Archive - 2017

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Morning Sign-In
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Unit 2: Habitat
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Mealtimes in Peace & Unity
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End of Unit Celebration
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Songs in Peace & Unity
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Routines
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Unit 1: Relationships
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The First Week of School
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Thanks for a Great Year!
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The Construction Zone
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Our New Water Inquiry Area
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The Book with No Pictures
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A Musical Experience
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It Looked Like Spilt Milk
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Outdoor Play

Morning Sign-In

Every day in Peace & Unity, children begin their day by signing-in. This week, we have updated our sign-in, as we will every so often this year to spark interest. By mixing it up, we are encouraging reluctant writers, giving children exposure to different tools and mediums, and providing opportunities to explore literacy using their senses.

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Unit 2: Habitat

The Peace & Unity classroom has been in a frenzy exploring different animals in our second Unit of Inquiry.  Through our lines of inquiry, we have been exploring: animal and human habitats, the areas and spaces we live in, and animals and humans living together.

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Mealtimes in Peace & Unity

Mealtimes are important moments in the Peace & Unity classroom. They are one of the few points of the day where every child is together.  They are moments of great independence, socialization, and risk-taking.

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End of Unit Celebration

Today, we wrapped Unit 1.  Over the course of the Unit children began exploring different relationships: friend-to-friend, child-to-teacher, parent-to-child. They explore what these relationships look like and how they make us feel. Furthermore, we looked at how were are all similar and different. By looking at the ways are are alike and unlike.

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Routines

We are just finishing the fifth week back at school. Both children and teachers are forming relationships and creating routines.

Our first unit of inquiry is all about making relationships and being able to follow routines and expectations set by the teachers.

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Unit 1: Relationships

We are wrapping up the second week of our first Unit of Inquiry.  We are excited to see some growth and excitement surrounding our Unit’s central idea, key concepts, attitudes, and learner profile. Throughout the course of our unit we are looking for children to demonstrate growth in certain areas.

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The First Week of School

Phew– The past week has flown by! All of the teachers were very excited to meet the students and parents this week.

In the Peace & Unity classroom, we have had a good, action packed, first week of school. We would like to share some highlight of our first week.

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Thanks for a Great Year!

 

The end of the year is upon us. It went so quick! We were proud to see the growth of your children over the course of the school year.  Our Year End Show was a wonderful culminating activity to demonstrate all we have learned.

We would like to thank you all for a wonderful school year.  We wish all the best to our Peace & Unity class.  Have an amazing summer!

The Construction Zone

Throughout this year our class has always had building materials: blocks have been there all year, lego and trains had come and gone.  However, about a month ago we noticed that our class seemed ready to move beyond small-scale building.

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Our New Water Inquiry Area

Now that Student-Led Conferences are over, we have once again ventured outside to our veranda space during Integrated Program time.  The most popular space is definitely our revamped Water Inquiry Area.

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The Book with No Pictures

This week Peace & Unity has been diving deeper into The Book with No Pictures by B.J. Novak.  We used this book to explore different types of stories and it soon became a class favourite.  Using the book as a jumping off point, we created our own version of the story during circle time this week.
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A Musical Experience

Part of our Inquiry into Storytelling is inquiring into how stories makes us feel.  We have been making connections between different types of stories and how they make us feel.  We have also learned that we can tell stories through music and that many of our favourite songs tell a story: 5 Little Moneys, The Little Green Frog, Skinnamarink.  Last week Peace & Unity had a musical experience and discovered different ways that music can affect us.

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It Looked Like Spilt Milk

Students were introduced to the story, It Looked Like Spilt Milk during Circle Time this week.

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Outdoor Play

With our new unit beginning, we have added more to our outdoor veranda.  Utilizing this spaceallows children to get messy, loud, and active in a productive environment.

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