Wednesday, December 14, 2011


There are new literacy links under Reading!

There are new videos added to your online portfolios!  Your passwords to access them have been sent home in the agenda.

There are new ideas for things you can do at home to develop math and literacy skills!

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Videos and Pictures...

I have been collecting many pictures of the children learning.  I will hopefully have some pictures and videos posted during the Christmas holidays, so please keep cheking back.


November has zoomed right by us!
We have now learned the letters C D A G Q O and S.  Practicing naming these letters and saying their sounds will help everyone to remember what they are.  We are also working on sounding out words using the letters we know already such as SAD, DAD, ADD, and DOG.  Can you think of any others?

We have been practicing our numbers up to 5 by printing the number, matching the numeral to the correct number of objects and by finding numbers in our environment.  We have also been working on showing numbers in more than one way (you can make 4 with 2 and 2).  We are now working on capacity (how much something can hold).

We have been learning about bears and why they hibernate.  We have also been learning about the different seasons and working on identifying the different things we associate with each season.

We started visiting the library with Mrs. Rayne.  She is reading the different Willow books to us.  After we have read all of the books, we will get to vote on our favourite one.  You can view the different books by following the link under Reading Activities.

We will be tearing down the bear cave and opening our bakery for the Christmas season.  We have been practicing our Christmas Concert song and dance every day as well.  Lots of exciting things are happening everyday!

Thursday, October 27, 2011


On Monday, October 31, we will have our Halloween activities in the afternoon.  At 12:30 there will be the costume parade in the gym.  Following the parade, there will be a Sock Hop dance for the students, also in the gym.

We have been learning with and about pumpkins this month.  We opened a pumpkin and used different words to describe how the skin, seeds, and inside the pumpkin felt.  After we cleaned the seeds, we used 10 frame egg cartons and the seeds to show numbers up to 10.

Today, we were learning the song Orange Pumpkins:

    Orange pumpkins growin' on the vine,
    Orange pumpkins oh so fine.
    Orange pumpkins growin' on the ground,
    Orange pumpkins big and round.
    Grow orange pumpkins, grow, grow.
Grow orange pumpkins, grow, grow, grow.
We won't pick you No! No! No!

From Wee Sing For Halloween By Pamela Conn Beall and susan Hagen Nipp

Friday, October 21, 2011

Activities to do with Letter Stories

The following are some ideas you can do at home with the letter stories that are sent home when we learn a new letter:
1) circle the letter on each page
2) trace the letter
3) colour the pictures
4) practice reading the story pointing to the words as you say them
5) read the story to your child a have them listen and identify the letter sound focused on in the book.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Work in Progress

I am working on creating a Math wiki that will contain different pages of games and activities to use when we go to the computer lab or for you to use at home.  Do you have any favourite Math websites you would like to share?  If you do, post a comment with the link so I can check them out.
Here is the wiki:

Friday, September 30, 2011

Ms Schultz's October Book Order Picks

Apple Trouble - 1.99  We read this story in class and the children had a great time trying to predict how the hedgehog would get all the stuff out of her quills.

Shapes and Patterns Pack - 5.99 I will be getting these for the class.  They fit right in with what we are learning in Math.

I Spy Spooky Pack - 5.99 These I Spy books are great for getting children interesting in looking at books and encouraging them to pay close attention to what is in the pictures.  This will help develop skills needed when learning to read.

National Geographic Kids Collection - 29.99 National Geographic books have fantastic photographs in their books and are great for the children that love to read non-fiction.

A Busy Week in Kindergarten!

On Monday, we made apple crisp after reading the story "Tangerine and Kiwi Visit the Apple Orchard."  We followed the recipe in the book and a copy was sent home.  It was delicious.

On Wednesday, we did the Terry Fox Run in the afternoon.  Some of the star buddies in Grade 7 had a hard time keeping up with all the energy in Kindergarten :)  I will post some pictures soon of this event.

Today, we read a story "Applesauce" and made applesauce in class with cinnamon just like in the book.  Everyone gets an Applesauce book to take home to keep.  Everyone tasted the applesauce and most tried it with cinnamon in it.

