Planting Today for Tomorrow!

Planting Today for Tomorrow!

Today we were invited outside to help the kindergarten children plant in the garden boxes.  The following is a copy and paste of a news posting about the “NEAT food security program”:

NEAT teams up with schools to teach students food security


FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — Students at Robert Ogilvie, Duncan Cran, and Ecole Central will be taking on more responsibility in contributing directly to food security in Fort St. John.

It’s part of NEAT’s Food Security Program, which teaches children where their food comes from, and how to grow themselves. Ecole Central participated in the pilot project last year.

When the food is grown, non-profits in the city will also receive some.

“We’ve finally reached the point where we’re able to run it in an entire school,” Karen Mason-Bennett with NEAT told Energetic City. “That requires a little bit more planting capacity than we have at the community gardens, so we started to build gardens at schools, which is really exciting.”

The project will start right before spring break, and students in grade 5 and 6 will be choosing what plants are grown. One of the things they’re focusing on, she said, is growing plants that are native to the area.

Each class at the schools participating will get one bed, and there are six additional beds for sponsorship, and six in the community gardens.

“There’s going to be anywhere between 24 to 30 bed for each school, when all is said and done,” Mason-Bennett said.




Art-Michelangelo Style!

Art-Michelangelo Style!

What is Art????

At what age does someone begin to appreciate fine art?

Are children too young?

I question who decided what is “child’s art” and “adult art”?

When looking at art of any there is no age to begin to

question the following:

*What do you see?

*How does this make you feel?

*What does it make you think about?

*Do you think there is a story behind this art work?

*What do you think the artist was thinking?

*What do you see that makes you say that?


Not only can children of all ages begin to appreciate art-paintings,

pictures, children illustrations/books, art books, etc…by exposing

children to wide variety of art and discussion you are giving them

language and expanding their vocabulary!!


One day we discussed “Michelangelo” and asked the question

how do you think he painted the ceiling of the “Sistine Chapel?”

Lots of ideas came up-reached up, a ladder, painted and hung

up the pictures!

Explained to the children that it was believed that he built a

scaffolding and lay on his back and painted the ceiling!

We decided to try drawing “Michelangelo Style!”

Paper was taped to the under-side of the tables and markers

were given.  All but one children lay down and drew their pictures,

one child sat under the table…

The next day I set up a “Michelangelo Style” Drawing Centre, it

has been a hit!  Some children were hesitant to lay down at first

but once they understood, a way they went!  The first child who

used the centre began to draw, then got up.  I thought she was done…

no she went to find a pillow to support her head-it wasn’t comfortable

without!The centre has been well used the last couple of weeks!

I think we may need to change it up and see how

“painting Michelangelo style” goes!!


There is much debate as to how Michelangelo really painted

the Sistine Chapel ceiling-once believed he lay on his back;

recently it is believed he stood!!  Regardless, laying on your

back has proved to be an enjoyable and entertaining way

to create a masterpiece!

Bouncing Egg!

Bouncing Egg!

What will happen if you put an egg in a jar of water? And a jar of vinegar?
“Hatch a chick, turn like a rainbow, break in to pieces, disappear, go invisible”
All very good guesses!!!!!
After a few days the egg in water remained the same…the egg in vinegar no longer has a shell, it is squishy and it bounces!!!!
This is a science experiment I totally encourage you to “try at home!”



SD60 wants you to know, you are your child’s first and best teacher …

SD60 wants you to know, you are your child’s first and best teacher …

Tip of the Month for June – Feelings..   These monthly tips are aimed at helping families enrich the preschool lives of their children, and they can be heard on both SunFM, 98.5, and MooseFM, 100.1 daily.  To download and print, click 10 Early Learning Tip June Feelings

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