Wednesday is Oak Tree’s Science Day.
One week we made homemade rockets. Items we used to make them were a box,
empty water bottles, various sized tubes, and bread bags.
Our Oak Tree rocket scientists cut holes in the box to put the water bottles through, this was our “rocket launcher” Our aerospace engineers then took the tube and attached one end to our rocket launcher and the bread bag rocket to the other end.
On the first attempt of our rocket launch, the bread bag rocket exploded! So one of the scientists came up with the idea to add another bread bag to the rocket to create a new layer
4/10 scientists said it would not work because they layers were not thick enough. The other 6 scientists said that it would work. Even though our aerospace engineers added the second layer, the bread bag rocket exploded again!
So they went back to work to figure another way to create a rocket.
“Well how about we use the big water bottles and attach the hose to them and use the smaller water bottles as the rocket?" said one of the rocket scientists.
The team got to work to start creating the new rockets.
With a big stomp, their new rocket design launched into the air!
It was a success!
We are looking forward to future Science Wednesdays!
Our Oak Tree painters used their creativity in our emotional awareness music activity! They expressed their emotions on the paper using pastels to the varying rhythms and tempos of songs. The educators played music that would resemble and help identify many different human emotions such as happiness, sadness, joy and anger.
When playing a slower song called “True Colours”, here are some art pieces and quotes that the children came up with:
“I thought of a sunset”- Oak Tree Artist
“I want to draw a rainbow” - Oak Tree Artist
When playing the fast paced song “Walking on Sunshine”, check out these awesome responses and art pieces!
“This sounds exciting” - Oak Tree Artist
“This song makes me think of science, its my favorite thing to do” - Oak Tree Artist
We had a lot of fun exploring our emotions and expressing them in art form! Music was such a great way to learn about our emotions as well as understand them.
What Can Kids Do With Clay?
The Pine Tree group showed interest in clay art this week.
The children loved this activity! They got their hands and their minds working together in new ways.
Clay comes from the earth and is a natural material.
Children love playing with natural materials such as sand, water, sticks, rocks, pinecones, and clay. Clay art is a fun and educational activity.
There are numerous educational benefits to playing with clay.
Children will show many parts of themselves through clay experiences.
The Pine Tree children worked in sensory activities using playdough toys, making tea cups, spiders, Christmas trees and snowmen.
The Pine Tree group had a lot of fun with this activity as they had to make their imagination 3D!
Clay play can be very soothing activity for students.
Working with clay is a positive way to express emotions, and a good stress reliever,
since it is generally an unhurried activity and is also a calming pastime.
Children can take their time using their imagination and creativity.
Pine Tree clay art activity was a successful and enjoyable activity for the children.
Kid Led Comic Club
Pine Tree's very own grade 5 student has asked to take on a leadership role by creating her very own club. This student has a love for art and wanted to share this love with her peers and the younger children in Dawn and Dusk.
Every Tuesday and Thursday until 4:30pm our new art teacher showed the students that comics can be made with different art mediums such as pencil, marker, pencil crayons and inks. Every comic club the aspiring artists added new details to their comics by using the new techniques and ideas our Grade 5 leader taught to them.
Kids wrote comics about their favourite things such as Dragon Ball Z and Pokemon or gained inspiration from their own imaginations. Dawn and Dusk kids would be beaming with excitement whenever it was comic club day "Comic club is the best!" "I wish comic club was everyday" were some of the most common phrases said by the club members.
Comic Club was truly a very successful club and was completely kid ran, with only support and supplies from educators! The leader of comic club had an assistant to help her set up and teach the younger kids in Oak Tree. Having kids teach kids was different and exciting for everyone and Pine Tree will definately be trying this out again!
Sports, Sports and More Sports!
We put a lot of emphasis on sports games at Dawn and Dusk. It helps children develop many physical and physiological qualities. It is also very important to be able to play as a team. We believe that when children play sports, they acquire new skills that will help them in the future.
This month in the Oak Tree group, we held many sports games, such as basketball, football, soccer, and much more. We encourage children to find their confidence and have the opportunity to play with other players in a team and learn to respect the opinions of others. It's an amazing feeling to see the smiles on their faces.
We mostly played sports in the morning before school. Being active in the morning gives you a boost of energy for the whole day, and the children go to school in a great mood. We also try to diversify our games and are always looking for something new and interesting. For example, children were very fond of playing with hoops, and they also enjoyed playing badminton so we will continue to build on those skills.
We know that all children are unique and will develop their skills at their own pace. We really try and encourage the children to try new games, practice new skills and have fun while they engage in different types of sports. Children can gain so much from their experience playing sports whether it be how to kick a ball, how to play as part of a team, or maybe even what to work on for next time they play!
Koats for Kids!
The Pine Tree group has been so excited to collect winter clothing for 'Koats for Kids' from October 11 to November 4. They made posters to advertise that they are collecting winter items and their posters have been posted all around the school! It's been so exciting for the kids to help give to other kids in need!
