Friday, 5 December 2014

Keva Planks

This morning, we discovered that our class elf had hidden a gift in the classroom. He left us clues on our desks. We found the gift in our favourite reading spot. Can you guess what the gift was? We were so excited to play with it that we opened the box right away. 

Friday, 14 November 2014

Start of Dinosaur Exploration

This was a very short week of school so on Wednesday morning we started exploring dinosaurs. Learners built dinosaur puzzles, models, examined skeleton models, looked at replicas of dinosaurs, drew, created, read about and wrote their own dinosaur stories. They also sifted through sand looking for dinosaur bones. Next week we are going to continue our dinosaur learning. 

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

More Exploration Centres

Oil Pastel pumpkins
Most mornings we have exploration centres. This month we have been exploring pumpkins, gourds, corn, leaves and branches. We have been painting, drawing, building, cutting, measuring, and comparing.

Learners are weighing the white pumpkin and recording the results.

Creating more pastel pumpkins and reading a pumpkin book.

How many blocks tall is the pumpkin?

Using small pumpkins to figure out how tall the pumpkin is.

Creating stories with animals, wooden pieces, glass stones and wooden blocks.

Learner is weighing pumpkins and recording the results.

Learners are painting Autumn pictures.

Learners are looking closely at the gourds.

Learner is using yarn to measure the pumpkin.

Beautiful Things

This afternoon we started sorting our bags of beautiful things. These are things that we have collected at home and have brought them to share with the class. Today was our first sort. We sorted them with our table groups. Once we had sorted then we labelled the baskets. Next week we will sort them again. We have so many interesting objects: lots of shiny ribbons, big googly eyes, flowers, pine cones etc...

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Exploration Centers

Making designs on the light table.
Which rock is heavier?
This year we are trying something new in the mornings. We are starting most of our days with exploration centres. During this time we are focussing on looking closely at objects, questionning,
 wondering, connecting, and collaborating. We are learning to be scientists and mathematicians. We are also building our fine motor skills by drawing, cutting, building with plasticine and playdough,  tracing, and printing.
Do rocks float?

Building structures with toilet paper rolls.

Exploring dot making for BC Dot Day.

Working together to explore the sunflower using the Zoomy.

Making dot designs for BC Dot Day.

Using wikki stix to make words.

Building dots with plasticine.

Using mirrors and pastels to practise drawing self portraits.

Tracing and cutting circles to make dot designs for Dot Day.

Mirrors are great to use when drawing self portraits.

Using Q-Tips to paint dots.

Sorting buttons

Examining a seed from the sunflower.

Inventing a water run using pipes, planter and wooden pieces.