Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Reading Our Own StoryWalk

Yesterday we went outside with our Big Buddies to enjoy
the StoryWalk that the children created last week.
While I was busy putting the pages up around the playground,
Ms Seymour re -read the story "I Went Walking".
For such a simple story it amazes me how much the children enjoy it.
Then they were out and running around the school yard.
I loved how the little buddies challenged the big buddies to run
from page to page.
I think the best thing about writing our own StoryWalk, for this large of 
a group,
is that it doesn't matter where you start or which way you go.
Just pick a page and go from there.
We didn't have the congestion of waiting to read each page, in order, 
that we experienced on previous StoryWalks.
It was fun when they found their own page,
or when they tried to think of a sound for the new animal.
What kind of a sound would a Sneaver make?
To finish the fun they ran around once again to collect our pages.
What other story could we write?

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Writing Our Own StoryWalk

Last week we got together with our big buddies and decided to 
write our own StoryWalk.
We started with this book.
The book is about a child that goes for a walk and sees different animals
that end up following her.
 Ms Seymour read the book to the buddies.
She's great at reading books.  She draws the children in with voices, sounds,
questions and asking for predictions.
I created a story page for the buddies to fill in together.
 They had to each think of an animal then combine it to make a 
new animal with a new name.
Some animal combinations that they created were...
cow + bunny = bow
snail + beaver = sneaver
giraffe + snail = gerfidale
elephant + pig = elipig
cow + horse = coworse
whale + pigeon = wigen
duck + cat+ butterfly = ducatfly
cat + monkey = catonkey

Next week we will do a StoryWalk and follow this story around the playground.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Ice Cream Shop

A little while ago I added planters to our cardboard house.
We started with flowers and pinwheels in them. 
 Then one of the children mentioned ice cream.
So I grabbed some small funnels and she collected pom poms from the art area.
And that was the beginning of our Ice Cream Shop
I'm always amazed how things show up when we need them before
we know we need them.
As we were playing with ice cream, a family asked if I wanted 
their lemonade stand.
I rarely say no to an offer and this was a perfect addition to our classroom.
I set it up beside our house so the children
could transfer from one box to the other.
A cash register was added as well as other ice cream props.
It was a busy shop.
With lots of customers
and hard workers.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

StoryWalk at the Beach

First day back to school from my trip and I was able to spend it at the beach.
Love where I live!
The morning was spent with families from my StrongStart and Colleen's.
We set up a variety of activities and the families wondered,explored and played.
One of my favourite activities to set up when we are outside is a StoryWalk.
This time I chose the book, Down at the Seaweed Cafe
by Robert Perry.
As the families walked and read the story they started to find things.
Beautiful flowers.
A dead fish.
A live fish that we helped back in to the water.
A worm.
A shell with an interesting design inside.
Sea stars and a sea cucumber.
We continued walking and reading
until we arrived at our cafe.
So many dishes were prepared but what I enjoyed the most
was hearing the grown ups reminisce about
doing this as a child, either on the beach
or in the mud.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

It Is An Honour

Last November one of the teachers in my school told me that
she was nominating me for an award,
What an honour that she thinks so highly of my work.
Thank you to Jan Smith, LIsa Scheck (my principal) and several
parents (from my program) that worked together to put
an intensive nomination package together.

About a month ago I got a call from the Prime Minister's office
informing me that I was picked to receive the award.

It was very exciting but I couldn't tell anyone except my family and 
the nominating group.
I thought I was going to pop!

Plans were made and we headed to Ottawa.
My husband and I arrived early so we had time to explore.
Our hotel was across the river from the Parliament Buildings.
We rented bikes and cycled along the canal.
During the whole trip we were treated very well.
Right from the start the hotel had this delicious welcome waiting for us.
All the recipients met at a reception to learn what would happen over the next two days.
We included ten teachers and five Early Childhood Educators.
We did a short practice and received our pins.
The next morning we met and each shared a short presentation 
on our 'best practices'.
Mine was called "Imagination Builds Community",
about our Fairy Lane project.
Then we were off to the awards ceremony at the
Museum of Nature.
It was a lovely, intimate gathering.
A children's choir began by singing O Canada.
Then the Prime Minister thanked us for our hard work
and dedication, sharing that this award is special for him to
present as he was a teacher too.

The individual presentations came next.
We each had a video to introduce us.
Oh my, what can I say other than the smile didn't leave my face the whole time.
Even when I got a selfie with him.
Or during all the pictures.

The ceremony ended with a group of aboriginal children singing.
A moment I will keep for a long time.
The next morning we spent on parliament hill,
having a tour of the library and
sitting in on question period.
I so appreciated getting to know the other recipients,
sharing this honour and supporting each other.

A big thank you to my husband, Raymond, for being with
me on this wonderful adventure.