January Update

It was great to be back in school with the students this week! With the warmer weather we went outside for recess on both days. Please continue to send your child with full winter gear, so that they can enjoy playing in the snow.

This week we read The Mitten and Lost. Found.

During circle time on Tuesday, we talked about what we got for Christmas and then we drew a picture of it during craft time. On Thursday we talked about the numbers 1, 2, 3. We drew each number, named it, and then drew buttons to match each number. At craft time, the children had a chance to count and draw buttons on snowmen to match the numeral that each snowman had.

On Thursday we also welcomed a new student named Landan. He was in my class last year, and is back this year, with a little later start. Welcome back Landan!

Next week we are starting the morning with self-directed crafts during Table Time. The kids will get to be creative and make whatever they want as they explore using the different art materials: paper, crayons, glue, sequins, and scissors.

Please note the following registration dates for the next school year: 2021-2022

Pre-K Registration

  • Registration letters for Pre-K 2021-2022 were sent out to families this week
  • For RETURNING Pre-K students please complete the Returning Student Registration
  • For NEW Pre-K students please complete the New Student Registration
  • Registration is available now at our parent website
  • Deadline is March 31, 2021.
    • This deadline is necessary and will determine the number of classes we will be able to offer for the fall of 2021.
Pre-K Registration letter for next year

Kindergarten Registration

  • January 19, 2021 – Kindergarten Registration for 2021-2022 opens.
  • Please refer to the RES school website at https://res.wolfcreek.ab.ca (on Jan. 18th) that will have the necessary links and additional information.
  • Make sure that you select the correct school term: 2021-2022.  
  • If you have any questions please phone the school’s main office at 403-843-3751

February Break

February 15-19th: No School

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Jan 7th At Home Learning

Good morning everyone! I hope you all had a restful and cheery holiday break 🙂

Next week, we should all be back in class together (fingers crossed) but today is our at home learning day. I have included some suggested learning activities below that you can do with your child.

Read Aloud

Here is a story called Little Snowflake. You can listen along to me reading it aloud by watching the YouTube video below.

Sing Along

This is a song that we have listened and danced to in the classroom in December. Since we weren’t allowed to sing we listened to it on the Smartboard and we learned the movements to go along with it 🙂

Here is the same song from Super Simple Songs (slightly better sung, lol)

Fine Motor- Build a Snowman with Playdough

For this activity, your child will need playdough (recipe here) and some small bits and pieces that can be used to make the parts of a snowman. For example, you can use twigs or toothpicks for arms, a small ribbon for a scarf, and buttons for eyes. You can also use different coloured playdough for the parts of the face as well.

Talk with your child about what a snowman looks like. Is a snowman’s body round like a circle or square like a box? Ask them to show you how to make a ball out of playdough. Help them round it into a ball shape if they are not sure. Ask them how many balls do they want their snowman to have? One, two, or three? Talk about how the ball on top is smaller than the one on the bottom.

Once the snowman body is constructed show your child how the bits and pieces you have collected can be used to make the snowman face parts. How many eyes should you make? How many noses? How are we going to make the mouth? What can we use for a scarf?

Send me a picture of your completed snowman!

Gross Motor: Snowball Laundry Shoot

  1. Set out a laundry basket on one side of the room. Roll up 5 socks into a ‘snowball’.
  2. Invite your child to try to toss 5 of the rolled up sock ‘snowballs’ into the basket using an underhand throw.
  3. Try starting three steps away from the basket and move closer or farther away as needed.
  4. Give your child a turn to toss all five ‘snowballs’. Count with your child from 1 to 5 as they aim for the basket. 
  5. Play again, this time, taking turns and using phrases like ‘my turn’ and ‘your turn’.

Learning Letters

Have an “ABC” day. You can pick one letter or play around with a few different ones.

  • Talk about the letters in your child’s name
  • Draw letters
  • Make playdough letters
  • Sing the ABC’s
  • Match lower case to uppercase letters printed on paper or index cards

Learning Letter Sounds

Or have an “S” sound day and talk about the sound things that start with the /s/ sound. In class we call it the Snake Sound because it sounds like a snake hiss: ssssss!

  • snowman
  • sign
  • socks
  • sleep
  • slippers
  • slide
  • sandwich
  • snack

Snacktime Fun

Have a picnic for snacktime. Spread out a blanket on the floor and have your child get their favourite teddy bears (and siblings) to join them for am impromptu picnic.

Here is another great Read Aloud to end our morning. This one is called Snowmen at Night and it is by Awnie.

I hope you guys had fun learning today. Mrs H. and I can’t wait to see you all again in the classroom!

