June 2021

It's the final countdown!!!
(Please don't tell me I'm the only one singing that song LOL!)

May 31-June 4, 2021
June is our final month of school.  We are still on remote learning (not sure if/when we will be back in the classroom before school lets out!).  What's coming up this week?

All of the asynchronous activities I ask my students to choose from are found on my weekly choice board.  This pack for June has 4 weeks of activities (10 activities they can choose from each week -> religion slides have 12 activities).
We will be starting with Week 1.

We have a few inquiries on the go - planting, insects and my students have expressed interest in spiders (which, we found out last week, are not insects!).
(I'll post more pictures as we do our activities!  Be sure to check out last week's blog post to see more!)

Here's a great video all about plants and bees, too!  We will be watching it later on this week!

A new month means new religion activities!
This pack is full of hands-on activities and lessons and can easily be adapted for remote learning. 
We will be starting the month learning about integrity and playing a fun game all about being honest.

We will also be starting probability in math.
You can follow along with my daily lessons and activities by checking out these 2 resources below.

These are some fun June activities (made for Google Slides) that I will be using whole-group and small group coming up.  I also like assigning these to the class on Google Classroom.
Such a time saver!

Click the picture below to download my plans for this upcoming week!

June 7-11, 2021
My class is officially counting down until summer...3 more weeks!  As we will be continuing with remote learning for the remainder of this school year, I really want the children to help me plan and make the most out of our time together.
I set up this question on Jamboard.  Students learned how to use the sticky notes to write an answer last month (and they just LOVE it!).  The board quickly filled with all kinds of ideas!

Using these ideas (and just knowing what my students love!), here's what I have planned for next week:

Students can come wearing any colours of the rainbow!

We will be reading this story and then doing an art craft that I found on Pinterest - I call it "Magic Paint".  Most of my students don't have paint at home so we are going to make it ourselves!
Each student needs a piece of foil, a paintbrush or Q-tips to paint with, and water.  Colour the foil with marker, dip your paintbrush/Q-tip into water and then the marker and use it as paint.

We are also trying this Skittles experiment, turning them into a rainbow of colours!

I have a bunch of students who just love anything Super Mario!  So we had to plan a fun day!
We will be making Super Mario characters (I found a colouring sheet online and asked parents to print/draw the characters) and placing them on sticks or straws to use as puppets.  We will also make a background scene (similar to the brick background in the game) out of paper.  Taping that to the wall, students can hold up their puppet and shine a flashlight to have fun with shadow play!

We are also going to be doing our favourite Just Dance Mario videos!

My students enjoy these Art Hub for Kids videos and I found a simple one for us to try!

Check out this AMAZING virtual field trip to, none other than, THE NINTENDO HEADQUARTERS!  A very talented kindergarten teacher in our board made this video and shared with me...it is unbelievable!  Thank you, Ms. Santangelo, for your help planning our fun day!

We LOVE to dance!  I'll be showing students a variety of "learn to dance" videos from around the world.  We will also make our own maracas!

I found some great videos/dance tutorials on YouTube and put them together in this Google Slide.
Click the picture below to download for FREE!

Get ready to learn some magic tricks!

We are also going to have a virtual magic show - Brent and Sarah Magic Show - that our school subscribed to for us!  I'm excited about that!

Anyone want to travel to Paris? Yes, please!  Well, we are going there virtually!
Come dressed in the French colours - blue, white and red.

We are also going to try a challenge using plastic cups, blocks or whatever materials we have at home!
Can you make an Eiffel tower?  How tall can you build it?

And, of course, we must have a fashion show because Paris is one of the fashion capitals of the world!
Bring your dress up clothes and accessories, or make some from paper, and join in on the fun!
You can even have your students make their own French flag out of paper and a straw!

Let's take a trip to Paris!

We are, of course, going to also continue on with our regular scheduled lessons (HA HA!).
Here are my weekly plans if you'd like to take a closer look:

June 14-18, 2021
We had so much fun with our Countdown to Summer days last week that we are continuing this week...along with celebrating all dads/special men in our lives!

You can download this Father's Day Google Slideshow for FREE by clicking the link below.

