heart geoboard exploration

The kids have been busy making patterns, seeing connections, playing with geometry, using their fine motor skills, co-operating and being creative this week.

Our heart geoboard was a popular spot.

painting like Ted Harrison

We just loved Ted Harrison's paintings.  

They are so bright and cheerful (in fact, Harrison called his work "Cheery style") and are so distinctive - we figured that they were perfect for a kindergarten painting project. 

star sensory bin

Stars are touched with mystery and magic.  

They are tiny and beautiful, and at the same time immense and unfathomable.

We use them for determining direction, have made up stories about them, and have beliefs about their position determining the course of our lives.

And simple enough to put in a bin and explore with our senses.

Christmas tree forts

Usually we take our Christmas tree to be chipped after Christmas.

But not any more

How to Catch a Star: read and sensory play

Oliver Jeffers is one of our favourite authors. 

He captures the limitless imagination of childhood, while gently pushing his grown up reading audience towards life truths. Truths that kids just seem to "get"; maybe adults have forgotten them ...

We read How to Catch a Star. And then we played it. In a sensory bin. 

simple Christmas angel ornaments

Sometimes simple is best.  

Easy to make angels - capture the simple magic of the Christmas season.

Honestly, a Christmas craft does not get much easier than this.  Which is a good thing, since I volunteered the k-kids to make enough angels to decorate a Christmas tree located in our school foyer that invites families to donate a gift for a child who won't have much under the tree. Children make angels to encourage others to be Christmas angels for children.

painting pumpkins and gourds

Gourds and pumpkins are great tools for learning.

We have used them for sorting and classifying.

Ordered them by size.

Weighed them.

Now it is time for them to make room for something else at the Investigate It Table.

Our pumpkins and gourds have one more job before they are relegated to the compost pile.

Remembrance Day poppies

A simple to prepare and make: beautiful poppies for children to make for  Remembrance Day.

In Canada we honour those who fought and died in service of their country every November 11.

This is a tough concept for many of my k-kids to understand.  It's a balance between learning to honour and respect the sacrifices that others made and make in order that they are safe, and honouring and respecting the children's innocence.  The innocence that people have died to protect.

Part of our learning about the sacrifices and sadness of war, is learning that many people were hurt and died.  Many of the soldiers were buried in fields of poppies.  In making and wearing poppies we remember them.

skeleton hunt in the forest

Looking for easy to prep, semi spooky outdoor fun?

Go hunting for bones.

a fall story to read and retell - in the forest

One of our favourite fall books to read is The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything.

It is a Halloween classic.

This year, we told the story with a twist.

spider web art project

We have been fascinated by spiders and their webs this year.

We made spider hats, twig leg spiders, trapped bugs in webs and wrapped them in "silk" before turning their insides into milkshakes and slurping them up.

We sang multiple versions of the Itsy Bitsy spider, and enjoyed Charlotte Diamond's beautiful song Spider Web.

We were inspired by Let's Lasso the Moon's spider web art project.

So inspired, we had to make our own version.

making a cardboard tree

I like having a tree in my classroom.  Not a real one (while that would be wonderful, we make do with potted plants) -- a two dimensional -on-the-wall one.

This year, it was time for the tree join the alphabet and the number line to have a make over.

Chihuly art - kindergarten style

Dale Chihuly is an American glass sculptor.  His work is awe and art inspiring.

Amazing glass sculptures that rise from the earth or water, or hang from ceilings - explosions of colour that celebrate life.

I knew that we had to make our own version in kindergarten.

changing the way we use our calendar

Last year I took the plunge and changed the way that we "do" calendar. (Thanks to (Matt Gomez and Mardelle Sauerborn who posted about their calendar journey.)

Instead of the traditional turn-the-date-over monthly calendar, I  put up all 12 months,  to create a living document of our year.

It was a learning curve as the kids and I figured out together how we wanted it to work. 

First thing that went up was all the birthdays.  Pretty important.

my goals 
I wanted the kids to see the passage of time.  The whole school year - not just the current month.   
I wanted to the kids to refer to the class calendar the way that I use my calendar at home - to see when events were going to occur.


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