A Changing Classroom: October

Many of the sights in my classroom during October were Halloween inspired. Before the Halloween-themed activities were explored, however, we spoke of Thanksgiving and thought a little about what we were grateful for.

We also discussed what we ate for the meal we shared with our family. It was a wonderful opportunity for the children to learn relevant vocabulary in French.

Even though the classroom had still not been painted, I put up a few Halloween decorations in the room.

Many activities were Halloween inspired.

The activities, however, were driven by our inquiries on Fall and about ourselves, as well as our daily activities.

October ended with the classroom filled with excited children wearing their costumes. We got a little work done – but not too much.

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Working Witch. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2015

October has been a good month filled with learning. I now look forward to the month of November and the changes Room 1 will experience.

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What changes has October brought for you?

(This post is inspired by Cardinal Guzman’s Monthly Challenge: The Changing Seasons in which bloggers post pictures of the same location throughout the year. The location I have chosen to focus on is my classroom.)

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The Changing Seasons: November

On Saturday morning I walked through the park and realised that all the leaves had been blown off of the trees. Thursday and Friday had been bitterly cold with an icy wind that seemed to go through our Autumn jackets.

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A neighbourhood park. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2015

As I walked through the park, I noticed how dreary the place looked. Even though it is still Autumn, the area has the feel of winter about it.

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A park scene. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2015

Even the bench I shared with Jude a couple of weeks ago no longer looks inviting:

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A park bench. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2015

I saw the sun rising behind the buildings but even the little bit of colour in the sky did not take away the threat of an approaching winter.

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Sunrise in the park. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2015

The branches of trees reach up towards the sky as Old Man Winter slowly creeps into our lives.

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(This post is inspired by Cardinal Guzman’s Monthly Challenge: The Changing Seasons in which bloggers post pictures of the same location throughout the year. The location I have chosen to focus on is the nearby public park.)

The Changing Seasons: October

Nights and days are cooler and, with the falling temperatures, the leaves on many trees have changed. The park I walk by everyday has changed its look with the golden foliage surrounding it.

The benches in the park look inviting but not many take advantage of the scenic view. The breeze is a little cool and people have not yet adapted to the lower temperatures.

I enjoy walking through the park and always admire the colour in the trees. Like many others, I do not stop to rest on the bench. Instead I head on home to a warm interior and a hot drink.

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(This post is inspired by Cardinal Guzman’s Monthly Challenge: The Changing Seasons in which bloggers post pictures of the same location throughout the year. The location I have chosen to focus on is the nearby public park.)

The Changing Seasons: July 2015

The warm days of my Summer break seem to be melding into one. Looking at the calendar this morning, I could not believe that we are already in August – before I know it, schools will be open again and children will be entering classrooms ready to learn.

We have had some very hot days during the month of July with the humidity raising the temperatures up to 40c. The result is that midday the parks are quiet as children and their caregivers stay in.

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Park in the Summertime. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2015

Even though the park is empty, it is still a pleasant sight to see with the green foliage giving it an air of summer. Voices ring out in the open air after dinnertime when moms and dads bring their little ones out to play.

The Changing Seasons posts for 2015:

January 2015

February 2015

March 2015

April 2015

May 2015

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(This post is inspired by Cardinal Guzman’s Monthly Challenge: The Changing Seasons in which bloggers post pictures of the same location throughout the year. The location I have chosen to focus on is the nearby public park.)

The Changing Seasons: April 2015

During the month of April, the temperatures increase and the grasses become green; the buds on the trees form and we wait in eagerness for them to open. When I walked past our local park, I heard birdsong and I knew that soon it would soon come alive with the sound of children’s voices.

I took these photos near the end of April on the 29th day. The park was quiet when I strolled past it a bit before 8am; however that afternoon I noticed that some visitors were running around the play structure.

The Changing Seasons posts for 2015:

January 2015

February 2015

March 2015

thechangingseasons challenge© Colline Kook-Chun, 2015

(This post is inspired by Cardinal Guzman’s Monthly Challenge:The Changing Seasons in which bloggers post pictures of the same location throughout the year. The location I have chosen to focus on is the nearby public park.)

The Changing Seasons: March 2015

Cardinal Guzman challenged bloggers at the beginning of the year to posts pictures of the same location every month. Even though I was not blogging during March, I did remember to take some pictures of what my local park looks like when the snow meltdown occurs.

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March Meltdown. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2015

I took these pictures in the third week of march. The days were warmer than they had been for a long time and we were beginning to look forward to spring. In the afternoon as I approached the park, all I saw were puddles of water and plenty of mud.

As expected, there were no children playing in the park on their way home from school – they would have to wait until the sun had dried up the ground a little.

The Changing Seasons posts for 2015:

January 2015

February 2015

thechangingseasons challenge© Colline Kook-Chun, 2015

(This post is inspired by Cardinal Guzman’s Monthly Challenge:The Changing Seasons in which bloggers post pictures of the same location throughout the year.)