Love Love Love One Another

Last week, we had a fantastic Valentine’s Day! We enjoyed making cards for our parents, distributing our valentines, making crafts, and more. We discussed about what it means to be kind and made a class book about how to show love and care to each other as the Bible tells us: “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind, and your neighbour as yourself.” Luke 10:27. The highlight on our Valentine’s Day was having our Friendship Fruit Salad together. Thank you for your generosity in sharing fruits, yogurt, and utensils. Our staff also enjoyed our kiddie’s fruit salad during snack time. Thank you!

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Snowy Day: We had loads of fun playing in the snow and our kids had unlimited ideas to build with snow. We are all amazed by God’s wonderful creation!

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Bible: The students have continued learning about Joseph’s life. We are learning that God was always with Joseph and how He turned some very difficult things that happened in Joseph’s life into blessings. We will start watching a movie called “Joseph: King of Dreams” next week.

Identity Unit: We have been talking about our personal identities and what makes us special. We’ve read stories about being unique and different. Students will create a personal identity poster to represent who they are. This artwork will be shared with you during the upcoming student-led conferences.

Reminders:

Identity Floats: are coming to school on Tuesday, February 19th! I hope you and your child had a wonderful time creating this family project together. There will be a “K1 Parking lot” outside our room, please park your floats there. Our parade will be on Tuesday, February 26th at 8:40AM. You are welcome to stay at school this morning to take pictures!

Student-Led Conferences: will be on Wednesday, February 27th from 12PM TO 8PM. There will be no school this day. Conferences will be 30 minutes long and your child will be leading through 5 stations to show you what we have been learning. I will send you a list of our stations and questions to guide you and your child along. They are so excited to be the “teachers” and show you all they know!

Library is on Thursdays.  Please remind your child to bring their library books and bag.

Extra Clothes: As the wet and snowy season descends upon us, your child will be using the extra clothes from their box. Please be diligent in replacing items so that there is always a fresh change of t-shirt, long sleeve, long pants, underwear and socks. it may be a good idea to have multiple pairs of socks for those really wet days.

Phone number: Please help your child to memorize your phone number. During Term 1, I had the class find their spot with their names. I will start having the class find their spot with their phone number so they will need to know theirs. If you would like your child to memorize your cell phone number, please email me so that I write the correct phone number on their card. Thank you!

Prayer request:

For soft, teachable hearts this term.  Students have become comfortable in the social environment and knowledgable of their peers; pray that students will have a deep understanding of themselves and others as they learn how to be a contributing member of a (classroom) community.

Shall We Dance

Dance: Students got to spend 30 minutes per day last week with their instructor, Mr. Nando. They were amazing! Our school has sent out an email with a dance video earlier. I hope they are able to show/ teach you some moves they have learned.

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Skating: We had loads of fun during our first skating last Tuesday. Thank you for driving your child to and from the skating rink. I love watching when they tried to help each other out and cheer for one another. Well done, K1!

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Numeracy: We continue to have fun measuring things around the classroom using unifix cubes; and we have started learning teen numbers. We were fascinated to see how long our hands and feet are by using unifix cubes. It’s ticklish when someone drew our feet for us. 🙂

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Bible: We have finished learning about Jacob and how he reconciled with Esau. This week, we will begin learning about Joseph and seeing how God continues to watch over and bless this family.

Literacy: I am really pleased with how many students are willing to try sounding out their words as they write down their thoughts. I am encouraging them to say the word very slowly and write down whatever letters they hear. I am not looking for perfect spelling. I pray we will continue to learn and grow in this area! Sight words for this month: yes, can, that, my, we

Reminders:

Valentine’s Day: On Thursday, February14th, we will be celebrating Valentine’s Day with “Friendship Fruit Salad” and Valentine cards.  Students will have the opportunity to deliver Valentine’s cards to the K1 class on that day.  Please include all the K1 friends if you choose to make Valentines with your child.  I sent home a class list earlier this month so you have the names for everyone in K1. Please do not send goodie bags or large items as their “Valentine’s Day mail boxes” will be very small. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask me. Thank you.

Fruit Salad: Thank you to those who have signed up to bring fruits for our friendship fruit salad. If you have not done so, please sign-up for what you will bring. Please remember to bring your fruit that is already cut up. Thank you! We will be eating our salad as a treat during recess snack. If you child will eat the fruit salad, you can just pack them a lunch that day. If not, please pack both a snack and a lunch.

Pink/ Red/ White day: Students are invited to dress in as much red, pink, and white on February 14th to celebrate friendship on Valentine’s Day. Have fun! Hair bows, bow ties, and hats are all welcomed accessories.

Book Orders: are due Friday, February 15th.

A few announcements:

THIS WEEK: Dance week (this week) has been going well, and the kids are having great fun with Mr. Fernando, the dance instructor. There will be no presentation this week, however we will be sending links of dance videos to parents in the next few weeks and we will see some live dance performances on Sports Day in June.

FEBRUARY 8, FRIDAY: There is no Chapel this Friday to make way for Dance Week.