We have now learned 3 letters: c, d, and a.  The stories that are sent home are for you to keep and read at home with your child.  Try finding things around your house that begin with those letter sounds.

We are finishing up our work with sorting and patterns.  We are making patterns with 2 or 3 different repeating parts.

Our class fish Goldie and Peach are doing just swimmingly and the children enjoy watching them when they have free time.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Upcoming Events

This week we will be having our first set of Show and Tell.  Tuesday will be: Ryame, Kara-Lynn, Ethan, and Hannah and Thursday will be: Leeyana, Aaralyn, Leland, and Alyssa.
Ms Schultz is away at a meeting on Tuesday and Mrs. James will be the sub.

Thursday is Hot Lunch and library book exchange.  Remember to send library books back on Day 3s for exchange day.

We have been working on learning to sort using different rules to sort objects (colour, shape, size, object, etc.)  What can you sort at home?  We will begin working on creating patterns with different objects this week.  Can you find any patterns in your house?

Thursday, September 8, 2011

2nd Day!

Wow, our second day flew right by! 

If you have heard your child talking about applesause, we will be making some as a class later this month.  Right now, we have different types of apples in the classroom and will be working on sorting them and making patterns with them.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Blog Challenge 1

The first day of school is over.  We all had a great time!  Ask your child about their day, and post a comment on the blog or write a comment in your child's agend about what their favourite thing about the first day of Kindergarten.

To post a comment on the blog:
Click on the word comments at the bottom of the post and a box should appear where you can type in your answer.  Make sure you leave your child's first name so that I know who responds.  Your comment will not appear on the blog immediatley because I have to moderate all comments before they are published.

Ms. Schultz's Book Order Picks for September

These are the books I love:
Elf:         The Biggest Apple Ever (1.99): we are learning about apples
              The Kissing Hand (2.99): a great story about the first day of school
SeeSaw: I Spy an Apple (1.99): seach and find books are a great way to get children interested in looking at books.
              The Very Hungry Caterpillar (5.99): one of my favourite stories by Eric Carle
Read Every Day Lead a Better Life:
              Tom Thumb (9.99): fairy tales illustrated by Eric Carle
              Terry Fox A Story of Hope (5.99): a great book I use to explain why we participate in the Terry Fox Run in September.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Kindergarten Begins!!

Kindergarten begins on Tuesday, Spetember 6, 2012. 
A welcome letter has been mailed to everyone today, so check your mail soon!
See you all on Tuesday!

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Our Year Has Come to a Close...

It was wonderful to see all the families that came to our Kindergarten Grad/Awards Ceremonies.  I have had a wonderful year teaching your children and look forward to watching them grow and learn throughout their years at Springside School.
Thank you for sharing your children with me :)
Ms Schultz

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Science Centre Field Trip

Here are some pictures from our field trip to the Science Centre in Reinga.

Kindergarten Grad

Kindergarten Grad will take place during the Awards Ceremonies for the school. The Awards begin at 7pm tomorrow night. Kindergarten presentations will be at the begining of the program. Each Kindergarten child will receive a certificate and there will be a slide show of pictures from our year.

I will send home a copy of all pictures and videos with report cards at the end of June. I will also include a copy of the slideshow from tomorrow night.


Please send one cleaned out soup can with the label removed on Thursday to make a Father’s Day craft. You can send extra cans if you have some, just in case. All your child’s belongings will be sent home at the end of the day on Thursday.
The Kindergarten class will get their certificates at Awards Night on Thursday.
If you would still like a fish to take home, please bring a container and I will send one home with you. If you come early we can scoop the fish before the awards begin. I have 3 fish to give away. So far, Sammy and Madeline will get a fish.
I look forward to seeing you all on Thursday!
Ms Schultz

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Blog Challenge 15

For Parents and Children
There are three new videos.  Each are made with a different program.  Dinosaurs is made with Animato, An Egg is Quiet is made with Smilebox and Sensory Bins was made with Photostory.  Post a comment telling me which program/video you like the best and why.