Nov 3

During the next few weeks our class will be learning about our emotions, making friends, and how to get along. Your children are very kind with each other and are already doing a great job! Today we read the story Llama Llama, Red Pajama and we talked about how sometimes we miss our family when we are at school, but that we are doing a good job having fun and being patient to see our moms and dads again!

I will also be working on the EYE (Early Years Evaluation) in class and hope to have those done by the end of November. As a teacher, I use the EYE to help me see where my students’ strengths lie and where we can develop our skills more as a class. For example, we might do more crafts that use our pencil grip/scissor grip or spend more time on nursery rhymes depending on where the EYE shows me that the needs of the class are.

This morning the kids were very excited to see that we had playdough to play with today! Each kid has their own container, cookie cutters, and rolling pin. After they played, Mrs. H and I taught them how to put everything away and make sure that the playdough lid is on nice and tight. They did a great job cleaning up after themselves!

Zander, Keely, and Rosie cleaning up their playdough.

Reminders:

Fall Break:

  • Nov 9-13th NO SCHOOL
  • There is no Pre-K next week on Nov 10th or 12th
  • Pre-K classes resume on Nov 17th
  • You can always view our class calendar from my website.
    • look in the menu for the Calendar button
    • the dark blue days are class days 🙂

Parent Teacher Interviews

  • Dec 3rd (pm) and Dec 4th (am)
  • later this month I will send out a SignUp Genius invite to your email so that you can pick what time works best for you

Daily Health Check

  • Alberta Health has updated our Daily Health Check, the new version can be found on the school website and it can be found on my website under the link Daily Health Check.
  • The new version needs to be read carefully, but it should make it easier for students to attend school with minor symptoms, so please check it out 🙂
  • link to my website.

October Update

Winter is here early! Please continue to send in full winter gear with your child. We can continue to play outside as long as everyone is dressed warmly with ski pants, mitts, etc 🙂

We have been having a lot of fun learning about Fall, Thanksgiving, and Halloween this month. We have read stories, learned some fingerplays and chants, and made Turkeys, Fall Trees, and Monster Letters for craft time!

Here are some of the books we are reading this week and next week 🙂
Our Monster Letters look great up on the wall!

HALLOWEEN PARTY Oct 29th

  • Costumes are optional and your child may wear orange/black clothing if they wish, or their regular play clothes. 
    • Costume Rules:
      • Please bring your child to school already dressed in their costume.
      • Please ensure that your child can use the bathroom independently in their costume.
      • No costume props (ie. wands, purses, masks, etc.)
      • No play weapons (swords, guns, etc) This is a school wide policy.
  • Candy and Treats
    • to keep things simple this COVID year :), I will bring in some pre-packaged Halloween treats for your child to enjoy in class rather than asking parents to send in treats.
    • We will observe the extra COVID precautions when handing out treats.
  • Movie
    • I am planning to put on a short movie for the children to enjoy called Room on the Broom.  This movie is rated G and the trailer can be viewed here.
    • Please let me know if you have any concerns about this.

Sept 22

Your children have done wonderfully their first few days of class 🙂  Everyone is a little shy at first but they all quickly settled in and enjoyed playing with each other and making new friends. Mrs. H and I have really enjoyed getting to know them.

Our daily schedule stays more or less the same for the school year in order to provide your child the comfort of knowing what comes next each day they are in class.

  • Arrival
  • Table Time (activities set out for students)
  • Circle (songs and stories)
  • Bathroom
  • Snack
  • Craft
  • Free Play and Small Group (I pull a few children at a time to do a learning activity while the other children play together or do a language activity with Mrs. H)
  • Closing Circle
  • Outside Play (when weather is nice we go out for recess until dismissal 
  • Dismissal

Every morning we start circle with our Hello! song. Last week we also sang a “getting to know each other’s names” song called Good Morning to You which I found on www.teachingmama.org

Image result for good morning to you song

This morning the children will have read Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons and later this week it will be Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes. The children will love the fun repetitive stories and making the craft afterwards.

Events/Reminders

FreshGrade

A letter will go home (once I’m back) letting parents know how Freshgrade works. An invite to your child’s portfolio will be sent to your email after that. If you do not receive after next week please email me.

Contacting Me

Please don’t reply to these website update notifications unleas it is a message you would like shared with the whole class. Those replies are sent to the website comment section rather than my work email. I haven’t published anything private of course, but it was confusing me for a minute there as to what was going on, lol. Please open a new email and send it to randi.schindel@wolfcreek.ab.ca

Class Picture Day is on Sept 29th

  • order forms will be sent home a couple weeks later with your child’s picture “proofs” inside
  • ordering is optional
  • parents are NOT to return orders to the school
  • please drop your order off at Michael’s Studio

Birthdays

We will celebrate in class with the Happy Birthday song and a card from the class. We cannot accept treats from home to share with friends.

