Friday, 5 December 2014

What we have been up to...

It has been a busy few weeks in the Hummingbird class. Lots of excitement has been building as we prepare for the Christmas season. The students have been busy working on creating and extending patterns - patterns are everywhere!
We made a list of what makes a pattern.

I noticed that the students have been using the dramatic play area often, and decided to ask them to help me change the area to something different. We came up with a list of choices that we would like, and then the students had an opportunity to vote on which option they liked the best. 

After our voting was done, the students decided that we would change our dramatic play area into Santa's Workshop. We then needed to decide what kinds of things we would need to put in the area to transform it. The students decided that we needed a sleigh, wrapping paper and tape to wrap the presents, a magnifying glass to check over all of the toys (to inspect them, of course!), a mailbox for all of Santa's letters, and a bag for all of the presents. Ms. Diane (the EDP coordinator) helps out in our kindergarten classes every week, and she graciously donated a large box that we have started to transform into Santa's sleigh! We are very excited to start transforming the rest of the space. If you have any items you would like to donate to help make our transformation complete, we would gladly accept them!

This week we participated in Artapoolooza - a Kindergarten crafting bonanza! Thanks to our many parent volunteers, we had 6 different crafts set up around the room and the students rotated through each of the centres and got to take home their crafts that day. We had a lot of fun.

Next week our school will be starting our annual toiletry collection for the Shepherd's of Good Hope. Each grade is asked to bring in different personal care items that will be donated to the Shepherd's, including men's socks, toothbrushes and toothpaste, soap, shampoo, and shaving cream. Typically, kindergarten students are asked to bring in socks, but any items you would like to donate will be gladly accepted. 

Also, Scholastic orders were due today, but if you still would like to order, I will wait until next Friday to place the order. A reminder that if you would like to order anything for Christmas, please let me know and I will put it aside for you. 

Have a great weekend!
Ms. Quinn

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