Our Wonder Wall

Over the last few months of the year, the KinderPals will be talking and writing about things they wonder about. Sometimes we will wonder about the same things as a class, and other times we will be wondering about whatever each of us is thinking about. In your discussions at home, if you could start talking about wondering and questioning with words like who, what, where, when, why, how and if, that will help propel our wonderings at school to go much deeper.

I wonder when it will be spring?

I wonder what Nolan is doing?

I wonder what Avin is doing?

I wonder why the sun is not coming back?

 

I wonder if I could go to Candyland?

I wonder why the sun is out?

I wonder why I am watching the news with my dad?

I wonder why Batman is so cool?

I wonder if I could go to Candyland?

I wonder why the sun shines?

I wonder why chocolate is so yummy?

I wonder why it is raining?

I wonder how you can see the sun?

I wonder how we can see the moon from outer space?

I wonder why it is raining today?

I wonder if my grandma is coming over?

I wonder why dabbing is so cool?

I wonder if Corrina is my best friend?

I wonder why it is raining today?

I wonder why the sun is not shining?

Penguins

The KinderPals are learning about penguins, their life cycle and adaptations they make for the conditions in which they live. We also did penguin art to decorate the hallway. Waddling like a penguin helps us to stay safe on the ice outside during this cold, cold weather.

Learning About Our Brains

Mrs. Earles came to teach us about self-regulation today. How does our brain work? There are 100 billion neurons in our brains and they are really powerful. They carry messages in our brains. Our neurons connect to each other and make paths as we learn things. If you practice the new things you learn, the connections become faster.

It was hard to count to 10 when we first started learning, but now is easy because we have practiced. A baby has 100 billion neurons, but they haven’t made connections yet.

A baby’s brain changes, grows and makes connections. That is called Neuroplasticity.

Self-regulation involves three parts of your brain. The prefrontal cortex (in the front of our brain…about the size of a fist) is the thinking center. It helps us learn, pay attention and make decisions. The hippocampus (right  behind our ears) is responsible for storing all of our memories, kind of like a filing cabinet. The amygdala (in front of our ears) is like the security guard of our brain. It helps to keep us safe. We remember the words fight, flight or freeze when our amygdala works for us. 

Our brain takes in information from our five senses: seeing, hearing, touching, tasting and smelling. When we are feeling happy and calm, our amygdala relaxes. If we are stressed or afraid, our amygdala tells our brain that we need to fight, flight or freeze.

What can we do if we have a reaction to a stressful situation and our amygdala is giving us false information that we should be stressed or scared when we really shouldn’t? We can practice self-regulation.

Next time Mrs. Earles will teach us about zones of regulation.

A Field Trip to Willow View Farms

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The KinderPals had a wonderful field trip to Willow View Farms!  We had a tour of the apple orchard wih Farmer Cheryl.  She told us all about how apple trees are dormant in the winter, have blossoms in the spring, apples grow in the summer, and apples are picked in the fall. She showed us […]

Our Wonder Wall

Each week the KinderPals have been wondering about things and practising writing out their wonder questions. We have now created a “Wonder Wall” outside of our classroom to share our wonders with the rest of the students in the school. We hope that we will be able to answer some of the inquiry questions that […]