We will having a "Father's Day Fiesta" on Friday morning just before lunch and serving chips and dip.  I found this very simple recipe for a dip (easy for kinders to do!) and we will also make lemonade.
Click below to download the recipes.

Here is the invitation we will making on Monday:

Here is the card we will making on Tuesday:

My students LOVE Disney characters - from princesses to Olaf and all of the superheroes!
We just had to do a Disney day!
We will be making Disney headbands to wear (Mickey or Minnie - just add her signature bow).
And, of course, going on a virtual field trip to Walt Disney World! There are lots of rollercoasters you can find on YouTube and a parent was kind enough to share her amazing Disneyland virtual classroom with us!
The Mickey/Minnie ears (headband) is a FREE printable from Lifestyle Disney blog.

Well, as much as I love Christmas, I can definitely wait until December to enjoy it!  I'm eager for more hot weather to arrive!!!
We will be making a few different Christmas crafts, listening to Christmas music and reading some Christmas stories.
Don't forget to wear red and green!

I found these perfect videos about famous artists that I will show the students and then we will be making our own replicas of their work!
We will be learning about Van Gogh and painting his Starry Night.
This is an amazing (and VERY EASY!) tutorial on how to draw The Starry Night.  We watched it and made our own using crayons (not watercolours).  Just pause the video every so often for all to catch up.

We will be learning about Matisse and making paper cut outs.

(I'm not the only one who is a big F1 fan - I have a student who watches the races also! LOL!)
Most of my students love anything to do with cars - back in the classroom we had a whole city built with roadways and buildings.  They love racing cars and I'm sure they are going to love constructing their own car out of blocks, Lego, marshmallows/toothpicks, anything!
We will also be watching this Art Hub for Kids video on how to draw a race car.

We did a HUGE Dinosaur Inquiry right before the April Break and my students still talk about it all the time.  So they all wanted a dinosaur day!
We will be having fun trying an experiment - making a volcano erupt!

I'll post more pics here as we complete the activities for the week so be sure to check back soon!

You can download my week-at-a-glance plans for FREE by clicking the link below.

June 21-25, 2021
It's our last full week of school!!!  Here's what we have planned:

We are heading to the beach and building sandcastles using anything we have at home.  We will also be designing kites!
There is an incredible website called This is Sand where kids can have fun creating pictures using sand!  My students absolutely loved this and all wanted to share their creations!

Students can come dressed up in their favourite costume!  We will be making some fun crafts and trying to escape a haunted house!

Pack your backpack for a day of fun!  We will be exploring all of the activities included in my new Camping Virtual Field Trip such as making (no bake) S'mores, fishing, bird watching, going on a virtual canoe ride, making binoculars and more!
You can find this trip here:

All of the students have been asking and asking to have a baking day.  This is a hard one because some parents may not be able to help.  We will be making fruit kabobs (which really don't require parent assistance as I asked parents to cut fruit the night before and just provide skewers for their students) and cupcakes.  For those students that will not be baking live with us, I told parents that their children can decorate the cupcakes (have them pre-made or bought) while we make ours or decorate ice cream.  We will be using these treats on Friday for our end of year celebration with all the kindergarten classes.

To celebrate our last full day of school, we will be joining the other kindergarten classes on Google Meet to say goodbye.  We have created End of Year Digital Memory Books for each of our classes, highlighting wonderful times this year through photos, and included a special section for our Year 2 "graduates" who will be leaving us to grade 1!
You can find the End of Year Digital Memory Book here:

If you would like to download the Celebration Cupcake recipe, click the picture below.
(Recipe from Ruffles and Rainboots)

You can download my week-at-a-glance plans for FREE by clicking the link below.

June 28-29, 2021
We have 2 more days!  Monday is our last live class (all morning) and the afternoon is asynchronous as teachers will be at school celebrating the grade 8 students.  Tuesday morning our class will be able to say goodbye in person at school (I can't wait!) and the afternoon is asynchronous.
Here's what I have planned:

We will be making ice cream in a bag!  My friend (and amazing kindergarten teacher, Diane King, shared her ice cream in a bag recipe which is super easy and fun!).
I found this great virtual field trip to an ice cream creamery which I will show the class.

We will also be dancing to KooKoo Kangaroo!

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