October 15, 2021
This week in math we continued to focus on shapes. One classroom read the story, “The Shape of Things” and began identifying shapes in the world around them, including signs in our community. They also created pictures out of shapes on geoboards and on the light table. Another classroom looked closely at shapes in nature and used watercolour pencils to draw fall leaves. Both classes continued to develop fine motor skills by copying, colouring and cutting shapes.
In Literacy, kindergarten students learned the name, sound and formation of the letter P. They enjoyed sorting a variety of objects by their initial sound and finding all the P’s in the Pumpkin Poem. The students drew pictures of their families at Thanksgiving and began to add words like “Mom”, “Dad” and their names to their drawings.
We are beginning to explore a Growth Mindset through books such as “Ish” and “Not Yet”. These books encourage students to create freely without fear of perfection and to persevere in difficult or challenging tasks.
October 7, 2021
This week, kindergarten students explored concepts of gratitude and friendship through stories including "The Thankful Book" and "Autumn's First Leaf." We reflected on our personal connections by participating in sharing circles and creating colourful drawings. Kindergarteners practised rhyming and poetry, with a focus on Thanksgiving and the letter T. We continued to build upon our fine motor skills by printing, beading, cutting and tracing. Kindergarteners learned how to create artwork using a variety of fall leaves during a leaf rubbing activity. Students used their sense of touch and descriptive words to identify differences between the front and back of leaves. We learned about the veins of leaves and how they act as a straw to distribute water. Kindergarteners enjoy having their very own garden near the purple doors and are learning how to care for the peppermint plants by providing them with water.
October 1, 2021
This past week the kindergarten students participated in a variety of activities related to Truth and Reconciliation. We began by reading “The Orange Shirt Story”. The students discussed things that we have, but were not allowed in residential schools, such as living with your family, speaking your own language and wearing your own clothes. As a follow up, we coloured orange shirts and created orange heart flowers to remember that every child matters! Later in the week Ms. Tami read “The Sharing Circle” to our classes. In this story, a boy carried dried herbs in his pocket to remember his home and his culture wherever he went. The students participated in a sharing circle in which they told us what they would carry with them to remember their home. We explored mint using our senses and planted some mint in the garden. We finished the week by reading “My Heart is Filled with Happiness” and reflecting on everything in our life that fills us with joy!
Sept. 23, 2021
Kindergarteners have enjoyed exploring seasonal changes and collecting natural artifacts for patterning and creating collages. We celebrated the beginning of fall by reading Leaf Man and going on a nature hunt. Students created pictures of animals and people using leaves, twigs and pinecones. Kindergarteners also enjoyed sketching fall self-portraits. Last week, we participated in the Terry Fox Run and learned about Terry’s perseverance in the face of adversity. Kindergarteners began alphabet work with a focus on the letter S. We practiced isolating the “S” sound in order to identify words beginning with this letter. Students also worked on building their fine motor skills through printing. We have been reflecting on our day through sharing circles and are building confidence in verbalizing our feelings and preferences.
Sept. 10, 2021
We’re so happy to welcome our kindergarten students to school! During the past two weeks the students have been learning classroom routines and making new friends. We’ve been working on creating patterns in art and math, outdoors and using sound and movement. Kindergarteners have been learning how to be good classroom citizens, introduce themselves and be kind to one another. They have started recognizing and printing their names. The students enjoyed creating name banners using bean patterns. Beginning next week, our students will take turns bringing a special kindergarten backpack home as we begin to explore what makes us unique.