April 14, 2020 I Google Classroom Information

Oki, Tansi families 

I really miss everyone, and hope you are doing well during this strange time. It was great to connect with most families and students last week. Please feel free to e-mail any time, or arrange a phone call. 

I am very excited that our online classroom is ready is almost ready to go! We will be using Google Classroom and Google Meet to continue connecting and learning together. On Tuesday, April 14 you will receive an e-mail from me with your login information. I am happy to do my best to troubleshoot any technical difficulties- fingers crossed. If you have any difficulties or questions- let me know and we can discuss alternate options.

To access Google Classroom, go to www.classroom.google.com

To access Google Meet, go to www.meet.google.com

I will be hosting optional weekly Google Meet times where the students can say "hello" and hopefully see their classmates. If these do not work for you, there will be alternate videos and learning opportunities. 

Head over to the Google Classroom for more information- see you there!

Love, Ms. Jocelyn and Iinii



March 16, 2020 I At Home Learning Activities

Oki families, 

We are thinking of you and your little ones. Please find some suggested at home learning activities is below. They are optional: 

Story/Song: to continue the development of language skills. Read and sing along with your child. In Preschool, we often do things a number of times before we begin to join. If you sing the song each day of the week, your child will begin to join in. They also love to dance!

Fine Motor/Drawing Activity: to further develop fine motor skills and preprinting shapes. Each activity will require minimal supplies, and will be easy to extend upon. Your child's fine motor skills are constantly developing, and although they may struggle drawing a certain shape with one tool (a marker), try another tool (a short crayon or piece of chalk). Different tools, or different surfaces can help. Another idea we love around here is drawing on different surfaces (tape paper to the wall or lay down on your tummies to colour). 

Counting/Number Sense Activity: to build upon our excellent counting and sorting skills. We have been practicing counting frequently in Preschool. Ask your child to count the number of toys they have, or ask them how many pieces of snack they would like before you give it to them. 

Movement Break Idea: to continue to use our gross motor skills, learn to move our bodies in new ways and to keep those bodies on the go! As the weather improves, get outside for walks when you can; I know this will be my priority when I wake up with my kids!


Find what your child is most interested in and spend the time doing those activities. A schedule similar to what we do here at school might be:

Wake-up/Breakfast followed by Quiet Reading- 30 minutes

Movement Time/ Outside- 45 minutes

Story Time- 15 minutes

Play Time - 1 hour

Snack Time followed by Quiet Reading and Colouring- 30 minutes



I will do my best to update as I find new ideas. Please e-mail me with any questions or suggestions. I would also love to hear what the kids are up to! 

jlhachey@cbe.ab.ca 


Transportation

The students have shown an interest in things that move! Trains, planes, cars, trucks, and diggers are our favourite things to play with. 

Story/Song:

ABC Boat Song 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PJVQtFdTPrM

Boats for Preschoolers- Blippi

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ls2RJUsBx4o

Fine Motor/Drawing Activity

Draw a boat using these preprinting shapes and then colour it. To extend, students could cut our their boat, glue it on blue paper, or colour the water around the boat. You could draw 1, 2, or 3 boats on separate pages and have your child count and label the number. 


Counting/Number Sense Activity 

Draw and use this 10-frame to count items around the house. We have been practicing counting our snacks. Give your child anywhere from 1-10 individual cheerios, fruit snacks, or berries and have them place one in each square. Have them count each one with their pointer finger one at a time. 

Movement Break:

We have been learning how to walk like animals and move our body in new ways. This week, try these animal moves. You can play "Stop and Go", holding up a sign or red and green paper to indicate stop and go. 

After our movement breaks or PE, we end by laying down with our legs up the wall and listen to our cool down song:

Thanks A Lot by Raffi

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZLphADfy4tw


FREE ONLINE RESOURCES:

These tools are great to keep students busy and extend their learning:

Starfall ABCs- we use this app on our ipads and love it. It is available as a website too:

https://www.starfall.com/h/




December 2019 | Time for Storytelling

Oki, Tansi families.

We had a wonderful December in EDC/Preschool. We reflected on the days until Solstice and the days until Christmas by counting our red and green chain links each day. We read "Mouse Celebrates The Winter Solstice" by Terri Mack, taking extra care to read the prayer that is from past Elders. We enjoyed learning about the different animal friends that join kanaiskiina (mouse) in the winter. 


We loved our visit from Santa, special turkey dinner, and singing Aohpotawa for you at the Winter Celebration. The little ones did so well!


We were all smiles for our visitors!




We loved decorating cookies on PJ day!


I hope you had a beautiful holiday, I am happy to see everyone smiling again!


