Summer is flying by! I hope everyone is enjoying the beautiful weather we have had and taking the time to spend time with family and friends. The first day of Kindergarten is quickly apoppproaching and I am growing excited to see some brand new faces :) Kindergarten is such an pivotal point in your son or daughters life. I cannot wait to be a part of it!!
By now, you should have recieved the Welcome to Kindergarten package by mail. There is a lot of information in the package, which I understand can be overwhelming but also exciting! As you go through the information, please do not hesitate to reach out to me with any questions, comments or concerns. Take the time to sit down with your kiddo and converse about what Kindergarten will be like (stay all day, independance with shoes/ snack/ lunch, making new friends, having lot of fun, etc.) The more understanding your child has on expectations of Kindergarten, the easier the transition will be for you and your child.
I saw this post the other day and thought it would be a great thing to share with you!
Cherish the last days of summer!!
We sure lucked out on such a beautiful day to host one of our year end field trips. The people at Brandon Bouncy Castles were so kind to let all 75 of our grade ones come explore the exciting property. We enjoyed an afternoon outside in the sun, taking turns and playing with our friends. The kiddos had an absolute blast going down the slides, rolling around inside plastic balls and running obstacle courses. Take a peak at our day:
Its hard to believe that there is only 6 more days of school. These last few days are definitely ones to cherish as we spend them with the great friends we have made this year.
Our class has recently embarked on an adventure to learn about Manitoba's history. Today we learned that long ago, before we were born, Brandon did not look the same as it did today. There were no buildings, stores or concrete roads. Brandon was mainly prairieland with rolling hills and a valley. The river still flowed and there were not as many people around as there are today.
Many of the children were in disbelief to hear this tidbit of information and naturally, it sparked diverse questions and comments. "How did people eat if there were not any stores?" "Where did they get their water from?" "How did they start fires?" We pulled up Google Earth to imagine what Brandon would have looked like if there were no houses, buildings or roads.
We proceeded to read the book, "We are all Treaty People" by Betty Lynxieg to help answer some of our questions and to divulge into Manitoba's history, just a little bit further. We learned that Manitoba belongs to 7 different treaties and that one of them is under adhesion because the First Nations people of Canada were not there to sign it. We learned that the First Nations people who lived in Manitoba, and still do, often tell oral stories to teach about culture, lessons and for humor. We discussed and compared oral story telling to reading books and conversations we have at school everyday. The kiddos pointed out how they enjoyed learning about Brandon's history and thought it was pretty important to learn as we continue through life to understand why our culture, laws and lifestyles are the way they are today.
To showcase our learning, we used line art to create a picture of a Brandon's first school, accompanied by a medicine wheel, which we have previously learned that First Nations people use for health and healing. The four directions on the medicine wheel can represent many different life concepts such as: the life cycle, seasons, elements of nature, and many more life teachings.
These two artifacts together symbolize the importance of learning Mantioba's history in schools today. Brandon Doors Open is holding an event on July 20th-21st, where they will be showcasing our art! Our kiddos were all entered into a draw to win a pizza party for our class as well with this art initiative. Stay tuned for more details regarding the heritage art showcase.
Each kiddos got the chance to create and submit their own school line art and together, we created a beautiful medicine wheel using construction paper as our mosaic tiles. We used rocks to outline the 4 quadrants.
In grade one, we have been learning about fire safety. We have read many books about what it means to be safe around controlled fires, as well as how to be safe when we are faced with uncontrolled fires. Today, we had a very special guest join us to teach us more about fire safety and the role of a firefighter in our community.
Mr. Garrioch is a Firefighter who works for the Brandon Fire Department. He started his visit off by introducing himself as both a firefighter and a dad to one of the students in our class!! He read us a book called, "Stop, Drop, and Roll" by Margery Cuyler.
The story is about a little girl who has the tendancy to worry! She worries about everything from spelling test to re-filling her dogs water dish! During fire preventention week at school, she learns that having a smoke detector and sprinklers in her home is a good start to being safe in the event of a uncontrolled fire at home. She also learns that having a fire escape plan and special meeting spot at home is important.
Firefighter Garrioch also stressed the importance of having a meeting spot outside of the home in the event of a fire! He taught us that the steps are: 1) If you notice there is smoke/ fire, get out of the house as quick as you can 2) go to the special meeting spot (could be a neighbours house!) and 3) call 9-1-1
Today I have sent home a worksheet that you and your child can do together to identify an escape plan and meeting spot at home! Please note that this sheet does not need to be returned to school.
Next Firefighter Garrioch showed us his safety gear and went into detail about why firefighters need to wear it. Starting with his helmet!
He put on his mask and showed us his oxygen tank. He explained that sometimes firefighters can look scary when they have all their gear on, however, they are friendly people who are only there to help. He reminded the kiddos that if there ever is a fire in their house and a firefighter calls out by asking, "Is there anyone in here?" that they should always yell "yes!" so that they are able to find them and bring them to safety. The kiddos all agreed that this was a good plan!
