Tuesday, 1 May 2012

Farewell, Welcome and Other Tidbits!

Ms. Huot
Unfortunately (for us), Ms. Huot has completed her grade 1 student teaching placement and is now off to bigger and better days ahead! What a great addition she was to our class. So many great ideas were brought into the student's learning environment. We will miss her! 

We had a great party for Ms. Huot on Thursday afternoon. The student each drew her a picture and wrote a sentence telling what they loved most about her and/or the activities that she taught/planned for them. The book was adorable (forgot to take a pic!) I also got creative and made this adorable terra cotta planter. I simply painted the planter, modge podged it, and then glued (glue gun) one box of crayons onto it. I slapped on another layer of modge podge to seal it and voila! So cute!

Ms. Rachel (my EA partner) and I included lots of school supplies including crayons, pencil crayons, pencils, paper pad, a whistle (her whistle was terrible! LOL!), and a gift card to Chapters!

After going through many of the pictures that I have taken since January, I started to get really emotional. My students are almost finished grade 1, and I have a phenomenal teaching partner who is leaving! AH! I wondered what I could do to make this experience even more memorable for Ms. Huot.... So, I made her a Shutterfly scrapbook. It turned out so beautifully! It's basically a scrapbook that you make online, order, and it's shipped to your doorstep. Unfortunately, I created it too late and it wasn't in my hands on Ms. Huot's last day, but we were able to view it online. I also got motivated to try one of the programs on my computer that I had yet to mastered - iDVD. Well, the movie turned out really well, and the children really enjoyed seeing themselves on the screen, accompanied by familiar tunes! Ms. Huot also prepared such a lovely parting gift for all of the students in the class. She is so thoughtful. It was a great afternoon! We look forward to having Ms. Huot visit us again before the school year is over.
Melanie, our college (Child and Youth Worker) student, also had her last day on Friday. It was a sad day in grade 1 last week! Here is Miss Rachel, Melanie and I. Special thanks to Melanie for her help in our class. She was instrumental in preparing many of the materials that are used on a daily basis.

We welcome Ms. Brown to our class! She was with us in October and is working as a student teacher again for another two weeks. We look forward to learning with her!

Money Math
The children have been learning all about Canadian money! They are being challenged to master the coin names and their values, as well as be able to add coins up to 0.20 cents. In order to facilitate this learning, Ms. Huot opened up her store on her last day, Thursday. She gave each student a collection of coins adding up to 0.25 cents. They were able to purchase as much as they wanted to with the coins given. Here is Ms. Huot promoting one of her favourite products.. Smarties!

Look at that face!

Yum! Kids were very excited!

Real food!
**Of course, the children were instructed to bring the treats home, and to ask their parents/guardians for permission to eat before partaking in the delicious treats! I hope that's what happened! :0

Another fun activity that I was super excited about is Feed the Pigs - Counting Coins! I found the idea online, but altered it a bit. First, I tried to find 10 little plastic piggy banks but was unable to find any at a reasonable price. So I decided to make my own! One of my colleagues has a baby, and she offered me some of her baby jars! I also found these cute little pig pins at Dollarama, added some pipe cleaner to the back of the jar, and voila! I love my glue gun - it works wonders! I used a larger jar that I already had to make the Money Bank... Students were required to choose a card from the pig stack, and fill each of the numbered jars (depending on the pig card) according to the coins on the card. They LOVED this!

We have been busy writing on a daily basis. One of my favourite books is The Best Part of Me. It is written by a group of students from various grades, and was put together by their teacher. The book basically consists of pictures of student's favourite parts (hands, eyes, ears, hands, etc...) In the book the children explain why they chose that particular part. It is adorable.

I have read this book to my students for the past four years. Each year we make a book of our own. Here is our book from this year.

Compound Cook!
To go along with our cooking theme (synonym chefs), I found this cute idea that I thought I would try with the students. I created a compound cook! Compound words are just like a recipe. You add a bunch of ingredients and when mixed, you get something new! It's the same with a compound word.

You can't really see the chart but it says,

"Recipe for Compound Words
a pinch of one word
a dash of another word
Add two separate words together. Mix well to combine. Say new word and enjoy!"

We made some cute compound flowers, and did some fun pancake compound word activities. The children are practicing this through centres daily, and I'm trying to come up with another fun activity that the children will enjoy! Maybe food - maybe pan+cakes= pancakes! We shall see! Hmmm....

Earth Day
We are a little late with our Earth Day activity, but here it is. I wanted to link this activity to our Energy unit, as well as our school's Rights Respecting Schools initiative. One of the rights of a child is "Every child has the right to a clean and safe environment." We read several books related to caring for our earth and why it's important. We decided that in order to have a clean and safe environment, we have to take care of our planet. So the children made a promise to the earth. I was very impressed with the students' responses, and plan to highlight their awesome work on a bulletin board next week during Education Week. We also created a large earth, hand prints and all, as well as flip books that the children completed independently. They had a lot of great information to share.

On a personal note, my son turned 7 today! I can't believe how quickly time has flown by! He was thrilled with his Angry Bird Uno cards, plush toy, and board game. My husband also thought it was necessary to get him a set of golf clubs! He was very excited that he would be spending time golfing with Daddy this summer! Look at him - all grown up! 

My daughter was quite sad that she wasn't getting all the attention today, but I reassured her that her special day would be in just 7 days, and that her joint party would be on Saturday at the bowling alley!!!! She seemed fine after hearing that, along with the treats she received after dinner!
What a pose! 
A joint birthday party on the weekend... what was I thinking? LOL!
Nighty Night!
~ Amanda

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