I just wanted to give you some quick updates as we near the end of the school year. We wrapped up our Butterfly unit last Thursday when I was away. The butterflies surprised us and finished emerging from their chrysalises early and were ready to go, so Mrs. H and the substitute, Ms. Smith, took the children outside and they released the butterflies together. Unfortunately, we didn’t get pictures that day but the butterflies were the Painted Lady butterfly type and, for reference, you can see the picture below..
This week we are doing a unit to celebrate Indigenous History month which is in June every year. We listened to an cress story called The Granddaughter Who was Eaten by a Big Fish. It was pre-recorded so that the children could listen to it in the oral story tradition of the Cree peoples. The story was about a young girl who was told by her Gookum (pronounced cook-um and means grandmother) to not swim in a lake because there is a big fish that lives there. In the oral story tradition stories were told and retold throughout the life of a child and as they grow older they learn more and more from the story. Some stories, like certain legends, are only meant for telling during the winter months. Other stories, like this learning one, can be told and shared by anybody at any time.
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In our sharing circle afterwards, the children thought it was funny that the Big Fish swallowed the girl whole, but they agreed that the Granddaughter should have listened to her Grandmother’s warning about the fish in the lake.
The children enjoyed this story and asked if there was another one, so we will listen to Little Bear and the Crow on Thursday morning.
Last Day of Class is on June 15th
Our last day is next Tuesday! The year has gone by so fast and your children have made it so enjoyable. Usually we have a picnic or an ice cream party outside and we invite all of our family’s to join us. However, due to COVID, our school is going to finish off the year following the restrictions against gatherings and we will not be having a family picnic. Instead, the children will enjoy a class party with a special treat (maybe creamsicles!), a slideshow of our year together, a fun show (PG), and lots of time to play outside.