The Self-Regulated Teacher

Our personal journey towards self-regulation in Kindergarten

This Week in Our Room:  October 5-9, 2015

on October 9, 2015

A Kindergarten Thanksgiving

It might be cold and rainy outside, but inside the Kindergarten everything is warm and cozy as our thoughts have turned to our first celebration together, Thanksgiving.

We’ve been talking about gratitude and thankfulness this week and it just warms our hearts to listen to these precious words from the adorable children.  We’ve collected some special thoughts from your children to share with you.

“I’m thankful for a great family.

I’m thankful for Sebastian’s love.

I’m thankful for wonderful food to eat.

I’m thankful for having fresh water.

I’m thankful for food to eat.

I’m thankful for my mom and dad.

I’m thankful for friends.

I’m thankful for my life.

I’m thankful for the earth.

I’m thankful for people who help us.

I’m thankful for pumpkins.

I’m thankful we have crayons in our classroom

I’m thankful for my dad’s work.

I’m thankful for having schools.

I’m thankful for the teachers teaching in the classrooms.

I’m thankful for my mom’s pictures.

I’m thankful for nature and travelling with my family.

I’m thankful for my pet.

I’m thankful for my grandpa.”

Thanksgiving Books

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As always, we love to read well-written stories to our students and pulled our favourites from our Thanksgiving book collection this week.  We’ve created a list for you in case there are some titles you may want to look for at your local library.

 

 

  • Franklin’s Thanksgiving (Paulette Bourgeois and Brenda Clark)
  • A Turkey for Thanksgiving (Eve Bunting and Diane de Groat)
  • Cranberry Thanksgiving (Wende and Harry Devlin)
  • Countdown to Thanksgiving (Jodi Huelin and Keiko Motoyama)
  • Thanks for Thanksgiving (Julie Markes and Doris Barrette)
  • I Spy Thanksgiving (Jean Marzollo and Walter Wick)
  • Thanks for Thanksgiving (Heather Patterson and Mary Jane Gerber) (a personal favourite)
  • The Night Before Thanksgivng (Dav Pilkey)

FullSizeRenderWe’ve had some great Thanksgiving Fun.  We met with our Grade 7 Big Buddies to make our Turkey centrepieces which we sent home today to decorate your Thanksgiving table.

 

 

We coloured some turkeys and patterned their feathers.

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Thanksgiving is always a big marker for us because we notice significant changes in our classes after the holiday.  The children feel more confident in taking risks in their learning, the language of their social play increases in sophistication and our discussions become livelier as they use their expanding vocabulary.  We see the children more at ease with the classroom routines as they project a sense of self-assuredness that only comes with time and practise.  We have an exciting time ahead of us.

We look forward to seeing everyone on Tuesday, October 13.  Happy Thanksgiving!


One response to “This Week in Our Room:  October 5-9, 2015

  1. Felicia says:

    I am thankful for this great website you’ve created. Happy thanksgiving!

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