It was a quiet week in the Kindergarten, the kind where we notice how well the children are settling into their classrooms, remembering different routines (print your name with a pencil, tidy up after you finish eating, shoes and boots go into the cubbies) and encouraging and supporting one another. Most children are entering the classroom easily and enjoy selecting their playtime Centres. It is a joy to watch the children ask each other to play and the cooperative fun that ensures. They have become more comfortable joining groups of children in play, and feel confident they can share and take turns with their friends. It is a very sweet time for us, as teachers and students.
The Alphabet continues to take shape as we finished up with the letter B. The children are having fun with our Alphabet activities from listening to stories to printing letters to brainstorming words that begin with the letter/sound of the week. We’re doing a lot of phonological awareness activities to train the ear to listen to words and syllables.
In Math this week, we explored our new pattern for October, ABC. The children also made a graph of their birthdays so we could see where everybody was born during the year. They were able to analyse the data to notice which months had the most, the fewest or no birthdays at all.
ELL classes also started this week for students receiving this service.
As always, this week’s most anticipated event was seeing our Big Grade 7 Buddies for apple weaving. Our children are very much enjoying this personal, one-on-one (sometimes two, as some children have two Big Buddies) time with their Buddy to make crafts, talk and listen to stories. We’re looking forward to seeing our Buddies again on Friday for a special Thanksgiving craft!
Upcoming Events and Reminders
Monday, October 7 is Photo Day! Kindergarten children will be photographed first while they are still neat and tidy.
Tuesday is Library Book Exchange. Please return your book so you can take out a new one.
Wednesday and Thursday is early dismissal for all grades for Parent Teacher Conferences. The children will be dismissed at 2 pm. If your child attends Camp Ridgeview, please let them know of the change in our school day.