Jan 14, 2018

Happy New Year!

We have such an incredible year ahead planned!

This week we launched Winter PBL with our Africa Unit. Students looked in the Treasure Chest at artifacts, created artistic title pages, and examined every nook and cranny of the African continent. Something we had no idea that Sudan has so many “volcano shields” or that the Congo had such colourful beaches. We saw market centres in the middle of desert towns, and buzzing cities throughout the continent; we also discovered the incredible geography of Ethiopia, including some of the oldest rock paintings in the world!


In Math we started a unit on Money Gardens. This is a quest to create the most lucrative garden, from the ground up! We can’t wait to build the actual gardens this spring!!

In Reading we created a Listen and Draw story and explored Writing Centres: naughty monkey, letter construction and spelling, this week.

On Tuesday we played Spotlight Theatre warm-up games, including an all time favourite: “police sketch” and read through the story of Loki. We thought about the characters we wanted to be in the new play we are writing (something Tempest meets Emoji the look of things!)

We created incredible wood play structures (fairyland structures) in Project’s Club, compete with stairs, pulleys, Ziplines and rope ladders. We will finish those up next week.


In Art Class students created incredible African masks, researching shapes, styles and sizes. They used 6 or 7 bean types to recreate the images. The results are beautiful!

We made hummus and guacamole in Cooking Class, the best I’ve ever tasted!

On Friday Nature School we made Geocache treasure boxes, using felt to create succulants. In the afternoon we took a trek to Briarwood Park and placed a few of our own treasures in the Geocache box we found!

What an awesome first week back!

Please take note of the following dates. It is really important that parents attend or let me know when they are free to meet if they cannot.

***In the weeks ahead:

  • we have a planning meeting for the April 7th Maker Faire: January 19th LUNCH or EVENING
  • Official moving date, end of Feb. We will move classroom by FEB 19th to Youth Hall
  • PBL Presentation of Learning Feb 1st



Published by zomacreative

While I have always looked towards teaching for my profession, it was the two years as I spent in Japan an ESL teacher that convinced me I had found my calling. I enjoy the challenges we face in the classroom—the variety of learning styles, the creative versus the scientific mind—and see the day-to-day impact that teachers have on students’ lives. In my own classroom I try to create a sense of excitement and adventure. I strongly advocate for Multiple Intelligence as a central pedagogy.

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