Lanterns

This Saturday October 14, Stratford is having its very first lantern parade. We as a class decided we should made our own lanterns so families could go.

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http://www.makers.ca/lantern-parade

We needed just a few more bottles and luckily we noticed it was recycle day in our Avon neighbourhood. We headed out for a community walk and gathered plastic bottles.

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We returned with lots of bottles! First we had to wash and let them dry before we could use them. Next step was to paint glue all over our bottles and put beautiful tissue paper to cover all the spots.

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Once the glue and paper was on we had to let it dry. That was hard to sit back and not touch! Finally every lantern was dry. We practiced carrying around our lanterns and showing other people at Avon school.

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The lanterns are finally ready to take home. Each lantern has a small battery powered candle inside. We encourage families to go this weekend and post to our blog photos or stories. It will be a fun event!

SERC

The beautiful day inspired us for a walking adventure. We picked partners and off we went.

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On our walk we noticed different trees and began wondering, why do some trees change colours? Why do some have prickly things instead of leaves that don’t change?

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We made it to our destination, SERC. What a great walk. It was time to have some lunch to fuel our bodies.

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After lunch we headed to the pond area to look at more nature. We noticed lots of different things, berries, ducks, and plants changing colours.

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But what really caught our eye was the fish! Look closely can you see them swimming?

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All sorts of wonders came from this! We found out that when fish swim together it is called a school. But what do they eat? What type of fish swim in that pond?
We all agreed that we needed to be quiet so the fish didn’t swim away.

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When Nate put on Ms.Simpson’s sunglasses he could see in the water better to get a good look at the fish.

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After our look in the pond we had some discovery time at the playground.
Greyson found a stick and made a drawing in the crushed stones.

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Some friends made boats out of pine cones, rocks and sand and sold them to others.

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While others made a worm house with many of rooms. These worms were set!

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Drew, Marcus and Lindy got some gross motor activity in by climbing and jumping.

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The end of our time was near. We packed up and made our way back to Avon school. There was lots of fun chatter along the way. When we arrived back we decided to make a survey of what we are interested in learning next as a class.
We are becoming great at surveys and know it is a great way to collect information.

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Our results show that more friends would like to learn more about fish right now. So fish it is!

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What started as a beautiful walk turned in to so much more. Great discoveries today Kindergarten B!

Rain πŸ’¦

Indoor recess didn’t stop this group of learners. Splash pants, coats and boots and we were ready to play.

Mud was explored…

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A pirate ship was built and some had to walk the plank!

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Smiles everywhere you looked.

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So much fun outside in the rainβ˜”οΈ

September Family Meal🍡

Thursday was a busy day in Kindergarten B. We had to prepare for our first family meal of the year, apple squash soup. The recipe called for both garlic and onions.

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Luke brought around garlic for others to smell.

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Avery took around an onion.

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Next we had to chop up the ingredients.

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Everything was chopped next it was time to make the broth.

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The squash got scooped out and into a big bowl.

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The soup had to simmer on the stove so we set the table. When it was ready we all sat down to enjoy, remembering not to start until everyone had a spot and was sitting.

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Time to dig in. Many people loved it, some thought it was ok and others, not their favourite.

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Our days can be busy in Kindergarten B, so it was great to sit down together and enjoy. Happy weekend everyone!

Barefoot

Our outdoor learning time took us to the backyard. On our listening walk to log circle we heard lots of different sounds. This time we had to point in the direction the sound was coming from. Construction trucks, crickets, shoes on pavement and birds were some of the things we heard. When we got to log circle we talked about our ears and how we use them to hear. What happens when others are talking? Does it make it harder or easier to hear? What happens when friends are shuffling their feet and playing with their shoes, does it make it harder or easier to hear? Some friends made connections to people they know and how their ears work differently. Sometimes they need things to help their ears work. We noticed some friends wear glasses to help their eyes see. Some need different things to help them, and that’s ok.
Today was all about touch and how things feel. Crazy enough, we asked everyone to take off their shoes and socks and run through the grass.
Do you recognize these feet?

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How does it feel?

Andrew: wet and soft

Marcus: wet and bumpy

James R: spiky over by the hills

Livey: dry

Luke: it feels warm in the sun

Next we headed to the wood chips at the play structure.

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How does it feel?

Nate: spiky

Drew: ouchy

Lindy: dirty

Lillian: pointy

Marcus: bumpy

We took our discoveries back inside and did a classroom survey. What felt better? Everyone that tried both got a turn at putting a sticker on.

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We counted our results and put the numbers on.

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Most friends thought that the grass felt better.

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We challenged the group to find something at home that they could feel and think of one word to describe it. Hopefully they will bring this knowledge back to school or post on our blog for us to talk about! It was a great day of learning.