On Monday we had a very special visitor to our school. Children's author Sheree Fitch shared some of her fun poetry with our primary children and entertained us all with her zany tongue twisters. Ms. Fitch is from Nova Scotia and has written a new book which mentions Witless Bay so she was delighted to come to the community and share her poetry and rhymes with the children.
I am very excited that I have gotten all media consent forms back, so I will soon be able to share more pictures on this website. I will also soon be starting up my Kindergarten Twitter account so you can keep up with our daily activities.
It's been a busy few weeks. We are finishing up our information book about snails. The children did some beautiful illustrations of their snail facts. It's currently on display on our bulletin board but when it comes down I will laminate it and maybe we can take turns sending it home.
We also learned about the words fiction, non fiction and informational text. Big words for little ones! But the children are catching on and I will continue to reinforce it throughout the year.
This week we have started our morning news, where I write a short message to the class in the morning. I have been focusing on the difference between letters, and a group of letters that makes a word. We have been practicing circling words and counting them, as well as counting letters in sentences. This is a skill that takes lots of practice! You can definitely do this at home with baggy books, as their sentence lengths are perfect for counting. It also is a great opportunity to practice the concept of more than and fewer than (such as there are more letters than words), and of course counting as well! All kinds of wonderful things that can emerge from a simple activity. If that was clear as mud, here is an example! :)
The cat is running.
Children can count the words (4)
Children can count the letters (15)
15 is more than 4.
4 is fewer than 15.
The morning news is also where children begin to pick up sight words such as 'the' and 'is' because they see them every day and often have to search for them so they can be circled. Lots of learning and lots of fun!
S is for snails (not for the squeamish!)
Wow, the past week we have been learning about the letter S, and of course, s is for snail! On Friday, I brought a container with holes in it and we created a snail habitat. We added all the elements of nature the children could think of they might need: rocks for them to sit on, grass, leaves, sticks, dirt and of course the little critters themselves. When I left Friday I laid the top on the container but forgot to tighten it. Well this morning the excitement was in the air as we saw what clever snails we had! They had all pushed the top off the container and we soon learned our first big lesson about snails- they love to eat paper! Several papers left around their home had holes in them and there were several...ahem...specimens of snail poop mixed with the paper they had consumed. At first we talked about what might have made the holes...was it the mucous left behind making the paper rip? Did we have another little visitor with tiny teeth? But further research proved that yes, snails do indeed "eat" paper. I will be taking the information we have learned and trying to make a little information book for the children to illustrate by the end of the week. I can't wait to see how it turned out. I don't have all my technology forms back yet, but here is a sneak peek of some of our exciting investigation into all things....slimy!