Sunday, 25 May 2014

Enjoying Time In The Garden

It has been a long time since we have had some nice weather in our little corner of the world.  Last week we had some warm dry weather with more to come.  It was the perfect time for the children to get into our back garden to plant some potatoes!

 Each spring, the children plant seed potatoes in our back vegetable garden.  The children harvest the potato crop sometime during the first weeks of school in September.

Bags of Seed Potatoes

The Seed Potatoes
We started with some seed potatoes.

Potatoes with lots of eyes are the best for planting.

The children lined up at the garden and took turns planting a few seed potatoes each.

Waiting Patiently

Planting a Seed Potato

Planting a Seed Potato

A Row of Seed Potatoes

It has only been a few days since the potatoes were planted, yet each day during our outdoor time, the children excitedly run up to the garden to check on them.  Nothing is growing above the ground yet.  We will continue to take care of them and watch for signs of growth.

Way back on Earth Day, the children started flower seeds indoors.  This week they took their marigold plants home to plant in their gardens.

A Marigold Plant

It feels so good to be back in the garden again!

Sunday, 11 May 2014

Mother's Day

Today is Mother's Day in our little corner of the world.  For Mother's Day, we asked each child a series of questions about their mom and typed out the answers.  

The questions were:

How old is your mom?

What colour is her hair?  What colour are her eyes?

What does your mom love to cook?

What does your mom always tell you?

What makes your mom happy?

What do you really love about your mom?

Each child drew a picture of their mom to go along with the responses.  The responses were so genuine, funny and touching. 

Here are a few of them.  You can click on the images to make them larger.

Four year old M. insisted on drawing a rainbow instead of his mom because
she loves rainbows.  He loves everything about his mom.

Four year old E. told us her mom loves her and can't live without her. 

Five year old E. told us that her mom is tired of cooking.

Four year old N. is very competitive.  Although he loves it when his mom goes
skating with him, he made sure we knew she wasn't very good at it.

Five year old L. told us that his mom always tells him everything has a place.
L. comes from a large family so I can imagine his mom says this often.

Five year old Z. told us that her mom's hair is black but sometimes
it turns white.

We love three year old M.'s drawing of his mom.

Three year old K. would not draw the rest of her mom because she wasn't
very good at drawing arms.  This is a lovely drawing of her mom.

Happy Mother's Day!

Tuesday, 6 May 2014

A Wonderful Morning at the McMichael Canadian Art Collection

Last week the children, teachers and parents of our little yellow school spent a morning at the McMichael Canadian Art Collection in Kleinburg. 

The McMichael houses a collection of Canadian art with works by the Group of Seven and their contemporaries along with First Nation and Inuit art. The grounds are beautiful and feature walking trails.

Our arrival at the McMichael.

The entrance of the McMichael.

We began with a tour of the gallery.

After our tour we made our own "landscapes" to take back to school with us.

Thank you to all the parents who accompanied us on our trip. It was lovely to spend a wonderful morning together at the art gallery.