Week 12 Update

Another week has come and gone. We’ve nearly made it to the end!

Many of our units are beginning to wrap up. Our Kindness Morning Meeting curriculum has come to a close with a reminder that just because we’re not talking about kindness every day doesn’t mean we stop being kind. Kindness is part of our everyday lives here at HFS and at home.

We have two initial sounds left in our phonics curriculum. As such, we will not be doing centres or guided reading next week. In the new term we will begin a new phonics unit and continue to rotate it with centres and guided reading. I’m excited to see the students growing already with this targeted learning.

A couple weeks ago, we initiated something new called Fast Finishers. The students now have a workbook of literacy exercises they can work on when they finish their work early. These workbooks are different depending on each child’s literacy needs. Sometimes the students still have the opportunity to explore books silently and sometimes they work on their Fast Finishers. Speaking of exploring books, I placed the two books our class made during Term One into our class library and the students really love reading them.

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As our IPC unit begins to wrap up, we will be adding another homemade book to our collection. As a consolidation of learning, we had a little friend named Mr. Mole come visit our class. Mr. Mole doesn’t like the sun and was in need of a sunhat. The students used their knowledge of different materials to design a hat that would keep the sun out of Mr. Mole’s eyes. We even went outside and tested our hats on a sunny day. I took lots of photos and we collected them to make a book. We will be presenting this book at the final assembly. Mr. Mole will probably make an appearance.

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In PE we played a few new games. We played a parachute game called Cat and Mouse where one student (the mouse) crawled under the parachute while another student (the cat) crawled on top trying to catch the mouse. The other students in the class made the parachute wave up and down giving the mouse plenty of places to hide. We introduced a new game of tag where the person being chased got a 5 second respite if they stepped inside one of the hula hoops placed around the floor. Since last term we’ve been trying a teamwork exercise where the students hold hands and pass a hula hoop around the circle, up and over their bodies, without breaking hands. I began timing the students last week and we started with a time of 1 minute 19 seconds. Today we had our best time yet of 37 seconds. We also worked on coordination and teamwork by playing Carry the Ball in Pairs. The students couldn’t use their hands and had to press the ball between their bodies in any number of ways to carry it across the hall. They had great fun.

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During math we worked with some pretty high numbers. The students were excited to show that they could count by twos to twenty without looking at the number line and most of them could count by fives all the way to 100! We spent a lot of time placing higher numbers in order and we even made a 100s chart which is now hanging on the wall.

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Our play dough stock has been replenished so the students were excited to use that during some of their developmental play time. The students are still playing many types of make believe situations with family and home life often being the centre of the play right now.

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Our storytellers unit is coming to a close. We learned how to extend our stories by asking the 5 W’s (Who? What? Where? Why? When?). Next week we will focus on making sure our stories have a beginning, a middle, and an end. We will finish by making small storybooks. I am please with what all the children can do so far.

Have a great weekend and we’ll see you on Monday for one last week before the break!