Did you get your invite this afternoon? Team Awesome would like to invite our moms (or other loved one if mom can't make it) to our classroom on Friday morning, May 6, from 8:30- 9:00. We would like to serve a small snack of muffins and juice and show off our burgeoning reading skills to our moms. Sunday is Mother's Day and we are looking forward to a bit of one-on-one time with our moms to show them how much we love them. And don't worry about tidying up afterwards- we'll take care of everything.
We had the pleasure once again today to have BEST's very own skipping wonder team, The Skiptastics, perform for the school as part of our Jump Rope For Heart kick-off. I love watching Team Awesome's faces light up and their mouths drop open when they see a particularly tricky move performed. And of course they all want to join when they are in grade three and skipping during recess and lunch will be popular next week (complete with fancy footwork). Not only have the students on the team worked hard but the sponsor teachers, Miss Duquette and Mrs. Phillips, have worked hard as well and the results prove it. Good show!
At BEST we have Spirit Assemblies at the end of every month, each with a theme from the school behaviour matrix that the school will be working on for the next month, and classes sign up in the fall to present. Mrs. Farber and I signed our classes up for the end of April and the theme was Safety. As we are a technology school we thought that making a video with the children to show the other students would be a good way to go. We brainstormed some ways to be safe, we acted out the right and wrong ways to be safe and we cobbled it all together to make this video, which was shared on Wednesday at the assembly. All of the Kindergarteners were very excited to have the rest of the student body see them on "TV" and proud of being able to teach the older grades how to behave safely while at school.
We also celebrated our speed stacking kids at this assembly and Everett was asked if he would like to perform for the school. He was very enthusiastic and not a bit nervous and I put together a little video of him as well to share with you.
Have you ever wondered what all the little yellow post-it notes with pictures and questions written on them that come home in your child's folder are from? Have you heard of Wonder Wednesday? Last year we started Wonder Wednesday in our classroom. We would consult the website Wonderopolous on Wednesday morning for the Wonder of The Day, then the children were responsible for writing their further wonders about what we had learned on post-it notes and putting them on the Wonder Wall. At the end of the day we would try to answer as many of their 'wonders' as possible on the internet. We have continued the tradition this year, providing a real-world opportunity for Team Awesome to exercise their burgeoning writing skills. They are required to write their name and draw a picture of their wonder and then write as many sounds of the words they want to use as they can. Because they are intensely interested and invested in the outcome, they are willing to move beyond their comfort zones and take risks with their writing. As the year progresses their writing will become more comprehensible/ conventional. And of course, having their wonders answered is the icing on the cake- leading to yet still more wonders.
And they have tons more wonders! About things we don't learn on Wonderopolous. About everything! Like, why don't cats like water? And, is the Earth made of metal? Which lead me to expand Wonder Wednesday. The children are encouraged to write about any of their wonders when they have a chance throughout the day and post them on the Wonder Wall. We have talked about where they can satisfy their curiosity and learned that books, TV, magazines, newspapers, adults and our brains are all good places to look for answers to our questions. Creativity, critical thinking, collaboration and communication skills are all being practiced through one activity, most of which is student-directed. It's a win for all of us (and who doesn't like to win?).
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