Sunday, November 22, 2015


Diwali fell on November 11 this year. 

We read a non-fiction Diwali book, and a fiction one.

Diwali is a Hindu holiday. It is a beautiful holiday -- one of my favourites.
Diwali is the festival of light -- it celebrates the victory of light over darkness -- good over evil.
There are many candles lit in small diyas ( candle holders) inside and outside of the home.
There are often fireworks and then a family feast which includes many, many sweets. 
What's not to like about this holiday? 

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Remembrance Day

( once again the blog isn't posting properly, sorry) ( the original post disappeared! I will try to recreate it)

We read this book:


It is about a small boy who his asking his grandfather about the war, while they get ready for a Remembrance Day ceremony. It was perfect for our age group. ( I also explained what similies are.... but the concept was a bit confusing) 

We talked about what we would think about during our one ( or two) minute of silence. We spoke of remembering lost loved ones -- or family who we never met. Or of soldiers who helped keep Canada a free country. We talked about what freedom means. 

Our school Remembrance Day ceremony was lovely. One of our teachers ( Mme. Ristick) is a Captain in the reserves! So she accompanied two Kindergarten students up the aisle to lay the wreath. 

Room 15 provided some decorations for the stairwells. 

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Monday, November 9, 2015

Fun in the pool!

Today we had The Equipment Relay Challenge!

Rule #1 - all of your equipment has to be moved over to the other side of the pool, one piece at a time.
Rule #2 - everyone on your team has to touch the piece of equipment while it is being moved.

The first team to bring everything across the pool wins.
( played in the shallow end only :)

It was a great game for cooperative skill building.

This game is awesome!

One student said "This game is awesome!" Some words are French, some are English. We have a new student in Room 15. She speaks French and is learning more English every day! 
The game is called Bananagrams. We aren't playing by the rules. 4 students play. They choose 10 tiles each and the first student to make a word starts the game. The others can add their words at any time. No waiting your turn. We help each other. There is sharing or trading of letters if you need them. We love it! 


Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Welcome Back!

It has been a busy start to fall in Room 15 -- I hope to get you all caught up with our learning over the next few weeks.

Here is some interesting reading for you while we get this up and running!

Neil Gaiman is one of my favourite authors (for adults and for children).

Neil Gaiman: Why our future depends on libraries, reading and daydreaming

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