Love, Ms. Jocelyn 

October/November 2019 | We are Grateful

Oki Friends, 

What a beautiful month of learning we had in EDC/Preschool. Our little ones are growing in so many ways in each day and I can really see their curiosities expanding. I love when we explore and ask "why", as it opens up n

ew opportunities for learning and even further exploration. On one of our first snow days, we filled our water table with snow from the backyard and began to feel the soft, cold snow with our fingers. Then, we sprayed the snow with coloured water and even explored some colour mixing. Something to look forward to next time it snows!

We have been exploring new tools to use in our painting. One of our students loved to speak about the crab apples in his backyard, so he brought some in and we used them as stamps to paint apples on our apple trees. A lot of rich vocabulary emerged from this activity, as we noticed "apples falling from the tree" or what was "on the ground". I wonder what we will paint with next...

Kokum's Soup

We gave thanks to Na'a for all of the beautiful blessings in our lives. We read our special Thanksgiving Prayer that was gifted to our school by Elder Sharron Prioux, and felt especially thankful for our little ones. 

We read a story about Kokum's Soup, and how she gave soup to everyone that came to her, and then did not have any left for herself; but then her community came back with a feast to enjoy with her. So for Thanksgiving we decided to make soup together. We carefully chopped, poured, and put our love into the soup and then enjoyed it together. It was very sweet. 


Looking Ahead

November is going to be filled with exploration as we dive into the land of dinos!

We are going to be paying special attention to our spirits and hearts, and what makes us feel happy. 

We will be celebrating Métis Month with stories, beginning with Lori Dorion's The Giving Tree.

November 7- Remembrance Day Assembly, 11AM

November 4-6- Drumming Residency with Darcy Turning Robe


See you soon, 

Love Ms. Jocelyn 




September 2019 | We are Special

Oki, Tansi, Bonjour, Hello Families,

Thank you to all of our families that came to our first Celebration of Learning of the year. It was a big success, and our little ones did a fabulous job singing for all in the gym. We find singing, and especially dancing, to be one of the best parts of our day at Preschool. 

We have been spending our time in Preschool so far getting to know each other and learning about our new classroom and toys. We are working on learning the names of our new friends and using their name in play. We are learning to share and take turns with our special toys at school. 

"There's magic in this bare brown tree..."

We have loved this story because it is interactive and fun to read, and we are learning about the changes in Na'a.

The students have begun to look for the changes they see in Na'a. There are different colours of leaves on the trees, and some days it is cooler outside when we play. Some students noticed some changes in mixing paint colours while they were painting trees- "I made brown!" 

Looking Ahead:

October is one of my favourite months of the year in Preschool! We get to have fun exploring all of the beautiful things in our lives that we are thankful for, some spooky stories, and even some pumpkins! We will be reading the story I'm Thankful Each Day at circle time, and ending the month with Go Away Big Green Monster. We will continue to learn each others names and begin to expand our language to include big sentences with our own names and ages, and maybe our birthday too! If your student is still learning their birthday, practice with them at home, and I can't wait to hear them tell me. 

Important Dates:

September 30- Orange Shirt Day

October 10 and 11- Parent/Teacher Conferences. Book online- looking forward to seeing you

October 31- Halloween celebrations

See you soon,

Ms. Jocelyn 

August 2019 | Welcome!

Oki, Tansi, Bonjour Families,

Welcome to the new school year in EDC/Preschool! I am so very excited to begin a new season of learning with our youngest ones at Niitsitapi Learning Centre. 

My name is Jocelyn and I am one of the two EDC/Preschool teachers this year. I have been fortunate to have been with Niitsitapi since our opening three years ago. At the beginning of each year I love watching the students progress to the next grade, and seeing how tall they grew over the summer!

I am originally from Ontario and have been living in Alberta for 11 years. When I'm not at the school, I am adventuring with my two boys, Theodore (3) and Arlo (1). We love to go to the park, ride bikes, and play basketball. 

As this year begins, we will be getting to know the routines of school and enjoying playing with our friends. Our story and song focus will be "Wheels on the Bus" and we will learn about the different ways everyone travelled to school. So far, I can tell that we have a group of wonderful singers in our class!

We are lucky to have a whole team of support for the students at Niitsitapi Learning Centre. In our class this year is Ms. Diane as the Speech and Language Assistant and Ms. Brandy as the Early Childhood Practitioner. 

I look forward to meeting all of you soon. Please always feel free to contact me at any time. 

See you soon!


