Today in AM Kindergarten, the students finished a special surprise project that they will bring home in a few weeks. Try NOT to ask your child what that project is :)!
In PM Kindergarten, we went outside for a short center time and again looked for signs of spring. The signs different children saw were lots of green grass, some green dandelion leaves, a ladybug, and some jackets that were laying on the ground! Some of the students spontaneously played a great game of follow the leader - rhythm band.
As well, the PM class got to sing our Celebration of Learning songs for the music teacher, Ms. DeShane. She was very impressed, and we hope you will be too next week when we sing them for all the parents.
Below are the links to our songs if children would like to practice at home. Please note that we are doing some different actions for 'Make a Difference'.
Mrs. Olver and Mrs. Sims were away today at a Professional Development session.
Over the last few months in Kindergarten we have been learning about kindness and how we can show we care for one another. On Monday, we will have a presentation from the Calgary Food Bank to help us better understand the needs of others and how we have a role in helping others in our community. We are hoping to use the Calgary Food Bank to connect the work we have done around kindness to the work we have done throughout the year in our art inquiry. Students have spent a large portion of the year looking at the world through the lens of an artist. We have looked at a variety of different artists such as painters, sculptures, jewellery artists, illustrators and much more. Students have tried their best to replicate the art. Each student has created a painting, clay dish and piece of jewelry (photographed above) that they will sell in our art show. The proceeds of the art show will be donated to the Calgary Food Bank. The art that is for sale will be displayed at the Celebration of Learning on Thursday, May 4th, 2017. Following the Celebration of Learning the art will be displayed online where Haultain Memorial School families can bid on the art they want to buy. The auction will close on Tuesday, May 9th. We are looking for volunteers to be part of a committee that collects and distributes the sold art. If you are interested in helping please let your child's teacher know.
We would like to thank you all in advance for all your help and support of our work in the classroom. Our hope is for students to be empowered and see that even at 5 or 6 years old that they can make a difference in our community.
A special thank-you to Tracey Morelli for donating so many materials to Kindergarten!! All of the jewelry was made from materials that she sent us. Here is a link to her website.
Today the AM class drew pictures about their 3D shape creation. Ask me about my picture.
The PM class did some writing about their Kindness Loose Parts stories that we did yesterday. Many children sat in the same groups as they had for their pictures yesterday and shared ideas before writing. Writing is still a very difficult thing in Kindergarten, and we don't expect it to be an easy process for them. If a K student can think of a sentence to express what they want to write and then hear and write one or two sounds in each word, they are doing well.
Tomorrow both Mrs. Sims and Mrs. Olver will be away at 'Teacher School' (a PD learning opportunity). We have booked a substitute teacher that has been here before and so we are confident that tomorrow will go well and that students will show kindness and respect to their guest teacher.
Today in AM Kindergarten we practiced building and describing 3-D shapes. We used a variety of materials to create a 3-D character. We had to describe our character using the shapes and lines we used. Tomorrow we will use our character and draw a setting for them. Ask me about what I made.
Today in PM Kindergarten we practiced using loose parts to make stories about kindness. Ask me about my story. Tomorrow we will write about it.
Our dramatic play area has now been turned into a grocery store. So far, the children have been very engaged while they are playing there. It has also provided many natural writing opportunities for them: below or above each of the pictures on the shelves are student-written words: 'froot', 'vechtubls', 'brad', etc. If you take your child to the grocery store in the next little while, a great home-school connection would be to notice what interactions you have at the store: who you talk to, what you need to think about, what different things you do there. When they come to school next, they could re-enact what they did with you, in our center!
Today each student received an invitation for our upcoming Celebration of Learning. Please mark the date and time (6-7 PM on Thursday, May 4) on your calendar. We are very excited to share our learning with you.
Today in Kindergarten the morning class worked on a math problem.
It read "You have earned money by doing chores at home. Your Mom and Dad take you to the store to buy a treat. Do you have enough money to buy the treat that you picked?"
Students worked with pretend loonies to help them solve their problem and represent their understanding in their visual journal.
This math problem was chosen to help us prepare for our Celebration of Learning. This year we have focused on working through the lens of an artist. We have created several pieces of artwork using the artistic process outlined for us by Rebecca Ellison. At the Celebration of Learning each student will be displaying a painting, clay item and piece of jewelry. These items will all be sold in an online auction following the Celebration of Learning (more information to come). We hope students from the school and their families purchase our items for sale. Some of the students in our class may want to purchase another piece of artwork done by a student and we encourage you to have them earn money over the next few weeks by doing chores at home. The proceeds from the art sale will be donated to the Calgary Food bank. Our donation is in connection to all the work we have been doing on kindness and helping others in need. Students will learn more about the food bank in the next few weeks, particularly on Monday, April 24th when they come and present to our class.
We hope that all of our families had a good long weekend and a Happy Easter if you celebrate that holiday!
Today both classes got to experience Mission Impossible; where a course is set through all of the gymnastics equipment as well as other equipment and the students pretend they are spies going on a mission. It is a fun time that usually ends off our gymnastics unit.
Today the PM class began to make some jewellry for our upcoming art show and sale. If you haven't already done so, please mark Thursday, May 4 on your calendar. From 6-7 PM we will be showcasing the beautiful art the students have done all year and selling it with proceeds going to the Calgary Food Bank. Together with our art we are focusing on kindness as the theme of our classrooms and our sharing evening. Parents, relatives, neighbours, and friends are all invited!
On Thursday, the Easter Bunny visited both Kindergarten classes! In the morning, he left more eggs, but this time the eggs were broken in half and had part of a student's name written on each half. Students had to find both halves so that their name was complete. One strategy that students used to help them complete this task was looking at the word wall, where each student's name is recorded along with a picture of their face. What great practice reading names!
In the afternoon, the Easter Bunny repeated his problem from Wednesday. PM students enjoyed looking for the eggs and were able to write something in their journal that showed their understanding of this problem (see yesterday's blog entry for more explanation of the problem). After writing in our journals, we all met together on the carpet and shared a few students' responses. This is a piece of math problem solving that is so important: students learn so much from seeing how their peers have solved a problem and communicated their understanding.
Today in Kindergarten the AM class received a letter from the Easter Bunny. It read
I have been practicing handing out Easter Eggs and I made a mistake. I am trying to get every student in your class to have 5 easter eggs. I hid the eggs in the classroom but I lost count! I need your help. Can you find the eggs and figure out if I have enough for each of you to get 5 eggs? Can you please draw me a picture to help me understand how many more eggs I need so you have 5 in your basket?
The Easter Bunny
Students went on an Easter Egg hunt in the classroom and then gathered as a group to compare the amounts of eggs they found. There was several math discussions and in the end students decided to put all the eggs in the middle and to share them fairly. Once the eggs were shared fairly each student got 3 eggs in their basket. They then had to draw the Easter bunny a picture to show him how many eggs they had and how many more they need to get 5 in total. Ask me about my picture. Tomorrow both classes will participate in another Easter Egg hunt.
May 4th - Kindergarten Celebration of Learning