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There has been much written about today’s child not having enough time outdoors, free to explore, wonder and play within nature’s beauty.  We know that young children learn through the sounds, scents, and seasons of the outdoors. Richard Louv states and dialogues about the facts in 
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“Children first learn about patterns by discriminating similarities and differences as they sort. As they begin to understand the relationships between objects, they can start to make predictions. They then proceed to the recognition of visual, kinesthetic, and auditory patterns in their environment. From recognition, they 
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In continuing to explore perspective, the children have been reading Doreen Cronin’s books “Diary of a Worm” and “Diary of a Spider”.  The books present an insect perspective in an enlightening and humorous way, for example, “vacuum drills” at spider school instead of fire drills.  
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I am very excited to share our latest investigation.  Since September I had noticed ramps being built, as part of the children’s work in the block area.   Building on to their interest, I will be supporting the development of engineering habits of mind by challenging the children 
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For the past few weeks our students have been developing their media literacy skills through touch-typing practice. Using the resource, BBC Typing, our class has been focusing on utilizing every digit to maximize speed. The development of this skill is essential to our students, as the 
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This year’s Holiday Concert is beginning to shape up to become a wonderful celebration of our diverse cultures through global celebrations.   The Grade 3 class knew early on that their focus would be related to Diwali, the “Festival of Lights”. A couple of Grade 3 students have 
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Block play can enhance creativity and problem solving skills. The block centre can be a terrific place for children to expand their imagination.  Block play gives children a chance to work together and enhances the opportunities for children to share materials.  Block play builds children’s abilities to 
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As our Grade One students continue to deepen their knowledge of the body systems, their collaboration skills are constantly developing.  They are learning to listen to diverse opinions, share their knowledge, and treat each other with respect. The students are beginning to understand that with 
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Last week, the Grade 3 Class were lucky to have Peter Marshall, software engineer and photographer, come in for a visit.  The students were thrilled to have a guest, and were excited to learn that they too can be programmers at age 8!  Peter explained 
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We spend a lot of time, throughout the year, with observational drawing.  It supports the children in slowing down, and really learning how to record what they actually see, rather than what think something looks like. Through noticing the details, the children’s understandings deepen and further questions are provoked.For example, 
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