Mr Eby And Mrs Boyd's JK/SK Class
Spring has Sprung
This is a very busy month for us. On May 19th we will be going to Bygone farms in Collingwood for our field trip. Activities will be provided by Free Spirit Tours. We are very excited. We need a few volunteers to help supervise. If you are interested and have a current background check at the office please let us know. If you do not have a background check, you may want to have it done ASAP. It is a process and can not be done at the last minute. We have a limited number of spaces and will notify parents who are coming. Permission forms will be sent home soon.
Our Celebration of Learning will be on June 1st this year. It will be a concert performed by the students followed by a slide show. The show will start at 9:30am in the gym. Please do not go visiting classrooms, as we the only classes performing that day. Students are expected to return to the classroom with their friends. If you wish to take them home please sign them out at the office and they will be called down.
As the weather is changing we thought of a few things worth mentioning. Please make sure that your child can put on their shoes on independently. If they have laces they need to be able to tie them or have laces clips. They become undone frequently and we have already had a few falls caused by undone laces this year. Also sunscreen needs to be applied before school. We cannot apply it, and the kids like to share (skin allergies make this a huge problem). The weather can be very unpredictable. Layers are always best. A sweater can be put in the back pack if it warms up, but we do not have extra sweaters if it gets colder.
A few Math activities that can be done at home. Try searching for numbers find a 5 (using signs or license plates or even prices at stores). Read a number book, or even have them count along with the page numbers during their favorite story. Go on a number walk (Lets hop once, twice, Three times, lets jog for 9 seconds).
The first week of May is Catholic Education week. We have scheduled an open house for next years new students and parents. If you have any friends who may be interested in joining us please pass on the date.
Mrs Boyd and Mr Eby
Here are a few activities you can do to help your child learn their sight words.
-use magnetic letters to spell on a cookie sheet.
-scavenger hunt for words in books, magazines and newspapers.
-print words with sidewalk chalk
-make words with sticker letters or coloured tape
-use dry erase markers and white boards to write them.
-trace them in glitter glue, play dough or wikki sticks.
-put craft sand or shaving cream on a plate and write them with your finger.
-jump, hop or clap each letter.
-write the words on sticky notes and hide them around the house. Play hide and go seek.
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Mon and Thurs Pizza Day
Wed Hot Dog day
Reading folder sent back to school every Tuesday
Library day Mondays
Milk Available everyday $1
(as supplies are available)
May 3 Kindergarten information Night (for new students next year)
May 10 Mass
May 17 Scholastic due
May 18 Celebration of the Rosary
May 19th Class Trip to Bygone farms
June 1st Celebration of Learning (you are invited!!!)
Our class has created an open ended organic art centre. I am asking for any donations of items that the students could use to make art pieces. Ideal items are toilet paper rolls, masking tape, coloured paper, glitter, feathers, glue sticks, old wall paper, material, yarn, or anything else collecting dust that you do not need. Thanks
The Kinder Garden
We have built 3 gardens for our kindergarten classes. Students will take Science learning outside. We will learn about plants by planting seeds, growing plants, and harvesting veggies and flowers. Thank you to our community friends, Wasaga Beach Home Hardware, Joe Donato Construction, St. Noel Parent Council, and Owen Sign Craft for all their help.
Every Monday Mr. Moose visits our class. Moose is new to our school and is very shy. When students write a letter to Moose and put it in his mail box, he writes back. Students then bring the letter home to share with their families. Students experiment with writing and practise writing their names (How else could Moose return their letters?)
As the year goes by the letters become more personal as he answers their questions and shares new stories. Have you seen a Moose letter? Ask your child today!
Students love the Science Centre because its interactive and provides open ended opportunities to discover and explore. The science centre changes through the school year to reflect student interests, seasons, and class themes. Rotating the items in the centre keeps the children engaged and keeps the Science Centre new and fresh. There are always new items to explore using our senses.
Items are labelled with words and pictures and sorted into bins that explain how the children are to use them. There is another bin that provides Science themed books that they can take and read. Whether it's smelling smell bottles, observing discovery bottles, playing with magnets, or feeling different textures kids love to visit the Science Centre.
Has your child been to the Science Centre lately?
Throughout the year the Drama Centre changes. It becomes a Church, Santa's Workshop, Tim Hortons, A house, A Post Office and many other locations. Students enter to engage in dramatic play. Dramatic play is more than just fun. It is also educational.
Dramatic play remains an integral part of a child's education by allowing children to develop their skills in many different areas such as abstract thinking, literacy, math, co-operative play and spoken language.
What did you child pretend to be today?
WRITE THE ROOM
Students have so much fun looking for words all over the classroom. We have a set of theme words and picture cards that we have hidden (often in plain sight). Students take a worksheet, pencil and clipboard and have to find each word. After they find each word they write it on the worksheet. When they have completed the worksheet they return to show the teacher.
Which words did they find today?