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  Tuesday, March 28, 2017

An introduction to coding in PK1

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Cubetto 5Cubetto is our new friend in PK1. He is a robot and we learn how to make him move around.

We use different colored blocks that we put on a queue line, and then we press on the blue button:” Go Cubetto”. When placed on the map, Cubetto can move forward, backwards, pivot on the right or the left side.

After making friends with Cubetto, we decided to build him a house using legos and magnets.

On the map, we placed Cubetto’s house in one of the squares, and programmed him to move from its initial position to his house. Then we added more lego buildings, and made Cubetto move from one to the other as well as explore the rest of the map.

The fun part was when Cubetto was strong enough to push forward some of the buildings when moving.

Later on, when the PK1 students become experts at programming the different moves of Cubetto, they will be able to memorize a sequence using the function line.

It is true coding and the children love it!

  Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Learning how to write in cursive in Kindergarten

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Learning how to write skillfully in cursive is a long process that starts in Kindergarten and will be continued in 1st grade.

Our PK2 students already train on a large scale to make and then draw some loops. To practice they will use blocks and trace the loop around, or use a cord to make a loop around the block. Then they will try to draw as many small loops as possible with a piece of chalk.

PK2 loops with a cord PK2 loops with a chalkPK2 tracing loops with a chalk

In  Kindergarten, the students will train on a smaller scale to make loops using different tools and material: ribbon, play dough, and eventually they will draw loops on a whiteboard using a marker.

The next and final step will be to learn how to write letters in cursive when following a line, and to stay in between two lines. A major step to master before entering in 1st grade.

Congratulation to our students for their good practice!




From the seed to the plant

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Gardening in Kindergarten

As part of the Kindergarten curriculum, “Exploring the World”, the students need to observe the stages of germination, learn to care for and observe the development of a plant.

After observing different seeds, the children made hypothesis on how the seed will transform: into a flower, a tree, a turnip or a pumpkin…

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The last chapter of this Learning process was to plant and grow some wheat.

The Kindergarten were very happy to see the wheat they had planted last month had grown and was showing nice “wheat ears”.

Charlotte and her classmates make sure they get enough water but not too much! A true skill they need to master: “Take care and observe the developme

nt of a plant”.