Wednesday, 30 March 2016

Starting Our Garden ๐ŸŒท

 Our room is at the beginings stages of our garden journey.  We are working on our green thumb to plant cucumbers leeks and various herbs.  With a little bit of curiosity and eagerness to learn our garden will flourish. 

Recipe for a Great Garden๐ŸŒฝ
A kiss from the sun
A loving gardener
A drink of water
Brings a bountiful fruit

"Why try explaining miracles to your kids when you can just have them plant a garden."
                                                      -Robert Bault

Written By: Miss Santillan ๐Ÿ™‹๐Ÿป

Tuesday, 22 March 2016

How does my garden grow ?

Today we planted some daffodil bulbs. Before we planted them the children examined the bulbs, noticing that some of the bulbs were already beginning to sprout.

We talked about the bulbs and how they grow. The children learned that the points need to go up when planting. 

"If we put the point down the flowers will grow upside down."

"We'll have upside down flowers"

"Look their growing already. I can see them grow. Look can you see them grow?"

" We need to water them so they can grow. They get water for food because they can't eat real food."

The children then worked together to decide who would water the bulbs on which day. And how much water they should give the bulbs. Their plan must be working, take a look.

Written by Mrs. Balharry 

Friday, 18 March 2016

Squirrel Sighting

 A couple children were standing at the window sill looking out the window when I heard a bunch of laughter. I stood back to listen and observe the children not knowing what they were laughing at. The laughter got louder and louder and the children were talking and pointing out the window. I went over to the window, when I looked outside I saw a squirrel running up and down the tree.

The children were interested in the way the squirrel was running around all the trees. They talked about how fast it ran and then hopped over to the next tree. 

They watched the squirrel for several more minutes until it jumped into another tree and ran away! 

Mrs. Zilkie

Thursday, 17 March 2016

Happy St. Patrick's day

Happy St. Patrick's day. Looks like the leprechauns played a joke on us with all this snow!
Never the less it didn't stop us from having some St. Patty's day fun.

Wednesday, 9 March 2016

Colour mixing

This morning the staff put out some trays with Popsicle molds and eye droppers for the children to explore with.


The children noticed that not all the cups had coloured water in them, and that only some of them had clear water. Using their fine motor skills and eye hand coordination they worked to suck up the colours and began to mix them.


There was lots of discussion about new colours that were made and how some of the colours changed shades.


Some of the children decided to pair up; reasoning,that with two peers they could make more colours faster.


Written by Mrs. Balharry 

Tuesday, 8 March 2016


One of our parents brought in some seeds today for us to plant this spring! Our goal this summer is to harvest our gardens once a week for snack. A big thank you to Faye!!


The children began to sort through them. They held up each package to show their friends and teachers calling out the items that they found. 

                                               "Look I found some carrots".

We discussed all the different things we can make with the seeds:
Pumpkin: pie
Carrots: soup, muffins, cake
Corn: "eat the corn, hold on the sides and eat the seeds off the top".

As the children were sorting though the seeds the children starting finding matching packages of seeds. They held up the matches in the air "look the same". 

Then another child picked up the package of cantaloupe seeds, she went to the other room when she came back she had a piece of cantaloupe from the house keeping area "look this is what these seeds will make". This child is showing assimilation between a tiny seed and the actual fruit. 

As the children sorted through all the packages of seeds they learned:
-matching skills

Thursday, 3 March 2016

Dinosaur eggs part two

Recently the children worked together to make some dinosaur eggs. Here's what happened once they were frozen.

The children started to explore the eggs looking to see if they could spot the dinosaurs inside.
This started a huge discussion as some of the children noticed that there were different dinosaurs in each egg.

They wanted to get the dinosaurs out and decided the best way would be to use hammers. So the staff brought out safety glasses and ball point hammers for them to start their excavation work.

They quickly learned that if they hammered too fast the egg smashed causing the dinosaurs to break. But if they took their time the pieces would crumble off and the dinosaurs would come free without damaging them.

As the play experience continued, there was a lot of discussion to why dinosaurs are extinct, what they ate, where they might have lived, and if they could survive in our world today. A lot of food for thought!

Written by Mrs. Balharry

Tuesday, 1 March 2016

A New Look

A  "Big Thank you"to Jason Abott and the Oi furniture company for furnishing our library with a new couch.  This piece brings a tranquil and inviting space to story time. 

Just look at how this child is enjoying it!!!!

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