We are over halfway through our first full week, and it has been SUCH A GOOD ONE! I must admit, I was feeling a little discouraged last Friday after school because Kindergarten is hard  in September. I missed my old students who knew the routine and were so well trained, it had been hot and extremely humid for days (aka humidex of 30+C and no AC), and the sillies were out in full force on Friday (probably mostly due to sheer exhaustion on the part of my sweet 4 & 5 year olds). I somehow always forget just how hard September in Kindergarten really is... #realtalk But, come on, let's hang in there! At the risk of jinxing myself, this week has been simply amazing! We are really settling into our routine, and I feel like I have actually been teaching ! Hallelujah! Granted, teaching things like "how to take a book out of your book basket without damaging it," "how to sit at the tapis,: and "how to properly turn the pages in a book," but, hey, it's...
Aujourd'hui, nous avons fait une expérience scientifique! C'était au sujet des microbes et comment le savon est si important lorsqu'on se lave les mains. Je veux partager ce que nous avons fait avec vous, as cas où que vous avez des petits qui oublient souvent le savon, aussi ;) La démarche est TRÈS simple et il vous faut seulement trois choses: - une bassine - des "microbes" (du poivre - j'ai couvert le contenant avec du ruban pour cacher l'étiquette) - de la liquide vaisselle (Sunlight) Si vous avez déjà le livre On ne partage pas les microbes , il donne une introduction parfaite à l'expérience! Nous avons lu le livre avant de faire l'expérience. 1. Remplissez la bassine avec de l'eau 2. Faites vos élèves s'asseoir en cercle et mettez la bassine au milieu. Saupoudrez beaucoup de "microbes" dans l'eau. Discutez du fait que les microbes n'ont pas peur de l'eau - ils se reposent, ils se baign...
Wow, back-to-school kicked my butt this week! I haven't been to bed later than 9:15 since school started on Thursday. I am finally feeling (mostly) rested and recovered now, after a couple of nights of 10-12 hours of sleep! :) I also have what is shaping up to be a really  great group of kinders again this year, which is making my transition from a K/1 split just a tiny bit easier (I was sooo spoiled in September of last year, when my grade ones just guided my new kinders along wonderfully!), although this year I have FOUR kids who don't speak a word of French. Eek! As we are a francophone school, I teach only in French and our outcomes are based on the assumption that all students can already speak and understand French. We will definitely have some work to do to get those four up to speed as soon as possible! Here are a couple of pictures from our first day. My group is really excited about school and keen to learn. And guess what?!?!?! I had ZERO CRIERS on the first day...