Just a reminder to send two boiled eggs with your child on Thursday as we will be dying them as part of our Easter activities. Thanks!
Mrs. Farber and myself are planning an AWESOME (!) Fresh Air Friday for sometime this spring when the river is too high to go down and explore. It will take place outside at the school and will involve gadgets and contraptions. But we need your help collecting a few things. We would like a few defunct small appliances (or big ones if you are willing to transport to and from the school) that the children can dismantle. Toasters, blenders, mixers, alarm clocks, stereos, etc. We might also need some tools the children can use but I will let you know closer to the date after we have rounded up all we can. Thanks in advance for your help.
We are to learn cultural dancing as part of our P.E. curriculum and the grade threes have been learning to square dance. Miss Duquette graciously offered the expertise of her grade threes to teach Team Awesome what they have been learning. The older boys paired up with the Kindergarten girls and the bigger girls partnered with Team Awesome boys. We learned to bow to our partners, Do-Si-Do and Promenade. Miss Duquette then taught us a quick line dance before we played a crazy game involving decreasing hoops. The grade threes were very patient and gentle with us and we appreciated them taking the time to teach us. We had so much fun! Thanks Miss Duquette and grade 3s!
Well, that sneaky little leprechaun foiled us again despite our cleverly hidden traps. And not only that, but he also felt the need to make a huge mess, play with the farm and toy animals, take a bubble bath in our sink and leave tiny green clovers all over our room. If I didn't know better I would say our resident compact green guy invited his friends and they had a big party and forgot to clean up afterwards. We were excited to find he left us a nifty poem stating that he won't be returning (Boo!) and part of his pot of gold (Yay!). Team Awesome was glad he came to visit us but sad to learn he won't be sticking around. We took our traps home in the hopes that we might catch a leprechaun there. If you do happen to catch one, don't forget they disappear in the blink of an eye- and please don't give him directions to our classroom. One leprechaun party a year is quite enough.
There were squeals of delight and excitement last Thursday morning as the children checked their leprechaun traps and discovered tiny gold hand prints spread around their traps and our classroom. But alas, no leprechauns. As we looked around we discovered the smartypants had messed up the calendar, threw our name cards on the floor and had a camp out, complete with tea and snacks, a fire and roasted marshmallows. He had also tried to hide some of our shiny necklaces under his pillow- no doubt he had plans to come back for them later. Cheeky cheeky fellow. We resolved to catch him that night. To that end, we again shared how our traps were supposed to work, why we thought they didn't, and how we could improve them and this afternoon we spent some time upgrading our designs. Some of us made totally new traps. Bigger and better traps. And we were sneakier when setting them up- we hid them in places the unsuspecting leprechaun was sure to go based on where he went last night. Our fingers were crossed that we would be luckier that evening than we were the previous one. May the luck of the Irish be with us!
On our last Friday before holidays we went to the library with some of the other classes to listen to the small choir that Mrs. Unworth had been working with during her time at BEST. One of the songs they sang was "Do You Want To Build A Snowman" from the Disney "Frozen" movie and when we returned to class we watched a version of it on YouTube because they had enjoyed it so much. Goodness! The children, girls AND boys, began singing with the video under their breaths and knew Every. Single. Word. They slowly added in a few waving arms and the volume crept up. I finally told them to belt it out as loud as they would like- let's hear them! And boy did they sing, with joyous abandon and big smiles. They loved every minute of it and so did I. I was smiling as hard as they were. Of course, we couldn't stop with just one song and sang a few others from the same movie. They obviously love it and have watched it many times. I'm wondering how many Annas, Elsas and Olafs will be running around in 20 years.
FYI Since its release, “Frozen” has earned $1.2 billion worldwide, becoming the fifth-highest-grossing film of all time and by far the highest-grossing animation. That’s not to mention two Academy Awards, a BAFTA, a Golden Globe, a soundtrack that’s garnered more than a million album sales and seven million Spotify streams, official YouTube video views in the hundreds of millions, and a DVD that became Amazon’s best-selling children’s film of all time based on advance orders alone. Wow!
We are very sorry to say that today was Mrs. Unsworth's last day with Team Awesome. She has a few more weeks of school at TRU and then a graduation ceremony before she is a real honest-to-goodness teacher, although we here in kindergarten think she is a fun-tastic teacher already! We have had a great time having Ashley for the last ten weeks and are very disappointed that she is leaving. We are hoping that it is not the last we see of her and that she comes to visit often. For my part, I am going to rally to have an extra, young, energetic, qualified adult in EVERY primary classroom because boy, does it help even the odds in my favour! >Sigh< Wouldn't that be wonderful?
And we're off! I am going on a real holiday tomorrow to visit my in-laws in Arizona and then planning a quick stop in Victoria to see my babies before coming home and getting back at it. I am hoping to have a wonderful, relaxing two weeks because I know that it will be nose to the grindstone through to the end of the year, especially now that I am back to being on my own. Unfortunately, I will not be able to post any new videos until we are back as I am leaving all electronic devices at home! Enjoy the break!
I have taught many grades, including high school, but LOVE teaching primary.