Thursday, 11 December 2014

You Can't Catch Me...

To get in the holiday spirit we've been reading different versions of the story of the Gingerbread Man.

This one had a happy ending that warmed our hearts.
This was the traditional story with a very sad ending.
We've also been decorating felt gingerbread people with faces, clothes and even accessories. Yesterday we used the Chatterpix app on our iPads to make them talk!

Kids Who Code: Part 4 Hour of Code

Tomorrow we are having our official Code-A-Thon in celebration of the #hourofcode.  If you haven't heard of this, please watch the following videos to get a better idea.

We have be preparing by exploring several coding apps. Some of the apps we have looked at include:

Run Marco!
Daisy the Dinosaur
Scratch Jr
All of these apps are available free for iPads.

We started with Kodable and it seems to be the favourite. Some of the other apps require reading to follow instructions.  Students from grade 4 and 5 will be coming to visit tomorrow to help us navigate some of the apps that require reading instructions.

Our plan for the Code-A-Thon is to watch some of the coding videos, Skype with one of the creators of Kodable, teach the grade 1's how to code, and explore some new coding apps with the grade 4 and 5 students.

All of this should earn us our official #hourofcode!

Will you try an hour of code too?

Winter Concert

Our Winter Concert is coming up!

Next Wednesday, December 17th the kindergarten students will be participating in both the afternoon and evening concerts. They have been practicing hard and are going to be STARS!

To look their best, they are asked to wear something dressy (dress, dress shirt and pants, skirt, etc.). They are also encouraged to bring a pair of sunglasses and a Santa hat, if they have them. The school does have some extra Santa hats if needed.

We will also be having our holiday celebration on Friday, December 19th, with snacks and games. I will send home a note to those who have volunteered to send healthy snacks and drinks.