Today we did literacy pods. The students had an opportunity to use Starfall ABCs on the ipads, practice letter sounds with me, and use digital cameras to walk around the school to take pictures of objects for the different letters we have learned. Here is a video of our learning:
Our new goal for the Caught you Caring Program that Kindergarten to Grade 2 are participating in is Respect. Today Mrs. Wawryk visited our class and talked to everyone about how we show respect. Some of the ideas the class came up with include:
Ask permission to use something
Ask someone to play with you
Say yes when someone asks to play with you
Put hand up – take turns talking
Listening – eyes on speaker, mouths are closed, body facing
Manners: Excuse me, Please and Thank you, your welcome
No stealing or taking something that does not belong to us
Put things away in the right spot
Be careful with other people’s property
Cleaning up garbage
Leave nature as it is or make it better
Use nice words when speaking to others
The stories we read today about respect are:
Respect and Take Care by Things by Cheri J. Meiners
The Grouchy Ladybug by Eric Carle
Can you think of some other ways to show respect? Post a comment with your ideas.
It is that time of year again where we need mitts and toques and all that warm stuff. I have extra knitted mitts in the classroom in case anyone's get too wet, but it would be a good idea to send an extra pair just in case.
We are using our reusable shopping bags to keep all our loose winter belongings in (mitts, scarves, ski/slush pants, toques etc.). We use these bags to keep everything organized and contained in the lockers especially in the lockers that are shared. If you have not sent a large reusable shopping bag, with your child's name in in, please send on in as soon as possible. Thank you.
Today we started learning about different ways we can solve problems. We used puppets to act out different problems that the students have encountered (name calling, pushing, being bossy, not following the rules, not listening, etc.) and then we discussed ways that we could solve the problem and how someone feels when they have a problem. We will be exploring this concept through shared reading with big books and little books. The children really enjoyed acting with the puppets.
Math games are a great way to practice number skills. Today we played Go Fish with our ten frame cards. This is something you can do at home with a regular deck of cards, taking out the face cards. This game helps with developing visual number recognition for what each number looks like (how much it is). War is another great game for practicing number skills of more and less along with number recognition. When we play this game at school, we will call the game Face Off. Once we learn some other games, I will post information on how to play them, so you can practice at home too.
To date, we have learned the letters C, D, A, and G. Our next letter will be P. When we learn a new letter, we learn it's name, it's sound, how to print it, how to find it in text, along with an action song and rhyme. Sometimes we will watch a video to go with the letter on You Tube from the Have Fun Teaching channel. They have made videos for each letter.
Some of the things we did to learn about Fire Prevention at school:
- watched a video about fire safety
- practiced Stop, Drop, and Roll
- practiced crawling to a door and checking if it is hot before opening the door
- toured the school looking for fire extinguishers, fire hoses, fire alarms, and exit signs
- learned about creating a fire escape plan at home and talked about the fire drills we have at school
- toured the Springside fire hall and saw the fire truck with the siren and lights on
- discussed when to phone 9-1-1
- paper and pencil activities about Stop, Drop, and Roll, fire escape plan, and learning 9-1-1 (the rest of the pages sent home can be completed and kept at home)
Some things you can do at home to learn about fire prevention:
- create fire escape plan and practice it with your family
- test fire alarms so children know what they sound like
- look for fire alarms, fire extinguishers, etc.
- practice learning important personal information: phone number(s), address
What else can you think of to learn about fire prevention??? Leave a comment with your suggestions. (I have to moderate them after you submit them, so it will take time before your comment is visible on the blog)
The picture retake day is on November 5 in the morning. This is not a Kindergarten day, but it is the only day the photographer was available. If you would like retakes for your child, please bring them to the school at 9:00 am for their pictures.
Next Week is Fire Prevention Week. We will learn about fire safety and take a tour of the Springside fire hall on Tuesday. Also happening on Tuesday is lunch with the Principal. Mr. K and Ms Schultz will eat lunch with the class and the school will provide lunch for everyone (hot dogs and apple crisp). Mr. K does this with all the classes throughout the year. Please still send a snack.
September and October are our "Caring" months in our Caught You Caring program. We will be discussing ways to show caring and students that demonstrate caring in school will receive an award. There are 5 awards in total that a student can earn in Kindergarten to Grade 2. We take 2 months to focus on each award.
Remember.... Thursday is early dismissal day. Students get picked up at 11:30. Please still send a snack that day. In the afternoon the staff has a staff meeting and we meet in our Professional Learning Committees (PLC).
There are 2 new things on the right hand side. There is a place where you can enter your email address to follow the blog by email, and there is a Vote For Me widgit that will take you to my mom's quilt where you can vote daily until the 21st. I normally wouldn't add personal things to this blog, but my mom is in the final round and is the last Canadian in the professional category. She has been working on this challenge for almost a year because she has had to design 3 quilts before this one.
