Friday, 21 December 2018

Merry Christmas

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 First of all, we would like to thank you for your kind Christmas wishes, generous “Gift of reading” cards and thoughtful gifts.  We were very touched.

December was a very busy month in our classroom as we entered Advent. We discussed Advent, read the Christmas story of Mary, Joseph and Jesus and sequenced the Christmas story. We practised writing the theme words through “Write the Room” activities or making booklets. Students also continue to practise tracking the words as they are reading their words/stories to their friends.

We have been lighting our Advent candles each week and placing a new illustrated sticker on our Advent calendar every day. Our class helped to spread Christmas cheer to seniors in Richmond by making Christmas cards.

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When reading stories we are making predictions and learning to make connections to our experiences or make connections to other stories. In our journals we continue to listen for the first sounds (or other sounds) and then convert them into letters (JK) and try to write a sentence about our pictures (SK). We are working on leaving spaces between words.

In Math we are working on understanding the concept of numbers 1 -5 (JK) and 1-10 (SK). We are learning to represent numbers in many different ways (numbers, pictures, tallies, ten- frames, etc.) We learned that estimating means “guessing” and we estimated a variety of smaller or larger objects in containers. We are getting better in our estimations! SK students are beginning to create number stories for numbers to 10 using cubes or manipulatives.

If you did not have a chance to sign up for our Twitter feed, please search us @singerlavergne so you can check our class pictures and regular updates.

We would like to wish you a blessed and peaceful Christmas and a healthy and happy New Year!

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Monday, 17 December 2018

French update

French update.....Preparing for Christmas

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There is so much energy and excitement in our class as we prepare for Christmas! We have been busy getting ready for this special time of year through stories, songs, games and traditional Christmas activities.

During the second week of Advent, students made candy cane artwork and continued working hard on learning their Christmas vocabulary through the reading of the Christmas story in French.

La merveilleuse histoire de Noël

New French vocabulary:

Marie (la maman de Jésus), Joseph (le papa de Jésus), bébé Jésus, l'ange Gabriel, les bergers, les moutons, les trois rois mages, l'étoile de Bethléem, les boeufs, l'étable, le chameau, la canne. We made actions to accompany each new word. Ask your child to show you! We have been having fun playing action games with these new words.

We have also been reviewing the following Christmas words: père Noël, sapin de Noël, les boules, les guirlandes, le bas.

We have been playing French nativity bingo as well. SKs have been busy printing and illustrating in their own little "Livre de Noël". JKs have been using our many Christmas and nativity tracers to design Christmas pictures and are learning to label them correctly by using proper letter formation, starting letters from the top and leaving spaces between words.

We have been singing our French Advent song each day and continue to practise our Christmas songs

This week we will be making gingerbread cookies, enjoying art-o-rama crafts, celebrating mass, and participating in our school sing-a-long. Our two classes will be singing the following French song.
Here is the link....

Quand le Père Noël vient me visiter...

We have also been singing the classic French Christmas carol, D'où viens-tu bergère? by Charlotte Diamond - YouTube. Here is the link

Please  make sure to check our class pictures out on Twitter and take note of "important dates"

 listed on this blog.

Next week will be a very busy week so we would like to take this time to wish you and your 

family a very peaceful and Merry Christmas and all the best in 2019.

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Sunday, 2 December 2018

French update

 Les 5 sens

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We continue to explore our amazing senses (les 5 sens). Last week we had fun wearing sleep masks and using only our sense of touch (le toucher) to feel all kinds of different materials ranging from sandpaper to velvet. We then used our sense of smell (l'odorat) to experience 10 different scents including chai tea, cinnamon, peppermint, coffee, curry, maple syrup and vanilla. For each scent, students said "J'aime l'odeur" or "Je n'aime pas l'odeur" and placed the container on the corresponding mat. Once finished, they each chose their "odeur préférée"by adding their "tally" to our tally chart. We will add up our tally marks this week and reveal which scent was the most popular. These activities were another great way to reinforce how we are all different. Some people liked certain scents and others did not. Wouldn't it be boring if we all looked the same, and liked the same things?

We are learning/reviewing that tally marks are a quick way of bundling numbers into groups of 5 for easier counting. 
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Last week we continued doing activities using our sense of taste (le goût) and hearing (l'ouïe). We tasted lemons, salt and sugar (see our funny pics on Twitter!) We used our sense of hearing to listen to different musical instruments.
On December 2nd the season of Advent begins. During Advent, we will wait expectantly and prepare ourselves for Christmas, the birth of Jesus. We will learn the significance of the Advent wreath and candles. We will be reading and learning about the Christmas story in French as well as singing French Christmas songs. We will be learning many new vocabulary words and enjoying Christmas traditions. 

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Our SKs continue to practise identifying their numbers from 10 to 20 (those teen numbers can be so hard) through games and activities and our JKs continue to focus on their numbers from 1 to 10. 

Thank you to the parents who met with us last week during our Parent/Teacher interviews. If you have not had the chance to return your child's report card envelope to us, it would be much appreciated it if you could send it back. It will be used again for your child's next report card.

