Friday, 24 March 2017

Indoor Garden Project

On Wednesday, the Kinders and I got into a discussion about all the changes we had been seeing outside. Some of the changes that were brought forth were: the sun seems to be out more often, it is getting warmer outside, the snow is melting, we can see grass on the ground, puddles, mud and we have heard/ seen some of the animals that migrate/ adapt/ hibernate prancing around. Together, we concluded that these changes MUST mean it is Spring!! We proceeded to converse about what happens in Spring such as baby animals are born, we get to ride our bikes and plants start to grow. In lieu of our discussion, we read a version Jack and the Beanstalk, retold by Anna Milbourne. After reading the story, one of the Kinders asked, “Ms. K, can beanstalks really grow that tall?” This questions sparked all sorts of comments and suggestions from the kids. Considering no one was certain how tall a beanstalk really could grow, the Kinders suggested that we conduct an experiment!

Next we brainstormed all the things we would need to know in order to begin this experiment considering we would never want to hurt the plants. Here are the questions we came up with:



On Thursday, we branched out to find out some of the questions we had so that we could begin! The A.M class FaceTimed Madeline, a plant scientist who lives in Saskatoon. She was knowledgeable enough to tell us everything we needed to find, as well as where to find the materials! One of the Kinders in the P.M suggested that we had plant experts right in our school that could possibly answer our questions. He exclaimed that Ms.Leach’s grade two’s had giant plants in their classroom. We headed over to next door and had the grade two’s answer the questions we had and give us a tour of their indoor garden.

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Today we realized that we had all the information that we needed in order to begin our project! We learned from our experts that plants need peat (soil), water, light and a seed to grow. First we decided to make a plan, to ensure that we did not waste any materials. Here are some pictures of the very proud horticulturists we had in our classroom today:


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- Ms.K

Conference Link

Below is the link to sign up for the Spring session of conferences at Henry Braun. If you have any questions, please email.

Cheers!!!

Conference Link

Thursday, 23 March 2017

New Centres!

Hey everyone! I (Ms. K) am so lucky to be taking the reigns in our classroom for the next few weeks. It has been truly inspiring to see the Kinders "sprout" since I arrived here in January. This week has been flying by as it has been very busy, especially with all the new additions we have to our classroom! Check out some of the new centres we have engaged with this week:


Capacity Bean Table: By scooping and pouring beans, the Kinders have an opportunity to explore capacity! Their challenge is to find the container that holds the most beans.

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This center works on:
  • Collaborative learning
  • Taking turns
  • Fine motor
  • SSK.1: use direct comparison to compare two objects based on a single attribute, such as : capacity

CVC Word Writing (with  QR codes to check!): This tabletop center allows the Kinders to gain some confidence in writing. Their challenge is to identify the picture on the card, then sound it out, followed by writing down the sounds they hear! When they are finished writing, they can scan the QR code that is printed on the back to check if they were right.



This center works on:
  • Reading pictures
  • Writing strategies
  • Confidence building


New Books in the Listening Center: Kinders are invited to cozy up with a book and iPad to listen to some of our new books we have in our reading corner. Some of the new books include: The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein, Sometimes I Feel like a Fox by Danielle Daniel, Families are Different by Nina Pelligreni, Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak, Rosie Revere, and Engineer by Andra Beaty. A student in the AM class so kindly donated The Feel Good Book by Todd Parr so I created a QR code and that is now available for reading as well!


This center works on:
  • Listening skills
  • Reading skills
  • Comprehension skills


Secret Sight Words: At this center, the Kinders have the opportunity to experience writing magic! Kinders will grab a buddy, write either a sight word from the pebble bowl or a word from the book If Rocks Could Sing by Leslie McGuirk with white crayon. Once they have it written, they hand it to their partner to make the magic happen. Their partner will shade over their secret word with marker to reveal the word.

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This center works on:
  • Reading and writing strategies
  • Collaborative learning


Water Music: Did you know that you can make music with water?! At this center, Kinders explore creating music with varying capacities of water in glass beakers.


