s is for… sewing!

Check out our cool sewing project! One of our friends was very curious when she watched me sew a seam that had come undone on her neck warmer, and really wanted to learn how to sew! Excellent timing as our letter of the week is S… We started today by choosing 2 fabric swatches, and making an inside-out sandwich with them. Then we learned that sandwich (כריך ka-reekh) and pillow (כרית ka-reet) sound very similar and talked about how pillows and sandwiches are the same and different. Some friends were able to begin stitching today, and we will continue tomorrow! Stay tuned!

Homework alert!

We have been getting ready to celebrate Tu Bi’Shevat (**special homework after photos**). We’ve done some beautiful art, read stories, learned some songs, and learned about Shivat Haminim. Here’s another story from our very own amazing librarian, Brigitte, that you can enjoy at home together. We also started germinating some beans and lentils, and we will be planting them on Thursday or Friday, depending on how long their roots get.

HOMEWORK: This Thursday, January 25th, in honour of Tu Bi’Shevat, we will be having a “favourite fruit” show and tell. Please send your child with one or two types of fruit that they enjoy, packaged separately from their lunch and snacks. Please leave stems, peels, and seeds/pits as we will be exploring each fruit as well. Thank you!

This Friday, January 26th, we will be having a dress down day in support of JNF. Please send a loonie or a toonie. See flyer below.

 

just another Wednesday here in JK…

Even though it was too cold to play outdoors, it didn’t stop us from expanding our horizons indoors! We worked on our letter of the week, P, and named SO MANY words we know that begin with P. We did some name writing practice, built with all kinds of blocks, talked about Tu Bi’Shevat, learned some new words (trunk, branches, leaves, and roots), learned about shivat ha’minim (the seven species), and started preparing window frames for our upcoming germination project.

 

And then…

JK was so excited to receive this AMAZING pack of accessories for our light table, through Scholastics Rewards from the book fair. Thank you Brigitte, and thank YOU parents for your Scholastics books purchases!! This morning we checked out the translucent shape beads and used them to measure animal x-rays. We can’t wait to experiment with all of the other cool things: eye droppers, test tubes, translucent patterns, and paint scrapers. This kit even came with translucent overlays that we can paint on directly, and then wash off to experiment and play with another day!

something’s cooking in JK!

The past 2 days we’ve been experimenting with torn paper, water, and white glue to make “latke batter” We listened to Chanukah songs while we tore up a bunch of paper (some from our recycling bin!), added water, let sit overnight, and checked out what happened to it all this morning. Then, we squeezed out the water, mixed in white glue, smoothed it together, and shaped our “levivot” – one for each letter in our names, and set them out to dry … stay tuned for the final results next week!

Can you guess whose names these represent?

 

Guest Blog!

Shalom!

Today we had the pleasure of a guest in our class, Dov. Yes, he really is a human, not a bear! And, he appreciated the honey that you sent in for him! He wanted to conduct one of his favourite science experiments with the class and here are his thoughts on how the day went:

Hi, I’m Dov, a high school student. Today was Take Your Kid to Work day at my school, so I came to help out. I had a great time in the JK classroom today, playing with your kids. At the end of the day, I ran an experiment with the class. The experiment is a volcano eruption, made using baking soda, vinegar, dish soap and food coloring for fun. Beforehand we built the volcano out of Lego surrounding an empty bottle. In the class we prepared the experiment, starting with the baking soda. We put the baking soda in the bottle, then took a spare pitcher and added the vinegar, soap and food coloring to make a light orange. The kids predicted that it would be a fast but small eruption. We went outside and I poured the contents of the pitcher into the bottle. It quickly erupted into a large pile of bubbly light pink lava. It was so much fun to do and I can’t wait to come back next time I have an off day. 

just a rainy day… and some reminders

A quick reminder to please make sure your child is dressed appropriately for the weather! October and November are very tricky in Ottawa, and we do go outside to play in light rain. The playground is also wet We might have sunshine and 30 degrees or rain and 10 degrees. We recommend a rain jacket, rain pants, and rain boots for outdoors, and dressing in layers because the temperature can vary. Thank you!

Upcoming:

NO SCHOOL on Monday, October 9th

SUPER TOP SECRET EXPERIMENT on Tuesday, October 10th. Guess what we are doing!

 

OCTOBER 17 GLOBAL MAKER DAY! Please send all kinds of recyclables, like all sizes and shapes of cardboard boxes and especially tubes/rolls (like from paper towels and toilet paper). Plastic containers (yogurt, sour cream, etc.) are also welcome but they must be cleaned and not smelly. (Trust me on that one!) We are also asking for corks, paint stir sticks, popsicle sticks, and other things like that. The class that brings the most items is added to the draw to win a prize and because we are the smallest (and most adorable) class in the school… let’s do this!!!

Success!

It worked! We were so excited to come into the classroom this morning and see the final results. We noticed that the purple wasn’t quite purple and upon further investigation, we found that the paper towel coming from the blue cup was not touching the bottom of the empty (purple) cup. We theorized that had it been touching the bottom, we would have gotten a better result. We also noticed that the water level lowered in the red, yellow, and blue cups and theorized that it must have travelled through the thirsty paper towels into the empty cups, and that is how the colours mixed. That also changed the colours of the paper towels, which is something we didn’t think would happen!

As we conducted our experiment, we followed the scientific method, below, which is posted in our classroom. Let us know if you repeat the experiment at home, and what results you got!

C is for…

COLOURS!

Today we started to explore colours, as our letter of the week is C. We reviewed the colours in Hebrew and we learned their names in English and French. We watched this video about mixing primary colours (until 3:02) and then made predictions on our chart to show what we think will happen in our “walking rainbow” experiment.

Let us know how it goes if you try it at home! We have to leave our experiment overnight tonight because it hadn’t quite finished by the end of the day. Check out the photos of our progress!

Stay tuned!