Numbers in Sensory Bins

Monday, May 30, 2011

An Egg is Quiet

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Blog Challenge 14

For the Parents:
What have you liked or found useful about the blog?
What would you like to see on the blog? or How could I improve the blog?

May Newsletter

May 31, 2011

Dear Parents and Guardians,
It is hard to believe that our year is almost over! Including today, we have 7 days left of Kindergarten! They are sure to be busy ones too. The bike rodeo is still scheduled to go on June 2 in the afternoon. Please make sure you have completed the bike safety inspection with your child and return it to school on Thursday. Thank you to the parents who are able to volunteer! Our field trip is still scheduled for June 10th. I will send home any information regarding changes as soon as we know of them. More information will also be sent out about Awards Day which is when we will be having the Kindergarten Grad.
Over the next few days, we will continue with Home Reading. Thank you to everyone that has given me feedback about this program. I really appreciate it. Please let me know if you feel your child would benefit from some more challenging stories. I now have some made (thanks to our wonderful Educational Assistants when there was no school).
For the last few days, we will be working on extending our knowledge of letters to word recognition and our knowledge of numbers and working with numbers up to 20. We will also be taking some time to learn about the underwater creatures that were suggested in the comments on the Blog.
There will be one more book order set home today. It will be due on Monday, June 6. Thank you for your support with the book orders. I was able to purchase different things for our classroom through the benefits from the book orders which include: a rain stick, model magic clay (used to make fossils), ice cream cones for the ice cream shop, just to name a few.
The last Blog Challenge draw will be made on Thursday, June 2. Thank you for your participation. I hope you have found the blog useful. I welcome any feedback you have for things you like or improvements. I will try to get a few more pictures up before the end of the year. I am also hoping to have a CD for everyone with their child’s pictures and videos from the year as a keepsake. They will be sent home with the final report cards.

Ms Schultz

Friday, May 13, 2011

Field Trip!

This is some information about the IMAX movie we will be seeing:

This is the workshop the Kindergarten class will participate in:

These are the exhibits at the Science Centre:

New LInks!

I have posted new links under Activities.
Fact Hound is a web search engine that is safe for children.  Capstone Kids has a variety of games covering topics: alphabet, science, math, and health, etc..

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Blog Challenge 13

Many new changes turned up in our classroom on Monday.  Ask your child what new thing(s) they liked best?
We have 2 pet goldfish now.  They do not have names.  Does anyone have a suggestion?  I would like to give these fish away at the end of Kindergarten in June (provided they are still swimming, as I am no fish expert).  I was thinking of doing a draw for anyone that is interested.  If you would like a chance to have a goldfish, and have something to keep it in, please let me know so I can find homes for our fishy friends.

Answer any or all of these questions to complete the blog challenge.

Saturday, May 7, 2011

What's New in Our Classroom?

I told the class on Tuesday that there would be a surprise for them.  We are learning about Under Water, so what coud it be?  The Pizza Place has been packed up, and there is now an Ice Cream Shop.  I have the water table out too.  We have 2 more letters to cover before the end on the year, X and Z.  We will be wrapping up the year working with numbers up to 10 and farther if we are ready for it.  I will be sending home "Home Reading" books for the last 2 months of school.  With these books, you can take an opportunity to read to your child, have them read to you, practice holding a book, turning pages, looking at pictures and talking about what is happening, etc.  I will send a new book home each day with a log for you to record each book.
Important Dates to Remember:
 - School on Monday May 16, not on Tuesday May 17 (Kindergarten Orientation)

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

May News

Our Blog winner for the April challenges is Breanna!
Book orders are due Wednesday, May 11.
There will be no school, as was stated in the note sent home from the school division, on Thursday, May 5.
There will be no show and tell days this month.  We will have one more set of show and tell days in June.
Monday, May 9, we will be having a Farm Safety presentation.

In June, we will be having a bike rodeo.  All children are encouraged to participate and must wear helmets.  More information will be sent home closer to the day.  We will also be going on a field trip to Regina, to the Science Centre and Imax theater with the Grade 1/2 class.  At the Science Centre, we will see an Imax film, participate in a workshop about dinosaurs, and explore all the amazing things that are there.  More information will be coming home soon for this as well.