Since we have been learning about patterns and it was a beautiful day outside, we went outside to see what patterns we could find in nature and around the school. If one of the students found a pattern and could explain it, then I took a picture of it. All the patterns we found are in this video and some of them are described by the students in the class. Once we got back to the classroom, we were finding many more patterns around the room and on our clothes. Try finding patterns at home and get your child to describe them and tell you what should come next.
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Please write your email address in your child's agenda if you would like to be added to the email list.
Yesterday we made some patterns with apples. I will make a slide show and post it soon to show you what our class can do. We also made applesauce! The process of cutting apples and mashing them proved to be more enjoyable than eating the applesauce. The cinnamon smelled good, but the class as a whole did not enjoy the taste of it, but everyone tried a little.
Please check the updated calendar. I will be sending a new paper copy home tomorrow. Helper days have changed slightly so that I could add out new student.
The applesauce story your child brought home yesterday is theirs to keep at home.
The first day of Kindergarten is quickly approaching. I imagine everyone is a little nervous and excited to start school. Our first day will be very busy. We will have an assembly in the gym in the morning to see all the new faces. Your child will also be coming home with a lot of paper. Please go through these notes carefully.
I hope everyone got their letter in the mail before school starts. I can't wait to see everyone :)
Using the Random Person Selector I selected 2 students to win additional prizes from the bike rodeo. These prizes were donated by the Saskatchewan Prevention Institute.
Alyssa won a bell for her bike!
Ryame won a watermelon helmet!
On Friday, June 8, Springside School will be hosting a Kindergarten to Grade 4 Bike Rodeo. From 12:45–2:30 students will participate in a variety of stations that test their bike riding ability.
For the Bike Rodeo, all children K-4 can participate. All participants need to wear a bike helmet that fits properly. Bikes can be dropped off at the school during the afternoon of Thursday, June 7.
We need 3-4 parent volunteers from each grade to help with the bike rodeo. If you are able to volunteer for the afternoon, please return the bottom portion to school with your child by Monday, June 4. We will be sending home the Bike Safety Inspection form for you to complete with your child. Please return the completed inspection form to school on or before the day of the bike rodeo.
SGI Summer Safety Squad will be out to provide a presentation on Bike Safety and we will also a draw for prizes donated by the Saskatchewan Prevention Institute.
If you have any questions, please contact either Ms Schultz or Ms Holtkamp at the school.
We usually do an Alphabet Action song by Denise Gagne and our Itchy's Alphabet song when we learn a new letter but today we watched a couple of videos. Sesame Street Letter Y and Letter Y Song.
You tube has great vidoes if you want to look for any other songs to sing at home.
We have been practicing our numbers to 10. Today we were counting up and counting down before we played our Math games.
The following links are the videos we watched today:
Counting Down from Twenty Song
We have also watched this video when we were learning about how numbers are all around our environment.
Numbers All Around
Today we read the story Panda Kindergarten to learn about how people are caring for Pandas. This is the first story in the inquiry unit where we will read and learn about ways to care for our world.
The following is a link to the Panda Can at the San Diego Zoo. Panda Cam
I have posted a new link under Reading Links. Raz Reading has stories that your child can read or have read to them. You need to click on your child's name to get into their account. If you need to enter the teacher name, it is KLukey.
This could be something fun to do over the Easter holidays.
Reading Eggs is a website that offers activities for students Kindergarten to Grade 2 to work on their reading skills. There is a cost associated with it. however, you can get a free 14 day trial. I would be interested in hearing what anyone thinks of this website if you choose to use the free trial. Reading Eggs
The following website offers a free browser that you can download. It is designed for children with autism, but would be great for children. It provides access to appropriate videos, games, stories, music, and more!
The download can be found at http://zacbrowser.com/
On February 1, 3, and 8 we will be going skating with the 1/2 and 3/4 classes from 10:15-11:15. We will leave at the beginning of recess to get there in time to tie skates. Parent volunteers to tie skates are always welcome! Please let me know ASAP if your child does not have skates.
I hope everyone had an enjoyable holiday! I have been busy adding videos to our online portfolios. You can now view some that I have posted. The password to access your child's page was written in their agenda in December.
Some information for Show and Tell: it will still be on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Please look in your child's agenda for which day they are on. Please encourage your child to bring something other than a toy for Show and Tell. I find that there is more language involved when sharing something that the children have made (crafts, activities at home such as baking or making play dough), photographs, their favourite story that they can help read, etc.
On Friday, we will be making "Stone Soup" minus the stone. We are learning about Cooperation for our next Caught You Caring Awards. Stone Soup was a story we read that demonstrated cooperation.