Monday, May 25, 2015

44 and counting!

Families thank you for your response to our call for help! The children were so excited to count how many food items were donated today. 

We used what we know about numbers to easily count the items that came to school this morning. One child suggested we place the items into groups of ten for easy counting. We quickly calculated that 44 items were donated!

We are keeping track of how many items have been collected in total on a large recording sheet using numbers and ten frames to help us organize our thinking. 

The children helped us bring the food to our big display in the front entrance of the school. 

The children were also eager to make more posters to help share their cause...

...and we announced our project over the p.a. system so the entire school could be informed!

Friday, May 22, 2015


We are delving into the world of Twitter! Follow us @McLennan1977 as we incorporate this new technology into our learning!

On Our Way!

Today we had 22 food items brought into our class! Thank you families! We placed them in groups of 5 during circle for easy counting. 

We now have a display placed in the front entrance of our school welcoming our community to join us in gathering food for The Downtown Mission. 

The first board describes our previous experience in December donating food to the holiday drive and how greatly that impacted our children. 

The second explains how worried our children were to learn of the new need The Mission had as outlined in last week's paper. It outlines their suggestions for how they might help, including the idea of asking the whole school to bring in food. 

The third contains posters that the children have made to share their thoughts on the cause and advocate for help. 

We couldn't be prouder! Stay tuned to see where next this journey leads!

Painted Lady Caterpillars

Our Painted Lady caterpillars arrived! We can't wait to watch them change into butterflies!

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Kindergarteners Building Community - one can at a time.

"Help young people. Help small guys. Because small guys will be big. Young people have the seeds you bury in their minds, and when they grow up, they will change the world." --Jack Ma

Families, as you may recall our children successfully donated hundreds of food items to our school wide food drive in December. 

We were disheartened to learn this weekend from our local newspaper that the Downtown Mission is in desperate need of food. 

We discussed the article with the children at circle time.  Our children were quite moved and immediately began to offer suggestions for ways to help. 

We created an idea web to help organize our thinking. We were amazed at the depths of thinking and far reaching ideas the children had. They began with wanting to collect items in our classroom and then moved to involving the entire school and then community! They thought of using posters, social media, print and public speaking to share their message and vision for helping out the Mission. 

Many of the children's ideas included encouraging others in our school and community to consider donating. They worked carefully to craft posters that would help inspire others to donate. Our children became empowered agents of social change. 

We wrote a letter and presented it to Mrs. Tullio. We wanted to know her thoughts regarding our ideas and how we could proceed with including the whole school in our plan. 

Please help. We will welcome food items into our classroom and will ensure they are donated to the Mission. Please engage in discussions with your child about this important endeavour and commend their empathetic and generous participation. Please stay tuned - some of our children's ideas are big and we want to help them change the world! We can't wait to see where this journey takes us!

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Sticky Sculptures

We hung clear, sticky mack tack on our easel and offered the children mini 'pool noodles' to create with. 

This activity offered children a chance to create non-permanent art 'sculptures' by sticking the noodles onto the easel in different ways. This activity required patience and practice as it was not easy to manipulate the materials. 

Our children have exploring straight and curvy lines as part of our exploration of how letters are formed. There was some interesting discussion about the shapes and directions the children's creations were taking. 

We observed some great teamwork and cooperation today!

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Comparing Bird Nests

We displayed three different bird nests on the science table. 

We invited them to observe the nests and make observations on sticky notes. 

These notes compared and contrasted the nests and included both the children's wondering a and observations about the nests. 

We did some research in order to try and identify which birds might have made the nests. 

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