We need your help with our next unit of inquiry.

Dear Parents,

The Kindergarten teachers are busy preparing a new unit that will start in January. Our new Unit of Inquiry is based on the theme Where We Are in Place and Time. In this inquiry unit, the students will look at personal histories and how they help us learn about who we are and where we come from.

In order to do this, we need your help. With your child, please find at least 3 artifacts from your family history. Talk about their significance with your child and then have them bring the artifacts to school. These artifacts can include, but are not limited to: photographs, clothing, cultural relics, books, games, music, etc. These artifacts will stay in the class for a while so please make sure your name is on them.

We want to use these artifacts to help the children peek into the past and see how their life may be similar or different to their family’s life in the past.

We are sending this information to you before the holidays so you can collect the artifacts if you are visiting your home countries or home towns.

Please bring these artifacts into class after the break by Friday, January 12th.

The Kindergarten team

What have we been up to?

It’s been a very busy couple of weeks and we still have one more to go. Our literacy focus has been ‘The Gingerbread Man’ story. As well as reading the story, making a gingerbread man cookie, hunting for the runaway gingerbread man and making a paper gingerbread man (or girl), we used the gingerbread man story to focus on other literacy goals.

We read a different version of the story called, ‘The Gingerbread boy’. We discussed how the two stories were similar and how they were different.

We also studied the recipe to learn where some of the ingredients come from.

We researched where cinnamon, ginger, cloves, brown sugar and molasses come from. Did you know molasses is a type of sugar, cinnamon is the bark from a cinnamon tree, ginger is a root, and cloves are part of a flower? We felt, tasted and smelled all of these things. I was very impressed how willing the children were to try everything. We were surprised how spicy a piece of clove and ginger tasted and loved the brown sugar and the molasses.

We’ve also been reading the stories we’ve written with our classmates so we will be ready to share them with KC on Thursday, our publishing day. The stories are small moments that have happened to us. The children will be bringing them home on Friday.

In math, we’ve been finding shapes around the room and school. We are also learning a bit about how to find the area of these shapes by covering them with smaller shapes.

Lastly, we are learning how to use a blog app called, ‘Seesaw’. We have been busy adding some of our learning to it in anticipation of sharing it with you. This week, I will send information to you about how to access Seesaw.

Our ‘Sharing the Planet’ unit is coming to a close. I would like to challenge you and your family to be conscientious about how you treat our world so we can continue to enjoy it for generations to come.

Winter party Wednesday, December 13

We will have a little party before the winter holiday on Wednesday, December 13 at 12:45-1:15. You are welcome to attend. A few of the parents are organizing something special for the children to do at the party. Your child will also have a special present to give to you. If you cannot make it, no worries. Your child will take the present home for you.

Don’t forget…Monday is library day and Friday is pajama day and a half day.