Sunday, 18 June 2017

Here Ya Go, Daddy-O!

The dads, uncles, grandpas, dedos, and brothers in our lives are so important! To show them how much we love and care for them, we began preparing for Father's Day weeks ago! 

Joined by special "non-dad" family members, the boys and girls tackled a challenging building project, a tool box! Our school turned into HGTV as the children hammered, nailed, sanded and glued!




We didn't stop there! We got our hands dirty and painted!




 Check out these masterpieces!



But a gift isn't complete without a thoughtful card, and the students were certainly thoughtful as they prepared their flip books!




Here are a few gems the kids wrote:


Are we sure dad loves this chore?





Sorry dad, we did not get that for you this year!


Here are the finished masterpieces! Enjoy, dads!




Many blessings on this Father's Day weekend!


Father's Day Flip Book from The Barefoot Teacher

Tuesday, 6 June 2017

Grade 1 ... Now in 3D!

We've been living life in 3-D! 

These past few days, we have begun examining spheres, cylinders, cubes, and cones!


Check out this hilarious and helpful song we have been humming all week long. Careful, it REALLY gets stuck in your noggin'!




Armed with a camera, the kids hit the halls to find real life examples of spheres, cylinders, cubes, and cones!




Where else can you and your child spot 3D shapes?


Solid Shape slides in our Animoto video are gratefully borrowed from Mrs. Ricca's Kindergarten

Thursday, 1 June 2017

Harnessing The Energy!

If we could harness the energy of a grade 1 student in June, we could, without a doubt, power Ardrossan!

The boys and girls are arriving each day bubbling with excitement and overflowing with energy! How can we harness it? What's a teacher to do?

Our answer? Balloons and books!

Throughout June, we will be "Ending our Year with a BANG" by popping one balloon a day. Inside each balloon is an engaging and super exciting activity!



We popped our first balloon today, and were excited to head out for some parachute games in phys ed!



We are also so thrilled to take part in another book tournament! We have 16 awesome books what will "playoff" against each other, and in the end, one winner will stand! 



We read these two books. Ask your child which one was voted as our winner!



We only have 21 days left, but we are going to make the most of them!


Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Rain, Rain!

Rain, rain, 
Won't go away, 
So we'll stay in, 
And paint today!

The grey, stormy weather didn't dampen our creative spirits today! Inspired by the rain, we created beautiful splatter painted umbrella portraits!



Look at our beautiful little pieces of art! TOTALLY worth the mess!


Stay dry and cozy! 

Monday, 15 May 2017

Make 10!

We are having a blast working on addition and subtraction to 20, and our favourite game lately is Make 10!

Mrs. Beliveau modified the rules from the original game posted here

Today a game board was sent home with each student, but more can be printed here. Have a deck of cards? Then you can play at home!

Take out the face cards. This game uses Ace through 10. We treat the Ace as a 1. 




Using the game board, put out four cards on the spaces 1, 2, 3, and 4. Turn the rest of the deck over on the space marked "deck". 




Here is the challenge! Can you make ten using up to 4 cards?

Look, she made 10 with all four cards! Set the group of 10 aside, and put out more cards from the deck. 




Replenish the empty spaces with cards from the deck. 

There are lots of ways she made 10!




Can't make 10?



Choose one card to put back on the bottom of the deck, and take the top card. 




The kids have played several times and should be able to explain the rules and play independently at home. Happy counting!






Sunday, 14 May 2017

We Heart Moms!

We all have many wonderful people caring for us, but we are especially blessed to have our moms in our lives! The children have spent the past two weeks preparing a few very special surprises for Mother's Day!

Using the iPad and a fancy background, we took special photos! Then we painted frames and popped in photos of our smiling faces. 


Painting away!


Our beautiful masterpieces!




(a) you tuck me in at bedtime   (b) you make the best pancakes
(c) you give me cheeseburgers   (d) you helped me make Easter eggs


We put together very special cards for our moms, too. We worked for DAYS to get our ideas just right. Several pages of sweet and funny thoughts and pictures fill these little treasure books. Here are a few creative gems from the pages of the students' cards:



Click to play this Smilebox slideshow


Moms, you are kind. You are patient. You are selfless. You are imperfectly perfect. Thank you for everything you do to support your family. Being a mom is constantly challenging, yet profoundly rewarding. You are doing an amazing job!


Here is a little gem for you to enjoy! Happy Mother's Day!

Friday, 5 May 2017

Can you keep up with us?

This has been a spectacular week! As always, no two days are ever alike and never is a day boring! Check out our week ... can you keep up with us?

Our week began with another awesome visit from the Bookmobile for our Book Buzz program! A team of ladies from the Strathcona County Library have been coming to share stories and songs, and then help us fill our backpacks with books! 





This week is Para-Sport week! The students had a wonderful opportunity to be exposed to various para-sports, as well as different disability awareness activities. First up? Meeting the Edmonton Steel Wheel rugby team! These amazing individuals shared their personal journeys, demonstrated how they play, and wowed us with their incredible strength!




We had a rare opportunity to try out some wheelchairs. We discovered that they are a challenge and require lots of strength and stamina. We even attempted going in and out the front doors! Many realized that it is no small feat to make it over the metal bump and out the door by the time the automatic doors close! We certainly deepened our respect for those who use wheelchairs. 

We are in the Easter season and have been exploring the mystery of the Trinity; the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. While they are three, we believe in one true God. We compared the complexity of the Trinity to an apple:



We have returned to addition and subtraction, this time up to 20! We are practising our "doubles" and have enjoyed playing hands-on games with each other! 




A knock at our door brought in a special reader from Robin Hood!  We had a ball listening to some silly stories, all the while deepening our respect and understanding of individuals with disabilities.




Inspired by our week at Zoo School, each child has been challenged to learn more about an animal of their choosing! Using San Diego Zoo Kids, students are researching their own animals. 


Students share a Chromebook with a classmate,
allowing partners to troubleshoot, decode challenging text,
and collaborate! 

Students have been working hard drawing and labelling their animal as well as writing three facts. 




We had a blast working with words! We squirted a generous dollop of shaving cream on the desks and got spelling in the cream ... awesome!




We love words and reading, and decided to do a hunt for our word wall words in some ads and flyers! Great challenge!





We ended the week with our Arbor Day event! We learned to count tree rings to find out a tree's age. 



We worked together to build fairy houses in the woods out of natural materials, like leaves and twigs.


Turns out not all forest fires are bad! We learned how fire can help a forest and how we can be fire safe!


We were astounded by the acrobatic arborists, who demonstrated how they trim and care for trees!


We got sweaty at "nature-cize"!

Each student received a lodge-pole pine sapling, Alberta's provincial tree! They will be delivered to the school on Monday. 


Our trip finished off with a toe tappin' song along with Peter Puffin!


This week rocked, we're exhausted, and we can't wait to see what Monday brings!