I was back in the classroom this week cleaning and preparing for Tuesday and took some photos. It looks so clean and welcoming!!!

Have a wonderful final few days with your family :)


The coho salmon eggs have hatched and the alevin are alert and healthy. The children had an opportunity to peak into the aquarium this week to see them.

Big Idea
Learning about ourselves and others helps us to develop a positive attitude and caring behaviors which helps us build healthy relationships.

Your children have been having lots of conversations about caring relationships with their families and their school friends. We have read many books like Sometimes I Feel Like a Fox and The Six Cedar Trees and How Raven Stole the Sun to inspire deeper thinking and cultivate knowledge building conversations. I have also added some First Nation plush animals into their play so that they can use some of the language and learning during exploration.

We have been continuing our learning about the spirit alliance First Nation animals; wolf, salmon, bear and raven and their inspiring traits. This past week the children set a learning goal for writing using the animal traits as inspiration (in kid language) be kind, be creative, work hard, be a good communicator, work together, listen with our minds and body... Next week the children will continue with setting a learning goal and be introduced to reflecting orally on their goal later in the day.

Big Idea
People create art to express who they are as individuals and community.

The children were introduced to a variety of new materials in the art studio this term. They have been exploring sharpie markers with different tips, paint, water colour, chalk pastels, pencil crayons, shaving cream, as well as paper, tape and string (very impressive pieces). Last week they combined chalk pastels and water colour on beautiful water colour paper squares to illustrate the coho salmon eggs. We will be spending time this week on 2D chalk pastel art modelled after Wesly Kandinsky and then, after spring break, use that understanding to create a collaborative sculptural interpretation of Kandisky using coloured paper.

Please begin to collect recycled parts for our spring endeavor 3D sculptures which I would like to add to the art studio. I already have some clay for the base. Some suggestions would be:
large beads
large buttons
wood offcuts
squares of cardboard
stiff tubes
small Styrofoam blocks
pipe cleaners

I will set up a box for the collection in the classroom.



Nature Kindergarten by its very nature is exposed to the elements. Parents should expect that their children will be outdoors in all forms of weather as a core part of the program. Therefore, please ensure that your child is suitably dressed for all types of weather. 

Because this is a locally developed program the school district does not provide additional staff to support the program. Parents choosing to be a parent supervisor often sign up for a month of days i.e. Tuesday mornings using a shared google document. We prefer two parents supervisors to be offsite.

Every child must bring:
  • a hiking backpack which fits your child comfortably and should be water resistant. We often hike for more than one hour on our Neck Point days. MEC has a range of children's backpacks and we also have loaner packs for a short term loan or the entire school year.
Inside the backpack please pack:
  • small, non-breakable water bottle
  • snack and lunch in lightweight containers (the children often eat quite a bit so please pack a robust snack and lunch)
  • water proof mittens and wool hat
Wearing the right clothes is essential for your child to have a good experience:

Cold/Wet days (fall winter spring):
  • warm base layer top and bottom
  • warm sweater and pants
  • touque
  • waterproof mittens
  • wool or synthetic socks
  • rain jacket and pants
  • waterproof boots -Boggs and Kamiks are great
Warm and Dry days:
*please apply sunscreen at home
  • light weight long sleeved shirt and jacket
  • long pants
  • long socks
  • sunhat
  • closed toed, sturdy shoes
Thank you,

We returned to the forest today after a long break due to the wet and cold weather. It was such a joyful morning, cold but sunny.

We began in the meadow with a conversation circle followed by stories about raven, bear, whale and salmon. I told the story of Mary's Sweater and then we played two games. Playing circle games is so much fun, lots of laughter and great movement at the same time. Both of the games were new this week.

The first game , Grizzly Bear Is Sleeping includes a lovely song as well as a chasing game. 
here is a youtube video Soooo much fun.


Then we moved to a wide area game

The second game is from     http://www.projectwild.org
Where Is My Family? I chose four animals and we decided upon a sound for each animals  i.e. grrr. Then I whispered to each student the name of his/her animal. The children moved around making their animal noise and found other students who were the same animal.
Here are a few other games that lend themselves to forest play:

Freeze tag- this game is often played indoors but is so much more fun in our meadow. The taggers tag a friend who stands arms stretched wide waiting for another friend to unfreeze them. After a few minutes I like to blow the whistle and have the children change roles.

Squirrels in the tree - this class favourite was learned from Margie Radigan, the other K teacher at our school. We have a fox, a loose squirrel and trees (2 children make a tree by holding hands).  Each tree has a squirrel in it. The fox chases the squirrel who runs to the nearest tree and switches places with the resident squirrel. The chase resumes and if tagged the squirrel becomes a fox and the fox becomes a squirrel.  After a few minutes I like to blow the whistle and have one child who is part of the tree to change places with a squirrel and then again a few minutes later so that everyone gets opportunities to run.

Prey and Predator  (project wild game) we usually play this camouflage game along the path in the forest. The prey is at one end of the path and the group of predators are at the opposite end (about 200 feet). The prey stands with his/her back to the predators and begins to count slowly to ten. About number 5 the predators begin to hide and camouflage themselves along the path. When the prey reaches 10 he/she turns and calls out names of any spotted children. Those children return to the beginning of the path and the count begins again. The first child to reach the prey slaps their hand and the game is either over or a new game begins.

Life Cycle Game - we learned this game from NS3 a local not for profit science organization. We have cards for each part of the life cycle and each child is given one card. They move and begin to look for someone with the next step in the life cycle and do a card exchange. This is a very busy and fun game especially if you have more than one animal!!!! As we have salmon eggs at school we played the Salmon life cycle game this week. Later during debrief you can have them sit with a partner and discuss the life cycle and then later in the day extend either through an art response or sketching the life cycle.

Bird Game - I learned this game a science workshop. We spread out half a pipe cleaner (warm colours) and then sort the children into four groups of local birds. Then we send them out to hunt for food for their families, bringing back "one worm" at a time. Lots of wings and chirping happens during their fun game. Afterwards sort the worms on a small tarp and have them discuss camouflage and how long it took to bring one worm back at a time. This game almost always leads to the children wanting to make bird feeders and sometimes a bird inquiry about local birds.

All of these games were active and lots of fun.
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