Thursday, December 27, 2012

Hello from Hong Kong!

Hello Room 9 children, families and followers! This Christmas break I'm off on an adventure of my own... Half way across the world. Right now I'm sitting in the Hong Kong airport with my good friend and traveling partner, Mrs. Kinnear, waiting to board our flight to Singapore to see Ms. Krochak! We left Winnipeg at 7 am on Boxing Day and have been traveling for about 24 hours. We're headed to Singapore today, and then to Thailand for New Years Eve. I'll try and post a few pictures along the way. I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas! See you soon!
-Mrs. Malkoske

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Reindeer Snacks!

Today in the morning we made Reindeer Snacks. You have to use a graham cracker and then put chocolate icing on it. Then you stick a chocolate chip in a marshmallow to make eyes, and a swedish berry for the nose, then two pretzels for the antlers. -Syd
I felt awesome about it. I got all messy. -Cali
The best part was making the eyes. -Sam
Here are the ingredients that you need:
3 graham crackers
6 chocolate chips
6 marshmallows
chocolate icing
3 swedish berries
6 pretzels
That will make 3 reindeer. You can make more if you want you just need to use more stuff. -Elly 
It tasted really good. I ate one and I had a fun day. -Nick
My favourite part of making the reindeer was getting messy. -Karys
When we started to make them, after I was done, I ate one. Then I ate the other two at lunch. I had a fun day. -Reegan
Today my favourite thing was making it because we got to scrape everything on and put stuff on it by ourselves. It was fun. -Ella
The reindeer looked like Rudolph because they had a red nose, antlers, and icing that looked like fur. But it doesnt feel furry. -Rylee

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Christmas Centres!

This week we were doing Christmas Centres. There were groups. There was a group called Christmas Trees, Presents, Stockings, Snowmen, and Ornaments. -Reegan
Today my Christmas Centre was Reindeer puppets and you need a paper bag, googly eyes, ribbon, a bell, a leash that had his name, and paper and glue. -Ella
This week the Christmas centres that I went to are Reindeer Puppets, Reindeer Ornaments, Wreaths, and Snowglobes. My favourite one so far was the snowglobes. -Syd
Yesterday my group made snowglobes. First I went to the painting. You had to trace a paper and my mom put it on our little Christmas tree. -Nick
Today I had a great day. We did reindeer. I think it was pretty fun. -Sam
My group went to these centres: Christmas Cards, Christmas Wreath, Snowglobes, and today we did Reindeer Puppets. -Elly
Today is our second last day of Christmas Centres. My centre today was Christmas Cards. It was finger stamping and your hands got really dirty. The other one was cutting out magazine pieces. You had to stick them on to another card. On the inside you had to write a Christmas notes to one of your family or friends or someone you know. You got to pick the colour you wanted your card to be. -Rhianna
Today we had Christmas Centres and I was in the present group. We made Reindeer. -Brandon
Today we had Christmas Centres and I made a wreath. I had to trace my hands and we had to glue them on to the paper cardboard thing. -Jonathan
Today we did Christmas Centres. We've done it since Monday. Tomorrow is our last day. Each group needs to make one more thing. Our group will make Christmas Cards. Today I did snowglobes. -Rylee

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Sharing Our Learning with the World!

This morning we took some time to check out some of the comments that have been left for us on our blog. One of them came from a teacher, Ms. Babalis, in Richmond Hill, Ontario. She and her class came across our blog via Mrs. Lowe's blog. Mrs. Lowe is a teacher in St. James who visits our blog with her class regularly. She is someone that I have been able to connect with on Twitter and in person at a variety of workshops and professional development sessions.

During our morning meeting today, the kids and I looked at both Ms. Bablis's Blog and Mrs. Lowe's Blog . We checked out their posts about snowflakes. Mrs. Lowe saw a picture of our snowflakes on Twitter and sent me a message asking how we created them and if I thought her kindergarten students would be able to create them as well. Once they tried, she sent us a link to their blog post about it.

Ms. Bablis follows Mrs. Lowe's blog regularly and saw their snowflakes and then saw that they were inspired by our blog, so she and her students visited us and left a comment. Very cool connections.

The children in Room 9 were very impressed that by sharing their work, they inspired others to create something beautiful. Each classroom created symmetrical snowflakes in a slightly different way and then shared them with each other. And that's a little bit of AWESOME :)

Monday, December 3, 2012

Nutcracker Eye Spy!

Today we did Nutcracker Eye Spy! We were looking for all of the presents because it's close to Christmas. It's from Mrs. DeBruyn and Mrs. Klaussen. They are really nice to let us do it. Each week we look for different things. We had to count them.... Our guesses are below:
Andy: 43
Brandon: 44
Cameron: 45
Cali: 43
Carter: 44
Cayden: 44
Ella: 44
Elly: 44
Jonathan: 48
Karys: 44
Nick: 20
Reegan: 44
Rhianna: 44
Rylee: 36
Sam: 40
Sofia: 45
Sydney: 44