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“Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all.” ― Aristotle

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The past week I have been doing several read-a-louds of simple non-fiction texts.  I’ve told the class that fiction is another word for make believe while non-fiction refers to facts. Prior to reading a text I point out to the class whether it is fiction or non-fiction. Today I showed the class a video that demonstrates the attributes of non-fiction text. By the end of Kindergarten I will expect students to discern whether a text is fiction or non-fiction.

Division 10 has a wonderful addition to their desks: a cheery froggy book bag.  Alexis, a mom from our partner school, Maple Grove, sewed these up for us. These bags are kept in the students’ desks and are not to be taken home. In it you’ll find simple class booklets (e.g. the ABC Rap), books at your child’s just right reading level, and a notebook filled with the songs and poems we have been learning.  You are welcome to come into the classroom any day after school and have your child read to you from the bag.  A big thank you to Alexis!

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Books

Ms. McKnight made a fantastic poster which labels the parts of a book.

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We are working with the class to get them able to identify the parts of a book. I can often be heard reminding the class to put away books with the spine facing out.

I’ve read a couple of classic books this week . We’re Going on a Bear Hunt is a great way to learn prepositions.

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Chika Chika 1 2 3 is a fun book dealing with numbers.

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Art

The Kadinsky creations are done. There was much excitement, oohing, and ah-ing when I brought out the watercolours yesterday.

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Born to Read

Your child came home today with a colourful bag filled with books. This is a gift that is to be kept at home. Born To Read is an initiative by the charitable organization IODE.

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Brain

On Tuesday I showed the class a DVD about the brain. They were fascinated to learn about nerves and the spinal column.
In the next couple of weeks when I read stories to the class I will pause and get them to identify what parts of the brain the characters are using: Prefrontal Cortex for rational thought, Amygdala
for fight or flight response, or Hippocampus for memories.

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Math

Ms. McKnight has been teaching a unit on one to one correspondence. Students are counting, identifying, and comparing the amount in sets. They are using the vocabulary of more than, less than, and the same. I am continuing to review two dimensional shapes.

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Printing

This week we started a new printing booklet: round and curvy uppercase letters. I notice several students are forming O’s in the wrong direction. They need to be formed counter
clockwise. Please watch how your child is forming them at home and redirect if necessary.

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Art

This week we are learning about Wassily Kadinsky, a Russian abstract artist. I showed the class a brief video clip showing a retrospective of his work then replayed it and paused it to identify the various geometrical shapes found within his canvases. We are working on recreating his piece Colourstudy. We are using oil pastels to create concentric circles. Next week we’ll use watercolours to do a colour wash then I will mount and display the work.

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MindUP

This weekend I finished reading a book
that explains the strategies used in the MindUP program and how you can integrate it at home. It is an easy read and is available through Vancouver Public Library.

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Phonemic Awareness

Division 10 has been getting a lot of practise identifying the quantity of syllables in a word. Whenever I introduce new vocabulary we clap the word into chunks of syllables then immediately
repeat the word again in chunks while counting the amount of syllables with our fingers. For example, optimistic would be chunked into opt-i-mist-ic (4 syllables). Pete the Cat is optimistic. Yesterday I reinforced syllable identification skills with a bumblebee activity. Students coloured and cut out a bumblebee then sang the Hickety Pickety Bumbleebee song to friends. I found a lovely graphic for the song online at Mrs. Alaya’s Kinder fun, which is reposted with her permission.

For your information, while presenting the bumblebee sheet to the class I took the opportunity to do a mini science lesson on insects. I identified the parts of an insect body (head, thorax, abdomen, 6 legs, 2 antennae, & usually a pair of wings) we compared it to ours. In the spring I will teach a unit on Insects where we will learn the life cycle and more complex vocabulary.

I’ll be sending home the bumblebee tomorrow to use for homework. I’d like your child to practise the song with family members’ names. Once your child had done that get your child to teach the song to a stuffy (stuffed animal) at home and get the stuffy to practise the song with objects around the house. Just a reminder that school is not in session on Friday, a district closure day, and Monday, a statutory holiday.

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