Mrs Winiarski's Classroom
Welcome to Mrs. Winiarski's
The Wonderful World of Class 1
Dear Class 1 families,
Welcome to the 2020-21 school year! The children have settled quickly into classroom routines and expectations. Friendships are forming and learning is being demonstrated by the children in our class. Our year promises to be full of fun, learning, laughter, and lots of adventures!
I would also like to welcome our Distance Learning families who are learning from home! Although we are not together in the classroom, you are still an important member of our Class 1 family, and we look forward to seeing all the wonderful learning you are doing with Mrs. Smith in the virtual classroom.
Our Class 1 Google Classroom is now up and running! Please accept the invite that was emailed to you, and come check out our learning! Within our google classroom our Class 1 Team will be sharing fun and exciting reading libraries and learning activities, as well as photos and videos of the wonderful learning that is happening within the in-person classroom. We would love for our virtual families to also share videos and photos of your child's learning with the rest of our Class 1 families.
A great feature of our JMCC-SA website is our photo gallery. Our Class 1 web page will showcase and celebrate some of our wonderful learning. Please take some time to view our photo gallery. Our class website will also feature our monthly newsletter.
A reminder to also check out our school PARENT PORTAL (click link) for news and updates!
Please do not hesitate to contact us should you ever have any questions or concerns about school!
Here’s to a wonderful year ahead!
Mrs. Winiarski & The Class 1 Team
OUR CLASS 1 FOCUS
Our Class 1 Team has designed our early years program to promote and enhance your child’s growth and development. This year promises to be one filled with discovery and joy as your child works and plays in an environment that is warm, safe and challenging.
The structure of daily activities is carefully planned to encourage independence, self-confidence and group cooperation through large group, small group and one-on-one participation in a variety of hands-on, interactive experiences. The activities will incorporate instruction and skill reinforcement in literacy, mathematics, science, art, fine and gross motor skills, social/emotional skills and language development, both verbal and through assistive technology.
The focus of the curriculum is centered around theme units and related selections of literature. This is the core of our integrated learning and these units of study will be used to extend across, and connect all of our curriculum areas. Learning will be real and learning will make sense! HERE’S TO A WONDERFUL YEAR!
What We Are Learning in Class 1 - NOV/DEC focus
Creating Learning Environments
Class 1 will be spending time working in centre activities that relate to curriculum expectations. During centers your child will have a chance to learn both independently and with staff support. This is play based learning that is structured around themes. Some centers are play and some are academic. The students will work on social skills and explore the world around them. This means getting along with others, sharing, and interacting in small groups. Centre time is when we observe social skills as a whole class and on an individual basis. At this time, we also work on skills with your child one-on-one. It’s a very busy, but much needed time.
During the moth of November we let our young thinkers lead an investigation about leaves. We played with leaves, observed and documented leaves, created art with leaves, answered questions about leaves, and of course, read many stories about leaves.
Play is one the most important things you can let your students do in the exploration process, so that is where we will start in our inquiry. Our first step in our leaves inquiry was to play outside with the colourful leaves. The sensory experience of playing outside gave many healthy benefits to our students overall development.
After playing with leaves outside, we will collected different types of leaves, with a variety of sizes and colours. While examining the leaves, we prompted their thinking with open-ended questions, and incorporated a sensory experience by using our 5 senses (e.g. What do you hear? What do you see? What do leaves feel like? What do the leaves smell like? What bugs/animals eat/taste leaves?)
For the month of December we have began our Winter Inquiry. We have many wonderful activities planned such as investigating the change in temperature, and the new fallen snow.
This month we also began to explore our new TELL Literacy Program book entitled "I Went Walking." This book is about animals, colours, and it will also introduce us to many new core/sight words.