Nature Play On Vancouver Island

Nature Kindergarten On Vancouver Island

Good afternoon, We had a wonderful visit to the Dairy Farm. I made a little slide show and just need to upload to FreshGrade. I haven't had success from my home computer and am hoping that I will have more luck at school on Monday. It was nice to see the sun this weekend even though it is shadowed with clouds threatening more rain. We have planned to be outdoors Tuesday through Friday however it is weather dependent. If it rains we will remain at school. Our seed potatoes are growing like crazy and we have moved them to the school garden. We will do some measuring and watering this week. The children really liked the open space in the classroom so we will add a new large pot and plant some flowers. Our sunflower seeds have sprouted and will probably be ready to go home this week. I hope that you enjoy your Mother's Day with your family tomorrow. Unfortunately as I have been sick I am missing our family gathering. :(  as I need to be symptom free 24 hours of my head cold before ...
Good morning and Happy Weekend, Our potato seedlings sprouted over spring break and are ready to be mounded, receive some plant food and be measured.  As the weather warms up, they will move to the school garden for some sunshine. The children had their spring garden lesson Wednesday morning after our beach visit. They enjoyed some tasty treats including fresh kale and learned about mason bees. Did you know that they do not have a queen?  They will have a lesson every third week. Our Body Safety unit has begun. Last week the children named three trusted adults. A few of the children still name friends or siblings. While we will revisit this important rule please also ask your child to name 3 trusted adults including those at school. If they mention a friend or sibling explain why it is important to name an adult. The next topic will be introducing proper names for the body.   This coming week we will include some fun Easter themed activities to our days. On Monday the children will exp...
Happy spring I have been busy playing in our garden. It is only a year old so everything is pretty small but it is nice to see that the plants survived the winter and there are blooms on the flowering bushes.  Despite the cold and wet weather I have enjoyed hikes almost every day and lots of cuddles with our granddaughter (after a five day wait period from school due to COVID). I have some fun activities planned for the children, some of which was decided with them prior to the break in preparation for spring. A few of the new resources purchased through grants and PAC funding have arrived including a large Grimm rainbow and platforms for building with it as well as more gem blocks for the block centre. These were purchased to further encourage and support loose parts play. We expect to continue with the outdoor program and will begin our beach visits in April with Miss Macdonald.  This coming Wednesday March 30th I will be away in the morning at a district workshop and Mrs. Macarthur ...
Social Emotional Well Being This winter I have been part of a teacher inquiry on Social Emotional Well Being. This has included professional reading, connecting with kindergarten teachers to share strengths of our programs and attending workshops to learn about new programs and resources. As a  Reggio Inspired Educator/Researcher relationships of child and family are integratal to our work. With Covid many new challenges have emerged, one of which is a need to reflect on our programs and ensure that your child's SE Well Being is cared for. I am excited at the changes in the program and wanted to share some highlights with you. I also wanted to welcome Natasha to our classroom team. Natasha is a Education Assistant and is working with the District Team to help build a strong foundation of safety and social emotional well being for your children. This includes a district teacher shadowing her in the mornings, working with us on developing supportive strategies and also providing crit...
The children have continued to document their learning. On Thursday they did black line sketches of animals which hibernate and next week they will continue with migration and adaptation. I have found a easy puppet pattern and they will be invited to make animal puppets as an extension of their learning. Their heart maps are almost finished. The children have completed their interviews and a few remain to be painted with watercolours on Tuesday morning. This was a really engaging activity and we loved getting to know the children. In math the children have done really well with complex patterns in the math play and I have begun to add photos to FreshGrade and send home an OSCL to families. We will continue to include pattern play in our loose parts play as well as circle games to keep the learning fresh. Their understanding of decomposition and composition of numbers is going well. This week we will use some of our leftover hearts to integrate art and math to create a mobile. Love mons...
Good morning and Happy Long Weekend, Tomorrow I'm learning all about coding in Kindergarten so am looking forward to introducing this new activity to your children. On Tuesday I am continuing with my professional learning around Social Emotional Well Being and enjoying a nature walk with some colleagues on our lunch break. The children have been successful with our Mix & Fix Game which focus' on matching consonant vowel consonant words like dog with a picture. Next week I will use the same picture and word cards to introduce a different word game, memory. While we are continuing with our morning Heggerty Kindergarten Program, I have also begun to introduce the children to Jolly phonics. It has free youtube videos, movement and jingles to help children remember letter sounds. The Rhyming Show and Tell has gone very well. Just a reminder that if your child misses their day please return the bag as it must go home to the next week's family. I will assign a new day this mon...
Happy Saturday Families!!! The children have been super busy enjoying having two ECE teachers and myself this past week. They have spent some time getting to know Ms. Jacklin and enjoying her gentle and playful approach to teaching. Like Ms. Sherry, Ms. Jacklin brings a wealth of experience to our classroom. When Seamless Kindergarten begins Ms. Jacklin and Ms. Sherry schedules will change to reflect before and after school hours. The change in weather will include a return to our outdoor learning. This week we will be enjoying field play as our first learning block and then transition into the classroom around 10am. Please dress your child in layers for this activity.  Our new show and tell schedule will include a shift in focus as we are integrating rhyme into this activity. Please choose an item with your child that together you can create a rhyming word as clues. I will  send home clothe bags each Friday for the following week's children's sharing. If your child misses thei...
Welcome back! This month the students will begin to learn about CVC words. They spent the first parts of the school year learning letter names and sounds. We have now reached the point where we can take this skill to the next level and begin blending and segmenting simple CVC (consonant vowel consonant) words. Our goal is for our students to stretch out words they don’t know and blend them together.  These short words are a great place to start when practicing this skill.  Students who have a strong foundation in letter sounds will be successful when blending CVC words.  Your children will be exposed to the process of stretching out words when reading. We will continue to practice our letter names and sounds as well through our literacy play activities, circle time and small group work. There are many different ways to teach these words.  I love to teach this skill in conjunction with rhyming.  We pick a word family, find the rhymes, and then read and write the CVC words.  The –at fami...