Friday, 29 September 2017

Free App Alert!

10 Monkeys has alerted us that their Addition and Subtraction games are free (on iOS) for a limited time!

If your learners like this app, let us know!

Thursday, 28 September 2017

Weekly Check-in Sept 25-29

We're at the end of our month, and it has flown by!

September 30th is our 'claims' day, and Learning Resource Funds can be paid out starting next week. That also means that your K-9 teacher has 3 weeks from Sept 30th to have evidence of learning on file for each of their students. Please remember to update your Fresh Grade or Google Folders with the latest awesome learning your students are doing!

Our K-9 Teachers met this week to discuss a variety of topics including online resources, the curriculum changes, and how to better support you and your learners. One area we all agreed is that we are privileged to work with our families and are excited to see the growth and changes that our students are in for this year!

Speaking of the new curriculum, we now have three overarching pieces- the Core Competencies, that are the starting point to good citizenship and a healthy productive adult life! They are Thinking, Communication, and Personal & Social Responsibility. You can read more about them here.

Every week I'll try to post some interesting links or ideas on how to "name and nurture" the core competencies in your learners. This week I have a really interesting link for learning more about the Personal and Social competencies. The New York Times has a feelings quiz. You look at snippets of faces (just the eyes!) and try to guess what the person is feeling. It's a great way to talk about feelings, but also about how we communicate with body language!

Secondly I wanted to share an awesome App resource with you. This is called Wizard School, and despite the name, it has nothing to do with Hogwarts (or wizardry at all!) One of the biggest fears parents have is letting their children interact online with strangers. In my (very humble!) opinion, we need to be explicitly teaching our youngsters about how to interact safely, rather than keeping them from interacting at all. This app allows your child to interact with contacts you approve (grandparents, family, friends, etc) and sets up an anonymous email system so your child can't be identified or tracked by anyone not on your contact list. They can send and receive messages, create videos and cards, and learn awesome new facts, all of which you can monitor easily!

Finally I wanted to share a First Nations resource with you. This is a list of traditional foods and the ways various (mostly coastal) First Nations used them. It's an awesome resource for seeing what you can find locally, as well as learning about sustainability and living in harmony with nature. I printed and laminated my own set, they are constantly used in my home and classroom.

That about does it for this week. If there is anything you'd like me to review or find resources for, or you have an awesome resource, app, website, or idea, please let me know so we can share it out to the other families! Have a GREAT October!

Monday, 25 September 2017

Weekly Checkin Sept 18-21

We made it to the end of another week! Soon the leaves will be falling and we'll be heading towards the long dark winter days, so get outside while you can! 

There are a couple of edu-awesome things I wanted to tell you about, so please let me know if you are interested in more information about any of it. 

  • The CBC is having a Writing Competition. The theme is to write the first page (300-400 words) about what Canada will be like in another 150 years. You can win all sorts of great prizes. Find out more here.
  • Terry Fox Run- It's that time of year when schools and communities are having a Terry Fox Run to raise funds for cancer research. You can participate in a Virtual Run with me anytime next week from your own location, or find one here.  Send pictures (through Fresh Grade!) and maybe we'll put them on our school blog!
  • Mystery Science is an AWESOME resource for science experiments and inquisitive minds. All the hard work is laid out for you, resources, supply lists, activities, and awesome videos for curious scientists are available in a variety of science topics. You can read more here:
    • I have purchased it for our students, so if you want the login, let me know and I'll send it to you!

Have a great weekend, and I look forward to connecting with you next week!

Sunday, 17 September 2017

Parent Guide to New Curriculum

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You have heard for many years that BC's curricula is undergoing changes.  Some of the changes will be subtle while others will be transformational.  The new curricula for grades K-7 was rolled out last year (2016-2017) while high school curricula will be implemented next year (2018-2019).  While I am tempted to outline many of the changes here, I do not want to overwhelm you and will point you instead to a ministry document created specifically for parents that describes the rationale for the changes as opposed to the changes themselves.  I encourage you to read the document as it gives some useful information on the changes.  Please click to link to the Parent Guide.