Here are a few of the posters the kids made.
After posting some posters and going home to tell their families, we gathered some donations and did some inventory!
Some of the pine trees wanted to do a group photo. And yes, some were laughing while falling to the ground just for the picture. Ha ha ha ha!
The Pine Trees have counted all the items they've collected over the weeks and they've even received more donations since.
Now that we've come to the end, the group has collected about 140 winter clothing items! We're so glad they have enjoyed collecting donations for families in need without expecting anything in return. We're so proud of the pine trees for becoming quite the philanthropists! I wonder what the pine tree group will do next?
Welcome to the Dawn & Dusk Dragon's Den, where all of the best Pine Tree inventors and entrepeneurs are here to show our very own "Dragons" their products, hoping they will be able to convince them to take their deals and give them the cash they need for their companies and products.
First up, we have an inventor with their eco-friendly, multi-coloured hair clip for all genders to use. The hair clips are made from recycled materials and can add a fun splash of colour to your hair!
This creative inventor asked for $125 for a 50% share of their company and our Dawn and Dusk Dragons couldn't refuse this deal!
Next up we have another young inventor who wants to show everyone their concept for a new toy. With the ability to float in the air, this new toy is for anyone who loves to play or collect.
This inventor left with $150 for a 50% of their company leaving the Dawn and Dusk Dragons happy that they made such a great deal.
This Pine Tree entrepeneur wanted $9000 for a 25% stake in his company to create battlebots for the military. With the ability to "eliminate enemies" faster than any human soldier and detect any threats using top of the line sensor technology, our Dawn and Dusk Dragons refused to let this opportunity get away from them.
The entrepenuer left with the biggest grin on their face, knowing that they had made a great deal for their product.
Our last inventor did not get the chance to meet with our Dawn and Dusk Dragons, but this idea was too awesome to not share! They designed tattoos for shoes, so that you have the ability to customize your shoes with whatever design you want.
This product works the same way a temporary tattoo would, but for shoes! They last two weeks and are stylish, fun and easy to use. Simply wet the shoe tattoo then press and hold against any shoe for 20 seconds to transfer your design.
Our Pine Tree inventors had so much fun creating products and businesses, drawing inspiration from a young entrepeneur their own age who appeared on the tv show "Shark Tank". Seeing someone like them becoming successful motivated them to come up with amazing ideas. Who knows what our Pine Tree inventors will come up with next?
(You can watch the video that inspired our Pine Tree inventors below)
Every Child Matters
On September 29th, the Pine Tree group helped show awareness for Truth and Reconciliation Day, also known as Orange Shirt Day, by making an orange flag and hanging this proudly on the fence in front of the school. In big letters the flag reads, “Every Child Matters”. We filled the flag with words that express what we are grateful for within our program. Children also wrote how they are grateful for the love and care they receive, the friends they’ve made, and the lessons they have learned. After writing their thoughts, they added their handprints and invited leadership and the educators of Dawn and Dusk to add their handprints as well.
Pine Tree took pride in the flag they made and decided to make a shirt to fit onto the baby dolls we have at Dawn and Dusk. We worked together to tie dye a shirt orange, and then once dried, we filled the shirt with more words to show our knowledge and support to those affected by residential schools.
The Pine Tree kids invited the Oak Tree group to come sign the flag and shirt they made while sharing things they've learned in school. In Indigenous culture, sharing stories and knowledge to younger generations is an important practice in keeping history alive throughout the years. Sharing this piece of my culture with the students of Dawn and Dusk was a heartwarming experience, and was a proud moment to see our children take a leadership role and have fun while doing so.
Oak Tree Donut Shop
On June 3rd, Oak tree celebrated National Donut Day. Together we learned that this holiday started when the Salvation Army ran out of food and started to make donuts to feed the service workers in 1917!! After learning this little piece of history, Oak trees were inspired to make a donut shop of their own. All donuts were created by the Bakers of Oak and given out to peers for free in a takeout box that the store owners designed themselves.
The store had a beautiful blue countertop where the bakers were hard at work with an amazing outdoor patio and walk-up window service. I would recommend this donut shop to anyone looking for creative donuts like the "Moose Donut" , "DQ Donut" and the "Rainbow Donut." Oak Tree's Donut Shop treated their customers with nothing but kindness and put love into each and every donut box made.
One day while some children from the Maple Tree group were being creative, one child and an educator gathered 2 big boxes. They placed the 2 boxes on the gym floor filling them with loose parts of different sizes of sticks, acorns, seashells, small wood cookies, small square blocks and small colourful shapes.
One child used some paper dolls as fairies. The child grabbed 2 seashells to use as wings, taping them to the paper dolls. For the baby fairy, the child grabbed 3 seashells; 2 seashells for wings and 1 for a baby bonnet. Next, the child used some string and tied the fairies to a piece of wood to make them fly.