Monday, May 2, 2011

Blog Challenge 12

Our next Big Idea in Kindergarten will be Under Water.  Ask your child: What is something you want to learn about? and post a comment.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Blog Challenge 11

For Easter, one of the stories we read was An Egg is Quiet.  In this story we saw pictures of many different eggs.  We learned new vocabulary words: camouflage, texture, and fragile.  See if your child remembers what these words mean and post a comment.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Panda Kindgarten

Yesterday we learned about Giant Pandas and how they are being protected because there are only 1600 left in the world.  We learned that taking care of animals also another way we can take care of our earth.
Here are some sites we visited:

The story we read, Panda Kindergarten, has information and pictures from the last website I listed.  The class had a great time comparing the panda's kindergarten to their own.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Blog Challenge 10

Ask your child to name 3 ways we can take care of our teeth.  Post their answers as a comment.
Remember, you can go back and complete the older challenges for this month.

Dental Health

This week we have been learning about caring for our teeth.  We had a visit on Monday from the Dental Health Nurse.  Today we watched a video: The Legend of the Tooth Kingdom.  Everyone also got another new toothbrush and a small tube of fluoride toothpaste.  After snack today we practiced what we have been learning and brushed our teeth.  The children went to the sink in pairs and they took turns reminding each other to brush their tongues and tickle their gums.  The class is going to keep these new tooth brushes and toothpaste at school so they can brush their teeth after snack each day.

Activities are being sent home today as well.  There are pictures of the video that we cut apart and you can have your child retell what they saw in the video by sequencing these cards.  There is also a chart you can use to keep track of when you brush your teeth.

For more information about dental health and activities to do at home, check out the following website:

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Blog Challenge 9

We are focusing on Numbers in Math right now.  One of our songs that we sing is called Numbes All Around.  Your challenge is to help your child find as many different places or things in your home that have numbers on them and post a comment.

April News

Madeline was the winner for the March challenges.  She won a gift certificate for a free book from our book orders.  Book orders will be sent home tomorrow.  They will be due on Monday, April 11.

I think spring is finally here!  Please make sure your child has a complete change of clothes at school, just in case those mud puddles decide to jump on any of our heads ;)

We will be decorating Easter Eggs on Friday, April 15.  Please send 2 hard boiled eggs with your child to school that day.

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Sock Hop

Here are some pictures from the Sock Hop.  Judging by all the smiles, everyone had a great time!

Monday, March 28, 2011

Blog Challenge 8











Which puppet is yours? Comment with your name and puppet number.
We made these sock puppets today after learning letter P, which is a puppet that's a pig.  We also wrote a story in our journals about our puppets.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Dinosaurs, Dinosaurs!

Today we started working on our Dinosaur mural in the library with Mrs. Harris.  She shared some interesting information with our class about dinosaurs from Kids Infobits.  To see this information, go to the school library website:  scroll to the bottom and click on Kids Infobits.  Then you will have to choose Animals, then Dinosaurs and other extinct animals.  Then choose Dinosaurs and there will be information and pictures to choose from.  We even got to see a skeleton of the smallest dinosaur, a baby Mussaurus (in Images).

We also went to the computer lab today.  The class enjoyed playing games on Dinosaur Train:  Thank you to Alia's mom for sharing that program with me.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Design Changes

What do you think of the new look?  I look forward to seeing your comments.

Friday, March 11, 2011


Circle Time Songs

The class asked me to put our new songs for Circle Time on the blog so they can sing them at home.
Here are the links:
Days of the Week Rap:
Numbers All Around:
Numbers Help Me Count:

The other songs are on CDs I use in the class and do not want to infringe on any copyright laws by posting them on the Blog.

YouTube can be a great resource for educational videos.  You just have to be careful because the content is published by anyone and everyone.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Blog Challenge 7

I am working on adding useful links to the blog.  Check out the new additions.  Post a comment telling me what your favourite links are (1 for parent and 1 for child please).

