I can tell you I am not sad to be looking at the end of January. Although it has been warm(ish) it has also been grey and cloudy and dreary. We graphed only 2 sunny days this month. Some sunshine and vitamin D will go a long ways to raising everyone's spirits.
We had a great time at the Big Little Science Centre this morning. We spent 45 minutes in the hands-on rooms playing with all the displays and then we spent another 45 minutes in the demonstration lab learning about water surface tension with Mr. Gord Stewart. During drop-in times (Tuesday - Saturday 10:00 - 4:00) the hands-on rooms are open for visitors to tour at their leisure. The rooms have approximately 140 stations of hands-on activities to try. BLSC also has an activity or show running Saturdays. The admission fees are reasonable and they even do birthday parties! We can't wait to go again and hope to plan another visit in the spring.
Here it is- sorry it is so late.
January is a good month to learn about winter, animals in winter, snow and snowmen. As we were building the snowman in the school field a few weeks ago, the children had some interesting questions and suppositions about how snow is made. So we looked into the water cycle. We read some books, watched a few videos, looked at pictures of real snowflakes, did an experiment, learned to fold and cut paper into snowflakes, talked about symmetry and we are 'growing' our own snowflake on the science table. The activity they keep coming back to is folding and cutting snowflakes. They have yet to tire of it and often ask to do it for free choice time. And as it is a great way to develop fine motor and cutting skills, I am happy to provide the paper. Some of their great snowflakes have been put up on our windows.
Just a few reminders:
One of the perks of teaching Kindergarten is how unencumbered the children are by what others think of them. They do their own hair (or don't do it at all), pick out their own clothes (dots and plaids anyone?), eat their favourite foods (Nutella and celery sandwich sounds yummy), use their favourite colours and play with the toys they enjoy. They are not yet afraid to stand up for themselves or their friends in an unfair situation. They are developing and expressing their individual identities without fear. They seldom worry that their peers might think they are weird or choose to not play with them because of their self-expression. But soon, maybe already, they will start to listen to the things their peers and the larger world around them are saying. Until that happens, I am going to enjoy the children's natural ability to live “out there,” fully self-expressed.
I have taught many grades, including high school, but LOVE teaching primary.