August 31st

Another week of K1 complete.

The children are developing our classroom essential agreements. This week we thought about what our classroom should “sound like, look like and feel like.” We will use our discussion to create our class agreements. I will share them when they are complete.

After assembly, last Thursday, I asked the children “What would you like to learn this year in K1?” I have posted their answers here. This question was asked by Ms. Nitasha at assembly and the children were keen to share. Enjoy! Their replies are in the link at the end.

Today the children got to meet their grade 3 buddy. Our buddies will be working with us on opposite weeks to assembly. The children were very excited to meet their new ‘big’ friends.


What is a community? We continue to learn about our community. The children have been talking about their family community and we are discussing our school community. The children will be asked to draw a picture of a classmate (Next week,  we will discuss how their friend helps our community- by referring to our K1A: See, Hear, Feel poster).

Together, we read the book ‘My Friend’ by Taro Gomi. We had a great discussion about how our friends can teach us new things. We also read ‘Lacey Walker the Non-stop Talker’  by Christine Jones. This linked to one of our K1A Community wishes ‘listen when others are talking.’


To support our unit: I need your help with translating ‘community’ and ‘friend’ into your home language. Could you please email me with a translation? I would like to use it in a lesson.

We have a lovely outdoor space in K1 and we have begun using the space. The children have danced, played instruments, played in water, built in the sand, had a picnic, listened to the rain with the doors open, found frogs…but, how could we make it better? As a group, we started to brainstorm ideas for our outdoor space. The children thought we needed flowers, shade, trees, toys and ‘more fun things.’ As a grade, the K1 students will begin to develop our outdoor space. This is a very exciting time and I can’t wait to see how the project will end.

Monday September 4th- NO SCHOOL

Thursday September 7th- Back to School Night. You are invited to come to the class to learn about our K1 program. I will be able to answer questions and share about our year. There will be a session from 6:00-6:30 and 6:35-7:05 in our class room (B11-G18). The specialists will be set up in the Center for the Arts foyer (B9)

Here is the link to our photos and videos.

Welcome to K1A!

Dear Parents,

Welcome to the K1A blog.

A warm welcome to our new families and welcome back to our returning families.

This will be the main way for me to communicate with you throughout the year. I will share photos and share learning that is happening in the classroom. Please take the time to check the blog. Sharing the photos with your child is a great way for them to share their week with you. I love receiving feedback and would love for you to comment when you can.

The children continue to enjoy the new canteen food. The children are learning to be independent by setting the table, serving their own food and clearing their plates after they are finished. We are learning to sit at the table and to talk to our friends. Our new family style lunches are a wonderful opportunity for the children to learn about each other.

This week we began our new Unit of Inquiry.


Central Idea: Personal choices affect ourselves and the community

The children drew pictures of the people who were important to them (their community). The pictures will be displayed in the classroom, if you would like to see them.

We began to brainstorm about our K1A community and how we would like our community to be.

The children have learnt to play 3 new cooperative games…and possibly 3 of my favourite games: The Orchard, Snail Race and Stack Up! The children need to cooperate and work together.

We have have a fabulous start to our school year and the children are engaging in their new space, making new friends and learning the routines.

FAMILY PHOTOS- We will be creating a class book about our families. Please email me a family photo.

ROOM PARENT– K1A is looking for a room parent. If you would be interest, please send me an email.

Here is the link to this weeks photos.

Kristi and Hang