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Kindness Counts

Posted on: April 16th, 2018 by nzalunardo No Comments

Our BC SPCA “Kindness Counts” presentation has been rescheduled and confirmed for Monday, May 7th.  We look forward to inviting Bree and her pug, Gizmo, to our classroom on that day!

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BC SPCA

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As you may have heard, our scheduled BC SPCA presentation was cancelled.  Our guest speaker hopes to reschedule soon – I will update our Kindergarten families as soon as she confirms the new date.

Daylight Saving Time

Posted on: March 10th, 2018 by nzalunardo No Comments

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Twin Day at Maple Lane!

Posted on: March 10th, 2018 by jgodfrey No Comments

Hello Kindergarten Families!

Thursday, March 15th is Twin Day – Do you have the same shirt as your friend? Can you and 2 others plan to wear the same colour pants and the same colour shirt? What about hair styles – can you style your hair the same way as someone else? Show your Maple Lane school spirit by challenging yourself to pair up and confuse your teachers :)

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Word Building During Free Time

Posted on: March 8th, 2018 by jgodfrey No Comments

Hello Kindergarten Families,

Here is a photo that we took today during some free time play. A small group of children started out playing with the puzzles, but then became interested in some dinosaur words. We have seen a lot of dinosaur drawings and writing at Centre Time, and it was great to see the same word building interest transferred to another context.

The group of students is really thinking about the sounds that they hear in the words, and the letters that likely correspond to those sounds – it is great, playful practice and learning. Having students working together in an informal way like this also provides learners with a safe setting to take some risks and make some guesses. No one is an expert at spelling these complex words, but they are all willing to try different spellings until they all find one (or two) that makes sense. Great co-operative learning!

Allwh (Allosaurus) The group really thought about the first part of this word, and then moved on to some other dinosaurs that they were talking about. If they had more time, I wondered if they would come back to this one as well?

spioUIS (Spinosaurus) As with Allosaurus, they really connected the initial few sounds to letters that worked, and then missed a chunk in the middle of the word. This is very common, and is appropriate for this level. I wondered if they included 2 different endings because of different opinions – Does is end with ‘us’ or ‘is’? Let’s put both down!

TyrounNReX (Tyrannosaurus Rex) This is one of the most popular – and perhaps familiar? – dinosaurs, and they have done a great job thinking about the beginning and ending sounds. They were so excited to share their word building with me, and read the names out loud with big smiles on their faces. :)

Ms. Godfrey

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Pink Shirt Day

Posted on: February 13th, 2018 by nzalunardo No Comments

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Please note the following correction on our February calendar…

Pink Shirt Day is on: Wednesday, February 28!

All students are encouraged to wear a pink shirt to school on this day.