The parent council meeting originally scheduled for this week has been post-phoned. Updates about the upcoming meeting will appear in the near future.
Tumpane’s first ever BFF Game Night is just around the corner. Parent council has organized this great event to help build community and strengthen friendships at our school. Students and families are encouraged to attend the evening to have fun and play games with their friends and have their families meet their friends.
Children from Kindergarten to Grade 2 are invited to attend on Thursday, March 1, 2018.
Please be sure to use your blue flyer, sent home last week, to RSVP by tomorrow, February 22, to let us know if you are able to attend. We look forward to seeing you there!
On Friday, February 23, 2018, our class will be having a small celebration at the end of the Lunar New Year. Students are encouraged to wear something that is lucky and red to school that day. We look forward to our celebration and will be sure to share all the happenings from this week with you after that day.
On Friday, students took home an information sheet about Raz Kids. This is an on-line reading program that families can do at home. Once children log in, they can listen to and read books, followed by completing activities to assess understanding. To access your child’s account, go to “Kids Login” when you click on the link for Raz Kids. Students have been practicing logging on, by selecting the teacher’s name, then their own and finally their password. They have been using Raz Kids with their reading buddies the last few weeks. Parents can monitor how your child is progressing by filling out the bottom portion of the letter with your email address or sending an email to the teacher for access and approval.
Other on-line reading has been done in our Media Studies class, using TDSBs Virtual Library. Just click on the link and go any number of great sites with books and videos for students. If you do not have a Vitural Library Learnmark with all of the entry codes please contact the classroom teacher. The Virtual Library will help you find books to listen to with your children.
The Toronto Public Library also offers families a chance to hear and read books on-line through the KidsSpace portion of the site. If you get a library card from the public library, you can use it to log in to other programs on the system, as well as take books out at your local branch. Our closest locations include Black Creek in the basement of Sheridan Mall and Downsview Public Library. The library offers great programs and resources for adults as well as students.
Be sure to check out the Save the Date page for the upcoming dates of importance in February.
Families with children born in 2014, who will be starting Junior Kindergarten in September, can register next month. The dates for registration are February 14 & 15, between 9:30 am and 11:30 am. More information is provided on the flyer below. If you are unable to come for either of those two dates, please phone the office and make an appointment for another date and time.
Congratulations to our character award winners who received awards for December and January demonstrating Kindness and Caring, and Teamwork respectively. We look to these friends to guide us and support our character development.
Before the winter break our class went to the Ontario Science Centre.
We had a wonderful day, exploring, experimenting and enjoying ourselves. First we walked the new hallway with the exhibits of Canadian inventions.
Next we saw a display of the space shuttle with pictures of Chris Hadfield, his uniforms and pictures of him in space. He is the author of The Darkest Dark, that we read during Hallowe’en. Then Students got to investigate in KidSpark, had lunch and did a workshop called Science Investigators.
We met Scientist Sarah who introduced us to Sammy the Raccoon. We had to help Sammy get back to the Science Centre, after falling asleep in a garbage truck that took him far from his home.
Students had to explore different ways of moving, using ramps, wind and heat energy and and exploring natural and man-made items found in the woods.
We also got to touch a screaming cockroach! Thanks to all the parents who came on the trip.
Someone asked me for the Spicy Pumpkin Seed Recipe I shared that day, so it is listed below.
Sweet and Spicy Pumpkin Seeds
2 cups shelled pumpkin seeds 500 g
2 tbsp olive oil 30 mg
2 tbsp maple syrup 30 mg
1 tsp salt 5 mg
1/2 tsp chipotle powder (or more for more spice!) 2 mg
1 tsp cumin 5 mg
Heat oven to 350 Mix olive oil and pumpkin seeds. Mix maple syrup and pumpkin seeds. Whisk together spices then stir into seeds. Spread a piece of parchment paper on a rimmed cooked sheet. Spread seeds evenly over cookie sheet on parchment paper.
If you wish to find out more about the Ontario Science Centre then click on their link. Free passes can sometimes be acquired to go from the Toronto Public Library.
So sorry this post is late. We are looking to organize our next field trip very soon so stay tuned!
One of our sensory exploration centres in the Kindergarten is the play dough table. At this activity, children discover the wonders of this soft textured material, squeezing, molding, shaping and sculpting it.
Play dough has may learning benefits for students. It helps develop fine motor strength in their hands as children grasp it and work it, along with the many tools available to them. This translates to stronger hand strength that can be applied when writing, dressing and using other creative materials.
Play dough offers students an opportunity to develop their oral language skills, sharing ideas about their creations with peers and teachers “I am making cupcakes… Today I am making cookies.”
Students are also applying dramatic skills as they interact with play dough, imagining they are working in a kitchen, a bakery or pizza parlor.
Some students may take the learning beyond the play dough centre, writing signs, costs and menus to support their dramatic play. Some students use personal interests or materials introduced in the class to inspire their work.
Students can explore math concepts through play dough, discussing costs of what they are selling, comparing sizes, shapes, textures and quantities of materials made.
Working at and tidying various learning centres enables children to feel they have a role and responsibility to play within the classroom, teaching them to manage and care for materials as well as develop self-direction.
Play dough is easy to make at home. Two recipes are available on our website on the page Classroom Recipes. One is made with Koolaid and the other is not. Alternative recipes are available on the internet. Play dough, if covered and refrigerated when unused can last for some time.
We have made play dough together in our classroom, using as an opportunity to explore language when writing out the recipe, math when comparing measuring tools and science as we watch the states of matter change through mixing and cooking. Later, the cooking of play dough was re-enacted in various drama centres in the classroom. If you wish to make some at home be sure to check out our class recipe page.
Several students interacted with peers, devising surveys in which they asked their peers what colour of play dough they would prefer, tallying the results and sharing their results with the class. These activities developed questioning skills, social interaction, strengthen counting and understanding of class interests. Later some children even turned their survey results into simple graphs.
The benefits of play in the learning environment can not be discounted. Play is the work of children, where they explore, ask questions, share ideas and role play in a safe and stimulating environment. Where one might see a child at play dough we as teachers see chefs, bakery owners, sculptors and employees developing essential skills and creative inspiration as they work towards their future.