Saturday, December 10, 2016

December Songs and Poems!

Hello families!

I chose these poems for a few reasons.  One of the main things I was thinking about is that there is only 3 weeks to learn them, so I wanted to make sure they were bite sized and fun, with all the Exhibition hard work.

I chose Pick yourself up and the mindful breath one because the students are really learning to incorporate ways to calm and center themselves so that they can do all their great work (which you will see on Exhibition Night)!  We are using the Frank Sanatra version to sing along with.

I also love Pick Yourself Up, not only for the message, but because it is in one of my all time favourite dance movies- here's a link to that scene where he looses and gets back her job! (He was pretending he didn't know how to dance to meet her, a dance instructor... when that goes ary, then he has to let out his secret...)

And here's THE scene!

I chose the other two poems for the winter theme and it's finally cold enough to make that make sense a little bit!  ;)  I love the Robert Frost poem- you may know it, but if not, please take a moment to read it aloud slowly. It makes me feel like I am there, in the woods, enjoying that calm moment with nature!  There is a book someone made to illustrate it, which I will be reading next week.

The last one is more of Maurice Sendek's silly month poems.  The kids love it.

This month the kids have been taking on showing more spelling and letter team sounds.  It is so important that they are teaching themselves- they often remember information more strongly when it is from a peer!  (Come into class to see all the marks to track the things they have showed others.)

Have a great month!  Love, Jennifer

Friday, December 9, 2016

Field Trip To Miner's Gem!

Thank you so much to all the helpful families who went on the trip with us!  It was a sweet day.  The kids learned about the three main types of rocks: sedimentary, igneous and metamorphic.  They got to hold specimens of each type and asked lots of great questions to learn more!

Our expert felt that the kids' questions were smart and helpful and was overall very impressed with your kids! They did really well!

After the informational session, the groups broke out to explore and see some exhibits in Old Town and then do some panning. It was a fun day over all, and so sweet to finish by running around and making up imaginative games on the green.

Have a great weekend!  Love, Jennifer

Friday, November 18, 2016

November Songs and Poems!

Hello families!

Time flies- this month had many blog posts, but not one about our songs and poems!  (Feel free to click on the image to make it bigger.)

I chose to go with these themes- rare/precious and special, since the kids are curious about gems and magic, I chose Some Days Are Stones and the Favourite Things song (since it's fun and) because of our continued exploration of how mindfulness strategies can help us and empower us, and the leaves poem was to go with the students' awesome party planning!

You may have noticed we are doing the month poems- these are written by Maurice Sendak, of Where The Wild Things Are...

I also wanted to share a glimpse into the types of discussions we have which come from our investigation of language, vocabulary and the messages the poet or song writers are trying to express.  This discussion was when we looked at Dream Dust, but it is always neat when a discussion connects to previous discussions and learning- they are making connections all the time!

Enjoy your holiday vacation!  Love, Jennifer

Jennifer: Why would you not sell it?  (The dream dust- from the last line in that poem)
Mia: Because it's too special.
Calvin: Maybe it only percent for one dream and all the rest is only for bad dreams each.  Because only the person that scoops it up could use it.
Xavier: Maybe it's easy to loose- maybe it was so small you could just see it a little bit.  It could make you have very good dreams.
Grace: Maybe the poem said it's not for sale because that dream dust has all the good dreams and if they sale it away they will not have nay more dreams.
Penny: Or maybe they didn't want to give it away because their dream will come true and they didn't want to give it away.
Jennifer: Does this go with our earlier conversation about the idea of precious or rare? (from our investigation of gems and minerals...)
Calvin: Yeah precious- because it's very, like what if it was the only one dream dust and you couldn't find it anymore if you go in a different state.
Scott: I think that this matches is that the cloud dust is very hard and precious and rare to find.  Why would you not want to sell it- is that maybe inside your dreams there might be special coins that might come out of the dream and go under your pillow.
Sadie: If there's dust and if it's precious because someone made it and if it is too hard to find then you shouldn't ask for more, then you will loose it.
Gabriel: Since all that hale was precious to make it.  If you didn't have the dream dust.  It'is hard to find since it's not snow, it's not ice, it's ice but tinier.

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Our First Field Trip- To Visit Jinx!

Hello families!

Our first field trip was very neat!  The kids may have been most amazed by how each office area was decorated with all of the gamer's most favourite figurine and art.  There were toys everywhere, which, as you can image, may be a dream come true as far as these children's ideal work space!  ;)

We learned more about how a company works together and how each worker's job connects to another's.  We got to see where they produce the t-shirts, where they take the photos for their website and where they work on all the other details to keep a business running.  They also answered the questions we sent to them so that the kids could hear more about what they were most curious about.  That was really nice.

Thank you to all of our family drivers for your help today!  It was a great practice for staying safe on a simpler trip so that when we go farther and on bigger trips we will be safe and ready!

Thank you also to Audrey's family- for her dad, Brian, for hosting us at his company, and for Brian and Kat, Audrey's mum, for coordinating and planning this trip!  So fun!

I hope you enjoy sharing these moments with your child and have a beautiful three day weekend!

Love, Jennifer