FEBRUARY 14, THURSDAY: Let’s celebrate friendship on Valentine’s Day. February 14th is Red / White / Pink dress up day. Dress-up in as much Red, White and Pink as possible. Hats, hair bows, bowties, shirts, pants, dresses, socks and shoes! Be a little crazy! Be a little fun & creative!

COMING UP NEXT WEEK: Student-led conferences at the Elementary will be on Feb. 27th. There will be no classes on that day and an email about signing up for these conferences will be coming out next week. Please stay tuned.

God is Love

Numeracy: we have been comparing and measuring a variety of things around our classroom with unfix cubes. We learned that we measure so that we know how long or short something is. Students are enjoying this hands-on unit! We have started a new program called “Osmo” which helps us to understand the combinations of numbers (e.g. 2 and 3 can form 5). We will focus on learning teen numbers the coming weeks.

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Identity unit: We started by sharing about our Winter Holiday activities with one another.  Students had the opportunity to explain their activity and write about it. We talked about how observing similarities and differences can help us learn and understand more about God’s world. Last week, we read stories about the First Nations and looked at pictures of their Winter feast and performances. We compared the ways we celebrate Winter and listed out the similarities and differences.

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Home Reading: A tip for reading: when your child comes across an unknown word, have them sound out each letter and then try to say the sounds together. Ask them to “stretch out the sounds” and mimic pulling your hands apart. We have been practicing pulling sounds apart to learn how to sound out words of spelling! They have been doing very well in class. At this stage, I am not looking for perfect spelling. I pray that we will continue to learn and grow in this area!

The sight words  are: she, is, was, go, look

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Hip Hop Dance: is happening this week. Please wear comfortable, appropriate shoes, and clothing each day between February 4th and 8th.

February Good and Faithful helper theme: Friendship, Family, something they made. I have posted the February calendar on this blog. Please check out the important info.

Scholastic Orders: due Friday, February 15th. Thank you!

Important dates:

February 5th – Field trip

February 4th to 8th – Dance week

February 18th – Family day (NO SCHOOL)

February 19th – Home projects due

February 26th – Kindie parade

February 27th – Student-led conferences (NO SCHOOL)

Winter Fun

Snow Structure Challenge: We had a marshmallow challenge to build a snow structure. I was impressed with their creativity and their ability to problem-solve!

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Numeracy: We continue to focus on numbers 0-20 and the relationships between the numbers. We will work on some measurement activities next week. We have started a new iPad program called “Osmo” to help us develop number sense.

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Bible: The students have really enjoyed hearing the story of Jacob and Esau. We wrote down responses in our Journal about what we have learned from listening to this story. We will continue with the story this coming week and will learn about the importance of forgiveness.

Social- emotional: We read a book called “What if everybody did that” last week and discussed about how our thoughts/ actions have an impact on others. During our chapel last Friday, Mr. Paul and Mr. P introduced the new theme – Incredible Thoughts. We are reminded that positive thoughts will help us build a healthy relationship with others and with God. “And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true and honourable, and right and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.” Philippians 4:8

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Reminders:

Home project: As part of our All About Me unit, we hope you will have fun creating a cardboard float with your child!  The purpose of this activity is for you and your child to spend some time together, talking about what they like or what they want to be. Developmentally, working on a long term project helps children learn patience, organization and perseverance.  And building a float is FUN!  I sincerely hope the time spent together on this project will be a wonderful memory for you and your child to cherish in years to come. There is a sample float in front of (K1) if you would like to see the size and scope.  More information about the project itself came home in a separate email.  Floats are due at school on Tuesday, February 19th.  The Kindergarten car parade will be on Tuesday, February 26th.

Important dates:

February 1 – NO SCHOOL (Pro-D)

February 5 – Field trip

February 18 – NO SCHOOL (Family Day)

Winter Wonderland

Thank you very much for keeping your child home while s/he is sick! Your kindness to other students is much appreciated! Please keep praying for our class and hope that we will have everyone back on Monday.

Winter: We read a variety of fiction and non-fiction books about winter and we made a class book about what we see and feel in winter. We made different art projects to reinforce our understanding about the season. We decorated our “snowflakes” with math pattern blocks. I was impressed with their creativity.

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Bible: We are learning about Jacob and Esau and their struggles with birthright and blessing. Students will learn about some bad choices Jacob made when he chose to do things his own way instead of following God’s plan. We will continue with Jacob’s story to see God’s faithfulness in how God was with Jacob and watched over him wherever he went. We have been learning a new song called “God will never stop loving me” by Karyn Henley. You may ask your child to show you the actions.

Numeracy & Literacy: We have been learning how to measure and compare different items in the classroom. We tried to sound out the items and wrote down the beginning sound. Sight words for the coming weeks: is, go, she, was, look

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Winter celebrations project: Thank you for sending me your child’s pictures! They enjoyed sharing what they did during their winter breaks, and they wrote down their ideas on their journals. Please email me your child’s pictures if you have not done so. Next week, we will talk about how First Nations celebrate during winter time.

