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June 16
Kindergarten Chicks!!

Our class hatched chicks this year and they were super duper adorable!  Here are a few pictures of the children who wanted to snuggle with them.


June 12
Green Hill Lake




May 16
Fun with 3D Shapes

We have been learning about 3D shapes and have been having lots of fun building with and creating 3D structures.  In these pictures you can see, we have used wooden blocks to create a building or structure.  In the second set of photos you can see we worked together in partners to create a safe home for an animal. Using the building materials, we were asked to build a 3D structure that would be tall, wide and long enough to fit a specific animal that was given to each partner group.  We did FANTASTIC and LOVED every minute of it!


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May 16
Sight Word Headband Game

A few weeks ago we played this sight word headband game and the students LOVED it!  They had to find a partner, read their headband and then record the sight word beside the friend's name on a recording sheet.  What great fun we had practicing our sight words!

I do apologize that the pictures are sideways.  They are not sideways when I take them or when I download them on a computer but they show up sideways on the website and I can't figure it out.  I hope nobody gets a crook in their neck!

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April 20
April in Kindergarten

We have had a busy month.  Please see the list below with the various learning outcomes we have been focusing on and enjoy the pictures a​nd video links included.

Literacy:  Sight word acquistion, vowel teams (ee, ea, ai, oa, ay), continued focus on writing, reading strategies (cross checking)

Vowel Team Videos:

 Between the Lions "When Two Vowels Go Walking"

Two Vowels Go Walking

Math:  We are completing our units on Numbers to 10 and will be moving into Geometry shortly.

You and Your World:  Healthy Eating, Taking Care of our Earth


10 Black Dots by: Donald Crews

We loved reading Donald Crews' book titled 10 Black Dots. In this book, the illustrator uses black dots to create interesting pictures for the readers.  We created our own version of 10 Black Dots.  The children loved it and did an amazing job! 


April 07
French Songs

We have loved learning to count to 10 in French and our colours.  Here are two songs we enjoy singing each day. 

Numbers to 10

Les Couleurs



March 20
We celebrated Day 100 and St. Patrick's Day this week.



March 16
100th Day of School Celebration

We are 100 days smarter!!!


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We had so much fun today celebrating our 100th day of school!  It was a riot seeing the children's reactions as they saw me dressed up as a 100 year old lady.  I think some of them actually believed that I was Mrs. Tingleberry, Mrs. Tingley's great great grandmother for a while.  I love the innocence of children.

We had a great day reading and singing songs about the 100th day of school, making a 100th day collection, drawing what we think we will look like at 100 years old and we even stayed perfectly quiet for 100 seconds!   I am not sure that has ever happened before - ha ha!  

We ran out of time to create our 100th day of school snack, so we will be sure to do that on Monday afternoon!  

I apologize that these photos are sideways but I cannot figure it out for the life of me.  I guess if you turn your head enough sideways you may see their cute little faces.  

March 15
Happy March!

Happy March kindergarten families!

I hope you all enjoyed a wonderful March break last week and that you are looking ahead to the spring weather that will soon be upon us.  We have been working very hard together over the past several weeks.  Below are some of the outcomes we have been focusing on together.  Please continue working at home on your child's letters, sounds, sight words and home reading as well.  Feel free to have your child read their take home books or they can read on Raz kids. Students can choose to listen to reading on Raz kids but it would also be very beneficial for them to use this site to read these books independently as well.  Please encourage them to use the reading strategies we have learned this year to solve tricky words.  We have worked on the following reading strategies:

a) Eagle Eye - use the pictures to help figure out the tricky word

b) Lips the Fish - look at the beginning sound of the tricky word to get a clue

c) Stretchy Snake - stretch out each sound slowly and then blend the sounds back together

d) Chunky Monkey - look for a small, but familiar chunk inside the tricky word.  It could be a sight word (ex. handle has the word AND inside it) or it could be a digraph (chop has the digraph CH)

e) Skippy Frog - skip over the tricky word and read to the end of the sentence and then go back to the beginning and see if you can now use the context of the sentence to figure out unknown word.

f) Careful Caterpillar - Look very carefully at the entire word.  Take your time.


In addition to the reading strategies mentioned above, we have also been working on the following skills:

  • ​learning new sight words
  • phonological skills of beginning and ending sounds
  •  retelling the events of stories we are reading 
  • In writing, we have been focusing very carefully on starting our sentences with capital letters, putting a stop mark at the end, leaving spaces between words and having our sentence match our picture.  


In math, we have been concentrating on subitizing dots cards and five and ten frames.  (This means looking at a group of dots and knowing automatically how many dots there are.)  We have also been focusing on counting on and back from any number between 1 and 10 and have begun working on combinations of numbers between 5 and 10.  

Ideas to try at home:

a) While setting the table or playing with toys, ask your child to count a certain number of objects between 1 and 10.  Then, add on a few more items and ask your child to count on from the number of items they had initially.  Do not go back to 1 and count but count on from original number.  You can do the same thing as well, but remove toys and have your child count back from the original number.

b) Play any game that requires the use of a dice to help your child with subitizing (knowing automatically how many dots are on the dice).  To give your child a challenge, use two dice and have your child count on from the largest number rolled on the dice.  For example, if your child rolls a 5 and 4, have your child find the largest number on the dice (5) and count on from there,  5, 6, 7, 8, 9.  So, rolling a 5 and 4 equals 9 and they have practiced counting on.  Do not have them start at 1 and count all 9 dots, but rather start at the largest number rolled and count on.

c) Use a deck of cards and play War, Go Fish etc... Any type of game that encourages number recognition and the comparison of numbers is beneficial.  

Report Cards

Report Cards go out April 4th and parent teacher interviews will be held following this.  Please send back the form that was sent home this week, indicating your preferred times for parent teacher interviews.  

March 14
Dance and share

With 11 grade 5s, we are small but mighty! A Literacy dance and share activity became a conga line and share! Everyone gets along in the grade 5 classroom!


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