On Monday, November 4th, we had a special visit from Barjinder, Harmanjit’s mom, and we learned all about their family celebration of Diwali! Over the weekend Harman gathered with family and friends and neighbours to lightdiyas, set of some fireworks and eat a feast – it’s a tradition. We even got to taste some traditional food, Veggie Samosas, and we created some traditional Indian art, Rangoli. Rangoli is an art form often associated with Diwali; a brightly coloured design created using different materials such ascoloured powders, seeds and grains, flower petals, pencils, pens and paint. After we created our pattern, we got to light some diyas (oil lamps). It’s tradition to set these lamps outside the home in the hope that Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth and prosperity, will visit and bring good fortune and blessings to the family. Thanks again to Harmanjit’s family for telling us all about their Diwali celebration and for sharing some of their traditions!
Before Progress Reports go home, we always take the time to talk about the Six Learning Skills: Responsibility, Organization, Independent Work, Collaboration, Initiative and Self-Regulation. These big ideas can be pretty difficult for small children to grasp, so we continued our discussions and ‘real-life classroom examples’ this week. Students even wrote reflections in their journals “I use _________ when I _________ because __________”, for example, I use responsibility when I sit away from my friends on the carpetbecause then I can pay attention to the lesson.
Kendra continued to work with students on their Mini Flip Books but this week we really tried to understand the Success Criteria – what are the ‘things’ that we need to do, in order to be successful?! Take a look at the picture of our success criteria on the photos page (*refer to your e-mails for the password). We kept going back to our work, to check and make sure that we were following all the instructions. Soon, the students will be doing an oral presentation, talking about their different roles and their changing responsibilities.
We added some new games to the Daily 5 Word Work centre this week and they're a hit (with the students AND the parent volunteers! Remember Jenga? Well, we've modified it ;) Each block has two Dolch Words written on it; if you pull out the block and can read BOTH words, then you get another turn to pull and place a block! We also played Initial Consonant Bingo and rhyming and spelling puzzle games too! *Scholars Choice is a great resource for Education Games; you can shop online or visit the two Toronto Locations.
This week we watched Chicka Chicka 1, 2, 3 on YouTube to talk about growing and shrinking patterns . The pattern starts to grow by 1s as it increases all the way to twenty, then the pattern switches and it continues to grow, but this time by 10s! 20, 30, 40, 50, 60, 70, 80, 90, then to 99! At 99, the tree gets WAY too heavy and the #s start to fall OUT of the tree – a shrinking pattern by 10s: 90, 80 70, 60 , 50 40, 30 … Then, the pattern switches again – ask your son or daughter how the story (and the pattern) ends J
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