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Managing Screen Time for Children

Today’s children are born into a world of touchscreens and are immersed in technology from a young age. Organizations such as the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) had previously determined that children over the age of 2 should spend no more than two hours in front of the TV. Today however, defining ‘screen time’ is difficult since we are perpetually in contact with one screen or another, from our TVs to computers to mobile devices, and from school to work to play.   According to Dr. Yolanda Reid Chassiakos, lead author of the 'Children and Adolescents and Digital Media Technical Report', "For some children, two hours may be too much."   New guidelines have been set out by the AAP in addressing the issue of screen time and children....


Enriching our Understanding of Science

Enriching our Understanding of Science ​Our visit to the Ontario Science Centre was an important learning moment for our Grade One students. The field study was a shared social experience that provided them the opportunity to encounter and explore novel things in an authentic setting. ​The field study supported our students’ inquiry about energy: “Where it comes from? Where does it go? Can it be stored? How it is transformed and how it can be saved?” The learning engagement included experiments with light, heat, sound, electric and moving energy. The children witnessed energy transformation in an exciting and real way. ​The students’ interest in our solar system as well as daily and seasonal changes led us to the ‘Night Sky’ exhibit. In the Centre’s planetarium we...


Building Positive Attitudes 

Building Positive Attitudes  “The IB-PYP Attitudes are a vital focus in the development of positive attitudes towards people, the environment, and learning. These are the day to day attitudes we use: appreciation, commitment, confidence, cooperation, creativity, curiosity, empathy, enthusiasm, independence, integrity, respect, and tolerance.” These positive attitudes are becoming an explicit part of our Grade One students’ daily learning. They are woven into their daily school life and are highlighted and reinforced at every learning opportunity. During our read alouds our Grade One students are closely observing the characters’ behaviours and as such are forming opinions about the attitudes these characters display. Our Blue Spruce readers for this year are forming a solid platform for such character observations. The children are given opportunities to examine their own actions. They...


It’s Time for Fun!!

It’s Time for Fun! Our Grade One students have been deepening their understanding of Time as part of our ‘Measurement’ strand in math. They have been learning about the importance of this concept and how much it relates to our daily life.​“Time is important. It tells you if you need to rush or not.” S.R. “Time is very important because when you are late to school you can hurry.” K.K. “Time tells you whether you are late or early.” I.L. “It tells me when to go to hockey and school.” P. ​Our Grade one curriculum indicates that students should be able to “Read time using analogue clocks, to the quarter hour using demonstration digital and analogue clocks. For example, “My clock shows the time recess will...


Our Fascinating Journey Through the ‘Forest of Reading’

Our Fascinating Journey Through the ‘Forest of Reading’ “Reading fiction is important. It is a vital means of imagining a life other than our own, which in turn make us empathetic beings.” - Ann Patchett ​“I feel happy when I read new books.” M.B. “Every time we read a new book I am excited to know what it is about.” S.R. “I am learning about how sometime authors use their senses when they are writing stories.” J.L. “Actually when you read more books we learn new words.” N.K. “When we read books we learn creative language.” E.K. “When I read books I feel excited and confident.” R.Z. ​ During the last two weeks, our Grades One students have been profoundly immersed in the fine literature provided by this year’s Forest of Reading. The latter is...


Science and Technology

Science and Technology  "A scientifically and technologically literate person is one who can read and understand common media reports about science and technology, critically evaluate the information presented, and confidently engage in discussions and decision-making activities that involve science and technology."(Ontario Science and Technology curriculum)​ The above quote is taken from the Ontario Science and Technology curriculum. It is our goal for all of our students to become "scientifically and technologically literate" by creating a climate of curiosity and innovation in Project Work. ​The Science and Technology curriculum has three main objectives: 1. To relate science and technology to society and the environment.2. To develop the skills, strategies, and habits of mind required for scientific inquiry and technological problem solving.3. To understand the basic concepts...


Forming Reading Buddies with Our Senior Kindergarten Students

Forming Reading Buddies with Our Senior Kindergarten Students ​Our Grade One students are provided with multiple opportunities to practise their reading skills in order to develop the required reading fluency. To compliment reading to self, reading to a peer or to a teacher, they continue to practise their role as reading buddies to our SK students. ​Our students look forward to hosting their reading buddies. Their main goal is to exhibit an increasing love of reading, as well as a pride in their constantly developing reading skills. ​As our Grade One students read and listen to their younger readers, they model good reading and listening practices. In addition, their self-esteem increases, as they continue to feel more positive about their ability to read and guide their reading buddies. Our...


Spirit Week at Richland

Spirit Week at Richland ​Spirit week at Richland is a special time when our students’ high spirits is allowed full expression. It is a show of energy and enthusiastic support for their school. It is an opportunity to wear their school colours with pride. It is providing them with opportunities to be risk-takers, as they demonstrate their multiple talents. It is practicing open-mindedness as they are exposed to multi-culturalism that governs our school population.  ​As Reflections are a part of our everyday lives, this week, we reflect on the benefits of Spirit Week. What has Spirit Week done for our school morale, our school spirit and our overall appreciation for the hard work and dedication we...


Learning about 3-D shapes

Learning about 3-D shapes ​Our Grade One students continue their study of shapes and space. Deepening their prior knowledge of two-dimensional shapes supported their understanding of three- dimensional figures, their properties and function.  ​Individually the students constructed three- dimensional shapes, such as rectangular prisms, cubes, square, and triangular pyramids. They used sticks, straws, pipe cleaners and plasticine in a creative way to build their figures. Many problem- solving moments occurred as the children were figuring out how to connect the edges of their shapes together, in order to maintain solid scaffolds.  ​In their groups our Grade One students explored the function of each 3-D shape. Using a Venn-diagram they sorted their shapes into categories:...


Symmetrical vs. Asymmetrical Lines within Geometry

Symmetrical vs. Asymmetrical Lines within Geometry ​Our Grade One students are deeply immersed within our Geometry and Spatial Sense Mathematics unit of study. We have discussed the many patterns within the world. We continue to consolidate our understanding of the properties that define 2D and 3D shapes. Part of the Ontario Mathematics Curriculum also requires students to be able to create and describe symmetrical designs using a variety of tools. ​Although teaching symmetry is a small aspect of the study of Geometry, it forms an integral component connecting Mathematics to the real world. Symmetry in the real world is expressed in nature, art, architecture, etc. Learning about symmetry supports our students’ understanding of classification and ordering;...