Postcard Exchange - Part II - 4 Hour Class

After receiving a couple of postcards and letters from our friends, we were excited to start writing back to the other preschools. A few of our friends went straight to work, each drawing a picture that represents our school.
 

 
At circle, we talked about how we are going to send the mail over to our new friends. Some suggested email, while others disagreed because we cannot send real paper by email. We started asking about the mail that arrives to our houses. One child said, “It needs to be in an envelope and a name on it” while another said, “We need stamps”. We started talking how we need to get envelopes, add our friends’ addresses, and buy stamps with real money. So, we got our envelopes, addresses, and stamps so that we could mail our letters.

 


We have learned so much through our postcard exchange. As we wait for a few more postcards and letters to arrive, we have been exploring different countries and how people and animals live. We see that there are many differences yet many similarities as well. Throughout this whole process, there have been a lot of learning opportunities from other schools. In the end, we concluded that no matter how different we are, we will always have friends around the globe.

Until next time,

Karen
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Postcard Exchange - Part I - 4 Hour Class

Growing up, many of us experienced the joy of opening up letters, especially ones addressed to us. It provides a certain sense of importance and excitement when we receive letters and notes from family and friends.

 

Our class joined a preschool postcard exchange project to learn about other preschools around the world. Within our assigned group, we were able to learn about schools from small towns to big cities in North America (Ontario, New York, Connecticut, Oklahoma, and Illinois), Western Australia (Munster), England (West Yorkshire), and Singapore. It was a fun, informative, and amazing experience learning through postcards and letters from around the world.


Most importantly, we were able to learn that no matter the differences in culture, we are all the same. For example, we learned that the students in West Yorkshire wear uniforms to their school, which is located in an old castle. While we may have our differences we all love playing outdoors, making art, and building with friends.

Our project is ongoing as we continue to send and receive postcards and letters. So, please stay tuned for Part II!

 

Karen
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Art & Science - Salt, Glue & Food Colouring - 3 Year Old and 4 Year Old Classes

The children in both our three-year-old and four-year-old classes had fun exploring colours and “absorption” with 3 simple ingredients: salt, glue and food colouring.



The children dribbled squiggles, dots, lines, spirals and made smudges of glue.


Next they pinched the kosher salt between their fingers and sprinkled the salt all over the glue and shook the excess off.




Now, the colour! This part of the process is really thrilling. The children dipped fine brushes into food colouring and gently touch the salt. It’s amazing to see how far the watercolours spread as they’re absorbed by the grains of salt. Little by little the children transformed their white, salt drawings into vibrant, colourful designs.

 
These works of art are not long-lasting as the salt will crumble and comes away from the glue, even when dry, but while it’s not a “forever” project, it’s definitely a keeper of an idea for fun and creative learning.
 
 

 

Barbi




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The Amazing Ambulance!! - FAS T/Th Class

During the month of November, we have been learning about different types of transportation in our classroom.  On Tuesday, November 28 we were excited to welcome Annemarie Byers, an experienced educational paramedic to meet with our class and explain how ambulances work to serve our community!

 The children were greeted and asked questions about their understanding of how several different types of emergency vehicles assist us…..police cars, fire trucks, and ambulances...of course!!!  We were all reminded how to reach paramedic personnel in an emergency situation by calling the number “9-1-1”.  The students were also able to view and try various types of support equipment such as splints and a working stethoscope, which they thoroughly enjoyed.  How and why we use these items was also explained in a “child-friendly” way! 
After Annemarie finished her presentation she gave the children an opportunity to ask any questions they had.  However, the highlight of the morning was when the children were given the chance to go outside and climb into an actual ambulance.  While inside, they sat and were able to see how it looks and works.

This “on-site” field trip gave our preschool class the chance to learn how ambulances and paramedics provide people with the help we need in an emergency situation.  As educators, we are thankful for community programs that services such as BC Ambulance provide to educate everyone!
 



Sincerely,

Teacher Lori Moore
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Friendships and bonding over common interests - 4 Hour Class

One of the most important question on every parents mind is “Does my child have friends in school?”


Our children form natural relationships over common interests just like adults do. Our monthly trip to the library allows children to choose a book of their interest; a book they can explore, enjoy, and then share that experience with their peers. This not only enhances children’s learning, but also creates room for children to find common grounds of interest, opening up a door for further friendships to form.


Nothing warms our hearts more than seeing these natural friendships and bonds forming among the children in our care. These are just a few candid moments of bonding.  


(Left to right; Stepan, Keane, Loen, and Jerome)


(Left to right; Mia, Linden, and Elliot)


(Left to right; Koen, Jayden, Austin, Fraser, Vienna, and Jerome with teacher Emmett)


Till next time,

Mariam 

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