One of the best things we do at our school is the annual Christmas store. The generous people from our school community donate new or gently used items and our School Community Council sorts them onto tables for twenty five cents, fifty cents, seventy five cents and one dollar.
Our big buddies came with us to the store to help us sort out the money issues and we gleefully shopped and shopped.
When all the purchases had been made, more wonderful volunteers wrapped the gifts for us.
There was a class full of happy children who couldn’t wait to get home with their gifts!
Each day in December, someone gets to open a gift from under our tree. Each present contains a new book for our classroom. Opening the parcel to find out what our new book is is a definite highlight each day.
Check the student’s blogs to see the letters they sent to Santa today.
How many days until Christmas? My students can all tell you!
Today we made Advent calendars that we could take home to count those oh so important days. First, we cut out and decorated the Christmas trees…
Then we made patterns out of twenty-four coloured paper strips. We wrote the numbers (grade one) or the ordinals (grade 2) on the strips and then made them into chains.
Here’s our finished product. We’re going to take off one link every night until Christmas.
Today we connected with Ms Lirenman’s grade one/two class to have two Mystery Number Skype calls. The grade ones tried to guess a number between one and twenty and the grade twos used numbers up to forty. We’ll be using progressively higher numbers as the year goes on.
We have had a pre-service teacher visiting our classroom this fall. Wednesday was her last day and she brought treats with her! Thanks, Ms. Lewis!
Later, we visited the cultural fair put on by the grade 8′s and had more delicious things to snack on.
Today while we were doing “Read to Someone” we didn’t just read to kids in our classroom. We also read with students in Ms Lirenman’s class in Surrey, B.C. via Skype. Learning with kids who live 1600 kilometers away!
Our school community contains some of the most generous people I know. Year after year, they give towards all of the charities and projects the school sponsors. Thank you, Westmount!
All of the classes in the school participated in Operation Christmas Child, so when the time came to deliver the boxes to the waiting ambulance for transport, all the students chipped in to get them there.
One of the ways we practice math concepts is by playing math games. These games help to reinforce concepts and stretch the students’ math thinking.
Whether it is subitizing (the ability to know, without counting, the number of objects in a familiar grouping)…
…or counting on from numbers…
… it’s always more fun if it is part of a game.