Term 1 Week 12 Update

Wow! There is a chill in the air and I am reminded that the Winter Show is just around the corner. We began learning our song this week, “Jolly Old St. Nicholas”. We’ll have lots of practice time at school to prepare for the show but I know sometimes the children might want to practice at home. I have sent the lyrics to the song home in their homework folder and this is a YouTube video of the song they can sing along to. This is by no means mandatory.

The students sure had fun exploring toys this week. They loved bringing in their toys for show and tell and playing with them that day. The students who didn’t bring in a toy chose their favourite toy from the classroom to use exclusively that day so no one missed out. The toys did go missing for a while so we practiced describing our toys and writing descriptions while making a missing poster for the toys that had gone AWOL. Then we hunted around the classroom and found them so we could play some more.

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We read a story about a bear at a toy shop that had gone on an adventure. So, we took our own Cutie Bear and took it on an adventure around the school. We snapped photos and then all made our own storybooks about Cutie Bear’s adventures. The students are really enjoying this exploration into writing. Everyone is writing on their own level with some students making marks to some beginning to write sentences. All students assign meaning to their writing which is exactly what is to be expected at this developmental stage.

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Every day we have a time where we practice silent reading and usually I follow that up by reading them a story. The students have begun role-playing reading stories to the class. It’s wonderful to watch.

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Our theme of this IEYC unit is My Toy Shop. During developmental play time the students began playing a toy shop. Later in the week we introduced money to the toy shop. We’ll be continuing this play as time goes on.

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Today we read a story about Stanley’s Stick and we learned that anything we want can be a toy if we use our imaginations. While we were playing with our sticks, Ms. Yujin brought us a top secret message left by a “funny little man” addressed to FS 1/2. Turns out it was our secret mission to use the craft supplies on hand to create our own imaginative toys.

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We’re continuing our phonics and word of the week. This week was the beginning sounds G and H and the word “my”.

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We also had our first of a series of safety lessons. We learned from Spike the Porcupine about what was and wasn’t safe for us to eat, taste, or smell. We also learned who we should ask if something was OK to eat and who to tell or call if someone we know has ingested something they’re not supposed to.

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Well, that’s all for this week. Have a great weekend; stay warm; and we’ll see you next week ready to learn!