Things have been very busy in Class B these past few months! In English we are continuing our letter recognition and sounds. We are also introducing new sight words or jump out words and have started reading levelled books with the use of our 'Reading Super Powers'. The children are learning about vowels and consonants of the alphabet as well as rhyming words and Syllables.
In French, we have been learning new Easter and Spring words. The children have used new words to write Easter cards to their friends and even got to go on a Spring "word hunt". We have also been practicing our counting from "20- 50". Children are becoming more confident in their french colour recognition through our daily community routine. We are beginning to inquire about how plants grow, stay tuned!
In February we talked about the Olympics and learned a bit about some of the different sports that happen during the Olympics. We were also lucky to be able to watch some of the different events during centres on our smart board! As a school each class picked a country to cheer for during the Olympics and we kept count of how many medals each country won. We also made our own medals and hats with our class Country (Italy) flag.
In February we celebrated 100th Day which represents the 100 days that we have been in school this year. We counted to 100 in French, made some fun 100 Day crowns and participated in some fun 100 day art activities.
The children were engaged in the many exciting Valentine Day Activities that were displayed in the learning centers.
One activity that the children really enjoyed doing in art was painting their own interpretation of some famous paintings. Each day we hung up a different painting and the children used paint to recreate what they saw. We then displayed the original pictures and the children's pictures on the bulletin board in the classroom.
Does the light shine through? The children were given a flashlight and a variety of transparent, translucent and opaque materials, such as; five dollar bill, a piece of black paper, a piece of clear plastic wrap, a piece of tin foil and a mesh net. The kids were asked to shine the light through each material and take a guess if the light would be able to shine through the different types of materials.
Our dramatic play was transformed into a pirate ship. The children all helped to paint and construct our ship which was made of butcher paper. It turned out fabulously and the children also used writing in their play environment. They created a map to the pirates hidden treasure.
Some of the children were interested in measuring how tall their were using standard and non-standard units of measurement. They used some of our links to stretch on the floor and took turns lying down beside the links to see how many links tall they were. We also used a measuring stick and some paper on our wall to measure how tall our friends are! We then added some pegs to count how many pegs tall our friends were.
Before March Break the students participated in our School Leprechaun Trap Challenge. The children were given different materials to build a trap to try and catch a leprechaun. They worked together as teams to design and build a trap that they thought would be able to capture the tricky leprechaun!
After March Break we began talking about Easter. They learned that there is more than one meaning of Easter. Yes, we have the Easter Bunny but Easter is a special day in our Catholic Faith. It is the resurrection of Jesus the Son of God. We also participated in many Easter activities in the classroom and learned some fun French Easter Songs!
This week we have started an inquiry on the Solar System. The children are learning about the positions of the 8 planets in relation to the sun. They have learned the names of the 8 planets. They are also understanding that the Earth turns around once a day everyday. The moon goes around the earth once a month and the earth goes around the sun once a year.