PVS Green Towers

This week a handful of our kindergarten-grade 4 students were invited to help plant the green towers at the front of our school. Parkland Village is lucky to have two green towers this year!

After our amazing custodian, Tara Parrott, brought in a collection of seeds for us to use it was decided that one tower would hold our edibles and the other would grow flowers.

Today we got to work, students chose from our wonderful seed collection and started filling the tower.

Stayed tuned for updates on how we use our harvest and all of our growing adventures at PVS!

Inspiration From A Storm

Last week we had quite the storm with a lot of rain and high winds, both of which kept us inside for the day. The wind toppled tress, removed a roof and left quite the mess!

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The weather sparked a little excitement the next day for all the possibilities of invitations to create with natural materials. We started with a story to spark the imagination. The students were hanging on to every word of Stick Man when we paused during the best part of  the book to go on a walk. The loud groans of protest were mixed with giggles of anticipation, the kinders could not wait to hear Stick Man’s fate, they were hooked. We pondered the possibilities of what a stick could be, reflecting back on all the roles Stick Man had played in the the story and even viewed a few pictures of stick creatures that others had created.

Finally we set out on a walk to find our own sticks. We are so lucky to have  access to ponds and trails as part of our community and we regularly walk the trails to take advantage of our surroundings. Today it was easy to find sticks and inspiration for our own stick creatures on our walk. 

Each child collected a stick and decided what their stick creature would be. We had some aliens, stick girls, whales, and even birds. Materials such as paint, feathers and variety of loose parts were provided and we got to work. Students soon began to make some interesting discoveries. “Look! Blue and red are making purple” “How will I know which one is mine after they dry?”

This activity allowed us to get some physical exercise, practice making predictions and identifying rhyming words, find inspiration in nature, mix colours and print our names.

It was a wonderful way to spend the morning after a big storm.

Winterball

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On Monday Parkland Village School had a visit from Baseball Canada and every student had the opportunity to participate in Winterball.

It was so much fun and the equipment was left with our school so we can continue to play and develop our baseball skills!

First we met our teachers from Baseball Canada.

They had us practice running the bases and warm up our bodies.

Everyone had a chance to throw a baseball!

Ready                                            Set                                                   Throw!

We also played a game. You had to tap the ball and try to score by getting it through someone’s legs, all while making sure you weren’t scored on!

This was a great learning opportunity for our whole school. Kindergarten enjoyed developing our hand eye coordination, working together, and learning about the sport of baseball.

Thank you Baseball Canada!

 

Winter Fun

This month we are embracing the cold with a winter theme. Our focus is on what animals do in the winter and our five senses. So far we have built an igloo in the classroom and we are currently working with one of our amazing parent volunteers, Mr. deBoer to build quinzees outside.

Mr. deBoer says “many hands make light work” and look at of all these hard workers! It’s more fun to shovel snow when you get to bury a friend! Can you see who is buried in these pics?

Stay tuned to see what happens after the piles settle and we get to dig them out!

Kindergarten Calendar 2016-2017

Kindergarten Calendar 2016-2017

Year End Planning Adventures

On Friday we started planning for our year end activities which included a message for our local Parkland Village fire station and quick trip to the fire hall to deliver our message!

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“When children help take care of pets, they learn responsibility, empathy and many other life skills”

We have so many exciting things happening in our classroom right now. I am so blessed to be able to share my love for animals with my students. Marley, my family dog, has visited several times, we have a fish named fishy, we have a foster guinea pig George and we have hatched chickens.

Did you know that “when children help take care of the family pets, they learn responsibility, empathy and many other life skills”? (Human Animal Bond Research Initiative).

I am so proud of all of the hard work and patience that the kinders have shown towards welcoming and caring for these animals!

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During microsociety the kindergarten room transforms into the Furever Pawrtners animal rescue.

Recently we had our partners from IWARS (Infinate Woofs Animal Rescue Society) come in to help us learn how to be the best animal rescue possible. They brought in Thunder a foster dog and answered several questions for our employees.

“Thunder was an amazing dog, he was a really good listener.” Hailey R

“Infinate Woofs was very focused on their job and they were very happy that we gave them the dog food. I learned that the most important thing an animal rescue does is take care of animals” Adrianna A

“Infinate Woofs are really good at taking animals and they would like people to adopt them. I like going on their website” Ayva

Check out their post about our visit on the IWARS facebook page.

https://www.facebook.com/infinitewoofs/posts/999207820155796

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Can you build a nest?

The past few weeks we have been hatching chickens in our classroom. We watched them hatch, watched them grow and explored building nests.

Our challenge: Can you build a nest? What would you put in your nest?

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Our challenge bucket had the question “Can you build a nest?” It had books and pictures for inspiration and the students added paper and playdough to make their birds and accessories.

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“This is the duck and the same nest. See the babies egg that is trying to hatch. Notice the bags and bowls of food.” Skyden

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“I thought about it in my head and I noticed that I could draw a bird and cut it out. Once we found lots of nests at my Grandma and Grandpa’s cabin and then I copied it” Ayva

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“It looks like a nest because I used real sticks and cut out birds. I am very proud of making a different shape of a nest because I started it in a different way with a square instead of a triangle. I started with a triangle but it didn’t work so I used a square.”  Falyn

 

 

We’re famous!

Check out all our exciting tinkerlab adventures here:

https://www.instagram.com/pvs_tinkerlab/

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This is an example of temporary art. Notice how she solved her problem of the missing letter Y. I wonder if she could create a pattern in her art next time? Or maybe she can find one already!

March News!

Georgie Porgie

George Rae

George the guinea pig is a huge hit. He loves living at PVS and he is looking for his forever home. Our animal rescue venture will be placing him for adoption soon. All of our kinders have been to work at their venture and are loving our micro time!

We are looking for partners, so if you have any talents or materials that you’d be willing to share we’d love to hear from you!

Right now we need timothy hay.

Volunteers

We are looking for hot lunch volunteers for the 2016-2017 school year. You would have the opportunity to shadow the current coordinators this year. Please consider helping.

Airplane Excitement!

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Airplane center was very popular. The students loved to take turns traveling, driving the plane, being the travel agent issuing tickets, and checking luggage through security. All of this was make possible by parent volunteers and we are so grateful for all the help. Our parents rock!

We are now looking for items to help set up a vet/animal hospital. Please send in any stuffed animals or other goodies you think will help make it a hit!

Clothing

Please dress for the weather and be prepared to wait outside for the bell to ring each day. As we get ready for grade one, it is important that students wait outside for the bell to ring.

Snow much fun

snow fun

 

Field Trip

All kinders will attend a field trip to John Janzen and Fort Edmonton Park on Tuesday March 22, 2016. Please send a bag lunch this day. No siblings can attend. Dress to be outside for part of the day!

Play is the highest form of research – Albert Einstein

Questions about word/letter rings? Use them like flash cards and store them in the front pocket of your agenda.

 

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