This month, we had lots of fun celebrating the winter holidays together.
Every morning, 2 children were invited to dress up as "les lutins" and welcome everyone into the classroom with a special greeting. We also had a round of montre et raconte, sharing a special family tradition with the class. I enjoyed learning about your family traditions!
We celebrated Grinch Day. Students drew examples of how to make the Grinch's heart grow, such as asking "Are you OK?", sharing, cleaning up, helping a friend... After reading the story book, we also made Grinch masks with our Big Buddies and together we watched the cartoon in French. All month long, students earned stickers to help make the Grinch's heart grow.
Thank you to everyone who was able to help us decorate the classroom for the holidays. Students rotated through several craft stations: pattern chains, coffee filter snowflakes, decorating stockings, and making ornaments for the tree. It's always lovely to have the families in the classroom.
We also transformed the classroom into Santa's workshop for the day. We made elf hats, and the elves busied themselves making presents for their families. I hope you enjoyed your special reindeer ornament.
On Frozen day, many students dressed up. We rotated through various centers, such as puppets, small world play, building Elsa's castle, qtip painting, and Roll an Olaf. We also enjoyed the movie in French.
Some of the other activities from this month include playing in our gingerbread house at centers, choosing a tree for JQ from the lot at Byng, dressing up in PJ's for our Winter Sing-a-long, and making snowmen and Santa Claus crafts.
We also wrote letters to Santa Claus and he wrote us back!
On our last afternoon together, we enjoyed some learning centers. Students went on a scavenger hunt around the classroom to find winter vocabulary words, we built snowmen and snowflakes out of pattern blocks, decorated winter playdough mats, explored on our light table and played a math roll and cover dice game. Thank you to all the parents who helped out and who sent in a special snack to share.
Thank you parents for the thoughtful gifts. I enjoyed my shopping spree at Anthropologie. I hope you enjoyed your holidays and I look forward to a successful Term 2 together! :)
This November, we were learning about the body. We explored some new learning toys during centers, such as a puzzle about the body, a tactile turn n match where students match different textures relying only on their sense of touch, and melodee bells where students ring bells of different notes to play familiar songs, such as Jingle Bells. We also themed our kitchen as a store. At bricolage students created grocery flyers through collage, and at le magasin, students engaged in financial role play by using the cash register to sell and buy goods.
Here are some of the activities we completed in our journals about food:
We learned a new song about our body parts. Check out the lyrics under the music tab.
We read 2 emergent reader booklets this month, one about food and one about our body. These booklets build our confidence as “readers” through a repetitive sentence structure (e.g. “Je mange…”) and review the vocabulary words we are learning. We are working on tracking with our finger as we read.
We also played many games to explore our 5 senses. Students became scientists and recorded their hypotheses and results in their science duotangs.
Students were asked to observe 10 objects for 1 minute, and then draw as many as they could remember. We played a listening game where students tried to identify a mystery sound. We also played a game on the carpet where students closed their eyes and tried to hear from where in the classroom someone was ringing a bell. This is a great way to focus our attention. We explored our sense of touch by feeling a mystery object and we explored our sense of smell by passing around smelling bottles and trying to match them to their scent. We finished with a celebration with our Big Buddies where we described popcorn using our 5 senses – and finished with the sense of taste!
We also played a round of food Bingo to reinforce our vocabulary words. One of the most popular words in class right now is banane - thank you Minions!
Our big art project this month was painting lifesize self-portraits. Our Big Buddies helped trace our outline and then together, we painted our portraits. We are very happy with the results. See if you can pick out which one is your child!