watered regularly, Dark Vader gets to enjoy being watered but the poor thing has to be kept out of direct sunlight ( the current status of this plant is not so good ), Sourpuss gets to enjoy the sunlight but it is being given water mixed with vinegar ( also not doing well) and lastly, Superhero is basking in the sunlight and being given miraclegrow. The children are recording the growth of each plant. We are paired with schools in Michigan, who are also participating in the experiment and we will skype with them later in May to compare our results. We had a wonderful time at The Big Little Science Centre last week. Thank you to all the parents who helped to drive and have fun with kids. What an amazing place, it was a fun day for all!
February came and went so very quickly! We started talking about our country, Canada, which tied in nicely to the Olympics. We had lots to cheer about! Valentine's Day was so exciting with 40 little cards to open and read. We enjoyed a skating afternoon where many parents and grandparents were able to join us. We had two instructors attend a gym class to teach us about one of Canada's national sports, lacrosse! We had relays and learned about scooping and cradling. Celebrating 100 day was fun where we did everything about 100 and even had a parade through the school with our projects. We acknowledged anti-bullying day by wearing pink or red. Grade 7 students read us stories and we discussed ways to stamp up to bullies. We were part of "read around the planet" where Mrs. Gorman helped us connect with classrooms in the United States. We liked singing songs to them and had lots of questions to ask and answer!
We started 2014 refreshed and ready to settle back into our routines. We all enjoyed talking about our holidays and discussed new year's resolutions and setting goals. We learned all about penguins, their environment and life cycle. We know how to use a venn diagram to compare and look for similarities and differences. We have been learning to play new math games. We are getting really fast at recognizing the power of ten cards and enjoy playing Face Off with them. We have also been learning to play board games which help us practice counting and adding on, as well as turn taking and being a good sport. We are learning to generate our own equations in math and solve problems. Mrs. Loader, the gym specialist returned and we have been practicing how to walk, run and jump properly. She has taught us some great games! We have also been practicing bouncing, catching and throwing with basketballs. We have all started our printing without tears books and do our very best printing taking care to start our numbers and letters at the top.
December was action packed! We spent a lot of time practicing for the Christmas concert. We also practiced patience and tolerance during rehearsal, but I am sure you will all agree we were the cutest little bugs going. We enjoyed making crafts, especially the special tree ornaments. We loved making gingerbread houses and were very proud of our finished projects. Making our candle center pieces was another special event because we got to make them with our buddies. We also enjoyed our craft afternoon and felt very independent going to different rooms. We said good-bye to our grade one friend Hailey. She has moved to Lethbridge. We were lucky to spend a lot of time sliding in December and have learned how to be safe on the hill. We enjoyed building centers where we learned to work cooperatively and use our imagination.
November brought two "firsts" for us! We got to go on our very first school bus trip to the Sagebrush Theatre. We watched the Blue Berries, a musical group from Vancouver. The Blue Berries were a lot of fun and we got to dance and sing along with them. We practiced our audience manners and expected bus behavior. We also had the first snow fall cover our Juniper Ridge hill. Sliding on the hill is awesome! We look forward to having more snow soon. We had two students that welcomed siblings into their homes. Avery has a new baby brother and Deacon has a baby sister! We are all very happy for them. We have been learning all about Canadian birds and animals and what they do to get ready for winter. Ask us about the terms migration and hibernation. We did some interesting art projects, read many wonderful books, sang songs and sorted out beanie bag animals and birds that represent Canadian wildlife. In math we are learning about more than, less than and equal to. We are working on recognizing numerals to 20 and counting backwards and forwards. We have been learning more letters and sounds. Some of us are beginning to use letter sounds when we do our writing. We have some new magnetic blocks that we have been enjoying at choice time and our art table has become a very busy place to be as we love to create!
We can not believe October is over! We have posted a calendar outside our room for anyone who would like to help out in classroom. Thank you for being patient with us. We like to have time at the beginning of the school year to establish routines and expectations with the children. The children are becoming familiar with routines and they are learning to work and play together. We have been concentrating on expected behavior, respect and kindness. The children have been learning about what respect looks like in the classroom, hallways, playground, gym, etc. They are practicing being attentive at listening times.
Our themes have been colors, fall, thankfulness and Halloween. We have been focusing on activities that strengthen fine motor skills such as printing, coloring, cutting, tearing, tracing, drawing, etc. In the next few weeks we will begin to correct the printing of names. In Language Arts, the children have learned some sight words. We have also taught them the alphabet song a little differently than you are used to , to getaway from the lmnop problem. Grade ones have been sounding out with the McCracken Spelling program and kindergartens have started an alphabet book. We all experiment with our writing in our journals. In math we have been counting, learning to identify odd and even numbers, as well as learning to identify, continue and create patterns.
Our trip to the pumpkin patch was so much fun! What a beautiful fall day. Of course we all enjoyed meeting different characters on Halloween day! We have also had some lessons with Mrs. Loader, a pe specialist, in the gym. She is teaching to use our arms when we run, walk backwards, use the space of the gym and play fun games.
We hope that you enjoy taking a peek into our classroom by viewing our pictures. We have been very busy since the beginning of school. We have been learning to listen with our whole body (eyes, ears, brain, heart, while keeping our body still and voice quiet) at carpet time. We have been singing songs about colors and learning to read big books together. We have been learning about the calendar and each day we count and add to the number of days we have been in school. We can't wait until we get to 100 so that we can have a class celebration. We have learned about zero the hero and many of us have a new favorite number. We started journals and do our best to tell a story using pictures and use our own form of writing. We love going to music on Monday and Wednesdays where Mrs. Powrie keeps us active with singing games and using instruments. Gym is also a favorite where we have been learning to work at stations using small apparatus as well as moving safely and finding our own space. We had our first library day on Tuesday and found out that Mrs. Gorman is a wonderful story teller! We went outside for our first fire drill practice. Our teachers were really proud of how we stayed calm, stayed in a line and listened for our names when we stood shoulder to shoulder. This week we talked about Terry Fox and found out that he practiced many of the virtues we are learning about.