International Day


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Today we put on a circus here in room P004. The Squirrels enjoyed entertaining our many visitors from other ECLC classes, Preschool and Coach Pekin. Good times were had.

Angry Birds

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This morning some of the children were having a discussion about the video game ‘Angry Birds’. I was pleasantly surprised to find that many of the Squirrels had played the game before. When I asked them if they would like to play the game in class I heard a loud cheer of joy. Then there was a disappointing sigh when we realized we didn’t have a class iPhone to use. So we did the next best thing…we made our own real life version of the game. We used a chair and elastic for the slingshot, with a little bit of brown paper to make the plastic chair look like it was wood.  The pigs were made using tennis balls, tape, markers and paper. For birds we used Owl and Baby Crow (both are finger puppets). The pigs’ house was made out of wooden blocks.

After the game was finished it was time to play. It took us quite a few turns before we could get Owl, who turned out to be much better at flying than Baby Crow, to fly through the air and break the pigs’ house. We were lucky to have a team of score keepers help use keep track of our points. We’ll be playing our version of Angry Birds over the next few days and we’ll see if we can make our slingshot a bit more accurate. If you would like a turn just let us know.

Treasure Maps, Circus Preparation and Addition


This week the Squirrels have been deeply involved in making treasure maps and then going on their adventures to find wonderful treasures. The children are making treasure maps on the computer using the program KidPix. The maps started off as being simple lines on a piece of parchment. As you can see above, the maps have evolved into complicated pieces that make sure to warn the adventures of all the dangers they might encounter on their search for riches.

The students have also been planning to put on a circus in the classroom. The students know that Coach Pekin has a lot of circus equipment so she was called in to help. It looks like we will have a cheetah tamer, hoop experts, tight rope walkers, clowns and jugglers. Next week we continue preparing for the event. We still need to practice and make signs & tickets.


Over the last two weeks we have introduced beginning addition. The students are learning about the ‘+’ and ‘=” signs along with practicing solving these simple equations. The main skill we focused on this week was ‘adding on’.

Example: 7 + 3 =?

First we put the ‘7’ in our head, then we count on ‘8-9-10’. This is a new skill for some of the children so we will be practicing this quite often over the next few weeks.


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