It has been a great year! Students have been busy learning about the lifecycle of insects including the honeybee, ladybug and butterfly. It has been fun exploring the many stages of their lifecycles and investigating how a caterpillar can change into a beautiful butterfly. Speaking of beautiful butterflies, we are proud to celebrate Soha’s transition from EFS onto her next adventure in learning! It has been wonderful having Soha in our class and we wish her much success at her new school.
June has brought the start of celebrating Indigenous History month and learning about how to protect our water sources, as well as enjoying some nature walks. We also enjoyed an online presentation of the “Paperbag Princess” by Storybook Theatre. It is hard to believe that the year is quickly coming to an end and summer holidays will soon be here. We want to thank all of our families for being so supportive during this school year and we wish you all a safe and enjoyable summer!
Spring really seems to be here now! We look forward to enjoying lots of time learning and exploring the outdoors as we continue to study how seeds grow. We will begin a new look at some of the insects right here in our own backyard! Our learning will center around life cycles and change. We had so much fun in April planting our garden just before Spring Break and returning to find it had begun to grow! On Earth Day, there was some magic and we were able to “harvest” some of our garden and make a very yummy salad! Thanks so very much to Joi for stepping into our classroom while I was away most of April. She did an amazing job continuing our work toward each student’s program plan.
February was a very busy month for us! We celebrated the 100th Day of School, Fred’s Retirement, Valentine’s Day, and Cashton’s birthday! Our learning focused on hibernation. We looked at animals in Alberta that hibernate focusing on bears, bats, groundhogs, and squirrels. Through this lens, our real learning was focused on the sequence of events involved with hibernation and the different habitats for hibernation. We also enjoyed reading the Brady Brady Collection of Hockey Stories and a variety of fiction and non fiction books about hibernation. In March, we will turn our focus to Life on the Farm. We will explore the living and non living things important to farming and what different animals and crops provide us with in order to answer the question: “Why are farms important for people all around the world?”
Happy New Year everyone! The month of January is a nice month to start anew and to re-establish routines. In our class we will be learning about polar animals in science, exploring color in art, and finding out more about the history of the Indigenous people of Alberta in our Indigenous Studies class. In math, we will continue our learning about quantity, size, shape, and patterns. As we learn, explore, and discover, we are always using the lens of communication. Students in our class are working on developing more robust expressive communication tools they can access and rely upon in all parts of their daily life.