Saturday, September 16, 2017

Absolutely Fabulous Start to the School Year!

Welcome to Room 9's blog, Kindergarten Parents!
I'm hoping to update the blog at least twice a week, keeping you in the loop about what we are doing in Room 9.
We have started our year by introducting the routines of Room 9. We have learned how to sit at a carpet (ask your child about "Five Point Check" ) ( Ears are listening, eyes are watching, lips are zipped, legs are crossed, and hands are still).

We have read so many books! One of our favourites is David Goes to School, because David is learning some of the same routines as we are.

We have been practicing how to hold a pencil and how to print our names, and have learned that we can make our names from other materials. We have also been learning how many letters our names have! One of us has 3 letters in our name, some have 4,5,6,7 and even 8 letters!

We also read The Kissing Hand, and learned that our parent's love follows us wherever we go. You can hear it read-aloud here:

We have been exploring natural materials, and will learn more about making patterns in the upcoming weeks.

During the upcoming week we will be focusing on how to walk in a line in the hallway (and on the stairs, and outside) and how to be a good friend. We are also continuing to learn each others names, and will begin sorting and patterning with different objects.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Happy Fathers Day!

Happy Fathers Day to all of our dads and all of the other people in our lives who are the wind beneath our wings :)

We were inspired by the book, Hooray for Birds by Lucy Cousins.

I want to give a HUGE thank you to Alison Turner and her woodshop class for cutting, sanding and drilling these words for us. You rock! There is a hole to help hang the bird. If it is full of paint, you might have to poke a nail through it!

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Officer John's Big Adventure

Officer John Tierney is the community school liaison officer who visits our school. He came to our class recently and told us a story. He was helping to explain what police do, and that police officers help people.
We listened to his story, and when he left, we retold his story together and wrote it down. Then, we each illustrated a part of the story, and put together a book.
Here is our book! I hope that we have retold it close to the truth, Officer John!

(I have transcribed the words to the story, just in case they are too small to read on the pages)

Once upon a time there was a police officer named Officer John.

One day, Officer John and his partner were called to someone's house.

They got into their police car and drove to the house.

They got to the house and the lady said, "Something is in my fireplace!"

Officer John looked up in the fireplace and saw two eyes.

Officer John called the animal removal people.

Officer John and the Animal Remover climbed onto the roof.

The Animal Remover dropped a can of smoke in the chimney. Nothing happened.

The Animal Remover dropped a second can of smoke. Nothing happened.

He dropped a third can of smoke.

There was a lot of noise in the house. The other police officer and the lady ran from the house!

They jumped into the police car.

A raccoon ran out of the front door!

Officer John and the Animal Remover looked for the raccoon, but it was gone.

The lady and the other police officer got out of the police car.

Suddenly the other police officer yelled "Run!" The raccoon was running toward them!

The raccoon started chasing the lady, the 2 police officers and the Animal Remover down the street!

The raccoon ran up the telephone pole.

The Animal Remover grabbed the raccoon's tail.

The Animal Remover caught the raccoon in his net.

Finally, the Animal Remover let the raccoon go in the park.

And they all lived happily ever after.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

High Park in the spring

It was a lovely day to visit High Park. The purpose of this trip was to see the signs of spring.

We always start our visit inside of the nature centre. We got a chance to see this snake up close.

We learned about how seeds grow in the spring, and we made some "seed balls" by mixing seeds into some soil and making some small balls. (We revisited them later)

Next, we went outside and made our own nests, by using natural materials.

Then we went for a walk and noticed these holes in the ground. Then we noticed many insects flying around. They looked like bees. Our instructor told us that they were "Tickle Bees" , or Mining Bees, which are a solitary bee that nests in the ground. They are a sign of spring! ( we don't see bees in the winter!) We weren't afraid because these bees don't sting.

During our walk, we tossed our seed balls out into the savannah.

C.G.'s seed ball stuck onto a tree :) We were told not to worry, because the rain would wash it off!

At the end of our walk we climbed through some obstacles on the path.
We had a great day enjoying nature, and seeing the many signs of spring. What signs did YOU see?

We wish that we could come to High Park every week!