Monday, March 7, 2011

Blog Challenge 6

Using the hand test (hold objects in shopping bags with arms extended), compare the mass of two objects you find in your house.  Post a comment using math words to describe the two objects (heavy, heavier, heaviest, light, lighter, lightest).

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

New Links

Please check out the new links I have posted under Reading, Math, and Activities.  Please let me know if there is a link that doesn't work.

Blog Challenge 5

On Thursday we will learn the letter M.  Post a comment on this post with 5 things your child finds in your home that begins with the letter M.


Blogger has the option of sending out emails whenever I publish a new post.  If you would like these emails, please write your email address in your child's agenda.

March News

March 1, 2010

Dear Parents and Guardians,
March is upon us! This month we will be learning about dinosaurs and fossils. We have many new books and games in the class to help us learn about dinosaurs and other skills such as sequencing events and matching numbers and shapes. We have learned about Capacity and Length in Math and will be working on Mass next week. Then we will be focusing more on our numbers up to 10 and possibly higher. Mrs. Muir has spent some time working with us in our class during Math time. She has a lot of fun ideas!
We now have many different play areas in our classroom too! The painting area now includes water colour paints and crayons and water colour paper. We have a pizza place in the making. This time the class is going to be responsible for making the Pizza Place and deciding on all the things we to have in it. They had a great time today getting started with the few materials I gave them. Thursday, we will finish planning what we need and figure out how to get or make the things we need. There were a lot of great ideas and much excitement about getting to make their own play area.
We are still working on Itchy’s Alphabet. Before the break we learned N, on Thursday we will learn M. Each time we learn a new letter, we learn what it looks like, the sound it makes and how to print it. When the letter stories get sent home, please take the time read them with your child, practicing the letter sound we have learned. Another great thing you can be doing at home to help reinforce what we are learning is identifying all the things in your house that being with the same sound that we learned. We have also been working on rhyming words. We practice identifying rhyming pairs and making rhyming pairs. At this age, it does not matter if they rhyme using a nonsense word, so long as they are adding a new beginning sound to the ending sound (e.g. hot – fot). Rhyming words is a great way to develop early reading skills.
Today we used the SMART Response clickers, or remotes as the class called them, to complete an assessment on Capacity. The class all did fantastic with the new technology and on the assessment. It was very interesting to see their excitement and how quickly they all caught on. I will be posting some pictures on the Blog as soon as I can.
The Blog Challenge contest is still going. In February, I only posted one challenge. March will have a few more. We will make the draw for February’s winner on Thursday. Please keep checking the Blog and posting comments whenever you like, I welcome your feedback.
Kindergarten Report Cards will be sent home on Monday since the Kindergarten class will not be in school on the scheduled report card day. Parent Teacher Interviews are coming up on March 16th and 17th. I hope to see you all then. Your child is welcome to come with you. We will be sharing their portfolios with you again.
Some skills you can be working on at home to help your child have more success at school are: learning their personal information such as birthdays, address (town, street, house number, box number), and phone numbers. Tying shoes at home can also be practiced.
Thank you to everyone that sends play dough, sent snacks for our Valentines Party, helped tie skates on our skating days and on Jump Rope for Heart day. Your help is greatly appreciated!

Monday, February 14, 2011


When Mrs. Muir visited our classroom, she taught us about capacity (how much something can hold). See the video of our learning.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Shadow Explorations

On February 2, we spent some time in the basement of the school exploring shadows with the use of our flashlights and a variety of different objects. We were exploring the concepts of near and far, large and small, tall and short. We were working together to trace our shadows. We were having a great time learning! Afterwards, we talked about our discoveries. We answered questions such as: What happens when the flashlight is close/far from the wall or object? What happens if we shine the light at different angles (from the bottom up, or top down)? The following day, we looked at the shadows we traced. Some students explained what their shadow was and how they made it. Then we drew some of the shadows we remembered making in our journals and explained how they were made.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Question for the Parents

I have a multitude of pictures from the activities we do in our class. Many of them we print off and put into our portfolios. I would like to know if any parents would be interested in getting a CD of their child's pictures at the end of the year. Please post a comment or write a note in the agenda to let me know.

