It has been a great and very productive week in Sandstone! We have been deciding on a name for our fish for a while now and we have finally decided on one! After deliberating and narrowing down our choices to Dorey, Fish, Elmo, and Nemo, we used a democratic process and voted. And of course majority rules, thus the name, Nemo, was chosen. The children are very excited about the name and talk to Nemo all the time. We think Nemo likes his name too!
Please join us in welcoming our newest educator, Brooke to our room! She is a graduate of Grant MacEwan and has her Level 3. We are very excited to have her join our team and we are looking forward to some great experiences with her. The children are having a superb time reading and playing with her. Don’t hesitate to come and say hello. We have observed a division in interest within Sandstone. A group of children have gravitated to the same interest areas at every opportunity. For example, Estella would visit the art table and spend a long time colouring with the markers, exploring different colours and shapes, and at the same time, improving her fine motor skills by working on her grasps! And some of the boys are still continuing their interest in building, using the blocks and Legos (and their spatial skills) to construct tall, complex cities and big trucks. Some of our classmates had the opportunity to experience using a real hammer to hammer “T” pins into styro-foam. They used a small saw to cut the foam, and a tape measure to see how tall they were. It was clear that these tools were a source of excitement for the children because after taking it outside, some of the Jasper children wanted to have a turn nailing, cutting and measuring!
Lastly, our cooking experience for this week was a healthy eating option! We extracted the juices from fruits and vegetables with a juicer and had each child partake in the process by placing carrots, apples, and celery into the juicer. We observed that the fruits and vegetables started as solids and as it passed through the machine, it came out in a liquid form. But the best part was tasting the juice! It was delicious, and some of the children wanted seconds! We have found that juicing is one of the most fun and best ways for children to consume fruits and vegetables without making a fuss!
Enjoy the first fall weekend of the year!