Mrs. Sweezey

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Posted: September 30, 2017

This week was a bit hectic because we had a busy schedule.  Lots of fun times and memories made :)

Posted: September 28, 2017

Felt boards and felt pieces are a great early literacy tool to get children excited and engaged in storytelling or rather, the re-telling of a familiar story, poem, or song.  Currently on our felt board, I have out the felt pieces for the 5 Little Monkey's.  Today we observed Weston quietly re-telling the 5 Little Monkey's poem to himself.  He was doing so well, I thought I'd give him a little music to make his story come alive and I pulled up our favorite 5 Little Monkey's video on youtube for him to follow along with.  Great job kiddo :)

Posted: September 28, 2017

Another successful science experiment completed!  Today we made dancing milk.  All you need for this experiment is pie plate, whole milk (must be whole milk), an assortment of food colouring, q-tip, and preferably Dawn dish liquid.  Fill the bottom of your pie plate with milk, add a few drops of food colouring, coat one end of your q-tip in the dish liquid, and then dip the q-tip into the center of your pie plate - what happens?

When we complete our experiments, we do our best to fill the role of a scientist by using the language and asking great questions and making observations.  The children are getting better at making hypothesis and describe what they see.  In this video clip I have captured the children's excitement.  After they made the milk dance, they very much enjoyed mixing the milk and making new colours.  Way to go little scientists! 

Posted: September 22, 2017

Posted: September 21, 2017

Today was a jam packed day of fun.  Before leaving for our "adventure time" in the woods, I took a brief moment to demonstrate to the kiddos our end of play time signal.  This is my best owl call and when the kids hear it, they are to stop and come find me.  It took a few hoots, but they came when they heard me call.  Great listening K4!

Posted: September 21, 2017

Today we read one of my personal favourites, "Were Going On A Bear Hunt" by Michael Rosen.  This book is great to read because you can sing along, add your own actions, and the imagery is so inviting.  Plus there's a bear and kids love a bear story.  Sharing my love of reading and picture books is something that I am excited to share with the kids and I'm happy to report that the kids either want to read the book alone once I'm done, ask me to read it again or want to read it to their friends.  Story time is my favourite time.

In this video one kiddo is doing their best to retell the story in their own words which is a wonderful sign for an early reader :)

Posted: September 21, 2017

On Thursdays we are scientists and today we did our second experiment of the school year.  What happens when you mix baking soda and vinegar?  Together we made our hypothesis and then we completed the experiment.  Each student got there own cups of ingredients to mix and boy were they surprised of the reaction that happened.  "It exploded!!!"

Posted: September 20, 2017

It's been a long time since Mary Dale and I spent time in our forest classroom and it has sure changed a lot over the summer months.  The paths are no longer clear and the campsite is blooming with a lot of greenery.  We explained to the kids that we got a lot of work to do to tidy up our campsite.  Here is Mary Dale explaining to the kids how to safely remove branches with the cutters.  Assessing risk and playing safely is a huge part any outdoor classroom curriculum and the kids are on the right path.  Here's to many more adventures in the woods at Natoaganeg School.

Posted: September 20, 2017

On Tuesday we completed our first boundary walk.  We walked along the school grounds and tied ribbons to trees to show the kids points that they are not to pass.  We are making an invisible wall to keep us safe!  Today we reviewed our boundaries and both days ended with some play time on our trails and in our wooded play spaces - the day was a huge success.  In this video you can see how happy, free, and comfortable the kids are in the woods.  Great work K4.

Posted: September 15, 2017

No pie is complete without a little whipped topping - mmmmmm.

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