Ms. Jocelyn 

(403) 817-3404

jlhachey@cbe.ab.ca


Ms Jocelyn

April 14, 2020 I Google Classroom Information

Oki, Tansi families 

I really miss everyone, and hope you are doing well during this strange time. It was great to connect with most families and students last week. Please feel free to e-mail any time, or arrange a phone call. 

I am very excited that our online classroom is ready is almost ready to go! We will be using Google Classroom and Google Meet to continue connecting and learning together. On Tuesday, April 14 you will receive an e-mail from me with your login information. I am happy to do my best to troubleshoot any technical difficulties- fingers crossed. If you have any difficulties or questions- let me know and we can discuss alternate options.

To access Google Classroom, go to www.classroom.google.com

To access Google Meet, go to www.meet.google.com

I will be hosting optional weekly Google Meet times where the students can say "hello" and hopefully see their classmates. If these do not work for you, there will be alternate videos and learning opportunities. 

Head over to the Google Classroom for more information- see you there!

Love, Ms. Jocelyn and Iinii



March 16, 2020 I At Home Learning Activities

Oki families, 

We are thinking of you and your little ones. Please find some suggested at home learning activities is below. They are optional: 

Story/Song: to continue the development of language skills. Read and sing along with your child. In Preschool, we often do things a number of times before we begin to join. If you sing the song each day of the week, your child will begin to join in. They also love to dance!

Fine Motor/Drawing Activity: to further develop fine motor skills and preprinting shapes. Each activity will require minimal supplies, and will be easy to extend upon. Your child's fine motor skills are constantly developing, and although they may struggle drawing a certain shape with one tool (a marker), try another tool (a short crayon or piece of chalk). Different tools, or different surfaces can help. Another idea we love around here is drawing on different surfaces (tape paper to the wall or lay down on your tummies to colour). 

Counting/Number Sense Activity: to build upon our excellent counting and sorting skills. We have been practicing counting frequently in Preschool. Ask your child to count the number of toys they have, or ask them how many pieces of snack they would like before you give it to them. 

Movement Break Idea: to continue to use our gross motor skills, learn to move our bodies in new ways and to keep those bodies on the go! As the weather improves, get outside for walks when you can; I know this will be my priority when I wake up with my kids!


Find what your child is most interested in and spend the time doing those activities. A schedule similar to what we do here at school might be:

Wake-up/Breakfast followed by Quiet Reading- 30 minutes

Movement Time/ Outside- 45 minutes

Story Time- 15 minutes

Play Time - 1 hour

Snack Time followed by Quiet Reading and Colouring- 30 minutes



I will do my best to update as I find new ideas. Please e-mail me with any questions or suggestions. I would also love to hear what the kids are up to! 

jlhachey@cbe.ab.ca 


Transportation

The students have shown an interest in things that move! Trains, planes, cars, trucks, and diggers are our favourite things to play with. 

Story/Song:

ABC Boat Song 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PJVQtFdTPrM

Boats for Preschoolers- Blippi

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ls2RJUsBx4o

Fine Motor/Drawing Activity

Draw a boat using these preprinting shapes and then colour it. To extend, students could cut our their boat, glue it on blue paper, or colour the water around the boat. You could draw 1, 2, or 3 boats on separate pages and have your child count and label the number. 


Counting/Number Sense Activity 

Draw and use this 10-frame to count items around the house. We have been practicing counting our snacks. Give your child anywhere from 1-10 individual cheerios, fruit snacks, or berries and have them place one in each square. Have them count each one with their pointer finger one at a time. 

Movement Break:

We have been learning how to walk like animals and move our body in new ways. This week, try these animal moves. You can play "Stop and Go", holding up a sign or red and green paper to indicate stop and go. 

After our movement breaks or PE, we end by laying down with our legs up the wall and listen to our cool down song:

Thanks A Lot by Raffi

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZLphADfy4tw


FREE ONLINE RESOURCES:

These tools are great to keep students busy and extend their learning:

Starfall ABCs- we use this app on our ipads and love it. It is available as a website too:

https://www.starfall.com/h/




December 2019 | Time for Storytelling

Oki, Tansi families.

We had a wonderful December in EDC/Preschool. We reflected on the days until Solstice and the days until Christmas by counting our red and green chain links each day. We read "Mouse Celebrates The Winter Solstice" by Terri Mack, taking extra care to read the prayer that is from past Elders. We enjoyed learning about the different animal friends that join kanaiskiina (mouse) in the winter. 


We loved our visit from Santa, special turkey dinner, and singing Aohpotawa for you at the Winter Celebration. The little ones did so well!


We were all smiles for our visitors!




We loved decorating cookies on PJ day!