After sharing all of his gear and explaining their use, Firefighter Garrioch, let Ms. Kajati dress up in the gear and take a picture! What an exciting opportunity!! The kiddos thought it was pretty funny. Some of the kids got a chance as well. Its hard to believe that firefighters can do such an imporant job with such heavy and hot equipment on!
Firefighter Garrioch taught us a few imoretant lessons before he left. Firstly, he taught us to stop drop and roll when our clothes may catch fire..
Secondly, he told us to stay in school so that we can work hard to have important jobs, such as a firefighter. He also told us that it is important to be:
Be Important and
Those are strong, beautiful and impactful words. Thank-you so much for your visit Firefighter Garrioch!
We went all around the world in just 2 days this week! From Brazil to The Netherlands, we expereienced the many gifts and treasures that make our world and the Riverheights community so great. The amount of work and effort that went into each pavillion was truly astonishing.
Check out the pictures below to see a sneak peak of the past few days:
Opening Ceramonies: Mrs. Hunter hosted an array of dancers who expressed their traditional dance and music. We were so lucky to have both RH talent, as well as professional Irish dancers perform for us. After a short break, we begin our tour around the school. First Stop, Canada!
Here we learned about everything that makes us Canadian. From maple syrup, to hockey and re-building the CN Tower with marshmellows and tooth picks, we enjoyed our trip! Next we headed over to South Africa:
What a treat it was to learn about the landscape, traditions and animals who live in South Africa. One student held a live demonstration on diamond mining! Our next destination: Greece!
We toured the streets of Greece, viewing beautiful artifacts that are all original to the country. We enjoyed an informative presentation on Greek Mythology and other facts about Greece. Before taking flight, once again, the kiddos snacked on some Galaktoboureko. Off to Brazil we go!
In Brazil, our grade one kiddos took some serious note on how to rock Brazil from our Big Buddies class! We watched the Gr. 3s awesome slide show and were taught the Samba. Home made brigadeiro was the fuel to our dance party!! Next stop: The Netherlands.
The grade 2s put on a fantastic pavillion with lots to look at and do! The kiddos tried their artistic hand at the Starry Night, walked through a tulip garden and played the hilarious game of "Spijkerpoepen!"
Check out the slideshow below to see the rest of Cultural Day! We visited many more pavillions such as: The Phillipes, Nepal and India. The show will also include photos of our grade one's doing a wonderful job of hosting Brazil to over 10 groups!
Riverheights Cultural Day is next week already! In preparation, we have begun wondering about the people, land and food that make up the beautiful country of Brazil. Yesterday we dove head first into this exploration by looking at photos on the internet. Famous landmarks, people and festivals were among the many bold and vibrant photos that we discovered.
Today the kiddos were surprised to enter a classroom that was filled with artifacts that resembled and symbolized those of Brazil. This brought great wonder and discussion as the kiddos navigated the room. Luckily we have a special friend in our classroom who moved from Brazil this school year! He has been a great help in answering our questions. He has even taught us a few words in Portegeuse!!
Football Center: Brazil is known for its strong love of "football" or as we know it- soccer
(This was a popular fact among the kids today!). At this center, partners can challenge each other to a game of tilt football by trying to see how many times they can control the ball back and forth before the timer runs out!
Golden Rice Sensory Box: This sensory box is filled with "gold" and white rice. Both rice and gold can be commonly found in Brazil. Rice can be found as a side in some Brazilian dishes and Brazil's gold rush created the world's longest gold rush period and larfest gold mines in South America at one point in time! Added to this sensory box is measuring cups and a bowl for some added measurement exploration.
Coffee Transfering Center: Brazilian coffee production is responsible for about a third of all coffee- which makes Brazil one of the world's largest producers in the world! At this center, the kiddos engage with ground coffee with a fine motor task to transfer the coffee from one bowl to anther.
Carnival Hats: A Brazilian celebration called Carnival is held annually and begins thee Friday before Ash Wednesday. It is one of the most famous Brazilian holidays that holds days of dancing, costume and singing. At this center, the kiddos engage with feathers, a material that is commonly found on Brazilian costume during carnival and can explore moking hats!
Carnival Jewlery: Right beside the hat center, we have the carnival jewlery center where the kiddo can explore making brightly colored carnival jewlery! We have discussed that people in Brazil do not wear these beautiful outfits everyday but rather just important and special festivals such as Carnival!
Flags with Loose Parts: We have been learning all about Brazil's flag and the meaning behind it. Here the kiddos are invited to replicate the flag using loose parts that consist of marker lids, gems and other parts.The green on Brazil's is symbolic of thier lush fields and forests. The yellow diamond symbolizes Brazil's wealth in gold and in its center the blue globe respresents the starry skies. Currently there are 27 stars that represent their 27 states.