As we are outside for an hour a day enjoying the snow and fresh air, please remember to dress your child accordingly (including warm coat, snow pants, hat, WATERPROOF mitts and winter boots). We continue to encourage independence when dressing and many students have joined "Club Zip" : )

Have a great week!
Mme Lyons 

Wednesday, 7 November 2018


Our Halloween/Pumpkin inquiry was a great success. We discovered what was inside of pumpkins and measured how many chain links it takes to get around a large, medium and small pumpkin. The students recorded their measurements and practised printing the numbers. We sequenced different sized ghosts from smallest to largest. Our new funnel set with orange rice and black beans was a huge hit with all of the children. They used different measuring spoons to fill up a large measuring cup and recorded their findings. We read many fiction and non-fiction stories about pumpkins, learned the life cycle of a pumpkin and created short booklets about pumpkins. After reading the story “Spookley the Square Pumpkin”, we created our own “Spookley"s Pumpkin Patch on our bulletin board. In our journals students drew a picture of what they were going to be for Halloween. SK students have started sounding out words and are beginning to print short sentences. JK students are listening for first sounds of the words. Some students are trying hard to record the corresponding letters. Way to go JK students! We also made some Halloween crafts. Please see the pictures below.

In Math, we continue to practise one-to-one correspondence when counting (counting one item at a time), making patterns, sorting, measuring using non-standard units (chain links), measuring using measuring cups and estimating.

 In October we began our hibernation inquiry. We read both fiction and non-fiction books about animals that hibernate in winter. We learned the different habitats that animals use to sleep or hide in the winter (e.g., cave, log, den, underground, mud). The students have started creating a den for our hibernating bear. They will be collecting leaves and branches to make a cozy place for the animals they will be creating out of clay.

In the month of November we will continue our discussion about hibernation but with the focus on bats. We will be making bats from recycled material, as well as other bat crafts. We have begun talking about the life cycle of bats and where we can find them.

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Our focus this week has been on Remembrance Day. We have read various books about peace, discussed what peace means and how we can show it in our daily life. As a classroom we are creating a wreath for our Remembrance Day ceremony which will take place next Monday (Nov. 12).

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Thank you for your continued support. Have a nice weekend!

Sunday, 28 October 2018

October French update

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L'hibernation, la migration et l'adaptation

Observing all the Canada geese flying over our school yard and finding ladybugs dormant in the cracks of trees and underneath leaves started an inquiry into what different animals do during the cold winter months. We learned about hibernation, migration and adaptation.

First we made predictions about how we thought different animals survive the winter and then we set out to learn more through books and nature video clips to see if our predictions were correct. We started out learning about les ours. Soon our students' curiosity grew and they wanted to learn about other animals. We learned about the following: les abeilles, les serpents, les mouffettes, les chauves-souris, les suisses, les grenouilles, les poissons, les insectes et les bernaches du Canada. As a class we constructed a large diorama of a woodland scene with hibernating animals. We also had fun acting out different animals preparing for winter. Our favourite was le suisse (chipmunk). They run around collecting nuts and seeds, carrying them in their cheeks. They then return to their long, deep burrows with many chambers to store them for winter. When they wake up during the winter, they feed on their stored food and then go back to sleep.

Our painted Canada geese are "flying" in a 'V' formation across the ceiling of our classroom!. They are heading south right over Father Bob's house and St. Philip's church! In the spring we will turn them around so they are heading north.

We learned that geese have very strong social skills and display many acts of kindness just like we do at St. Philip. To name a few, they take turns flying in the front, they honk to communicate and encourage one another, and they take care of sick or injured birds instead of just leaving them behind. They also conserve their energy by working and flying together.

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This week we will be continuing to talk about Halloween and practising using our new vocabulary through songs, action games and activities at our writing centre. (une citrouille,  un balai, une sorcière, un fantôme, un chat noir, un squelette, les bonbons).

On Halloween we will be doing science, math, literacy and art activities with pumpkins including carving/decorating our class pumpkins, counting seeds, measuring, as well as writing and craft activities.

Thank you to Mme Sceviour and her Gr. 5/6 class for coming to our class last week to teach us the French action song "C'est l'halloween"! (by Matt Maxwell). We had fun colouring special hats to wear while we were singing and doing the actions.

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As the weather gets colder, please remember that we are outside for almost an hour a day and to please dress your child accordingly (hats, mitts, warm coats, etc.) We encourage independence in doing up zippers and putting on warm clothing. Any practise at home to strengthen these skills would be very helpful. Merci!

Please remember to send your child with a water bottle every day and to return their "Communication Ziploc bag" daily as it is an important part of our morning routine. To prevent library books from being damaged, we send them home in a plastic Ziploc bag marked "Library Book". Thank you for returning the books in good condition and in this bag.

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Through games, songs, activities and print, our JKs continue to work on identifying their numbers to 10 as well as the letters in their name and the alphabet. SK continue to work on identifying their teen numbers as well as the letter sounds. Some parents have asked what they can do at home with their child to strengthen their skills. Any additional practise at home printing their names (the first letter is an uppercase letter followed by lowercase letters, letters start at the top and go down), cutting correctly with scissors, colouring, identifying letters and numbers would be very helpful.

Bonne semaine!

Mme Lyons

Merry Christmas

                                             First of all, we would like to thank you for your kind Christmas wishes, generous “Gift of ...