Monthly Archives: April 2012

Growing Chefs- Vegetable show and tell!

Hello Division 19,

This afternoon I sent home a letter for our Growing Chefs lesson.  For tomorrow’s lesson, your child will need to bring a vegetable for “Growing Chefs” show and tell.  Please have your child pick one vegetable from the fridge and bring it to school.  I will make sure that it comes home at the end of the day.  Sorry this information came today and not on Friday, but our photocopier was broken all week and I had no way of sending home a letter.  Anyways, I hope it wasn’t too last minute. 

See you tomorrow!  Now I need to go and get my show and tell as well!

Mme Rode

 

Growing Chefs and our new PE unit

Hello Division 19,

Yesterday we had an amazing day.  We had our second Growing Chefs lesson.  It was so much fun.  Each table group brainstormed ways to care for our garden and 5 rules for our garden.  As well, we played a vegetable guessing game.  We were able to guess the names of 10 out of 13 vegetables.  The chefs did trick us though.  We thought one of the vegetables was broccoli and it was actually broccolini (a vegetable that is a close cousin, it is a combination of broccoli and kale).  There were 2 types of mushrooms that looked very different.  One was a honey or beach mushroom and the other was a King Oyster mushroom.  After the game, we all got to sample the vegetables.  Everyone loved the vegetable samples!

We didn’t get a chance to plant with the chefs yesterday because we were so busy.  They will be coming back next Tuesday to transplant our beans and peas because they have been growing like crazy.  We will plant our seeds next Tuesday with the chefs.

As well, we started our new PE unit.  As you all know, I love trying out new and interesting things in the gym.  We are doing a gymnastics unit, but very untraditionally.  We are going to use the theme of “Cirque du Soleil” to explore different movement techniques.  Yesterday, we started our first lesson.  We were doing the “Russian Bars”.  Please check out the Youtube clips here to see an example of the Russian Bars.  We used lines on the floor and did movements and jumps while maintaining our balance.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hi1Em1nPKOk

I absolutely love Cirque du Soleil.  The gymnasts/acrobats/artists are unbelievable to watch.  We will be doing different “cirque” themes every Tuesday in the gym and will try and tie it together to make a little presentation.  Stay tuned…..

See you,

Mme Rode

Growing Chefs

Hello Division 19,

Our plants are growing!!! Please come in and take a look.  Our beans are growing so tall.  It is crazy that they were only planted a week ago!  Next Tuesday, the chefs will be returning.  For this lesson, the chefs would like for the students to bring in some of their favorite seeds so they can do individual planting.

I am so happy that our beets are growing this year.  Last year, none of the beets grew so we must be doing something better this year!

If you have any pots at home it would be fun to plant some seeds with your child so that they can see how easy it is to grow their own food.

See you,

Mme Rode

Cloud Dough

Hello Division 19,

I was perusing Pinterest the other night and found this really neat stuff called Cloud Dough.  It is a fun sensory activity that all children enjoy.  It is very easy to make and feels really cool to the touch (and it smells nice too).  I am logging this under the “cool stuff” category because this stuff feels really neat.

To make Cloud Dough you need:

8 cups of flour and 1 cup of baby oil

Check out this link to show you pictures:

http://www.jugglingwithkids.com/2011/11/cloud-dough.html

It would be a fun rainy day or weekend activity.

Have a good day,

Mme Rode

Indoor shoes

Hello Division 19,

I have noticed that the classroom floor and carpet have been get very dirty these days.  The weather is much nicer and the students are having a ball outside playing in the sand, dirt and on the playground…meaning that this dirt is also getting tracked into the classroom.  I am asking for the students to bring a pair of shoes to school that they would designate as “indoor shoes” only.  Please send these shoes to school as soon as possible so we can keep our classroom cleaner.

I did find a shoe rack yesterday and I might need one more.  If by chance you have one laying around the house gathering dust I would greatly appreciate using it in the classroom.

Thank you and have a lovely Sunday,

Mme Rode

Growing Chefs

Dear Parents,

Today was our first Growing Chefs lesson. It was so much fun.  We met our 3 chefs: Chef Graham, Chef Brody and Chef Yuka.  We looked at the different seeds that we were going to plant in our classroom garden.

The seeds we planted were:

  • arugula
  • lettuce
  • beans
  • snap peas
  • beets

For our next lesson, Chef Graham wants the students to bring in seeds of their favorite vegetable and we will do some more planting.  I also have a window box that we can plant some flowers too.

Our next lesson will be Tuesday April 24.  I will remind the students closer to the date to bring in their favorite seeds to grow.

Come in and check out our growing garden.

Mme Rode

April calendar and newsletter

Dear Parents,

Below are pdf files for the newsletter and calendar for the month of April.  It is my favorite month of the year and hopefully the Canucks can make it a good one in the playoffs this year.  Our fingers are crossed that they can win it all this season.

April newsletter

april calendar

Have you checked out our amazing rainbow mural in the hallway.  Last week the students worked so hard to find images of a certain color so we could make this beautiful collage.

Have a wonderful Easter weekend.  Little Ava turns 2 this weekend.  Easter is her favorite holiday because she LOVES chocolate and ADORES rabbits.  How perfect that it is her birthday this weekend!

See you,

Mme Rode