Nature Play On Vancouver Island

Nature Kindergarten On Vancouver Island

May 3rd Newsletter

Happy May ,

We have a new student joining our class on Monday. Decklan is from Ontario and I am sure that our children and families will welcome. him to Nanaimo. He has an older sister Hadley also joining our school. I will revise the class phone book as soon as his family completes the permission form. the children have welcomed him and are taking turns with his transition to our class.

In math the children have been having a lot of fun with our measurement and capacity unit. Ms. McDonald has been teaching this unit in the forest and at the seashore along with some math play in the classroom. Our classroom sand table has been outfitted with measurement tools and this week, Ms. McDonald is introducing a new activity using scales. and water play.

During a cross curricular activity, the children used our home made finger paint in art, creating a spring mural for the school hallway. Then they used unifix cubes to measure each of their creations.

We have continued with our weekly reviews of concepts like counting, sorting and patterning during math exploration including designing and making mandalas using loose parts shared in the above photos. During Counting Collections, on Monday mornings, I have introduced using containers to help with sorting into counting groups of 2, 5 and 10 now that we have larger numbers.

The children have explored force and motion in the forest and in the classroom with hands on activities including comparing the weight of nature loose parts to a fir cone and designing ramps in the classroom. We are planning a wrap up making catapaults next week. 

In literacy we have continued with writing workshop and the children have included writing a short sentence or an important word as well as including all of the kindergarten writing criteria. While we continue to offer a few alphabet activities, read alouds, read to self and poems, the bulk of our literacy play includes word families, rhyme and building up our recognition of kindergarten sight words.

The weekly H'qualimimum language classes have begun and the children are enjoying learning colours, animal names, numbers and greetings in this beautiful language. Because of this we have moved our seashore mornings to Wednesday and will return to Wardropper forest on Thursday mornings.

The children have been exploring string art using home made ingredients with our chalk paint made by Isabel and Hanna, directed drawing and playing with potters clay purchased with our grant funds. 


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