Thursday, June 12, 2014

Math problems

The students are becoming masters at problem solving in Math! 
From now until the end of the year we will be doing many more of these to prep for Grade 2. Each student uses a different colour so that I can see that each person has put in the same amount of work

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

3-D structures

The students created 3D structures and then used the Educreations app to explain 3 things about their structure:
1) the 3D shapes they used 
2) the 2D shapes they see in their 3D shapes
3) where all their shapes are located 

Click on your child's name below to hear their presentation. 

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

The "All about" books

The students will be making "All About" books about an animal of their choice. They made a list of their top 3 favourite animals that they wanted to write about, and from that list I put the students in groups of 3-4, according to the animal they wanted to write about. This past week the kids have been getting together in their small groups to read all about their chosen animal, and to write down extra cool facts ! Later on this week they will meet with me in small groups to make a graphic organizer, and next week they will be ready to start writing. 
Leading up to this, we talked a lot about non- fiction books, the difference between fact and opinion, and how to add detail to our writing. 

Here are some pictures of the kids reading together. 

3-D shapes

The students have been working hard learning all about 2-D and 3-D shapes. This week they built structures in their groups (they are so good at working together!). They spoke a lot of French, describing the shapes, talking about the 2-D shapes they see in the 3-D shapes, and, using language like sur (on), sous (under), à côté de (beside), etc.

Monday, February 17, 2014

Math and Movement!

I have recently come across a fantastic program called "Math and Movement". It is a programmed designed for kids to have FUN while LEARNING their numbers!! (WOW!!!). The program incorporates music and various exercises (exercises similar to "Brain Gym", see below for more info). We have been starting every morning with about 5-10 minutes of M&M and the kids are loving it! It gets them up and going and a chance to practice counting (by 1's, 2's, 5's, 10's, etc.).

I would highly encourage families to do some M&M anytime at home as well - click here to check out the website for more information and benefits to the program.

What is Brain Gym?
Brain Gym is a series of movements created to enhance communication between the left and right brain. It has been shown to improve a wide variety of skills including writing, speech, memory, etc. It is an incredible successful program. A staple move to find out if your child's left and right brain are working well together is to have your child do a cross over (bring your left elbow to your right knee, switch, bring your right elbow to your left knee, and so forth). This is one of many exercises for your brain.

There is a fantastic center in St. Jacobs that has been doing Brain Gym with kids for many years, in case you are interested. It is called the Integrated Centre for Optimal Learning.

Here is a link to more information on Brain Gym.