For the month of June we have been focusing our studies to celebrate National Indigenous Peoples Day on June 21. One of our school staff wrote and illustrated an incredible read called “The Earth World” that has been the basis for our learning this month. Supporting and strengthening our sense of community, Indigenous knowledge, and creating ways to connect meaningfully with one another has been a reoccurring theme through the books I have chosen for June. We will also be reading “Trudy’s Healing Stone”, “The Circle of Sharing and Caring” and “My Heart Fills with Happiness” as part of this theme. The Blackfoot Movement story will also be a regular part of our weekly learning as a way to build physical literacy and encourage different gross motor movements at home. It has been quite the year and we want to wish all of our families an amazing summer!
The shift to online learning has been a transition for everyone but our Google Classroom is off to a great start! Every week we have been reading a different book and creating activities that tie in individual programming goals for communication, physical activity and functional academics. Last week we read the Very Hungry Caterpillar and this week started to explore Plant the Tiny Seed. The classroom team has put together great at-home activities like building a bird feeder and making a Very Hungry Caterpillar smoothie to go along with these stories. Each week also includes a variety of physical activities to do outdoors such as a Scavenger Hunt or community walks. Continue to send in your pictures as it’s been incredible to see the students engaged and excited about our new learning!
In our classroom, we have been embracing the cold weather with stories about winter. After reading “Ten on the Sled” by Kim Norman, each student took turns pretending to sled down our floor mat. We shared these pictures with parents in our glass jar snow globes and wrote our own version of “In My Snow Globe”. Using glitter, stickers, water and glue, we made our own winter wonderlands to take home. Our focus over the next few weeks is to continue using Eye-Gaze software to make choices, communicate requests and practice Core Words such as “in” and “want”.