As we end our unit on Space…we’d like to share a link that we watched in class. The link is called EarthSky and thanks to Miko’s Mom for taking the picture of the planet Venus, that was visible in the sky, two days ago.
We are now going from up above to way down below. There is so much to learn about the Ocean! Take a look at our photo of some of the wonders and inquiry’s the class will be looking into. It’s already an exciting adventure. Listening to whale sounds, talking about how to keep the oceans clean, as well as life under the sea. If you have any books or expertise on the subject, and would like to share it with the class, please do so. Shabbat Shalom!
Time is flying by! This week we celebrated Rosh Chodesh Shevat.
In the Gan we began learning about a special holiday that takes place this month…Tu B’Shevat…the birthday of the trees. Trees are important to us for so many reasons. Here are a few that the yeladim listed:
They make air!
They give us shade!
They give us fruit to eat!
They give us wood to build houses!
They give us paper towels and paper!
So many important things come from trees and that is why we recognize how important they are during this holiday.
In Israel, the trees are starting to bloom and people plant trees in honour of the holiday. Here the ground is frozen and the trees are sleeping but we will still celebrate with a planting activity… details coming soon.
For now, we are learning a special song which you will also find featured in the Shabbat 7:
As we wind down from our Space Inquiry… we hoped you all had a chance to talk about our amazing Solar Systems the kinders made. After learning many facts about each planet we created each planet according to their properties. We then had to order them in the correct order. We practised our printing skills by labeling each planet and giving it a Title. Today we listened to the story Ada Twist the scientist ,read by an astronaut from her shuttle. If you would like to listen to more stories, read by different astronauts, here is the link. https://storytimefromspace.com/
We began our learning about Flipgrid with our Grade 5 students helping us navigate this tool . Everyone logged into the site and recorded what their favourite planet was. We will continue to learn how to use Flipgrid and send you information as we learn it.
On February 5th there is a National Global School Play Day to remember why Play is so important to the health of children. I have chosen to be a part of this Global Day since it is something I am very passionate about. Please read and visit the following article to help you better understand what this day is all about.
There is a great Ted Talk included , that I recommend you listen to, in order to help better understand why play is so important for the mental well being of our children.
This week we began a new unit in Hebrew centered around winter (choref). The yeladim are learning new vocabulary such as:
שֶׁלֶג – sheleg (snow)
פְּתִית שֶׁלֶג – ptitei sheleg (snowflake)
כַּדוּר שֶׁלֶג- cadur sheleg (snowball)
אִישׁ שֶׁלֶג- eesh sheleg (snowman)
We are alo learning about the types of clothes we wear in the winter and naming the body parts that they go on:
חוּלצָה – chultzah (shirt)
מִכְנָסַיִים – michnasaim (pants)
גַרבַּיִם – garbaim (socks)
שִׂמלָה- simlah (dress)
מְעִיל – me’il (coat)
כְּפָפוֹת – kfafot (mittens)
מִכְנְסֵי שֶׁלֶג – michnasi sheleg (snow pants)
סְוֶדֶר – sveder (sweater)
כּוֹבַע – covah (hat)
צָעִיף – tzayif (scarf)
מַגָּפַיִם – magafayim (boots)
Here they are in action singing one of our new songs:
We also finished the book of Bereshit (Hazak, Hazak! Venit–Hazek!), complete with the story of Joseph and how the Jewish people ended up in Egypt. This week in the Shabbat, 7 you will find a beautiful lullaby based on the blessing that Jacob gave to Menashe and Efraim (his grandsons from Joseph).
Today we have launched our mindful moments challenge in our kinderclass!
For my personal growth plan this year I am doing Mindful Moments. We will be starting this challenge this week. Each day the students will pick one rock and put it in the jar. Each rock has a different inspiring word on it. As a class we will discuss what the word means, sit or lay comfortably and quietly thinking about what that particular rock means to them.
Today, the rock we picked had the word “brave”. We discussed how we can be brave at school and at home. We then meditated for 2 minutes thinking about how we can be brave.
Why become a mindful classroom?
Studies show that having a daily mindfulness practice in the classroom has been proven to:
In addition to the above, in the computer lab,we are working on our reading skills using the website Starfall.
Feel free to access this website using the link below to explore Starfall from your own homes/devices.
This year for my Professional Growth Plan in Kindergarten I am exploring how to use Flipgrid as a Platform for Homework in Kindergarten. FlipGrid is a really great tool where you can create videos around a question or a topic. Flipgrid is a very Kinder Friendly Technology Tool to use.
Our first step will be to learn how to use Flipgrid in the class. Once we are comfortable with the process, we can begin to use it for homework at home.
I have begun the process by meeting with our Technology Specialist Teacher, Melissa Thompson, and I am becoming familiar with how to set up a classroom with our own passwords, etc.
One of the ways I plan to use Flipgrid in the coming month is by having the students upload a review of a book they have read at home (with your support) by answering a few basic questions on the Flipgrid.
As we become more comfortable using Flipgrid at home, I hope to use it for Math Problem Solving Questions.
I look forward to having your feedback on my new journey so that we can make this an exciting and meaningful way to have our learning from our classroom to our home come together. As we all know one of our North Stars is We learn better Together.