October: Maksym and Keely

First Week

Hello Everyone! It was nice to meet some of you and your kids at our Virtual Q&A last week 🙂

We are starting our first week of school and out first batch of students are starting tomorrow. I have made a quick welcome video and Read Aloud for your children.

Action Items:

Who is picking up your child?

If someone other than a parent will be picking up your child: please email me at randi.schindel@wolfcreek.ab.ca with the names of the people that you pre-approve to pick up your child on your behalf 🙂

Both parent names are on my list, but if you would like to arrange for an aunt/uncle, grandparent, etc. to pick up your child you have to inform me. You may also email me the day of with this information.

  • First Name/Last Name/Relationship to child

Reminders

Staggered Entry: Sept 8-17

Your child will attend either Tuesdays or Thursdays for the first two weeks of school. This means they will come for one day a week for two weeks.

TUESDAYS: Sept 8th and 15th:

  • Rosie, Maksym, Brantley, Landon, Gracie, and Chase

THURSDAYS: Sept 10th and 17th:

  • Nick, Zander, Keely, Parker, Mackenzie, Ziyla, and Reagan

We begin our normal T/Th schedule on Sept 22nd with all children attending both days.

Children who are confirmed as being on the PUF list will attend four mornings. The start dates for the PUF 4 day schedule will be sent to parents once confirmation comes through.

Arrival and Dismissal

  • Please do the Daily Health Check with your child prior to arriving at the school every day.
    • If your child has a pre-existing condition or develops symptoms you may call the main office at 403-843-3751 for guidance.
  • Times are 8:40 am and 11:40 am.
    • Please arrive between 8:35 and 8:40am with your child.
    • Please be ready between 11:35-11:40am to pick-up your child.
  • We will meet at the front entrance of the school.
  • Late arrivals: please knock on the front door of the school to admit your child.

Sept 3rd Update

Parent Information Video

Virtual Q & A

September, 4th at 2:00pm

The link was sent privately to your email. Please check there for it 🙂

Staggered Entry

Two Weeks: Sept 8-17

  • Your child will attend either Tuesdays or Thursdays for the first two weeks of school. This means they will come for one day a week for two weeks.
  • TUESDAYS: Sept 8th and 15th:
    • Rosie, Maksym, Brantley, Landon, Gracie, and Chase
  • THURSDAYS: Sept 10th and 17th:
    • Nick, Zander, Keely, Parker, Mackenzie, Ziyla, and Reagan
  • We begin our normal T/Th schedule on Sept 22nd with all children attending both days.
  • Children who are confirmed as being on the PUF list will attend four mornings. The start dates for the PUF 4 day schedule will be sent to parents once confirmation comes through.
  • Arrival and dismissal times are 8:40 am and 11:40 am.

Ms. Randi with a mask an no mask.

Welcome To Pre-K with BFPA

Dear Families,

My name is Randi Schindel and I am the Bright Futures Play Academy teacher again this year.  This will be my fourth year with Wolf Creek School Division and teaching Pre-K at Rimbey Elementary School.  I look forward to seeing some familiar students and meeting my new ones in the upcoming days!

Ms. Randi

Please add randi.schindel@wolfcreek.ab.ca to your email contacts 🙂

Do you have questions about Re-entry into school during COVID? Please refer to our BFPA Re-entry Parent Guide which can be found on our BFPA parent website.

Staggered Entry

September is a very exciting time for young students as many will be going to school for the first time.  I expect the children to be excited and a little nervous which is why we always start off the year with a staggered entry.  This allows the children to attend the school in small groups in order to see the classroom and meet the teacher and classroom staff for the first time.

  • Staggered Entry Weeks: Sept 8-15
    • Your child will attend either Tuesdays or Thursdays for the first two weeks of school. This means they will come for one day a week for two weeks.
    • TUESDAYS: Sept 8th and 15th:
      • Rosie, Maksym, Brantley, Landon, Gracie, and Chase
    • THURSDAYS: Sept 10th and 17th:
      • Nick, Zander, Keely, Parker, Mackenzie, Ziyla, and Reagan
    • We begin our normal T/Th schedule on Sept 22nd with all children attending both days.
    • Arrival and dismissal times will be announced next week. See below for more info.
  • Virtual Parent Information Meeting:
    • On Sept 3rd or 4th I will send a YouTube link to a recorded version of our Parent Information Meeting and a Google Meet link for a virtual Q&A.
    • Please watch the recording first and then join the meeting if you have any additional questions.
    • The Google Meet will be scheduled for Sept 4th at 2:00pm.

