Snow was our watch word all week and we certainly had a #snowmageddon here on the Westcoast, and indeed, through much of BC. The snow was a delight for the Kindergarten. They really enjoyed their time to play, at home and school, in the snow. There was a lot of snowman building on the playground and we were delighted to see the Kindergarten children working together on a common goal.
One of the things that became quite noticeable this week is the level of independence the children need to be to be dressed appropriately for the snow weather. There is only one teacher for a Kindergarten classroom. The children learned quickly to put on their snowpants first, followed by ski jacket, snow boots, hat and finally, waterproof gloves or mittens. They’ve discovered that pulling on their gloves first is not conducive to putting on their jacket, and doing up their zipper; and boots before snowpants just doesn’t work.
You can support your child by allowing them to dress themselves at home, and getting ready to go outside. We know it takes time and practise, and we’ve been through it ourselves with our own children and many classes of Kindergarten children. With only one teacher assigned to a classroom full of children; it’s impossible to help each and every child at the same time. Fortunately, Kindergarteners usually figure out it’s faster to just do things for themselves (get their own crayons, put on their shoes, open their own food containers, put on and zip up their jackets) instead of waiting around for the teacher.
Our job as parents (and teachers) is to teach independence so our children can practise self-care, learn, work, play, make and sustain friendships and manage on their own. Every time we give our children the gift of independence, we are giving them skills for life.
Part of the fun of winter is indoor activity, so we’ve started badminton with former two time Canadian Olympian, Anna Rice. Coach Anna has taught badminton to all of our Ridgeview students over the past few years and we are so fortunate to have her at our school again. The Kindergarten is starting with the basics, learning badminton terminology (shuttle, cork, feathers; racquet, grip, body, neck, head) and how to hold the shuttle and throw underhand over the net — all of this in just our first lesson! Coach Anna is emphasising the physical literacy skills with our children and teaching them an appreciation for the world’s fastest sport!
Back in the classroom, our week was somewhat disjointed but we carried on with our alphabet work (“n is the night sky”) and play based activities for developing number sense in Math. We’ve also been reading some wonderful stories about winter, including the classic, Sadie’s Snowman by Allen Morgan (illustrated by Brenda Clark) and Charlie and Lola’s Snow is My Favorite and My Best by Lauren Child.
Upcoming Events and Reminders
Monday, January 20 is Badminton for both K classes. Children must wear running shoes.
Tuesday, January 21 is Library Book Exchange for both k classes. Please return your book so you can borrow a new one. Tuesday is Badminton for Mrs. Campbell’s class so please wear runners to school.
Wednesday, January 22 is our school Lunar New Year (Year of the Rat) Celebration). Our children will be participating in a variety of stations set up for us in the Library. Many thanks to our parent volunteers who create these special events for us and for the beautiful lantern decorations throughout the school.
Thursday, January 23 is Badminton for Mrs. Daudlin’s class.
Friday, January 24 is a Professional Development Day for teachers. School is not in session for students.