Monday, March 30, 2009

Our Twenty-Fifth Post -- Everything is working again!

We want to let you know that the Board server is up and running again, so our e-mail system and our website are working again. Thank you for being so understanding with our Internet woes.

Have a great evening!
Aviva and Dianne

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Our Twenty-Fourth Post -- Board Server Down

We wanted to let you know that the Board server is temporarily down, which means that we cannot check our Board mail and our Kindergarten Website is down. If you have any questions for us, you can always e-mail us at Adunsiger@aol.com. Hopefully the Board server will be working again soon.

Have a great evening!
Aviva and Dianne

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Our Twenty-Third Post -- Slideshow on Literacy Centre and Math Centre Activities

Since we finished our last round of literacy and math centre activities this week, we wanted to share the centre information with you this weekend. Instead of posting photographs on our website, we decided to try something new. We made a slideshow of photographs from our literacy and math centres using One True Media. Click on the thumbnail image underneath to view this slideshow. Please note that due to some camera difficulties, we have more photographs from our A Class than our B Class. We have resolved the camera issues though so this should not happen again. Sorry about that!

Have a great weekend! We hope you enjoy our latest attempt at using some new technology!
Aviva and Dianne

Our Twenty-Second Post -- B Class Literacy Centre Video Footage

Here is some video footage that we took of our B Class literacy centres on Wednesday and Friday. We used One True Media (a website) to merge the four videos into one. We hope that you enjoy the result!

It is great to see the children learning from each other as they work at the various literacy centres. They continue to progress in their reading, writing, and oral language skills. The ease in which the students use technology to enhance their learning is also wonderful to see. We are so proud of them! Click on the thumbnail image underneath to go the website to view our students in action.

Have a great weekend!
Aviva and Dianne

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Our Twenty-First Post -- A Class Literacy Centre Video Footage

Here is some video footage that we took of our A Class literacy centres yesterday. We used One True Media (a website) to merge the three videos into one. We hope that you enjoy the result!

It is great to see the children working and learning together. They have obviously progressed a lot in their reading, writing, and oral language skills. The ease in which the students use technology to enhance their learning is also wonderful to see. We are so proud of them! Click on the thumbnail image underneath to go the website to view our students in action.

Have a great day!
Aviva and Dianne

View this montage created at One True Media
My Montage 3/24/09



Friday, March 13, 2009

Our Twentieth Post -- March 13, 2009

It has been another wonderful, but busy, week in our room. We started our new literacy and math centres this week, and we will finish these centres after the March Break. Ask your children about these new centres.

We also started our math problem in class this week. The children are learning how to read a problem, understand what it is asking them to find out, and complete the problem using pictures, numbers, and words. While we are completing the math problems as a class right now, as the year progresses, the children will have the opportunity to complete these problems in small groups and individually. We look forward to having them show you what they can do.

This is also Cassi Smith's last week in our room. Dianne Kunz will be returning after the Break. I (Aviva) want to thank Cassi for everything that she has done for me and for the students. It has been a pleasure to work with her.

Have a wonderful March Break!
Aviva and Cassi

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Our Ninteenth Post -- March 7, 2009

This was an exciting week because it was our 101st and 102nd day of school. We had special literacy and math centres to celebrate these special days, and some of the students even got dressed up for the occassion. Guiding questions and photographs of these centres and of our last round of literacy and math centres are now up on the Kindergarten Website. There are some problems with the server this weekend though, so you may not be able to view these descriptions and photographs until next week. Sorry about that!

On Thursday and Friday, we told the children that from now on, we will no longer be completing our calendar routine. We will be reviewing the months and days through our morning message routine. Instead of calendar, we will start completing math word problems next week. These word problems will allow us to review key mathematical concepts with the students and also help teach them the importance of the language of math. We look forward to this exciting addition to our math program!

We have also made a slight change in our Language program too. Last year's EQAO results indicate that many students have some difficulty with answering multiple choice questions. To help our students learn this important skill, we have included a multiple choice question as part of our morning message routine. The children each get a chance to vote on what they think is the correct answer, and then we complete the question together to find out for sure. These multiple choice questions are a great way to review key language and mathematical concepts taught in class.

Thank you for your continued support of our program! We look forward to another exciting week next week: the last week before March Break. Have a great weekend!

Aviva and Cassi

P.S. Due to the Board server issues this weekend, our Board e-mail addresses are not working either. If you have any questions, please phone us at school on Monday (905-304-3255). Thank you!

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Our Eighteenth Post -- Math Centres for the B Class

Here is some video footage of the students in the B Class completing one of their math centre rotations today. It is interesting to see how they are interacting with each other and to hear what they have to say. The children are obviously learning and having fun at the same time.

Have a great day!
Aviva and Cassi

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Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Our Seventeenth Post -- Math Centre Video Footage

We decided to try something new yesterday: we recorded video footage of the children completing one of their math centre rotations. We are new at this, so we apologize for some of our camera work. That being said, it is interesting to watch the students as they work together. They are obviously enjoying this round of centres while thinking and learning too! Check out the Kindergarten Website by March 7th for descriptions and photographs of these centres and of the literacy centres as well.



Have a great day!

Aviva and Cassi




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