A message from SK
The SK students concluded the “Who We Are” unit of inquiry several weeks ago. They are now midway through “How We Express Ourselves” which has a focus on play and builds on the concept of community that was developed in the previous unit. The central idea of the unit is “How we play together affects our community” and the lines of inquiry are: How and when we play; There is a connection between learning and play; What makes play fun?; How does the learner profile contribute to how we play in our community.
Following the boys interest and need throughout the unit, there has been a significant focus on the latter two lines of inquiry. We are so pleased to see the students beginning to use strategies to prevent problems from occurring in their play before they happen and watching as they develop their communication skills with their peers. This line of inquiry has offered natural opportunities for the boys to explore the language of probability as they predict what is certain to happen, could possibly happen or is impossible in their play with friends. We are looking forward to watching their continued growth over the remainder of the unit.
The language program in the SK classroom is in full swing. We are so pleased to have our small groups up and running and this is a testament to the developing independence of our SK students. In our small groups, the boys have begun guided reading and sight word practice geared to their individual readiness. We appreciate the work that the SK parents are doing at home to further support their sons’ learning in the classroom through our home reading program and we are seeing their confidence blossoming in their daily independent reading.
In addition to reading, the SKs are continuing to practise writing regularly and are quickly gaining confidence with the strategies they are exploring. We recently challenged the boys to begin to add more details to both their illustrations and it is exciting to see the progress since September. In the coming weeks, we will add numeracy to our small group work and expect that this will be exciting for many of the boys who have a passion for numbers.
Many thanks to all of the parents who were able to volunteer time to tie skates for our skating unit. The boys loved skating and you helped to maximize their time on the ice. We thank you for your time. We also thank the wonderful group of parents who organized and volunteered their time for Halloween. The students had a great time and we are so appreciative of the time and effort that went into the planning. With the holiday season around the corner, we remind parents that our next unit of inquiry offers an opportunity to share your holiday traditions with the class. Please contact us if you would like to volunteer to do so.
Laura Heyes and Pina Porto