I hope you had a beautiful holiday, I am happy to see everyone smiling again!


Love, Ms. Jocelyn 

October/November 2019 | We are Grateful

Oki Friends, 

What a beautiful month of learning we had in EDC/Preschool. Our little ones are growing in so many ways in each day and I can really see their curiosities expanding. I love when we explore and ask "why", as it opens up n

ew opportunities for learning and even further exploration. On one of our first snow days, we filled our water table with snow from the backyard and began to feel the soft, cold snow with our fingers. Then, we sprayed the snow with coloured water and even explored some colour mixing. Something to look forward to next time it snows!

We have been exploring new tools to use in our painting. One of our students loved to speak about the crab apples in his backyard, so he brought some in and we used them as stamps to paint apples on our apple trees. A lot of rich vocabulary emerged from this activity, as we noticed "apples falling from the tree" or what was "on the ground". I wonder what we will paint with next...

Kokum's Soup

We gave thanks to Na'a for all of the beautiful blessings in our lives. We read our special Thanksgiving Prayer that was gifted to our school by Elder Sharron Prioux, and felt especially thankful for our little ones. 

We read a story about Kokum's Soup, and how she gave soup to everyone that came to her, and then did not have any left for herself; but then her community came back with a feast to enjoy with her. So for Thanksgiving we decided to make soup together. We carefully chopped, poured, and put our love into the soup and then enjoyed it together. It was very sweet. 


Looking Ahead

November is going to be filled with exploration as we dive into the land of dinos!

We are going to be paying special attention to our spirits and hearts, and what makes us feel happy. 

We will be celebrating Métis Month with stories, beginning with Lori Dorion's The Giving Tree.

November 7- Remembrance Day Assembly, 11AM

November 4-6- Drumming Residency with Darcy Turning Robe


See you soon, 

Love Ms. Jocelyn 




September 2019 | We are Special

Oki, Tansi, Bonjour, Hello Families,

Thank you to all of our families that came to our first Celebration of Learning of the year. It was a big success, and our little ones did a fabulous job singing for all in the gym. We find singing, and especially dancing, to be one of the best parts of our day at Preschool. 

We have been spending our time in Preschool so far getting to know each other and learning about our new classroom and toys. We are working on learning the names of our new friends and using their name in play. We are learning to share and take turns with our special toys at school. 

"There's magic in this bare brown tree..."

We have loved this story because it is interactive and fun to read, and we are learning about the changes in Na'a.

The students have begun to look for the changes they see in Na'a. There are different colours of leaves on the trees, and some days it is cooler outside when we play. Some students noticed some changes in mixing paint colours while they were painting trees- "I made brown!" 

Looking Ahead:

October is one of my favourite months of the year in Preschool! We get to have fun exploring all of the beautiful things in our lives that we are thankful for, some spooky stories, and even some pumpkins! We will be reading the story I'm Thankful Each Day at circle time, and ending the month with Go Away Big Green Monster. We will continue to learn each others names and begin to expand our language to include big sentences with our own names and ages, and maybe our birthday too! If your student is still learning their birthday, practice with them at home, and I can't wait to hear them tell me. 

Important Dates:

September 30- Orange Shirt Day

October 10 and 11- Parent/Teacher Conferences. Book online- looking forward to seeing you

October 31- Halloween celebrations

See you soon,

Ms. Jocelyn 

August 2019 | Welcome!

Oki, Tansi, Bonjour Families,

Welcome to the new school year in EDC/Preschool! I am so very excited to begin a new season of learning with our youngest ones at Niitsitapi Learning Centre. 

My name is Jocelyn and I am one of the two EDC/Preschool teachers this year. I have been fortunate to have been with Niitsitapi since our opening three years ago. At the beginning of each year I love watching the students progress to the next grade, and seeing how tall they grew over the summer!

I am originally from Ontario and have been living in Alberta for 11 years. When I'm not at the school, I am adventuring with my two boys, Theodore (3) and Arlo (1). We love to go to the park, ride bikes, and play basketball. 

As this year begins, we will be getting to know the routines of school and enjoying playing with our friends. Our story and song focus will be "Wheels on the Bus" and we will learn about the different ways everyone travelled to school. So far, I can tell that we have a group of wonderful singers in our class!

We are lucky to have a whole team of support for the students at Niitsitapi Learning Centre. In our class this year is Ms. Diane as the Speech and Language Assistant and Ms. Brandy as the Early Childhood Practitioner. 

I look forward to meeting all of you soon. Please always feel free to contact me at any time. 

See you soon!


Ms. Jocelyn 

(403) 817-3404

jlhachey@cbe.ab.ca


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