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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Inuit Culture

Lianne Macwatt is originally from the North West Territories. She is Inuit. She shared with us the uniqueness of living in the north where different tools and clothing are needed to survive.

Inuit are resourceful. They use all things from their land and from the animals. Lianne had artifacts that we could see and touch. There were bones made into needles, caribou sinew into thread, willow branches into snowshoes, drift wood into sunglasses, wolf pelts into mittens, muskrat into pillows, moose antlers into carving tools and sheep horns into fishing hooks. What a display of creativity. We appreciate Lianne bringing in these items, made and used by her family, for us to explore.

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Bailey Bear & Bridges

 

Last night, ¬†Bailey Bear learned how to make a bridge with his body. He spent the evening at Maggie’s house practicing his gymnastic moves. Naturally, we had to try it ourselves! Maggie gave us directions, as we all tried to make a bridge with our body.

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Mapping

After reading, The Journey Home from Grandpa’s House written by Jemima Lumley, students drew a map. The criteria included a place to leave from, a place to go to, a line connecting the two places and at least one place they passed on the way. Students chose their places. The places could be near or far. The art work and colouring was not part of the criteria, so it could be coloured or drawn it pencil. Students made that decision. Their thought process was important. They engaged others explaining their map. Students included details reflecting on travelling to their destination. If their map could not be understood by others, then alterations needed to be done.

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Metis Culture

 

 

Mrs. Corrine Chow, our Cultural Teaching Assistant, talked about Metis people and shared various Metis artifacts. She was excited to share her cultural history with the class. Afterwards, students worked on a Metis Numbers Booklet.

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Bear And Raven

Huy ch q’u Harvey. Thank you Harvey. Harvey, our Cultural Teaching Assistant, shared with us a story that his grandfather and grandmother had told him when he was a boy. It was the story of spe’uth (bear) and spaal’ (raven). Bear lived on beautiful Vancouver Island with its sparkling rivers and vast mountains. He wished for sockeye salmon but was not ready to cross the river. One night, a friend dropped off salmon to Bear. In a nearby tree, Raven watches as Bear prepares his salmon on the open fire. Since Raven did not have paws, he decided to use his feet. Eventually, Raven blackens and burns his feet. If you play with fire, you’re going get burned.¬†This story was about friendship and jealousy. Our families have stories that they share with each other to teach lessons and preserve our ideals. It was a treat to hear Harvey tell us a story from his family.

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