Have you heard the beautiful music coming from RB? This week artists were finding out more about how people use creativity to express themselves. Friends explored a water centre with bottles and chopsticks to make a “bottle xylophone”. They also listened to various types of music and created a group mural by drawing with the music. We’ve proudly hung the murals in our classroom!
We continued measuring mass this week, and also did some graphing to find out how music makes us feel. We explored new centres such as large puzzle building and the light table. We focussed on how to share a new space and be responsible for materials.
We’re loving the Mystery Reader activities during Library time! Thank you to all the parents who have, or soon will volunteer their time to read with Reception B. The children come back from Library brimming with excitement over who the reader was and details of the stories they read! In class we enjoyed reading “Mortimer” by Robert Munsch, which provided plenty of opportunity for the children to create their own sounds as they read. We also shared ideas for songs we want to “jam to” with our hand-made instruments as we sing along with all of the Pre Reception and Reception friends next week!
Here are pictures from this week to share with your child:
Things to Remember this week:
- Please remember to wear PE clothes every Monday (as well as Music and Movement days) for our Perceptual Motor Programme (PMP) activities.
- Friday, February 24th is Dress Down Day-wear your regular comfortable clothes with a donation or school uniform.
- On Friday, February 24th students will take home their portfolio and it may remain at home for up to 2 weeks. Please make sure to bring in a reusable bag on this day.
- Dr. Minna Chau spoke on Feb. 16th at the Parent Workshop-Sleep and Learning
- We’re creating “Action Walls” at school in RB and we need your help. Action is when children take initiative to do something that is responsible and thoughtful. It may often be seen outside of the school environment. Someone may ask to find out more about a certain kind of music they’re listening to (as a result of our Music and Movement Unit), or ask to plan a celebration for someone new, or as we come into our next unit of inquiry, we’ll have plenty of opportunities to be responsible for taking care of the Earth. If you notice your child taking action on their own, take a photo or write us a message and we will add it to the Action Wall to document and celebrate their learning!
Welcome back RB! This week we spoke about, listened to and wrote stories about our Chinese New Year holiday. We began creating our own musical instruments from reusable materials as part of our How We Express Ourselves Unit of Inquiry. Friends were showing creativity in their designs and cooperating to share their materials. Some were curious as to how a box or a bag can create sound. We were keen to try out the instruments, and will be using them as part of an Early Years’ singalong very soon!
This week we talked about the mass of objects, or how heavy or light something is. We used balance scales to measure things in the classroom that are heavy, light or the same mass and talked or wrote about our findings.
We welcomed Ms. C, our guidance counsellor, as well as Kelso and Lily, our frog friends, to talk about making choices to help each other. We read a story about the frogs and shared our ideas about real life situations that happen with our friends in the classroom and on the playground. Ask your child to share some of the choices they would try when they have a “small problem”.
We read stories and sang new songs with a music making theme, including I Am the Music Man and I Love You! A Bushel and a Peck by Rosemary Wells. We introduced Valentine making opportunities at the Drawing/Art Centre. Friends were excited to create valentines for friends and put them in their school mailboxes. Families may be receiving a special valentine treat soon! Some friends also inquired into whether CNY plants could be grown outside. They planted and watered the plants and made predictions as to what might happen…
Here are pictures from this week and the week of Jan. 23rd to share with your child:
RBAM Jan 23 RBAM Feb 6
RBPM Jan 23 RBPM Feb 6
Things to Remember this Week:
- On Monday, Feb. 20th we will be starting the Perceptual Motor Programme at school. Please read here to find out more about these experiences to develop motor and perception skills. Your child needs to wear their PE uniform every Monday until further notice to allow them to move their body with ease!
Parent Coffee Morning-
Please join us on Thursday, Feb 16 from 8am -9:30am in the LLAC Lobby for a talk on one of the most challenging parenting tasks – sleep management with Dr. Minna Chau. In this talk, Dr. Minna Chau will share the latest research on the function of sleep and practical strategies for your child to get the right amount of sleep they need.
- Friday February 17th is school as usual for PR and Reception students. Please disregard the No School message in the CISPA calendar.
- As the cooler weather continues, please make sure names are in all outerwear-students should be wearing CDNIS issued clothing. Take some time at home to work on zipping, buttoning and being more independent with packing their bags with extra clothing items. Your child will feel a sense of pride as they learn to do it themselves!