Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Stick and Stone - and sticks and stones

Looking for a sweet book about friendship?

Stick and Stone
author: Beth Ferry
illustrator: Tom Lichtenheld
publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers (April, 2015)

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

The Book With No Pictures

Some school years are defined by a particular event or activity.

This year we all fell in love with the same book.

The Book with No Pictures
author: B. J. Novak
illustrator: no pictures!
publisher: Dial Books (September, 2014)

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

book report: When Emily Carr Met Woo

Emily Carr is a well loved West Coast Canadian artist.

When Emily Carr Met Woo
author: Monica Kulling
illustrator:  Dean Griffiths
published by Pajama Press (May, 2014)

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Pick 3 Pinterest Party

When we are looking for inspiration, where do we head?   Pinterest!

I thought that I would join the the Pinterest Party fun hosted by Inspired Owl's Corner and Pawsitively Teaching.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Reggio inspired alphabet lines

I have been thinking about changing my alphabet frieze in the classroom for a couple of weeks.

Then numbers 1 - 6 fell down.

And that settled it!

The alphabet had to go.

Time for something new.  Time for something less manufactured and more organic.

I went looking for inspiration.

Sunday, May 31, 2015

trees like Emily Carr

Emily Carr (1871 - 1945) is a well known West Coast artist.  She is known for her paintings of First Nations villages, and the tall majestic trees that grow here on the Pacific coast.

We also love the forest, and we were inspired to paint trees like Emily Carr.

Monday, May 18, 2015

learning how to tie knots

My student teacher is a cub leader.

Her cub pack just won a knot tying challenge.

I figured we should put her knot tying teaching abilities to good use in kindergarten.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

insect sensory bin

Insects have captured our imaginations.

We have had numerous snails, spiders, and wood bugs visit our classroom in various containers.

Since the kids seem to have a need to play with bugs, it was time for an insect sensory bin.

Saturday, May 2, 2015

pumpkin seed measuring

We are in the middle of planting seeds and growing thing.

And my student teacher, Miss Jane, decides that seeds are not just for planting - they are for measuring.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

eggshell Lorax planter

It is always a good day to remember to take care of the earth.  

Dr. Seuss' book The Lorax reminds us of the importance of protecting the trees and keeping the air and water clean and safe for living things.

Read the book, and make an eggshell Lorax planter.

what do you need?
small yellow pompoms
small googly eyes
yellow yarn moustaches 
(I made them out of pre-cut rug hooking yarn)

I put craft glue on the eggshell for the kids, and they transformed an eggshell into the Lorax.


They look pretty good with everything glued on.

The Lorax reminds us of the importance of taking care of the earth.

One way we can take care of the earth is to take care of plants. (And we think the Lorax would look pretty spiffy with green hair!)

Fill the eggshell with potting soil.

Add seeds (we used grass seeds).

Put the Loraxes on the windowsill, water and wait for the them to sprout green hair!

click on the graphics to see other rubber boot and elf shoe Lorax activities

Remember,  unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot ...

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Saturday, April 18, 2015

Tap the Magic Tree - read, retell and create

Trees are pretty amazing organisms.

They start from a tiny seed. Some grow into majestic edifices.

They create energy from sunshine.

They are self perpetuating.  Doing what they can to ensure the survival of their species.

And they give us oxygen.

Most impressive.  And important.

We were chatting about the importance of trees as part of our Earth Day lets-take-care-of-the-earth learning.

One of the books that we visited was Tap the Magic Tree.  A wonderful, interactive book - read our [book report].

Tap the Magic Tree
written and illustrated by Christie Matheson
published by Greenwillow Books (August 2013)

A book that is perfect for interactive retelling.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Tree of Life - inspired by Mr Klimt

This week we "met" Mr Klimt.

We learned that he liked to paint in a long smock and sandals (and not much else!).

He used a lot of gold in his paintings.

And we all love the feel of the curves and swirls in his Tree of Life.

My plan was to paint our versions of Tree of Life the same way we did a couple of years ago.

But that was then, and this is now.  And this year's class is not the same as the kids a couple of years ago.

And it is all good.

Saturday, April 11, 2015

celebrate - generous hearts and art appreciation

A poster of Mr Klimt's painting Tree of Life is on the white board.

The gold paint is on the counter.

The tables are scattered with the vibrant colors of oil pastels.

Vivaldi is playing in the background.

Twenty little artists are creating their own works of art.

Sharing colors.  Sharing ideas.

And then one voice above the rest  ...  Ms Sandi - can I walk around and admire everyone's work.

And he did.

This week I celebrate generous hearts and art appreciation.

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Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Let's Make Rabbits - read and create

We had some rabbits visit our classroom. 
(The 2 week old rabbits were the definition of cuteness.)

It was time for a bunny book.

One of my favourites is an oldie and a goodie.

Let's Make Rabbits
written and illustrated by Leo Lionni
published by Pantheon Books (1982)


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