The Parent Information meeting allows me to give parents an overview of what our class community will be like through the year, including some of our exciting programming that we have available to parents.  It will also give you the opportunity to ask any questions that you may have.

Regular classes begin the week of Sept 22nd and your child will start their regular schedule of Tuesday and Thursday (T/Th). Please review the class calendar and note all the Class Holidays and Long Weekends 🙂

Calendar

SCHOOL SUPPLIES

Most of the materials that children will use while at school (e.g. crayons, glue, etc.) will be provided through school fees. However, there are a few things we ask that your child have:

  • Backpack:  Your child will need a backpack for transporting items such as snacks, crafts and winter clothing items.
  • Indoor Shoes: Your child will require indoor shoes that will be kept at school. Shoes should have non-marking soles and velcro fastenings are preferred.
  • Extra Change of Clothes: Accidents happen. For that reason, please provide an extra change of clothes (shirt, pants, underwear, socks) that will be stored in a Ziploc bag to be kept at school.
  • Water Bottle
  • Lunch Kit

Please ensure your child’s NAME is clearly marked on all belongings as often times several children will have the same or similar article of clothing, water bottle, backpack, etc.

Student Arrival and Dismissal

Pre-K students will be using the front entrance. Parents will be asked to bring their child to the front of the school and encourage their child to join the Pre-K class line. I will be outside to greet and dismiss them.

Please be prepared to say goodbye outside. We are discouraging parent visitors inside the school, so that we can maintain our cohort.

Typically we start and end from 8:30-11:30 am. However, this year we will be doing a social distancing arrival and dismissal. In order to maximize the space provided, our arrival and dismissal times will be moved back behind the other grades. I will have this information by Sept 3rd or 4th.

How Do I Let You Know If My Child Will be Absent?

The best way to notify me is to email me at at randi.schindel@wolfcreek.ab.ca

I check my email every morning before class and then again when I do attendance. If a child is absent without a note, I am required to phone home during class time to check, so please email 🙂

Questions?

You may email me at randi.schindel@wolfcreek.ab.ca

I look forward to meeting you and your child and to a great school year!

Sincerely,

Randi Schindel

June 15 Summer is Here

This is officially the last week of school for 2019-2020!  It has been a wild, crazy ride switching to online learning in the last half of the school year but we did it!  Carrie, Vanessa, and I have missed your kids like crazy and we are really looking forward to seeing them one last time before summer break in our Google Meets this week.

This post will be a little longer than our usual weekly learning post because our Pre-K team wanted to give our students a little extra material to use all summer long if they wanted to 🙂

Before we get to that I just want to send out some birthday wishes to our kids who will celebrate birthdays over the summer.

Summer Birthdays:

Happy Birthday to Ryder S. who turns 4 on July 4th and Abigail who turns 5 on August 27th.

 

Literacy Activity: Read Aloud of ABC Ready For School

 

Literacy Activity: Read Aloud of 5 Little Ducklings Go to School

 

Literacy Activity: Read Aloud of Ready Set Kindergarten

 

Language Activity: Sing a Long of The ABC Song

Here are a collection of ABC songs from my favourite Super Simple Songs.

 

Numeracy Activity:  How Many Are Hiding?

picture school math game buttons

This is a simple game that teaches early math skills such as counting, 1:1 correspondence, seriality, counting on, and estimation.  To play you need about 5-10 small objects like toys, buttons, rocks, or even beans.  You also need an object to hide them in like a cup.

 

picture school math game duplo

Directions

  • Place out 4 toys and count them with your child.
  • Tell your child to remember that number and then hide their eyes.
  • While your child is not looking hide one toy.
  • Tell your child to open their eyes and look at the number of toys left behind.
  • Ask them if they can guess how many are hiding.
  • Help them count the toys remaining, and then help them figure out how many toys are gone.
  • Try again with different amounts.
  • Start with a low number of toys but expand the amount of objects as your child gets the rules.

Alternative:

  • You can also play this game with a snack or treat item like Goldfish Crackers or fruit snacks.  If your child guesses the right number than they get to keep the treat that was hidden.

 

Numeracy Activity: Sorting Shapes and Colours

Here are a couple game ideas on helping your child to learn their shapes and colours.  In the shape sorts below it is important to help your child name the shapes and to talk with them about what they look like.  “Look the circle is round like a ball.  It doesn’t have straight lines.  And the square has 4 straight lines”.  If your child knows their basic shapes try teaching them about ovals, diamonds, octagons, etc.

These ideas are from http://www.busytoddler.com and can can be viewed here and here.

