Monthly Archives: February 2013

02/22/2013

Dear Families,

It was a full week with the three-hour work period each day, and various activities in the afternoons (making play dough, creating clay pinch pots and celery food colouring experiment). The children enjoyed learning more about Australia. A big “Thank You” to Ann for bringing various Australian items into the classroom. The children have learned many interesting facts from the placemats!

We continued with Reptile work this week. The Emerald Tree Boa has been one of the favourite reptiles! The children have enjoyed role playing and acting out various reptiles (sea turtles hatching and making their mad dash to the water).

The children were very excited to make homemade play dough. It’s a wonderful activity to try with your child at home.

Play Dough Recipe:

1 cup white flour
1/2 cup salt
2 tablespoon cream of tartar (find it in the spice section)
1 tablespoon oil
1 cup water
food colouring

Mix first 4 ingredients in a pan. Add water and mix well. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, for 3 – 5 minutes. Dough will become difficult to stir and form a “clump”.  Remove from stove and knead for 5 minutes–add food coloring during kneading process. Play dough will keep for a long time stored in a covered plastic container or plastic sandwich bag.

We are looking forward to our last week of school before the two-week March Break.

The March Break runs from March 4 – March 15.

Many thanks for bringing book bags on Friday each week. You will find your child’s work and a book in the bag each week.

Regards,

Tina

02/15/2013

Dear Families,

We’ve had an unusual few weeks with snow days. Thank you for being understanding about cancellations and we look forward to continuing with a regular schedule.

The children have been excited to learn about Australia! We will be exploring Australian animals, food, songs, geography and art over the next few weeks.

Thanks to Judith for baking Anzac biscuits with the children. They were a tasty treat for snack.

didgeridoo is a long wooden trumpet-like instrument used by the Aboriginal peoples of Australia.  The children enjoyed playing an authentic didgeridoo from Australia.

We would like to encourage parents to observe in the Casa room. This is a good opportunity to see your child working within the classroom. It works best to observe routines, choice of materials, independence, and social interactions by not interacting with your child. We understand this can be hard to do! Let your child know ahead of time that you are coming to watch him/her work, and will be sitting and watching. Please observe from your seat, rather than standing or walking around the class. It is important to be unobtrusive as possible in order to allow the class to continue a regular work period. Observation is an excellent tool for parents and teachers!

Reminders: Please send warm outside clothing during the colder temperatures, March Break dates are March 4-March 15

Enjoy the Family Day weekend!

Tina