Friday, 9 October 2015

Happy Thanksgiving!

Today we talked a lot about being thankful.  We watched a video about being thankful. The video was based on the book, Giving Thanks by Chief Jake Swamp.

You can watch the video here.

After the video we brainstormed a list of things we are thankful for.

The list included:
  • Moms and Dads
  • Pets
  • School
  • Food
  • Mrs. Lowe (melted my heart)
  • Teeth
  • Air to breathe
  • Forest
  • Animals
  • Healthy bodies
  • Brothers and sisters
Have a happy Thanksgiving!

Thursday, 8 October 2015

Walk to School Day

October is Walk to School Month which is organized to promote active transportation. You can find out more about it here. We chose to walk to school together today to participate and celebrate that!

Many students from Room 8 joined us for the walk. Along the way we noticed that the leaves are changing colour and many have already fallen off of the trees. Some students thought this was a sure sign of fall.

We even stopped to pick up some acorns so that we could take a closer look at them when we returned to our classroom.

Singing O'Canada before we went inside.

Wednesday, 7 October 2015

Learning our Names

The students of Room 8 have been very busy lately. They have been getting to know each other and building up daily classroom routines.

One of the most important keys to getting to know each other in kindergarten is learning everyone's names, including your own!

At the beginning of the day each student goes to the Smart Board and finds his or her own name and moves it to a circle in the centre to show that they are at school. This is helping each student to recognize their own name.

Throughout the day we also practice writing our names on white boards...

With wooden letters....

And even creating the letters using wire and beads.

Some other ways we're working on our names include building the letters out of playdough, finding the magnet letters, looking for our names on our red folder, and signing our artwork. 

Often the first letter of a child's name is the first letter he or she can identify. From there they become familiar with letters they make connections to, like M for mom, or D for dad.