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Message from SK

The SK students concluded the “Who We Are” unit a few weeks ago. They are now midway through “How We Express Ourselves” which has a focus on play and builds on the concept of community developed in the previous unit. The central idea of the unit is “When we play, we can learn and grow”’ 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?

We will know that the boys are grasping the central idea when we see them using the strategies we explore as a class to prevent problems from occurring in their play. Already, the boys have identified that being a good communicator is an essential skill to have when entering and exiting group play. As the unit progresses, the provocations for play in the classroom will become increasingly more challenging as the boys will be required to collaborate and communicate in a greater way. Our lines of inquiry offer natural opportunities for the students to explore the language of probability as they predict what is certain to happen, could possibly happen or is impossible to happen in their play with friends. We are looking forward to watching their continued growth over the course of this 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 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 practice writing in guided, shared and independent settings, and are quickly gaining confidence with the strategies they are exploring.

With the unpredictable weather, we ask that all students pack hats and mitts in their backpacks to allow for midday changes in temperature. The boys are becoming increasingly independent in their dressing into and out of their outdoor clothing. We typically bring the boys to the cubby area 10 minutes prior to our dismissal time to allow for a stress-free opportunity to practice independence in dressing. We thank parents for waiting outside during this time as it continues to be an important part of our Kindergarten program. Likewise, as we near the halfway mark of the school year, we appreciate parent support in ensuring that the boys are entering the school as independently as possible, unpacking their belongings and completing their morning routines. We continue to be impressed by how capable our SK boys are.

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.

Warmly,
Laura Heyes and Pina Porto

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