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Online Learning Focus: Communication Skills (Writing) Salt Tray WritingSensory writing is a fun way for children to experience writing. The tips of your fingers are extremely sensitive. Therefore, writing in salt, sand, and rice can help children remember the shapes of letters, numbers, words and th
Have you ever dreamed about flying? For thousands of years people have wanted to fly. We read the non-fiction narrative text ‘How People Learned to Fly’ by Fran Hodgkins, illustrated by True Kelly. There were many failed attempts and different inventions along the way and this book describes the
21 November, 2019 How do we know our plants are growing? Felix “Because we know it’s big. Because it’s green. Before it was black. Seeds were in the earth. Bigger.” Michelle “Big and big and big. We water and sun” Michelle stretches has arms out and shows us how t
We continue to work on our project for our performance ‘The Little School of Horror‘. The children add leaves on the ‘Eating People Flower’. The children cut out different shapes of leaves and put them inside and outside of the plant. Then, they decided to add blood on the pl
We have been sharing stories, discussing scenarios, solving problems at play and reflecting on feelings and emotions, to help us explore ‘how our choices affect our interactions with others’. We have been wondering how ‘our actions’ might make others feel. We assembled to hav
Our next step in creating the Memory Book was to decide on the layout of the stories. The students suggested that the stories should be presented in ‘ABC order’ (student names). They shuffled their bodies, standing one behind the other, organising themselves into the correct space. When the stud
We are working on crafting powerful small moments. We know that authors tell meaningful stories. We began by reading ‘Owl Moon; by Jane Yolen, a mentor text that focuses on ‘small moments’. Session 1: Generate meaningful ideas for small moment writing. Owl Moon is a story about Hei
We listened to a short story ‘Max Finds an Egg’ by Wiley Blevins. We looked at the clues on the front cover. We noticed that the little boy had found an egg. We began to make predictions about what living things might be in the ‘egg’. We invited the children to draw their pre
Online Learning Focus: Thinking Skills, Communication SkillsMathematics: Estimation, Number Numbers are a naming system, numbers can be used in many ways for different purposes in the real world. This invitation encourages estimation, problem-solving and discussion. What do you wonder? Estimate how
Online Learning Social and Emotional Learning in the Early Years. Many of the children explained that they miss their friends at school. Friendship plays an important role in learning. As children play with each other, they take turns, listen respectfully, share resources and develop a deeper a
We read the book ‘Exactly the Opposite’ by Tana Hoban. This special picture book is a wordless book. We gathered together to read it, creating our own story as we turned the pages. We looked at the cover. Sebastian explained that it looks like his shoes. We compared our shoes. Ms.
Online Learning Focus: Self-management Skills, Communication Skills Task: Make a Paper Helicopter Follow the instructions in the video to make a paper helicopter. This task will encourage your child to:• observe carefully• follow instructions in sequence to complete a task• develop sm
Ms. Shemo’s husband had given her a strange vegetable. Sarah “Is it a tomato?” Felix “No, not tomato.” The children passed the vegetable around. Bruce (speaking in Mandarin as Sarah translates) explained that he has this vegetable at home. He has it in grandma and grand
Online Learning Focus: Communication Skills Mo Willems is one of our favourite authors. We have read his books over and over again. Some of our favourite stories are: ‘Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the BUS!’ and ‘Should I Share My Ice-cream?” How do
A group of children have been creating their own puppets. They have also been using props to retell or create their own stories. We watched these stories to learn more about the process of creating stories. Then, we also watched a puppet show called the very Hungry Caterpillar’. We had a new a
We can we write our own stories! What tools can we use to make our writing better? The ‘Writer’s Tool Box’ resources are available through teacher’s pet. We started by deciding what to write about. We needed to decide if we wanted a watermelon, slice or seed idea.
The students were introduced to their ‘Writer’s Workshop‘ folder. The folder will be used to store pieces of writing at different stages of the writing process. The folder includes a laminated copy of the Word Wall Words and letter sounds we use when writing. What shall
Online Learning Focus: Communication Skills (Literacy), Self-management Skills, Research Skills Mung bean sprouts are a vegetable grown by sprouting mung beans. We can add them in our soups, stir fries and salads. Here is a story about a little boy named Jack. Jack has some magic beans!
The children have been talking about plants. They wanted to create props for a ‘show’. Felix and Tyson decided to use clay to create the insect eating plant. Tyson “And this one is die. This flower eat him and he die.” Felix “The plants eat insects to live. Or they will
Mo Willems and Peter Brown are two of our favourite authors at NIS. They use lines, shapes and patterns to create the illustrations (or pictures) for their picture books. Last year, we interviewed Ms. Grace. She was a Grade 2 teacher at NIS. Just like Mo Willems and Peter Brown, Ms. Grace loves to d