Team Awesome was so so cute! I have learned not to sweat the small stuff when it comes to the Christmas Concert as it really doesn't matter what the children do onstage because Kindergarteners totally rock the 'Cuteness Factor'. This is the first year I was not able to video Team Awesome onstage singing as I was up front directing them, rather than the music teacher who took a leave the last week before holidays to have a baby. Knowing that, I took as many photos as I could to be able to share with you. Unfortunately the lighting made the pictures of the children at either end of the stage too dark and of poor quality so I was unable to use them for this little video. I hope you were able to get plenty of your own. Enjoy!
We made it!! The holidays are here, with all that they entail. Team Awesome has been so over-the-top excited for all of the activities at school this week that we had count downs for many many events. And now that school is over they will be counting down the sleeps until the Big Guy in a red suit leaves them gifts. I am surprised every year that Christmas isn't a bigger event on their radar but Pajama Day always trumps it. I'll be counting down the days until Dec. 26 and all the craziness is over so I can spend a few days sleeping and reading on the couch so I am able to begin the new year with energy. However you spend the holidays, enjoy the time with your families and I will see you on January 8, 2018 (!!!).
Mathematics is the science and language of patterns. Thinking about sorting and patterns helps children make sense of mathematics and young children are naturally interested in them. They enjoy patterns in rhymes, chants, songs, poems, and stories, and they experiment with creating patterns using play materials. They examine patterns in wallpaper, fabric, and geometric designs, and recognize patterns in their lives (e.g., the sequence of daily routines) and in nature (e.g., the cycle of the seasons). When students enter school, they continue to explore patterns in mathematics and in other subject areas. Developing an understanding of patterns and relationships is central to learning mathematics. In the primary grades, students identify, extend, and create a variety of patterns, using objects, actions, sounds, pictures, letters, and numbers. Through experiences in exploring and discussing patterns, young students begin to make conjectures and generalizations about mathematical relationships. Team Awesome has been using a variety of materials while exploring sorting and patterning activities and having a great time doing it.
Sooooo.... how do you feel about a green Christmas? I know Bing Crosby waxes eloquently about how lovely a white one is but there is a very high probability that we will be missing out on a white Christmas this year (although the weatherman is often known to be wrong). And turns out, I'm very OK with that. I am not missing the snow and ice and wind and cold and frost and bundling up one teeny tiny bit. (In my heart of hearts though I know it is coming and it's going to be a doozy when it does!) In fact, as far as I am concerned, it could stay like this then begin warming up about the end of February. If you are of the opposite persuasion, and love the snow and cold and all that implies, I am told there is wonderful snow at Sun Peaks- a very short drive away. So really, it is the best of both worlds.
If you haven't seen it yet, the CP Holiday Train is a great family event and it will once again roll into the River City to spread cheer, while collecting donations for the Kamloops Food Bank.
The annual tradition returns to Sandman Centre on Lorne Street on Friday at 4:45 p.m., with a performance by Alan Doyle and the Beautiful Band from 5:15 p.m. to 5:45 p.m.
The train will arrive emblazed in Christmas lights and the jolly man in red is sure to make an appearance.
The program launched in 1999 and has raised more than $13 million and four-million pounds of food for communities along CP routes in Canada and the United States.
“The holiday train program is all about local food banks and food shelves and the critical role they play in our community, said CP president and CEO Keith Creel on CP’s website. “People come for the beautifully lit train and stay for the incredible show — all in the name of community.”
I have taught many grades, including high school, but LOVE teaching primary.