From Tiny Seeds Grow Mighty Trees

by cindykam on June 8, 2018

And just like that, the year is over.  We have enjoyed teaching the Ants and what a pleasure it was to watch them grow as learners as well as in size!  We wish them all the best next year.  Thank you to all the students and parents who made our last year at CDNIS a special one.

Our school email addresses will no longer be in effect after today.  If you would like to stay in touch, you may contact us through our personal email addresses.  Do let me know if you will be in Vancouver in the future!

Click here for photos from this week.

Summer Home Learning
The kids have many apps on the iPad to play and practice math skills. However, please ensure that they are playing them properly before you use them to practice their math skills. Otherwise, here are some math skills to practice this summer:

  • fractions (when cooking or serving food),
  • time (hour, half hour, quarter to/after)
  • reading word problems
  • skip counting (by 3s, 4s, 5s, 6s, 9s)
  • Addition and subtraction facts to 20

Math Facts Practice

  • Fast Math: Split the deck of cards into two piles (take out the jacks, queens, kings). Each player flips the card from the top of their pile at the same time. The first one to call out the sum wins! (subtraction is the same)

The children loved writing this year! Please allow them to spell however they would like and then once they have finished, they can edit their spelling. As well, please keep the writing short as being expected to write 1 whole page could be overwhelming. Things they can write:

  • Journals
  • Postcards
  • Short Letters
  • Packing or Shopping Lists
  • Instructions on how to play a game/do something
  • Non-fiction reports on a subject they know (or have researched about)
  • Made up stories


If your child is having a hard time writing, please challenge your child to a timed quick write! Choose a topic together, then set a timer (3 minutes or 5 minutes) and then let them get started (you can participate too!). The children really like would you rather questions. These could be great topics and options for writing and allow you to have a good discussion afterwards. With the quick write, please expect them write around 3 sentences.


Please continue to have your child read daily over the summer. Please ensure that you talk about the books before, during and after your child reads. Here are some great books and series to read over the summer:

  • Mr. and Mrs. Green Series by Keith Baker
  • Katie Woo Series
  • The Year of Billy Miller by Kevin Henkes
  • Mouse and Mole Series by Joyce Dunbar
  • Magic Tree House Series
  • Usborne Young Reading Series
  • Any picture books by the following authors:
    • Eve Bunting
    • Patricia Polacco
    • Kevin Henkes
    • Chris van Allsburg
    • William Steig

Unit of Inquiry

Inquiry is all about asking questions, making connections and conclusions. Therefore, over the summer it would be wonderful to bring your children on little outings where they can ask questions, observe, analyze, make connections and conclusions. When you are with them, encourage them to make observations and ask questions. Here are some ideas:

  • Museums
  • Music Concerts
  • Theatre
  • Zoos
  • Parks/mountains/beaches
  • Art Exhibits

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