Art Center: Our art center is feature Brazilian artist Romero Britto. He is a pop artist who uses bold, vibrant and happy colors to reflect his postitive outlook on life. On his website, it states that he is a self-taught artist who created art on anything that he could find as a child, including cardboard boxes and newspaper. Here the kiddos are invited to create thier own art using cardboard boxes, paint and sharpies. I cant wait to see their creations!
On Thursday May 9th the Cultural Ambassadors are having an Ice Cream Sundae Sale at lunch time. The cost of each Ice Cream Sundae is $2.00. The proceeds of the sale will go towards the Riverheights Cultural Days; which are happening on May 21st and 22nd.
Thank you for your support!
On that note, our class, along with Mrs. Conroy's Grade 3 class, will be hosting BRAZIL for Riverheights Cultural Days on May 21 and 22!
We are looking for decorations so we can transform our classroom into a Brazilian carnival!
Such items can include: brightly colored flowers, plants, “fake” palm trees, beach towels, colorful umbrellas, feathers, yellow/blue/green streamers and tablecloths, and anything else you can think of! You can google “Brazilian theme party” to get an idea of what we’re looking for!
Please send anything you may have to school by Wed. May 15th so we can begin decorating!
I will send all items back home after Cultural Day is over unless you let me know you don’t need it back.
Please let me know if you have any questions!
Thanks so much,
Happy Earth Day Everyone!!
For the past week, here in grade one, we have been learning about all the ways that we can take care of the Earth. The kiddos had many wonderful ways they came up with from their own brains! Check it out:
We thoroughly discussed that everyday is Earth Day, not just one day of the year. It is important that we take care of the planet we call home in order to keep it clean, tidy and healthy. Just like our bodies!!
With that, we began an art project that served as a promise to help keep the Earth happy and healthy. First we colored coffee filters with green and blue markers, then sprayed it with water so the colors run together!
Next we wrote promises to the Earth. These promises were small things that us, little people, can do to save and change the world. We then assembled our art project by cutting pictures of us out and gluing them together.
We have some wonderful and very thoughtful young people in our class. With their positive attitudes and empathetic nature, I believe they will change the world!!
The grade one's have been learning about all the ways to keep our bodies happy and healthy! Today we explored Canada's New Food Guide and learned that in order to do all the fun things we love doing, such as running, jumping, playing with friends and participating in phys-ed, we need to keep our body fueled with a balanced diet.
The kiddos identifiied with the metaphor that our bodies are like a car. In order for a car to take people from place to place, it needs gas. When the car runs our of gas, it does not want to move and someone needs to fill it back up! Just like a vehicle, our bodies need fuel to grow and have energy to do the things we love.
To further understand healthy eating, we dove into exploring the good groups- Fruits and Vegtables, Protein and Whole Grain Products. Each kiddo was given a food (printed on paper) and we went around discussing where it belonged and why- judging by how it is made.
We also discussed one more food group- "Sweets and Treats." These are sometimes foods that are okay to have once or twice a week. This type of food sucks up your energy and can make you feel ill.
Look at all those happy and healthy bodies!! The kiddos were proud of their new knowledge and were set free to practice this sorting skill on their own in their healthy bodies booklet.
I encourage everyone to sit down with their kiddo this week and explore the Canada Food Guide further. There are some great tips and tricks about healthy eating and having a healthy relationship with food in the website button below. One of these ways is eating together as a family and making healthy snacks that taste great. Check it out!!
In math, we have been learning about 2D shapes! The kiddos have been working towards a couple of goals:
1) I can describe 2D shapes by identifying the name and how many sides and corners.
2) I can sort 2D shapes by a specific characteristic.
3) I can idenifty 2D shapes in my environment.
Check out some of the centers that the kiddos have been working on to develop these skills!
1. Sorting 2D shapes: At this center, the kiddos pick a sorting rule and then sort the shapes according to their choice. Once they are done, they can find objects around the classroom that fit their sorting rule and add it to their mats. Stay tuned on Seesaw to see your child upload and explain their sorting rules.
2. Math Mountain Board Game: This game helps the kiddos to recall and use their friends to 10 mental math skill. Each student takes a turn rolling the dice and moving that amount of spaces. Each space has a math question they must answer using their mental math strategies. First person to cross off all their friends of 10 in their number bank, wins!
3. 2D Shape Creations: At this center, the kiddos use various amounts of shapes to create whatever they want! I have seen some creative friends make a city, a self-portriat, a fox and a vehicle. Once they are done, they count how many of each shape they used in their picture.
4. Creating 2D Shapes with Loose Parts: At this center, the kiddos are given an endless amount of loose parts (tooth picks, styrofoam balls, wiki stix, popsicle sticks, buttons etc) to replicate 2D shapes. After they are finished creating the shape, they must identify how many sides are corners the shape has using the wooden numbers.
5. 2D shape sort: At this center the kiddos cut out all the given shapes and sort them according to how many sides the shape has. Once they are done sorting the given shapes, they are given flyers to find everyday objects that work with the sorting rules!