There are a lot of ways you can practice recognizing and naming colours with your child.  The quickest way is to simple dump out some of their toys and challenge them to find certain colours until you have several different piles sorted out.

picture school Sorting-Toys-by-Color

In the picture below, the parent saved lids from their child’s snacks and milk jugs and threw them in a pool of water.  The child is fishing them out and sorting them by colour as she goes.

picture school Sorting-by-Color

This idea is from http://www.icanteachmychild.com and can be viewed here.

 

Recipe Idea: Fruit Skewers

This is a fun way to talk with your child about healthy snacks and it is simple enough that your child can help make it.  Simply take you and your child’s favourite fruits and chop them into small chunks.  Then let your child push them onto the skewer.  I have found the long skewers at the Dollar Store and grocery stores in the past.

picture school recipe Creative-Rainbow-Fruit-Skewers--1024x683

You can view the recipe here.

 

Fine Motor Activities:

picture school name puzzle cut outs

Activity One: Name Puzzle

You can help your child learn to recognize the letters in their name and how to put them in order by helping them make a name puzzle. You can write their name on a piece of paper and cut out each letter or you can use bottle caps or even clothespins like in the pictures below.

picture school name puzzle lids make-your-name-puzzle-activity-3

 

At first, you may need to help your child find the letters and name them and then help them put them in order.  With practice your child should be able to recognize and name each letter in their name.

 

picture school name puzzle clothespin

 

Activity Two: Learn the Shape of the Letters in Your Name

This activity creates a “tactile” way for your child to learn the letters of their name by touching them.  With this activity you can help your child learn the shape of letters and how to draw them by helping to guide your child’s finger over each letter.  Encourage your child to start at the top of each letter.

If your child already know the letters in their name, you can try the names of family members, pets, or favourite characters. 

picture School name tactile

To make this you can draw your child’s name using glitter glue or you can use white glue and sprinkle on coloured sugar.  Hint: To make coloured sugar simply add a couple drops of food colouring and mix it until the sugar is evenly coloured.

This idea is from http://www.preschoolinspirations.com and you can view her instructions here.

 

Picture school write-your-childs-name-with-highlighter-then-trace-it

Activity Three: Trace Your Name

Some of our children are independently writing their full first name, but several of them are still learning to write their letters and what order to put them in.  To assist your child with this you can try this easy activity from http://www.kidsactivitiesblog.com.  Simply take a highlighter and write your child’s name, nice and big.  Then encourage your child to trace their name.  You may need to place your hand over your child’s to help them the first few times.  Remember to start at the top for each letter.

 

 

picture school Puffy_Paint_ice cream cone

Activity Three: Make a Puffy Paint Picture

Puffy paint is easy to make and it is a lot of fun to paint with.  Once it dries it creates a cool 3D effect that feels “puffy” to the touch.

We have the recipe over on our recipe page but the recipe is so short and easy I can include it here too 🙂

  1. Mix equal parts shaving cream and white glue.
  2. Add a few drops of food colouring (optional, you can always leave it white)
  3.  Stir to mix.

picture school puffy-paint-how to

Use an old paintbrush to paint with or the back of a plastic spoon.  (Don’t use a good brush because it is hard to wash out the gluey paint after.

You can make any picture you like.  Here are some inspirations:

picture school puffy-paint extra pics

 

picture school cloud dough Cloud-Dough-Recipe

Activity Four: Make Cloud Dough

Cloud dough is a version of playdough that is softer and silkier than the original.  This is another easy recipe, in fact it is so easy your child can make it!

  1.  Mix equal amounts of lotion and cornstarch.
  2. Mix
  3. Optional: you can add a couple drops of food colour.

This idea is from http://www.thebestideasforkids.com and you can view their instructions here.

 

Activity Four: Draw a person

This one is as simple as it sounds.  Simply, ask you child to draw a person.  You can talk with them about the different parts that people have: head, body, arms, legs, feet, toes, fingers and the different parts of the face: eyes, ears, nose, mouth, and hair.

In the pictures below you can see that there is a developmental progression to drawing a person.  Typically, young children start out with scribbles, and then as they mature their drawings become more organized and more details are added.

Drawings linked to intelligence study

 

 

Gross Motor Activities

Activity One: Here is a bucket list of activities to do this summer that our team made!

Summer Bucket List Picture

You can click on the picture above to open the printable PDF or click on: Summer Bucket List

 

Activity Two: Here are a few Cosmic Kids Yoga Ideas

 

And finally, for those rainy days, here are some great Read Alouds and Sing a Longs to last you all summer long 🙂

 

Have a great summer and see you soon!