We had a wonderful week together in room 127. Our theme this week was examining how we are all different and how this enables us to learn from one another. Our day we used drama games to act out different things we were good at. We played a game, "Guess What I am Good At?" where students had to act out something they were proud of and the other students had to guess what it was. As our art activity that day students drew self-portraits of themselves and wrote what they were good at underneath.
We also looked at our different names this week. Students created beautiful name tags from objects found in nature and other craft materials. We sorted our names alphabetically, by how many syllables they had and how many letters they had.
When looking at names we read the story about a mouse can Chrysanthemum. This story taught us to be proud of all our different names. After hearing this story, the students learned to draw mice. As a language extension they named their mice.
The students also looked at how we can use our strengths to work together as a team this week. Here, the students worked in groups of three to each add individual items to a terrarium. We saw that when we all added our personal touch to a project we could collectively create something beautiful. We extended the learning here by exploring the needs of plants. We reviewed how to care for our plant it needed soil, sunlight and water.
This week also looked at how we all need different things to find our inner balance. We learned about different breathing techniques we could use to become calm when we are feeling tired, angry, worried or sad. Students wrote about what type of breathing they liked best and taught these techniques to the Junior Kindergarten students. As a fun STEM activity to go with this theme, the student made balance buddies. They learned about weight distribution as they tried to balance their buddies on their hands.
We had such a peaceful week together and the students were so focussed and eager to learn. We were so proud of them and cannot wait for our week ahead!
This week our SKs were introduced to their new classroom and so many new routines. They met this new experience and learning with enthusiasm!
Each morning we started our day outside with morning circle. We sang our greeting songs and opened our mystery box to find our theme story of the day. This week, our theme was around our new routines. We then worked on different STEM tasks. These tasks included lessons in Mathematics and were also tied to a mini science lesson in class that the students listened to as they ate their snacks. This week our STEM activities included making crowns, to celebrate their first day, using 2D shapes and patterning to make germ pictures, using a pattern to make lanyards and testing our counting skills by making colourful ladybug worry rocks.
When they finished their writing, students explored their personal bins. They worked on tracing their letters, numbers or drawing while they waited for others to be done.
When they finished their writing, students listened to our daily phonics song. This is a cue to put away their bins and get out their yoga mat for yoga time.
After lunch, students engaged in outdoor inquiry outside followed by physical education. In outdoor inquiry this week, we pulled up the weeds in our planters outside and started planting our perennials. While pulling out the plants we examined the roots and spoke about how the roots carry water and nutrients to the plant.
After this, students came in for a snack and our learning centres component of the day. While listening to meditation music, students spread out on their yoga mats to build a creation of their choice. When they were done, students put the contents of their individual centre into a mesh bag to be washed.
After a long day, students prepared to go home and finish off the day with Mystery Object outside. What a wonderful week. We are so proud of our wonderful, clever and hard-working students!