The Changing Seasons: March 2018

March began with a reminder that Winter had not yet said its goodbyes. The last days in February were mild and spring-like; the first evening brought with it gently falling snow. Walking through the park the next day, I enjoyed the snowscapes and hoped they would be the last I saw this Winter season.

The falling snow on many days during March definitely made me wish to curl up on the sofa with a good book in pajamas. Pajamas were the theme of our spirit day just before March Break and the children came to school in sleepwear. My students brought along their stuffed animals as well to keep them company during the day.

The time after March break passed quickly and, before we knew it, it was the Easter weekend. During the days leading up to the long weekend, I planned a number of building activities in my classroom for the children as a part of the inquiry on structures. They had the opportunity to build bridges with popsicle sticks,

cars with card and wood,

and a structure of their choice with building blocks.

March ended as it began – with cool weather. Snow is not falling but the temperatures are still lower than we would like them to be. Hopefully April will bring with it higher temperatures and thepromise of summer.

What was your March experience?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2018

(This post is linked to The Changing Seasons hosted by Zimmerbitch)

The Changing Seasons: February 2018

During the month of February, we experienced quite a bit of snow. Many mornings when I opened the curtains, I would be greeted by the following scene:

Early Morning Cityscape during Winter © Colline Kook-Chun, 2018

The air outside looked chilly – and it was. Each morning we bundled up in layers and trudged to our destinations. The playground at the school where I work was covered in snow. Icicles dropped down from the eaves. Winter seemed set to stay.

We did enjoy the snow while we had it, though. The crisp air and the pristine whiteness of the winter landscape is always a pleasure to behold.

February is almost over – and it appears that winter may be too. The last few days the temperatures have been mild and the rain has washed away the last remaining snow and ice. I am looking forward to the change and look forward to storing my winter boots.

What weather did you experience during February?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2018

(This post was inspired by the Monthly Challenge: The Changing Seasons)

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.)

A Changing Classroom: September

During the school year the look of my classroom changes. The posters on the wall change according to what we are doing. The documentation panels in the room change as I display the children’s work. During the month of September, the changes have been minimal as I wait for the walls in my room to be painted. The plastering was done in the days preceding the start of school – and I am still waiting for the walls to be painted!

Construction in Classroom. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2016
Construction in Classroom. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2016

Classes begin whether the walls are painted or not. I continue working with the children but am unable to put things up on the wall. Our co-created alphabet lies in the basket on my desk; and the words for the word wall are still in a box in the cupboard. The unpainted walls, however, do not prevent the children from enjoying the reading centre.

Enjoying the reading centre. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2016

A classroom is not only made up of walls but also of the children that inhabit it and the activities they do within those walls.

We have now moved into the month of October and I am hoping that the painting is done soon. I love decorating the classroom for Halloween and my fingers are itching to put up the skeletons and spiders.

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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 my classroom.)

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: May 2015

Spring is in the air and the evidence is seen when walking by the local park. I took the following photos on 12 May at 7:50am on my way to work. The air felt light and, even though there were no children in the park, I could sense the children’s laughter in the air.

Pictures of the park in spring time has to include a shot of some flowers:

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2015

Tulips at the park. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2015

I pass the park in the late afternoon on my way home to work and I see that many children are visiting. It is always such a pleasure to see.

The Changing Seasons posts for 2015:

January 2015

February 2015

March 2015

April 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: 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.)

The Changing Seasons: February 2015

Last month I shared some pictures of our local park – a park that I walk by everyday to and from my place of work. The scene during the month of February has changed and become white as we have had a few snowfalls this month. The pictures below were taken on 4 February at 3:45pm.

The bicycle racks always capture my attention as they become covered with snow. I wonder whether they will be in working order in the spring, or whether they will be too rusted to move.

Not many children play in the park this year. Not because it is too cold for the children (they are well protected in the snow pants) but because parents and caregivers do not want to stand outside in the chilly weather. It is a pity, though, as the park looks beautiful at this time of year.

The Changing Seasons posts for 2015:

January 2015

thechangingseasons challengeDo you visit snow-covered parks?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2015

(This post is inspired by Cardinal Guzman’s Monthly Challenge: The Changing Seasons)