Kindergarten January 29th News
Forest PlayThank you for ensuring that your child is dressed for outdoor play. It’s wonderful to see the children warm, dry and immersed in MUD as they play in our forests and fields. Judy Wickland, a local environmentalist, has been joining us for stream exploration and is helping us to identify plants and trees in our local forest.
We are planning to continue with three forest mornings; Monday, Wednesday and Fridays each week. Please feel free to join us if you have the time. We usually leave at 9am. On Tuesdays and Thursdays we are staying on site but spending about an hour enjoying the back fields.
Yoga By The Sea with Kathy Beleveau
We are so fortunate to have yoga teacher and author Kathy Beleveau for five weeks of yoga on Thursday mornings. Some popular poses have been cat pose, downward dog and seal. Be sure to have your child pose for you. This experience has been funded by a Healthy Living Grant and is being shared with Ms Keith’s K/1 class.
Pattern Day Thursday February 5thWe have been playing with complex patterns this month and have decided to celebrate patterns by having a special pattern day. Students are going to wear something that has a pattern on it. We will read stories with patterns, create patterns in art, play some pattern games and eat fresh fruit arranged in patterns on skewers. Students will be signing up to bring in fruit to share. A note will go home Friday Jan 30th to allow you time to get the fruit.
Family Lunch Tuesday February 10th
We are inviting parents and extended family to join our class for a pot luck lunch. Please bring your family’s favourite dish to share. Plan on a serving for about four. We are hoping to eat outdoors if it is dry, so please dress warm. Lunch will be 12:10 to 1pm. If the weather does not cooperate we will eat in the classroom. I hope that you can join us.
Milner Gardens Feb 2nd
We are going for our 4th visit to Milner Gardens on Monday. The bus fee has been partially covered by a Wild BC grant with the balance paid for using a parent fee of $5.00. The facilitator cost has been covered using classroom funds. Our next Milner day will be Wed Feb 11th.
Student writing conferences are going great. They are learning to set personal writing goals and reflect on their strengths. Many students are beginning to add words and sentences to their picture stories and will begin to use their writing journals in February.
We have completed all 42 sounds and been practicing making words and printing on dry erase boards. We will begin printing practice in our Jolly Phonics printing books next week in small groups.
Nanaimo Early Literacy Profile
I have finished my mid year literacy assessment and our class has moved from 49.9 % vulnerability to 5.26%!! Wow your kids ROCK!! I have expanded the learning targets to include more time on rhyme using books, songs, props and circle games. To encourage greater participation I have sent home a small assignment for the students to do with you. I will have a couple of students share their rhyming bag each day until they have all had a turn.
Thank you so much for helping your children to practice their news clues. They are all so interesting and the children gather together with enthusiasm, listen attentively and are learning to ask great questions as well as make personal connections.
Mrs. McCaw :)