Monday, September 15, 2014

Meet Flash!

Did you know we have a Betta fish in our room? The children have spent time watching it this past week. 

We wanted to learn more about it so we read a nonfiction book. 

The children wondered how the Betta gets all the way from Asia to our pet stores in Windsor. We encouraged the children to suggest names for the fish and then we voted. 

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Sidewalk Chalk Paint

We read a book today about opposites. To experiment with wet and dry materials we decided to paint with sidewalk chalk in the windy weather and see what happens. The children were fascinated to see how quickly the paint dried. 

Tour of our School

Today we went on a tour of the school to learn about all of the exciting places in our building!  We saw...

...the living wall outside of our classroom. 

...the beautiful hallway. 

...our library. 

...the office. 

...the atrium. 

...the washroom near the gym. 

...the gym. 

...the mechanical room. (Our school has windows so the children can see how our school is maintained.)

...the rooftop garden. 

Why don't you ask your child what his/her favourite place in the school is?

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Scholastic Book Orders

Families, please be advised that the due date for all Scholastic books orders is Wednesday, September 17. Please make cheques payable to "Scholastic Canada". Thank you!

Noodle Bracelets

A kindergarten favourite!  The children were excited to make noodle bracelets for their loved ones. It was an activity to promote fine motor practice and help ease the transition to school. Some friends even made patterns!

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Wish Wreath

Thanks to those families who have sent in the ribbon with their hope or wish for their child's year in kindergarten. It's looking lovely on our classroom door!

Monday, September 8, 2014

Welcome to another year!

What a wonderful, busy day we had today!  We are eager to dig in and get going!  We look forward to starting our blog again as soon as we get all photo consent forms returned. Here is our team from left to right:

Tammy Fanera, Tiffany Jamrog, Deanna McLennan, Stephanie LeForest, Chelsea Boyer

Looking forward to an amazing year working with your family and children!

Friday, August 29, 2014

September Dates

All important September dates have now been added to the monthly calendar tab, which can be found in the menu bar at the top of this blog.

Exciting News!

Greater Essex County Teacher Deanna Pecaski Wins 
ETFO Writer’s Award
How a bird feeder inspired self-initiated learning in 
Kindergarten students. 
August 12, 2014

The Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO) has presented Greater Essex County 
teacher Deanna Pecaski McLennan with its 2014 Writer’s Award - Women’s Program for her 
published work on stimulating the imaginations of our youngest students.

The award is presented to an active ETFO female member or a group of female members to 
recognize published or unpublished works. Deanna’s article, Bird Feeding: Giving Flight to the 
Imaginations of 4-and 5-Year-Olds appeared in Young Children and the book Developmentally 
appropriate practice: Focus on Kindergarteners published by the U.S. National Association for 
the Education of Young Children.

A teacher in the full-day early learning program at Amherstburg Public School, Deanna recounts 
how the placement of a bird feeder outside her Kindergarten classroom inspired child-led inquiry, 
discussion and research. Her own interest in bird-watching unwittingly sparked the imaginations 
of her students, many of whom live in cooperative, subsidized housing or apartment buildings 
with no access to yards or trees.

The arrival of a variety of birds week after week fascinated students, who increasingly incorporated
their observations into language activities, creative writing, the arts, mathematics and science. 
They self-initiated discussions, research and investigations of the birds’ habits which led to 
meaningful, collaborative learning, which is core to the play-based philosophy of Ontario’s 
Kindergarten curriculum.

Deanna, who holds a Ph.D in educational studies from University of Windsor, has published 
numerous scholarly articles on early years learning. She was the 2013 recipient of the ETFO 
Writer’s Award.

“Not only does Deanna continue to innovate in her instructional practice; she models that practice 
to other educators by publishing her findings in leading professional development publications,” 
said ETFO President Sam Hammond. “An engaging and thoughtful writer, she inspires educators to 
transform their learning environments to help students be the best that they can be.” 
The Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario represents 76,000 elementary public school teachers and education 
professionals across the province and is the largest teacher federation in Canada.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Fun Day

We had a great afternoon fun day participating in organized games outdoors! What a great way to end the year and start the summer. 

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