September Reflections

I’m just sitting in my sunroom at the lake reflecting on the past month. I’m thinking about all that has happened in our school and with education in general as we start our school year together.

How is it already October? The month of September flew by as we navigated the beginning of school with our new procedures.  School looks a lot different this year, but the kids are so resilient!  They are eager to learn, explore, and share.  This new way of teaching is strange, but I am so glad that I have the amazing group of kids I have this year.  I’m so thankful that I get to come to work everyday and spend the day with your kids. 🙂 After a storm there is usually a rainbow and your kids are differently my rainbow.  I was reminded of that this week when we had this beautiful view out our classroom window to start our day.  The Super Kids were so excited and of course the morning plan went out the window and we had to explore what causes a rainbow!

Our guiding question for our inquiry this year is… How does our Earth adapt to change? Through these strange times our lives have had to adapt.  The way we see family, go to school, and so much more.  We have adapted.  How does the Earth and it’s living things adapt to seasons and environmental changes.  We started this inquiry by looking at trees and how they adapt to changes in weather and the seasons.  Why do leaves change colour?  What happens to the tree in the winter?  How does it stay alive? What is a tree’s life cycle?

We explored leaves that we brought from home close up and noticed that they seemed to have veins in them like we have in our body. The Super Kids noticed that the leaves were many different colours.  We conducted an experiment to show that leaves actually have many colours in them using coffee filters and rubbing alcohol.  Unfortunately, I didn’t’ take a picture of our experiment, but it did show that green leaves have other pigments in them too.  Check out the link below that shares a video that helped us understand the process.

We then explored how fall is harvest time for many farms and orchards in Canada. We shared if we had family members that live on farms and what kind of farms they have.  I shared that many of my family members have farms and that I grew up serval small town throughout Manitoba were farming was very important.  The harvest is important to our food cycle to make food for us to buy.  We then shifted to apple trees and how they get to the grocery store for use to buy.  Apples are a healthy snack that many Super Kids bring to school so we learned all about apple trees.

We spend a whole day doing apple science, math, and art! We made core patterns with apple cores. 🙂

The Super Kids have been busy establishing routines such as morning meeting, reader’s workshop, and math workshop. I took apart my classroom library organization system and created book bins for each student filled with fiction and non-fiction books.  Each week they get a new bin of books!  They were so excited and even cheered. 🙂

Book Bins video

 

September 30th was orange shirt day.  A day that we recognize the Indigenous peoples of Canada and the effects of residential schools.  We read the book “When We Were Alone” by David Robinson and talked about how being unique and having traditions make each of us special.

The Super Kids painted rocks orange.  We then brainstormed words that came to mind when we think of treating everyone kindly and celebrating their uniqueness.  We placed them in our school’s reconciliation garden in the front of the school.

Movement breaks are very important in our classroom.  We love to get moving to GoNoddle video.  We get our wiggles out by dancing together and calm our bodies with many of the calming videos too.  Rainbow breathe and melting are our favourite calming videos.

Center time is a bit different this year.  Each student has a bin each week that they can explore.  Check out some of their projects below.

Have a great weekend!

 

 

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