I connected with my half-brother a few years ago over the internet. I had not met him before, even though I had learned of his existence when a young adult. Now we send messages to one another from time to time and, a couple of weeks ago, he sent me a picture of our dad – a picture that had been given to him by one of his cousins.
I had seen pictures of my dad at this age before in family groups but not a close up. It was strange to see this photo as my memory of him is always of when he was older. The next time I visit South Africa, I will need to check whether my uncle has any more of these treasures put away in a cardboard box.
This year I have a group of three grade 1s who are focused when working and finish their tasks ahead of everyone. From time to time I give them the opportunity to play with the blocks, and each time they build something intricate. Last week Friday I captured the beginnings of one of their structures.
Soon I will give them the opportunity to build for our Science inquiry. I look forward to seeing what they can build with the blocks and materials I will offer them in class.
Do you know anyone who enjoys building with blocks?
One of the activities at the Math centre this week in my classroom was all about area. How do you introduce area to 6-8 year olds? The grade 1 and 2 curriculum encourages teachers to introduce their students to this concept using non-standard units; that is, blocks and other manipulatives. I have found that the children enjoy this activity (which they do in pairs) and eagerly measure the surface of books, their journal, the seat of a chair, and a book shelf.
A few surfaces are covered by many blocks and the children need to work out some strategies to count up to large numbers. This necessity leads to one of those moments when the grade 2 partner helps the grade 1 student The students’ collaboration often leads to both grades understanding the basics of area and measuring it.
Which photo do you prefer? The colour? Or the black and white?
My ECE went home over the winter break – to Paris! How I wished I could go with her to see that lovely city once again. When she came back, however, she gave me an unexpected gift that gave me a little bit of that fair city.
The mug is beautiful and is currently being displayed on my bookshelf. It will move to the kitchen cupboard and be used when space has been made.
I will certainly enjoy drinking from this surprise gift – and each time I do so, I will remember my visit of long ago and think of ways in which my family and I can visit in the future.
Tomorrow my daughter is graduating from her middle school. Her school organises a graduation ceremony with a dance for the students afterwards and everyone is expected to attend the celebration well-dressed for the occasion. After much searching, we finally found a dress appropriate for my daughter’s age that fits her well and that she likes.
The only change I had to make to the dress was to add wide straps as she does not feel comfortable in a strapless dress. Yesterday I took the time to hand sew the straps and add them onto the evening dress.
The result is a dress that looks like it was designed with straps and a happy daughter who will feel comfortable for the entire evening.
Now we just have to finalise the shoes and accessories 🙂
A snapshot of kindergarten writing in black and white focuses on the writing without the distraction of colour. I share with you the writing of a child who could barely form letters at the beginning of the school year. Stronger fingers and a willingness to practise have led to better formed letters and words.
In grade 1, the letter formation will improve and, in years to come, the writing will be more practised and noted down with ease. As a teacher, I revel in seeing the progress of this child and the knowledge that I have helped children on their writing journey.
I enjoy the colours of the flowers in spring: yellow, red, pink, violet. The colours are a balm to a spirit that longed for colour during the long, icy winter. There are times, however, when the details of the flowers really stand out in black & white.
The lack of colour seems to bring out the shades in the geraniums and the detail of its centre. When blossoms are seen without colour, their beauty seems to be highlighted in contrast to the darkness of the leaves.
The photos are effective and pleasant to look at. I do prefer, however, seeing the colour when I walk about outside. Colour that tells me that spring has arrived and old man winter has left for southern plains.