Ready to Learn!

Thank you for bringing your children to school on time and ready to learn!  If you happen to arrive later than 9:05 a.m., please check in at the school office with your child for a late slip. Our school principal, Ms. Thomas, is really keen on having all the students in the school arrive on time, and maintain excellent attendance throughout the school year.

Tuesdays and Wednesdays will be gym days for kindergarten this year.  We will have gym class after recess from 11:00 to 11:50 p.m.  On those days, please have your child wear runners to school, as well as comfortable clothing.  Children with long hair will be asked to tie up their hair so they can see better and be safe. Mr. Costea also asks students to take off any jewelry that might get caught during activities or games in the gym.  Please ask your child what colour group they are in for gym class. After running warm-up laps, students organize themselves and sit in four groups as they get ready for learning in the gym.

Welcome to Kindergarten!

We have already been in class for one week, and Wednesday, September 13, 2017 is our first full day of school!  Over the last week, we have already read several stories together. I believe books are a great way to extend oral language for students and to also introduce new concepts.

On the first day of school, we read Chicka Boom Boom and also sang Pete the Cat’s version of The Wheels on the Bus.
We made our own Kissing Hands that are displayed outside the classroom door.
We read about two different cats. Cookie constantly gets into mischief. Pete the Cat has the best attitude for life. According to Pete, “no matter what you step in, keep walking along and singing your song, because it’s all good.”
We are starting to review important ideas that keep us safe and healthy at school. Today, we talked about how to share and take turns. We also reviewed that although we share many things, “Germs are not for sharing!”
We reviewed that “Hands are not for hitting” and each day, we also sing and chant several nursery rhymes. These rhymes and songs help students to develop their working memories and also gain phonological awareness. One important skill is to learn how to recognize and generate rhyming words.