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Message from Year 1

Our final unit of inquiry in Year 1 titled ‘The Brain”  is growing and developing daily, just like our individual brains themselves. To introduce this unit, the boys were motivated to think about their strength. This task encouraged each student to think about themselves as a learner, their interests and areas of growth. Knowing one’s strength helps our development. However, it is ok, even good, to make mistakes as they help us learn. The boys learned about a growth mindset approach and the power of yes. To learn about our mindset we read a variety of beautiful picture books such as:

  • The Girl Who Never Made Mistakes by Mark Pett and Gary Rubinstein
  • Stuck by Oliver Jeffers
  • The Important Book by Margaret Wise Brown
  • The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds
  • Extra Yarn by Mac Barnett
  • The Fantastic Elastic Brain by JoAnn Deak

The next step in our inquiry was to generate a variety of questions. The boys asked many great questions about the form (what) and function (how) of the brain as well as causation questions (why), connection questions (relation to other things) and responsibility questions (what is my responsibility). As a group, we sorted our questions to display them in our classroom. Finally, the boys have created a “Guess Who?” display. Using an interview with a family member as a resource, each student gathered information about themselves as a young child. A baby picture along with three hints of each student is displayed in our classroom. We invite you to visit the Year 1 classroom for a game of “Guess Who?”

In unit 8 in math, we’re reviewing money. The boys are identifying coins and adding change together. Furthermore, we’re learning about simple fractions by dividing slates into equal parts and sharing objects equally with people. We’re consolidating the skill of identifying and writing fractions through math games and using a variety of manipulatives.

Thank you for reading,

Sophie Lurz slurz@ucc.on.ca