Monday, 29 May 2017

Garter Snake Research cont...

Today may have been the best day of learning so far in our research project. The Kiddoes final strategy to learn information about garter snakes was to 'ask an expert'. My mom, (not an expert, but someone who knows a ton about garter snakes) came into the room to see if she could answer some of the questions we were having trouble figuring out. After spending some time discussing our questions, and even teaching us some amazing new facts about garter snakes, she showed us a few surprises! The first was real snake sheds from Ms. S's farm. We were amazed by the feel of them and surprised to see they were dry rather than slimy as we had predicted. The second was an actual live garter snake from the farm. We were able to learn so much more by being able to study the snake up close and live. Each Kiddoe also had a chance to touch the snake. I was so proud that ALL students touched the snake! Take a look at our video!


We learned that there wasn't any need to hurt the snake in order for us to study and learn from it. We were relieved to know that Susan was going to take it back to the farm as garter snakes will live and hibernate in the same spot for their whole lives! We all agree.... the more we learn about garter snakes, the more we think that they are pretty cool rather than scary!!

Thursday, 25 May 2017

Les Jours De La Semaine

The Kiddoes and I have gotten a little bit bored recently with our daily routine, so... we decided to change it up a bit. One of the Kiddoes suggested we learn how to sing the "Days of the Week" in a different language. "Sure", I answered, but quickly challenged them to figure out a way we could accomplish this task. "Ask an expert", was suggested. "Perfect idea", I claimed. Off we went in search of our Fench Itinerant, M. Lee.  M. Lee welcomed us into his room and was delighted to teach us the days of the week in French.



It has been difficult learning these new words, but the Kiddoes are doing a great job!

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

New Centres

The Kiddoes have been introduced to a few new centres this week!

1) Marsh Table:
- sensory learning
- oral language/collaboration
- literacy immersion in finding information in related books


2) Garden:
- sensory learning
- oral language/collaboration
- fine motor development

3) Sand Table:

- recognition of sight words
- fine motor writing development

4) Bug Centre:
- sensory learning
- oral language/collaboration
- literacy immersion in finding information in related books


5) Fashion Design
- creative thinking
- fine motor skill development
- oral language and collaboration



Learning through play!!!

Garter Snake Research cont....

Over the past few weeks we have spent some time trying to find answers to our questions about garter snakes. Mrs. Donbrook brought us some interesting books from the library to help us with our research. The Kiddoes were intrigued to learn the difference between fiction and non-fiction books as well as how to use a table of contents! We were able to answer a few of our questions, however, during our reading, we came up with a few more!

Another strategy the Kiddoes suggested for finding information was to look on the computer. We watched a few videos and searched google to see if we could answer some of our questions. We found it extremely interesting how garter snakes use their scales to grip the ground and then use their muscles to move. The Kiddoes had a discussion about which they thought would be more difficult to do, walk or slither in order to get from one  place to another. We couldn't figure out an answer so we experimented with both!





We still have some questions left unanswered. Hopefully this week we will be able to speak with a garter snake expert!! Stay tuned!

Monday, 15 May 2017

Plastic Bag Challenge

Henry Braun is once again participating in the plastic bag challenge and we need your help! We are looking for plastic bags with handles (i.e. grocery bags, shopping bags of any colour). We are doing this for three reasons:
1) We want to help reduce waste in the landfill.
2) We love our planet.
3) If we win, we receive money to be put toward environmental initiatives in/around our school!

Last year we came in third place and were able to purchase the new water bottle filling station in the yellow hallway. We would love to be able to add these water fountains to each hallway. Please start collecting your plastic bags and sending them to school!

If you could roll them up that would be appreciated!


Sunday, 14 May 2017

Happy Mother's Day!

I hope all our Kindergarten Mom's are enjoying their very special day! This past week the Kiddoes worked extremely hard planning and creating personalized necklaces. Take a look at the videos below to see the process of  making 'unique' necklaces and decorating a card!



Tuesday, 9 May 2017

Picture Dictionary

Last week we learned the popcorn word 'like'. While doing so, we created our own 'I Like' poem as a class. This week's challenge for the Kiddoes during explore time is to write their own "I Like' poem. Before starting, we talked about all the different strategies good writers use: look around the room, listen for chunks, listen for popcorn words, sound it out! However, I told them there was another strategy people can use for helping them learn how to spell....... a dictionary! I introduced them to a picture dictionary and taught them how to use it. They were amazed. The picture dictionary has been a hit so far, but I am super excited to see the Kiddoes trying to use their other strategies first! Take a look at their portfolios this week for their 'I Like' poems.