The Wiggly Tooth

Laugh and Learn with Mrs. Thomas and her Kindergarten Class

Celebrating Early

Chinese New Year is next week but we are celebrating early. This is Dora’s last week. Dora is our international student from China. Since we have our own expert on China, Dora has been teaching us about her culture. We’ve learned what animal each student is according to the year they were born. There are tigers, rabbits and many dragons in our class. This year is the Year of the Dog. Dora’s mom Ada came into our class to share her wisdom. We listened to Ada speak Chinese. Students were mesmerized to hear another language spoken. Each student followed Ada step-by-step to glue together a dragon. Dora and her family thanked each student. It was generous of them to give us a gift from China.

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Metis Lodge – Tipi

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Marg Shepherd from the Cowichan Valley Metis Nation brought with her incredible artifacts. Some items are from her personal collection, while others belong to the nation. Marg shared with us her knowledge of Metis life and language. Wishing for her own children to know about their Metis heritage, she learned a great deal about their culture that she passed along to us. We started by learning how to respectfully sit in the tipi. The tipi belongs to their family which they camp in regularly. It is quite warm and spacious inside. Once inside, Marg shared beadwork, weaving, sewing, animal pelts (weasel, beaver, buffalo or bison) sashes and clothing for us to hold and feel. We learned the importance of bison. These animals provided food, clothing, blankets, shelter and opportunities for trading for the Metis people. We were fortunate to feel a real bison pelt on the top of its head and the side of its face. One part is smooth, while the other is rough. Like the Inuit people, to survive Metis people use every part of a plant or animal for survival. We have been studying what people, animals and plants need to survive. We all have basic needs – food, water, shelter. These basic needs have not changed since the beginning of time, but how we source and gather these items have evolved.

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Wild Explorers

What a beautiful day for an adventure! We left after lunch and returned at the end of the day. In between, we walked to the old Mill Bay Elementary to enjoy a story written by Cale Atkinson titled Explorers of the Wild. Once we entered the forest, students explored and found all sorts of wonderful artifacts. They located different varieties of leaves, sticks, pinecones, bark and deer bones. 

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Winter Magic

Things looked a bit different today…it was Winter Magic. The spirit of love and generosity shared amongst others. Students could make it snow at the sand table using funnels and sifters; they could decorate a tree with counters while exploring magnets; they could write a wish list with pictures and words; they could build wintry trees and the polar express train with kinnex; they could compare a live pine tree with an artificial one; they could help the family in the doll house get ready for the holidays; or they could work like the elves using wood, screws and screwdrivers. The possibilities are endless, as is their imagination.

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Divide And Conquer

This week, we are responsible for keeping our school grounds clean. It was best to divide our forces to cover as much ground as possible. Really, it did not matter what we were doing outside because the sunshine felt wonderful. One student remarked, “Mrs. Thomas, the sun on my skin feels so nice.”


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Remembrance Day

Remembrance Day is coming up. What does peace mean? What does it look like at school? At home? Students have been learning about Canadians as peacekeepers. To honour those who have kept Canada safe, students created art that will be displayed at our assembly.  They used print-making techniques and tools to create the background, while the poppies were created using coffee filters, felt pens and water. Students made choices about where to print the different textures, as well as the number of poppies to include. These choices make each project unique.

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