Kids News

Today we had our CAVE assembly and Spirit Day.  Grades 1S, 2L, 3S and 4H did a fantastic performance demonstrating how students can use self-control in any situation!  To reflect on the week is our KIDS NEWS! Happ spring break everyone!


Lens on Learning – Grade Two Penquin Research

Cross posted on Miss Loates`Blog – Education from the Heart

Students began this research project by looking through books to find information about penguins habitat, enemies, what they eat and look like, as well as any interesting facts, to fill out their report organizers.

Penguin Organizer

They then took the jot notes from these organizers and turned them into complete sentences with a focus on bold beginnings (start with a question, sound, interesting fact, opinion) to engage their audience.

Penguin Descriptor

From there students were then able to type up their research and print it out!

Grade 2 studentWe then had each child practice their fluency and speaking before using the “Funny Movie Maker” app to create a different way in which to represent and present their learning. This activity was differentiated as students chose the number of sentences they read, while also being able to choose their silly penguin face. The results were wonderful and the students thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to take their research that one step further. Enjoy!

Numbers Make Sense – or Do They?

Millgrove hosted a parent information night on Wednesday, March 19th entitled Numbers Make Sense – or Do They?.  The evening’s goal was to help parents feel more comfortable working with their children on Math concepts.

Grade 2 teacher Gail Wright, along with Grade 3 teacher Julianne Taylor and Millgrove’s Learning Coach Twyla Badry demonstrated how using strategies other than the traditional algorithm can be more efficient. Also discussed was how reliance on ‘one way’ can limit thinking and create misunderstandings.

In the early years, we recognize that children learn at different ages and stages, and the importance of hands on experience in a positive supportive environment. Our goal is automaticity (quick recall of facts using strategies) rather memorization of random facts.

We want to move students from using their fingers to starting with “what they know” and using related facts such as seen here.

When solving problems, we look for problems that provide authentic, real life situations and a variety of possible strategies for solutions.



More information can be found at this link to Alberta Education.

How can you help your child?

Tell stories about how you use Math every day in your daily routines.

  • Find Math in everyday situations. Great examples of conversations can be found on the blog Talking Math With Your Kids.
  • Identify Problem Solving situations such as those found on the blog Bedtime Math.
  • Practice using games such as Cribbage and other card games.

Put them all together, and the numbers do make sense!