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Week of Nov 13 - Visit to Kanesatake, Sticks, Ropes, Dancing and Climbing!

Updated: Nov 22, 2023

What Happened?

Our trip across the water to Kanesatake was a beautiful opportunity to make connections with their culture, school community and language. We enjoyed a language lesson that included some seasonal vocabulary words and some familiar tunes like Twinkle Twinkle Little Star. Click here to download their language app. The children played with the different age groups of Kanesatake students on the playground and in the forest around their school. Back in Hudson dance pattern sequences, ABABAB, were discussed and demonstrated on the large wooden platform. Some words with Z sounds discussed were zoo, buzz, xylophone, and zebra. Qu sounds discussed were in words quick, queen, and quiet. Ch words like: choose, cheese, chase, cheek, challenge, and choice were shared. There was a large interest in stick play and building this week, some of which were inspired by our time with the grade 3 art class in Kanesatake where designed and made art from natural materials. In their classroom we looked at art by Andy Goldsworth in the classroom and then collaborated in small multi-age, mixed, groups to build and create with natural materials in their forest. Hospital and dragon care continued to be popular play themes. Many children also enjoyed pretending to be pets on leashes going for walks. Baseball and soccer were also popular games this week. We started most of the mornings with a walk to the viewing decks to build up warmth on these colder days. Sometimes these walks become treasure hunts and adventure walks that allow our imagination to connect with the environment. Isaac H made clues for the other children to solve. Milo drew a map. Many children enjoyed expressing themselves by decorating rocks and acorns. We counted and sorted the shapes of leaves, logs, sticks, birds, acorns, kids, rocks, trees and squirrels.

The Wednesday older group of children explored making self portraits with natural materials, sculpted wooden animals, and played many team games involving sleuthing and agility.

What Does It Mean?

The children are improving their fine motor skills through drawing, sculpting, sawing, and decorating. Manoeuvring across the leaf covered, uneven forest floor during games, balancing on logs, dancing, and climbing ropes and trees, ball handling all contribute to gross motor development. The children learned and practised letter sounds, counting, pattern recognition, and sorting. Social skill development continues as children practice taking turns, sharing, listening, and playing with others. Self-regulation strategies continue like calming by blowing leaves, brain gym fingers hook-ups, identifying others' and their own emotions. Reading sequence, character traits, emotions and comprehension skills develop as children are immersed in imaginative cooperative play and while reading stories. The expression of stories through dramatic play helps build language skills and cooperative play. The groups are forming beautiful community friendships who look forward to seeing each other each day or week. They are looking out for each other and thrive in the play, creativity and interactions that develop. Different roles are explored within small groups as they lead, follow or share their ideas. Managing emotions, conflict and playing with different age groups brings so many challenges and opportunities to learn about each other.

What's Next?

We will inquire into what words start and end with Sh and Th. The children will continue to inquire into different ways to express feelings, ideas and stories. We will continue inquiry into expressing more complex patterns like AABBCC, and ABBABB, both visually and through dance movements.

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