Thursday, April 30, 2015

Surprise in the Mail!

Look what came in the mail today! What was inside? We invited the children to write their guesses on the box.


"What's inside?"

"Books. Big Books!"
"An Xbox!"
"Butterflies!" (Our painted lady caterpillars arrived by mail last year.)

We examined the box at circle. It was big, heavy, rattled when shaken, and arrived from Newmarket. 

After discussing the children's many guesses we opened the box...

...and discovered it was a huge wooden train!

The children were so excited to open the box and build with this new toy. They had lots of ideas for how to share something that many wanted to use, and how to measure each friend's length of turn (e.g., create a sign up sheet, use the iPad timer).


Families, we were able to order this new resource using our bonus points from the Scholastic book order. We earn points with each order and can use these to acquire new resources for our children. As always, thank you for your interest and support of our children and program!

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Math Riddle

We challenged the children with a math riddle during our morning message. They immediately solved it using pictures and numbers as their strategy. What great thinkers!

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Look Close!

The seeds we planted on Friday have started to sprout!

Sea Glass Designs

This time of year reminds us of warm weather activities like going to the beach. Today at the light table we displayed a basket of beautifully coloured sea glass.
The children were fascinated by the shades of colour and shapes of the sea glass. They were drawn to creating with it and had some interesting ways of designing. Some children sorted the sea glass by colour, others did by size. Some created swirls and others created pictures. Some children even compared the glass to a puzzle and tried to fit it together by placing pieces side by side.


Thursday, April 23, 2015

Hive Provocation

Look at the interesting object that was shared with our class today!  An abandoned wasp nest!

Wow! The children were fascinated with how it looked and smelled. We displayed it at our science center along with some other materials - books, writing materials, and hexagon pattern blocks. 

We also found a time lapsed video of wasps and bees making their hives. 


The books also showed the hives up close and we learned about the lifecycle of a bee. They grow in cocoons like butterflies!

Some friends copied the pattern of the hives using the blocks. 


Families, we welcome any artifacts of nature to support our exploration of science and the outdoors. Thank you for thinking of us!

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Scenes from our Camping Center

The children had fun on the first day of our camping center. We saw lots of imaginative play. Thank you to those families who have donated camping materials to support the play. We appreciate it and welcome more for anyone interested in helping. Thank you for supporting our children and program. 

PD Day

Families a gentle reminder that there is no school for children on Monday, April 27. It's a PD day.

Spring Song

Did you know the birds are singing today?  Our children have enjoyed drawing on the new easel right at their height. 

Ever since our trip to learn about maple syrup trees have been a reoccurring theme in the children's artwork. 

The boys wanted to draw many different birds in their tree. They researched them using the bird cards to see the characteristics of each. 

As they draw they discuss how each are the same and different. 

At our consolidation circle the children were eager to share their work with the whole group. 

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