I can't believe we're already into the final month of the school year! What a wild ride this year has been and I think it's fair to say we're all ready for recovery and down time. Our class has been loving exploring nature as our classroom. We have learned all about how flowers grow and their many parts, all about the butterfly life cycle, how important bumble bees are, and the important purpose of lady bugs. We are going to switch it up a bit and spend a couple weeks in June having fun learning about dinosaurs and then we're going to finish the year with a camping unit. Of course we intend to spend every chance we get to outside in the fresh air and sunshine to boost that much needed Vitamin D! Happy summer!
In our classroom we have been reading the book “Red is Best” through props, colouring books and Picture Communication Symbols. We even made our own books “____is best” to explore different colours to match items we wear in the winter: boots, mittens, and jackets. Recently in our class, we have been sharing lots of videos of student work with families, staff and support teams in a “Covid friendly way”. With the use of QR codes, the school community can see videos of student progress that align with student learning goals. We are happy to be welcoming back Stephanie Braun and sad to be saying “goodbye for now” to our teacher Kim Nguyen. What a great start to 2021!
Towards the end of December, our class started reading Bringing the Outside In as a way to create unique learning environments for our students during these difficult times. Bringing the outside in was a conversation starter for activities we could do outside and share stories about inside the classroom. Our students used spray bottles and food colouring to decorate the snow, participated in outdoor scavenger hunts and a wonderful winter carnival. Inside, we used Picture Communication Symbols to share ideas about what we enjoyed about the cold weather, and will continue this theme through January as we experiment with using temperature to explore the water cycle and create art with gifts we find in nature.
How are you? To align with the EFS School Development Plan, our class has been focusing on daily check-ins. Every day we ask students “how are you feeling today?” and what colour day they are having. In the spring and early fall, we read “My Many Coloured Days”. Students have been using Picture Communication Symbols, eye-gaze devices and to pick different colours to match different emotions. We have also been creating a Passport for Virtual Field Trips to share what we see and hear when we go to the Boston Aquarium or into outer space. We want to wish you all a very happy holiday!
What a great start to the school year! Our class has been busy navigating new routines with scavenger hunts, virtual field trips and recreation activities with Lori. A big focus in our classroom is on communication, supporting students with the use of eye-gaze software, assistive technology and high-contract Picture Communication Symbols. We began by creating story boxes and props to go along with We’re Going on a Bear Hunt and then transitioned to reading about Pete the Cat and his many back to school outfits. This month, we will remember to give thanks by sharing Bear Gives Thanks and Bear Wants More.