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Reminders:

Field trip: We are going skating with the other Kindergarten classes at the beginning of February.  Parent participation is needed for this field trip.  Thank you for your willingness to be a part of your child’s learning.

Scholastic book orders: are due on Monday, January 21st. The Christmas book coupon can be used for these orders!

Parent volunteers: Please sign up on the Calendar for parent volunteer tasks.  I have things you can lend a hand with on a regular basis.  Thank you!

Tissue boxes: Please consider bringing in a tissue box for our class as we have been sneezing a lot these days. Thank you!

Prayer requests:

  • For health as there is illness going around that is quite lengthy.
  • For students to have a deeper understanding of who they are and how they fit into God’s story.

Home project – All About Me

The home project for the Identity unit can be accessed by clicking the link. All About Me parade

  • This year, the project is similar to previous years with an intentional focus on an aspect of the student’s identity: what s/he wants to be when s/he grows up.  The cardboard “vehicle” of past years is now a parade float and can have symbols or items representing your child’s desired adult job.  There is a sample float that you can look at for idea of size and method.  It’s located outside the K1 (Mrs. Wong) classroom.  The due date for the float is Tuesday, February 19th.  The parade is scheduled for the morning of February 26th.  All floats will go home on February 27th.  Feel free to ask me if you have any questions!

 

Welcome 2019

We had lots of fun on pyjamas and book day this past Friday. Our class looked so adorable in their pajamas. I wish we could have Pajama day every Friday!

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Winter: We have been exploring Winter and how this season looks and feels. Our room has been getting very winter-y as our craft actives decorated our space. Another big theme this month will be “All About Me”. Thank you to those who have sent me your child’s photos. I love those pictures! 🙂 Please select with your child a photo that shows something s/he did during the Christmas Holiday and email to you. Send me the photos by this weekend. I will have students tell about their photo beginning next week. Thank you for your help!

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Numeracy: We are going to learn about measurement by using non-standard units to measure this coming week. Our favourite measuring tool in Kindergarten is unifix cubes! We will be practicing using unifix cubes to help us learn math concepts such as longer or shorter, more or less, equal and how to compare. Last week, we made snowmen with our names and compared the length of our snowmen. We found out that the longest snowman has 10 snowballs whereas the shortest snowman has 5 snowballs.

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Literacy: We have continued with our table stations to learn about the letter names and sounds. We have been focusing on beginning sounds and writing our sight words: me, he, it, and, to

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Kindness drops: We have started a new behaviour management system at our class. The K1 students have been working hard to fill up the “Kindness” jar with gems by doing things that show love and care to others (help clean up, listen to others, work nicely together, saying kind words/encourage others…) Once we reach our goal of 10 cm, we will enjoy our extra Centre time. We are at 6 cm already. Well done, K1’s! Please talk about why it is important to show kindness to others with your child at home.

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Bible: this term we will continue our studies of the patriarchs by learning about Jacob and Joseph. Through their stories, we will focus on the themes of God’s plan for salvation and how He cared for His chosen people.

Reminders:

Good and Faithful helper theme: winter, Community, Christmas vacation, something they created

Field trip: If you’ve not approved the consent for next month’s field trip. Please log in to msm and approve the consent.

This is just a reminder that children who have not slept well, have a fever, a runny nose or coughing, vomiting or diarrhea should stay home from school and public places to rest and get well. When ill, children are not able to learn–being at school but feeling ill, will not give them the education you want them to have. Please have a plan for how your family will address having a sick child who cannot attend school. I will remove an ill student from the classroom and parents will be contacted for pick up. Thank you for your understanding.

Prayer requests:

  • For students to continue to grow and develop into the people God created them to be.  Pray for teachers and yourselves (parents) to have wisdom and insight into God’s character and guidance to support the growth of these young hearts.
  • For health, safety and wellness during this season of sniffles.

Jesus is Born!

WOW! We had loads of fun this last week of school in 2018! Enjoy the pictures I took during our Jesus’ birthday party and movie day.

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Conversation between the children and their peers/ adults improves children’s oral language, including vocabulary and comprehension. We have been practicing “talking” and “listening” in class during our sharing time. Students talked about what they did during their lunch time recess in groups of two, and then they shared with the class on what they had heard from their peers. I am impressed with how interactive they were when they listened and shared. At home, please try to spend some time to listen to and talk with your child. Such conversations can be brief and can take just a minute or two. Open-ended questions with many possible responses work much better.

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Looking ahead:

Family Project: we will have our “All about Me” unit once we come back from our break. Please send me pictures (2 to 3) about how your family celebrates Christmas/ new year. For examples: family dinner, vacations, family play times, etc. Students will share the pictures with the class. It will be a good opportunity to let your child understand his/her family traditions.

Skating: We will be having a parent participation field trip on February 5th from 9:15 to 10:30am.  Parents need to drive their child to and from the rink. Please mark the date on your calendar.

January Calendar has been posted on this blog!

Prayer requests:

  • for safety travels as some families are away for the holidays
  • for Christ dwell in our hearts and in the hearts of our children during this celebratory season

May God Bless You All!