Through an early learner’s eyes…from Winter to Spring!

This last winter was a long and cold one, which did not escape the notice of our students! From missed outside time due to cold weather alerts, and the chore of finding and putting on snowpants, mittens, hats, scarves, and boots. Yes we enjoyed lots of playtime in the snow in the school yard, but enough was enough! All this bundling up led to discussions of hibernation…and when and how does it end? Check out our favourite Hibernation song by clicking the link below, to learn what the squirrels, bats and frogs do in winter!


To explore this interest further, we decided to have a Hibernation Day for both Kindergarten classes. So fun! Many of the children identified with a hibernating bear the most, so we read stories about slumbering bears and made our own bear caves out of clay.




The children came to school in their coziest pjs, with a cuddly blanket and favourite stuffie to hibernate with. But before we could settle in for our long winter’s nap, Mrs. Swick whipped us up a feast of pancakes, syrup and blueberries fit for a grizzly!

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We built bear caves and other animal homes in the nook



and had some parachute fun in the gym with Mrs. Stadnyk’s class!

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When the sleeping bears finally woke up, they were hungry for more treats! Thanks to Taylor and his mom for the hot chocolate and cookies, and to Mrs. Swick for baking up even more yummy goodness!

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Our hibernation day led us right out of Winter and into Spring! What signs of Spring has your child noticed?


Speaking of Spring, our class managed to miss the rain (but the not the mud!) when we went on our trip to Agape Valley Sugar Bush. There was a lot of excitement on trip day, as this was the first school bus trip for some of our students!

Thanks as always to our parent chaperones!



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The clock moves on so quickly, see how the minutes fly!

“The clock moves on so quickly,

see how the minutes the fly…”

The first phrases of our end of day song are a familiar signal to our kindergarten friends that it’s time to say goodbye for another day. But before we sing together, we devote some time to reflecting on the highlights of our day in our reflecting circle. The children pass the rainstick, or Kool Stick, around the circle, and each has the chance to share something special about their day. Here are a few of our Kindergarten Kool Moments:

My Kool Moment today was getting a book in the library. – Taylor

My favourite moment was playing in the Nook with my brother Elliott! I love him! – Edie

I liked colouring my dragon puppet with Mrs. Teal. – Noah

My Kindergarten Kool Moment was playing with Edie at the sand table. – Lily

I had fun making Minecraft out of lego. – Jonas

I like playing building Minecraft legos with Jonas! – Lucas

My Kindergarten Kool Moment today was making puppets and the puppet show. – Lacey

I liked playing in the gym with the big scooter! – Liam

I liked spinning the tops we made with the square blocks. – Kevyn

When I played lego and Kevyn was a bigger lego guy and I was the little one. – Cohen

I made animal houses out of playdough and the animals were in there! – Mabel



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Our JK and SK students quickly mastered recognizing and printing their own names in the fall. We have now moved on to  sight words, words that pop up frequently in our morning messages, and in the books we read together. Learning to quickly recall our list of sight words is one effective strategy for learning to read and reading comprehension. The children are encouraged to discover new sight words in our writing centre. Have a look at what they have found!







Can you believe it? We celebrated the 100th day of school! This year, the SK students joined in the primary division festivities, and the JK students had their own fun in the classroom, going on a 100 heart scavenger hunt, and singing counting songs. But we don’t just count on the 100th day. Every day is filled with math fun!


Counting by ones, twos, fives and tens on our number chart.

Nevermind 100, how about a 400 piece puzzle!


100 Day Goggles and Ten Frames.

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Number Sentences and Number Order


Experimenting with volume and measurement at the water table.


Patterning in the sand table.


Challenge your child to keep up with this I Can Count to 100 song, from Mrs.Wieler’s music class.

 We bet you’ll be singing along too!


Happy 2015! Here’s what’s new in our classroom…

We have been busy building structures… and friendships,


learning about how shapes fit together and how we fit into our world,


experiencing the process and admiring the results of our efforts!


When you learn through play, the fun never ends!


This month we are focusing on Optimism. In our Early Learning Program, optimism is reflected in a can-do attitude, and each child’s confidence in their own abilities. Below is a link to a short slideshow, about how having a positive attitude and working hard helps our brains to grow! We can learn to solve any problem with the right mindset. Just as exercise grows muscle, thinking grows brains! It’s a fact!


Do you wanna build a snowman? We sure do! The children also decided to bring some snow indoors to add to our water table. The first time, it took a looooong time to melt. The next time, we tried adding water to the snow. That helped it melt much more quickly, and resulted in some cold water left for splashing and pouring. But that’s okay, the cold never bothers us anyway!

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And then along came Herman the Worm, and he was THIS big! You may have heard some things about Herman at home! Herman is the star of one of our favourite songs from music class with Mrs. Wieler. Check out Mrs. Wieler’s website by clicking this link


On the road to reading, our Jks and Sks are recognizing and sounding out more letters and words by the day! Help them along with the super fun and educational videos at

Welcome to Mrs. Gordon and Mrs. DiMarco’s Full-Day Early Learning Program!

A new school year brings lots of new faces and new routines. We have been getting to know each other and learning the flow of our day. Of course, we also learned that in Kindergarten, we share… we share EVERYTHING!

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To listen to Robert Munsch read one of our favourite books, go to


Our Junior Kindergarten students have been introduced to our Jolly Phonics program, which focuses on letter/sound recognition. We have also been working on recognizing and printing our names.

The Senior Kindergarten students will continue to build on letter formation with increased writing opportunities and extend their letter/sound recognition to reading and sounding out words






You can support your child’s learning at home by helping them to recognize and print their names, and looking for letters in the world around you; they are everywhere! Newspapers, road signs, grocery store shelves, make a game of it, and find as many as you can.


We have been enjoying the beautiful September weather on our playground each morning and afternoon. From the sand pit to the climber, from the field to the chalk-covered tarmac, we are busy exploring our great outdoors!

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Our annual Terry Fox Run/Walk had us on our feet to “Be Like Terry” while raising money for cancer research. We walked 3 kilometres around our neighbourhood! Thanks to all who donated and walked with us.

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