Blog Challenge 4

Today we had the kick off for Jump Rope for Heart. The fundraisers will be coming home soon. We talked about the different things we do to keep our hearts healthy. Post a comment on this entry telling us some of the things you and your family do to keep your heart healthy.

We talk about the posts in class, so make sure you remember what your comment is.

January Blog Challenge Winner

January's Blog Challenge Winner was Sammy. He won a book gift certificate for a free book from a book order. February's Blog Challenge starts today!

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Blog Challenge 3

Last challenge for January!
What will you do to celebrate Family Literacy Day on January 27th?
This years theme is Play for Learning. What games do you play to learn?
Alphabet and Number Bingo are some favourites from school.

Your challenge is to post a comment telling us what your favourite learning game to play at home is.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Upcoming Events!

This week is going to be packed full of exciting things!
Monday we will go tubing. We are leaving at 8:30, so make sure you are here on time.
Wednesday we will begin skating. We will be going skating from 10:15 to 11:15. Make sure you bring your skates and a helmet. A note will be coming home on Monday with more information about skating.

Next Wednesday is Groundhogs Day! Bring a FLASHLIGHT. (make sure the batteries work) We will be learning about shadows.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Calendar Update

Please note the changes to the calendar.

Blog Challenge 2

Students with your parents help, compare 2 objects you find in your house (fork, pen, tv, chair, etc.) and post a comment on this blog post telling us which object is taller or which object is shorter. Make sure you leave a name or initials so I know who posts each comment.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Willow Awards Books

Today we read another Willow Award book with Mrs. Harris. We read Farley Follows his Nose. Farley followed his nose smelling different smells on quite an adventure.
This website was created after this book:
It is to help senior citizens and disabled persons get help for their pets.
To see the activity we did after reading the story, visit the school library.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Family Literacy Day

Family Literacy Day is coming up on January 27th. This a nationally celebrated day in Canada. What will you do to celebrate literacy with your family?

For ideas and information about Family Literacy Day, visit the links posted under reading.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Book Orders and Tubing Forms

Book Orders went home today. They are due Friday, January 14.

Tubing forms went home today. Please return the Tubing for as soon as possible. We all had a fantastic time last year and are looking forward to more fun and hopefully good weather too this year!

New Happenings

Many things were different today when the class came in. There was a lot of excitement!
There is a new seating arrangement. There are new play areas and new things during Circle Time.

Circle Time
Our Circle Time routine has remained mostly the same. I have added a couple of new things. We are doing and exercise song each morning to get our heat rates up and burn some energy. Today we learned the song "Do the Dragon." We are also learning songs about Peace. Today we listened to "Say Hi!" This song encourages everyone to look people in the eye, smile and say HI! We discussed different ways to greet someone. Some suggestions in class were to wave, say Hola, Bonjour, or Hello.

New Play Areas
We now have a hospital in our classroom. Please do not be alarmed if your child comes home with band-aids on. They are just from play time. In the hospital we have medical charts that the "Doctors" can write in. There are a variety of props: band aids, gauze, germ masks, stethoscopes, cotton balls, hand wipes, and gloves to name just a few. The children also have to sign their names in the appointment book if they want to be a "Patient" and see a doctor.

The painting area is now finger painting.

There is an overhead projector area where the children use an overhead to experiment with light and dark, shadows and transparencey. They make designs and pictures on the overhead with a variety of objects and they can trace and colour them onto chart paper that is hanging up.

As the month goes on, more new activities will be added. They will focus on Measuring, Our Bodies, Winter, and Friendship.

Stay tuned for more updates! Parents you are always welcome to come check out what we are doing and the new things in our class!

Blog Contest

Each week I will post a challenge. Something that parents and students can do together. Each time a challenge is completed, your child's name will be entered in a classroom draw. The draw will be made at the end of each month. A prize will be awarded to the winner. The purpose of this contest is to use our classroom blog more. It will also help me to post more often. I welcome any suggestions or comments. I want this to be something fun.

Challenge 1
Watch the video for making gingerbread cookies and identify 1 of the 2 songs playing in the background. It was posted in December. Write the name of the song in the agenda on Monday.