Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Gotta Be Me

Gotta be Me
This is a great rap song video for kids by Secret Agent 23 Skidoo about being yourself.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010


We've been learning a lot about patterns -- patterns in math and patterns in our behaviour.
This is a current school-wide focus -- one of our "Critical Pathways" this year.
These are some of the questions that we are asking:
What is a pattern?
How can we change a pattern? Why would we want to change a pattern?
How can a pattern affect our lives? (our daily habits; weather patterns; the seasons)
(answers to follow)

We have been reading books such as
Brown Bear Brown Bear What Do You See?
Jake Baked a Cake
If You Give a Mouse a Cookie

These are some patterns that we came up with (beads on pipecleaners)

Monday, March 29, 2010

Math Monday - Geometry and Spatial Sense

This was supposed to appear a few weeks ago, but somehow never posted....

Geometry and Spatial Sense

Young children need to
1. develop knowledge of geometric principles
2. Recognize and name simple shapes (circle, square, triangle, etc.) in various sizes and positions 3. Classify and sorts different shapes
4. Combine different shapes to make representations or patterns
5. Develop spatial sense
6. Use comparison words correctly (longer, shorter, same length)
7. Use words that describe the relative position of things (on, off, on top of, under, in, out, behind, below, above, between, around, through, across, up, down, near, far)
8. Group objects together that are the same in some way and give reasons for groupings (sort)

Things to do at home:
Use describing and comparing words often.
Play some sorting games (or have your child sort the laundry!)

When your child collects leaves, rocks, shells or other objects, use them to reinforce sorting skills and vocabulary. "You have sorted the rocks into 2 sets, dull and shiny. How many other ways can we classify our rock collection?" (large/small, light/dark, smooth/bumpy etc)

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Neighbourhood in Progress!

Thank you for the boxes! We have painted our houses and then added some dors and windows. We can now use them in the classroom as a neighbourhood and do some imaginative play with them using cars and people. We are still adding some towers and some smaller buildings, if the students wish to make another one.We talked all about "shelters" and why we need shelters (to keep us warm and dry and to keep the wind out were some answers that the students came up with themselves). We talked about all of the places that we could live (houses, apartments, snow houses, tents, and, sadly, cars and cardboard boxes).
We will be discussing our "needs" (food, clothing, shelter, and "wants" (toys, tv, etc). We are also talking about our own neighbourhood/community!

Friday, March 5, 2010


Help! We need boxes -- I thought that I had enough -- but we need boxes for some houses (a neighbourhood!)(similar to this recycled city, I hope!)that we are making. We need small boxes such as cracker or cereal boxes (or even smaller ones such as jello boxes). If you've already flattened them for recycling -- that's fine too -- we'll tape them back together!

Monday, March 1, 2010

Math Monday -- Measurement

Children need experiences:

  • classifying, describing and arranging objects using language such as shorter than, longer than...
  • describing time and temperature with terms such as longer, shorter, hotter, colder, warm...
  • comparing sizes of objects by using non-standard units e.g. line up blocks beside books, count the blocks
  • choosing a non-standard unit and using it to estimate, measure, compare, and order various objects
  • Use a non-standard unit (link cubes for example) to cover the given area of objects. e.g. How many crayon boxes does it take to cover the desk?

The terms non-standard and standard are often used when describing prescribed learning outcomes for measurement.

Measuring with non-standard units means measuring things with blocks, pencils, hands, feet, etc. As long as the items used to measure with are all the same size, e.g. identical blocks or brand new pencils, they are suitable to use.

Measuring with standard units means measuring with inches, feet, yards, centimeters or meters, using rulers and other measuring devices.

How you can help at home:

Reinforce terms such as: taller, shorter, small, large, lighter, heavier, hotter, colder, warm and variations of the terms such as large, larger, largest, morning. Also afternoon, evening, today, yesterday, tomorrow, week, year