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This center works on:
  • Reading music
  • Creating music
  • SSK.1: use direct comparison to compare two objects based on a single attribute, such as : capacity
  • Collaborative learning and creating musical duets


Building a House for the 3 Little Pigs: At this center, the students are challenged to build a house that is strong and sturdy enough for the 3 Little Pigs to live in. The Kinders are given materials such as sticks, straw, “bricks” and playdough to create their houses. They can choose whether they want to build with a single material or a combination of them all. Once they are done creating their house, they can test if their house will withstand the strong wind of the Big Bad Wolf by turning on a fan!

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This center works on:
  • SSK.3: I can build a 3D object using things around the classroom
  • MOK.1: I can differentiate between objects and the materials used to make them
  • Fine motor skills


I Can Measure: Recently during math, we have been discussing all the different ways in which we can measure things. This center invites students to measure objects that they may find around the classroom using height (tall and short) and length (long and short).



This center works on:
  • SSK.1: I can use words to tell about and compare two objects


Movement and Capacity Sand Table: In the sandtable we have constructed quadrants with tubes running through that walls. The Kinders can use these tubes to either talk to each other or pour sand through!

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This center works on:
  • Fine motor skills
  • SSK.1: use direct comparison to compare two objects based on a single attribute, such as : capacity
  • Collaborative learning/ teamwork
  • Verbal communication skills


Boat making: A student in the PM class has been very excited about a new skill she has acquired! She has learned how to create origami boats using paper. In lieu of her excitement, she has brought her own paper to class in order to teach her friends how to create them too! It has been a very inspiration experience to watch this Kinder burst out of her shell and teach her friends how to do something that she is truly passionate about.



This center works on:
  • Fine motor skills
  • Collaborative learning




Letter Hunt



This week we have added a special activity to our Welcome Time! The Kinders become detectives as they figure out which lower case letter I am writing on the whiteboard, one stroke at a time. Once they figure it out, they hunt around the room for a word that has that letter in it. After they find their word, they write it down on their white board and then return to the carpet to share with the rest of the class. Check out the detectives as they hunt around the room for the secret letter “d” today:

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This activity is great for many different reasons! The Kinders are acquiring a deeper understanding of words and letters by identifying a letter, focusing on the sound it makes, finding a word that has that letter in it, sharing it with others all while practicing their reading and writing strategies! This would be a great activity to do at home together. Challenge your Kinder to find a word with a select letter in it around your house or in a book. This could also be done at bedtime while reading a bedtime story if you give your child a pencil and piece of paper. You could also challenge them by setting a timer and asking them to find and write as many words they can within that time frame. As we progress further, I will be challenging the Kinders to find chunks as well! I have been sticking to lower case letters rather than upper case, as they can sometimes be trickier to identify. 

- Ms. K

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Henry Braun Newsletter

The newest edition of the Henry Braun Newsletter was handed out today. Unfortunately, we didn't have time to get it into the Kiddoes' backpacks. However, there is some important information regarding the upcoming parent-teacher conferences in early April. Please click on the link below, take a look at the note online and the print version will be sent home shortly.

Cheers!!!

Newsletter

Monday, 20 March 2017

Catching a Leprechaun

Last week the Kiddoes were excited to create Leprechaun traps to see if they could catch a wee little man. After reading a few stories, we learned that if we caught a Leprechaun, he would have to give us a pot of gold. With thoughts of gold in their minds, many Kiddoes created elaborate traps in hopes of snagging a little green man. When the Kiddoes arrived today, there was much excitement in the room as tables had been overturned, chairs were upside down, and objects moved all around. It wasn't long before the Kiddoes found little green footprints all over the room. Using some detective skills, we figured the Leprechaun came in through the window, and had a party in the room, dancing over the traps and making a mess. The footprints led out the door, so we followed them around the school looking for clues to his whereabouts!

 


 

 

 
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Once back in the room, we quickly discovered a gold sheet on our writing table. When we lifted the sheet, we were excited to find a treasure and a note telling us to stir while saying "shamrock". Much to the Kiddoes delight the treasure started to change colour from white to green!!! With much laughter and plan making for next year, the Kiddoes enjoyed a quick snack courtesy of the infamous Leprechaun!

 

 

 

 
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