Well, our dear friend is back in town and her name is Cinderella. This is our favourite Fairy Tale of all and we’ve enjoyed reading many different versions of the Charles Perrault classic.
We’ve been talking about all things magical, including the magical people and icons that appear in Fairy Tales. When we think about reading as comprehension, we are activating our prior knowledge to “hang” the new knowledge and ideas we learn. We need to have the appropriate prior knowledge in order to make sense of what we are reading for understanding (comprehension). We always recommend reading and talking about stories with your child at home. If English is your second language, then we encourage you to speak with your children in your home language where they can use their high level vocabulary, language structures and questioning skills more fluently.
Your role in helping develop your child’s oral language and building upon his or her understanding of the stories by making connections with other stories and experiences you’ve shared is developing prior knowledge. Looking for patterns and common elements in stories is really important as our children are building their foundation knowledge about story structure which contributes to their ever-growing knowledge base of literature.
We’ve started to explore measurement in non-standard units this week in Math. We’re using words such as “longer” and “shorter” when comparing lengths and “taller” when referencing heights.
High Touch High Tech gave an excellent Science Workshop on “Newton in a Nutshell.” Our children were physicists, scientists who like to study movement or motion, and forces, in the classroom laboratory. They learned about safely in the lab, talked about gravity, performed several experiments in small groups and then were able to visit five different activity Centres during which they tested Newton’s Three Laws:
- Objects in motion stay in motion. Objects at rest stay at rest.
- The bigger the force the faster the motion.
- For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.
Thank you to everyone for your contributions to make amazing educational programs such as these possible.
We had another Science program visit Kindergarten to Grade 4 on Thursday, “H2Whoa,” from Dreamrider Productions. H2Whoa is a play about water conservation, starring Planet Protector Esmeralda and her playful companion Goober. Together they teach the children about the water cycle, strategies to reduce water consumption and ultimately, to overcome the evil Evaporator from stealing all of the Earth’s water.
We also had a massive growth in our bean seeds last weekend. We decided to send them home to transplant into the ground, or at least a larger pot. The pots we’ve used are compostable so you can transplant the entire plant, pot and all. Next week is supposed to very hot, great for bean growth. The beans still need a lot of regular watering.
It’s been five years now since my own Dad has passed away (1928-2013). I’m a tremendous reader today because of the love of books he fostered within me and my sister. My parents have always supported me in my schooling and career, my Dad in particular, to follow my passion and love of what I’m doing. 31 years later, I’m teaching your child in Kindergarten, still very much enjoying this delightful age group and working with Christy, my amazing teaching partner, because of my Dad’s love and belief in following my heart. So to all of our Dads, Happy Father’s Day with love. We’ve made you a little gift in class that we know you’ll want to share with your little one. And thank so much to our parent helpers who help us to make all things possible in the Kindergarten!