We had a fantastic Halloween celebration on Friday, with all of the children looking fantastic in their costumes! The morning began with an assembly, followed by the costume parade, and then we headed up to see the 5th graders who had planned some fun activities for us in their classroom. Take a look a the slideshow below to catch up on all the excitement:
The rest of the week was equally as exciting – never a dull moment in EY2, with or without the flashy outfits!
The children are learning about letter formation as they experiment with different combinations of letter elements. They are discovering how letters are composed of different arrangements of a fixed set of lines and shapes.
The children are developing early writing skills as they learn to communicate their experiences using a combination of pictures, letters, and scribed text. This week they drew and wrote about their October break.
In mathematics, the children are continuing to learn about number and patterns through card games and concrete materials at centre time, in addition to calendar activities at Circle Time.
Following a read-aloud of the book “Stick and Stone,” the children developed reading comprehension skills by re-telling the story and by creating new stories for the characters. In the book, Stick, Stone, and Pinecone learn about friendship, so our EY2s role-played stories where the friends use Kelso’s Choices to solve problems. Many children drew on their own experiences of using Kelso’s Choices, which we have been working on in connection with the Central Idea that “self-development leads to meaningful action.”
Last week we began our second Unit of Inquiry, investigating human interactions with the natural world. We kicked off our “Tuning in” phase by setting off on an exploratory nature walk, guiding the children to focus on what they see, hear, smell, and feel in our outdoor environment. We are beginning to provoke the children’s thinking about what is natural, and what is not, and how the two interact. The children are recording their observations with sketches and photographs, while we listen carefully to their theories, ideas, and questions. About half of the children went on a nature walk last week, and we will continue with the remainder this week, exploring in small groups.
Last week we celebrated Nana’s 5th birthday. She had a great day with her friends, and we can’t wait to see all that she’ll learn in her 5th year. Happy birthday, Nana, and thank you to Mom and Dad for sharing the delicious cake to make our celebration special!
December 10th: P.D. Day, no school for students
December 14th: Last Day of Term 1, half-day for students
*Please note that the holiday concert on December 14th is for Grades 3-5 only, and therefore we will not be performing at this time. Our concert performance will take place at the end of the school year.