End of year party


Dear Kindergarten Parents,

     The end of the year is coming soon! We are excited to have a party to celebrate our learning, our friends and to just have some fun! This party is for our kindergarten students only.
     Children need to bring their swimming clothes in a separate bag, just as they did for swimming class.Water shoes or sandals are also encouraged on this day. We will have a picnic-style lunch after the party, so your child should bring a large towel to sit on. Please label your child’s name on everything.
     We are asking parents to donate food for our potluck lunch. Your food dish should be enough for about 8-10 students. You can send the food in the morning with your child, or bring it to the secret garden between 11:30-11:45. Please sign up here for the potluck lunch: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0c4caead28a2fe3-kindergarten1
Kind regards,
The Kindergarten Team

The Egg

Yesterday, the children watched an egg break when dropped from the top of the stairs. This started their final design challenge. “What can you design to protect an egg from breaking when it is dropped?”

The children are using their scientific and engineering skills to solve this problem. They are working in small groups and following the ‘Design’ steps (Think, make a plan, make the design, improve it, share it-in this case, try it). Communication, collaboration and cooperation skills are also being emphasized.

First, the children thought about different ways to protect the egg. Some of their ideas were:

A water bottle

Metal/plastic ball with soft stuff inside

Box inside a box

Balloon

Tissue inside a container

Cover it with paper

Cover it with bread

 

Next, they made a plan and included the tools they would need to make the design.






After that, they started to make their design.








Next, we will be trying out their engineering skills to see if their egg remains in tact when dropped. How exciting.

Thank you parents

It’s that time of year when we want to acknowledge how much work as parents you do for us. To show our appreciation you are invited to a parent appreciation breakfast. Please open the link below and sign up if you have been part of any parent volunteer activities at SIS this year (PSA, our morning reading time, field trips etc).

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0c4caead28a2fa7-thank

Thank you so much,

Sharlene

Poor Olivia. She broke her arm on the weekend. But that hasn’t stopped her from doing her work. Even though she is right handed she started writing with her left hand. The children enjoyed looking at the Xray of her broken arm while Olivia showed them where the break is.

We are all set up to start our design process. Thanks for helping your child collect reusable/recyclable things for our project. Today we thought about what we wanted to make or invent and who we are going to work with. We looked at all our materials so we know what is available. Tomorrow we will design and label our idea on paper, collect the materials we need and begin putting it together. The children will be able to tell you all about it on Thursday at Student Led Conference time.

 

How our world works

Lately, the children have been using words like investigate, gravity, discover, push, pull, fast and slow. These words are used to describe some of the activities we are doing. For example, the children were challenged with the question “Why do things fall?” We jumped up in the air and tried to stay up and not come down. We couldn’t. We also went outside to find things that have fallen on the ground.

 

We experimented with different objects like paper, feathers, marbles and sticks to see what happens when they fall. After a while, children noticed that some fell fast and some fell slow.

 

Now we had two questions for investigate. ‘Why do things fall?’ and ‘Why do things fall fast or slow?’ After brainstorming and investigating, the children thought it had something to do with the weight, size or look of the objects. Then they thought something was pulling or pushing the objects to the ground. Then the word gravity was discussed.  

 

 

Finally, we chose an object from the room that couldn’t move by itself and found something that could make it move. Children used things with wheels to move their object, they pushed it with another object, used magnets and blew it.

Moving a block with a vehicle

Moving a cylinder by pushing other objects into it.

We also watched a video to help explain gravity. It was about a man called Isaac Newton. He was a scientist who helped explain why things fall. We discussed what a scientist is and what they do. Here are some of their ideas.

Scientists:

help the earth

study food to keep us healthy

cut trees

study the earth

make machines to help clean up garbage

help take care of animals

study live things

study not alive things

solve problems

do experiments

help people not be sick

keep our air clean

observe

measure

ask questions

draw and write

count

keep trying

have fun

Next we are going to investigate why things move (motion) and why things stop moving.