Monday, 15 September 2014

International Dot Day!

Today we celebrated International Dot Day!

Dot Day was started by Peter H. Reynolds and his book called The Dot.  The story is about a little girl who learns that she can be an artist by just making her mark.

You can watch the story here:

 In the morning some of the students painted dots.

In the afternoon our Reading Buddies from grade 2 came to help us paint our very own wooden dots.

We also watched this video and sang the song.

How did you celebrate Dot Day?

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Our First Library Class

Today we visited the library for the first time.  Our library technician is named Mr. Wesselius.

He started to read us a story called "Mo's Mustache" by Ben Clanton, but Mrs. Couch came in with a special delivery.

She pulled all sorts of crazy stuff out of the box including a mustache, a scarf, and even a clown wig!

Mrs. Couch looked so funny!
We were very curious about what was going to come out next!
At the end of the story we all got our very own mustaches. It was a VERY funny trip to the library.

Next time we visit the library (on school day 1) we will get to choose one library book to take home with us for the week.

Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Printing Time

I have to say, I am SO proud of the kids in room 8. Every day we add new steps to our classroom routines and they are picking everything up quickly.

One of the routines we are working on is printing time. Every day, after lunch, we meet on the carpet to talk about printing. Yesterday we made a character named Mat Man. He is made up of short lines, long lines and curved lines. These also happen to be the types of lines that letters are made of.

Today we talked about how to hold a writing tool and we watched a helpful video.

After the video everyone practiced holding the pencil to make both long and short lines. These are the building blocks for correct pencil grasp and letter formation. Having a sturdy grip will help children to write more quickly and easily in the future.

In our class we also do lots of fun activities that help to strengthen the muscles in our hands too!

Using tongs to move objects.
Snapping small blocks together and apart.
Of course, drawing and writing are always good.