Leaves

Fall is such a spectacular season where we live.    Our class has been interested in the changing colours of the leaves outside and are going to be taking a closer look at leaves next week.  Would you help your child collect some colourful leaves this weekend and bring them to school on Monday? We will be using them for a variety of activities next week.    Thanks so much and enjoy your extended weekend!

Applesauce

Thank you for sending in your apples for this week’s “mystery recipe”!

Halle, our high school volunteer, helped the children peel, core, and slice the apples.

It made a big pot.

Next, we added some sugar, cinnamon, and water and let it cook.

The children had some guesses about what we were making: apple syrup, apple cereal, apple dinner, apple pie, and apple sauce.  We had to wait until the afternoon to find out.

Ta da: It was applesauce!


The children all tried it and then reported if they liked it or not.
I sent the recipe home in case you’d like to make a batch of your own.

Single Letter Phonograms

Today was a very exciting day in Kindergarten.  We have officially been introduced to all of the single letter phonograms, saying their sounds (some have 3) and printing them with proper formation on our whiteboards each day!  This  does not mean that we KNOW them perfectly.  We will continue to review them in the weeks and months ahead.  It does mean that soon we will begin working on printing our own names using proper letter formations.  Yay!

I would like to encourage you to familiarize yourself with the Spalding Program we are using (if you are not already).  You can do this either by purchasing a set of phonogram cards at the office or by downloading two apps, Phonograms by SEI and Little Writer Tracing app.

A few minutes of review each day at home would be such a big help to your child and would set them up for a successful year.

Thank you for all you do!  You are very appreciated!

Picture Retakes

If you would like your child to get a retake of their school photo or if your child was not at school on the first picture day please note that retake day will be on Tuesday, October 26.  I will add this date to our October calendar post.

October Dates

Our first month of Kindergarten is done, and a good month it was!  Let’s look ahead at the month of October:

Wednesday, October 6 – comfort kits are due

Monday, October 11- Thanksgiving- No School

Wednesday, October 13 – Fall Colour Day –  dress in red, orange, yellow, brown, green colours

Wednesday, October 20 – field trip to Chilliwack Corn Maze and pumpkin farm (more information to follow)

Friday, October 22 – Pro D Day – No School

Tuesday, October 26 – Picture Retake Day

Please note:

  • Pizza Day every Tuesday – pre order online
  • Knight Day every Friday

 

Lessons in Self Control

There is a lot of work that goes into learning to function well as a Kindie class.  One of the books we read  recently was My Mouth is a Volcano.  It is written from the perspective of a young boy who has lots to say but finds himself interrupting a lot or blurting out.  He eventually learns what to do to be more polite.  There are several versions of this story on YouTube if you’d like to check it out.

It takes self control to keep our words inside and to handle so many other situations.  We did a test today to see if we could use self control.  First, I blew some bubbles in the classroom and let the children jump and pop them.  Next, I asked them to NOT pop the bubbles when I blew some more.  Guess what?  The children were able to use their self control and do what I asked!  I was so proud of them.

I hope it is helpful to know what’s been discussed at school.  Maybe as issues come up at home some of this language could be of help.  Have a great long weekend!

We All Matter

 

Today we talked about how we are all loved by God and made special by Him.  Each one of us matters.  School should be a place where every child feels safe and happy.  Just look at those happy, sweet smiles! 

Orange Shirt Day

Remember that this Wednesday your child can wear an orange shirt to school with casual bottoms.  Our class will be talking briefly about how every child matters and should feel happy and safe at school.  Let’s show our support for this important day!

Class Rules

As we start this school year we’ve been talking quite a bit about our classroom rules.  The children have been colouring a booklet that was sent home today in your child’s folder.  Sometime this week can you take a few minutes to read it through with your child?  It really helps if we are using the same language.  Our 3 rules are:

1. Be safe

2. Be respectful

3. Be responsible

Thanks so much!