Friday, 27 June 2014

Moving Day!!!



I have accepted a new position teaching Kindergarten at Departure Bay Elementary School. While I am very sad to leave my colleagues and families at Cinnabar I am a firm believer in adventure and new experiences. My new school is piloting an eco-green curriculum that dovetails beautifully with my beliefs about play based environments.

Here is the school mission:

To become a school with an environmental focus that produces students who are environmentally literate by a using hands- on, interdisciplinary, place-based approach to provide students with meaningful and imaginative learning opportunities where students are constantly engaged in the natural world around our facility. 

Now you can see why I am so excited!!!! I am creating a second blog site to write about the nature kindergarten component. Be prepared to see lots of stories about outdoor play, outdoor learning and transforming school grounds.

Thanks for stopping by,


Liz

Boomerang Lunches In Kindergarten



Boomerang lunches are not new to schools but they are new to my school. This past year we have had a compost bin in the classroom which was filled every day with paper towels and leftover food. We have drinking cups, dishes and spoons. We were successful in reducing our garbage bins from three large to two small which were seldom filled to capacity. Our paper recycling, which was a great source for drawing paper and crafts, was filled to capacity about by the end of the week. 

This year I am joining the Boomerang lunch initiative to escalate two of our environmental goals of reducing and reusing. Here are a few tips that they have put together for parents.

Boomerang Lunch Tips
BULK UP!
Choose to buy food that is not over-packaged by buying items in bulk rather than single use containers and placing them daily in re-sealable containers. Example – buy the large yogurt containers and put it into a re-sealable container.
LET NATURE WRAP YOUR FOOD FOR YOU!
Oranges, bananas, apples and hard-boiled eggs all come with their own handy packaging. Their packaging can be composted as part of school compost program
CHOOSE A PERMANENT PACKAGING SOLUTION
Pack a waste-free lunch using items such as:
- reusable lunch bag or box (look for a hard plastic interior, as it can easily be wiped clean) - thermoses
- reusable water bottles
- reusable plastic containers
- cloth napkins
- reusable utensils

AVOID THE FEROCIOUS FIVE WEAPONS OF WASTE!
1. plastic: sandwich bags, plastic wrap, utensils 
2. yogurt, pudding, apple sauce cups
3. drink boxes, drink pouches, pop cans
4. throw away paper bags

5. aluminum foil

What are you doing to reduce waste in your classrooms?

Liz

Sunday, 1 June 2014

Kindergarten I Pad Project


This is just too much fun!!!

After practicing with the paint program in Doodlebug, each student drew four pictures of the butterfly life cycle, saving their drawings to pictures. The next day the students opened Collage, selected a background and inserted the pictures into a four frame box. On the third day they added labels. Voila!!! Isn't it beautiful.  





What are you doing with iPads?

Thanks for stopping by,
Liz

Sunday, 11 May 2014

Ipads in Kindergarten



 
Our iPads arrived two weeks ago and  students have been enjoying exploration time each day. This week the students began to use their knowledge to complete math tasks.

On Wednesday Mrs. Kauwell came and taught a lesson using Doodlebugs. The students were given a number and asked to find objects to build the number. Then they used doodlebugs to take a photo. I emailed the photo to myself and printed them off to make a classroom new number line.



This week Mrs. Kauwell is coming to teach a lesson on number stories. She is using Doodlebugs again, but this time she will combine the now familiar photo button and the stamping option.

What have you been doing with iPads in your classrooms?

Thanks for stopping by,

Liz