Friday, 30 November 2012

More iPad Learning

Hannah wrote about the Christmas Fair she is going to at her friend's school. She was hoping to see Santa, and perhaps get a present - as you can see from her illustration below:

Amber-Rose, Hannah and Poppy have worked all by themselves to write and count and create! Fantastic learning, all of you!

Monday, 26 November 2012

Learning on the i-Pads

Today Jada and Max had fun with the Magnetic ABC app on the i-pads during Discovery Time. These photos show Jada's counting poster and Max's writing. Jada is very good at making sets to match a number. Max can hear the first sounds in all his names. He also experimented with ellipses (...) because he said there was "more to come".  Fantastic learning, Max and Jada!

Jada Writes at Home

Jada did some writing at home - she wrote some words from some junk mail at her house. 
Can you read some of the words?
Jada, well done - you are carrying on your learning all day long!

Elly Asks About Reading Rocks!

 Elly asked us who else has taken the "Reading Rocks" bag home. Here are some photos from the reading log. Ella read "Hairy McLeary" and thought her dog was as big as "Hercules Morse, big as a horse".
 Madras read "Wacky Wednesday" and dressed up all wacky, with big ears and an upside down hat!
 Jada loved ALL the books! "The Wheels on the Bus" was her favourite, though!
Hannah read all the books and played the matching game.
We have all had a turn taking the bag home. Tomorrow we will add another post showing some of  the pictures we have drawn in the reading log.

Thursday, 22 November 2012

Tui and Amber-Rose "Carry On Their Learning"

Today Carolyn found something wonderful. She took photos and we talked about "carrying on our learning". This morning we used the fast word "come" in Word Power. We wrote it many times in different ways. Just before lunch we had 20 minutes of choosing time. Tui and Amber-Rose carried on their learning! No-one said they had to - they just chose to keep on practicing! What wonderful independent work! You can carry on your learning anywhere, anytime. Maybe this weekend? E-mail Carolyn a photo and she will put it on the blog!

Wednesday, 21 November 2012

Reading in the Library

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 We had a lovely time in the library this afternoon. Look how much we are enjoying books! What a great way to start school...and we were so good at sharing the beanbags and sharing our books, too.
Great work, Little Einsteins!

Monday, 19 November 2012

Hannah Photographs Discovery Time

Hannah wanted to photograph her block tower during Discovery Time today. So we decided she should take photographs of everyone busy at their different activities.
Which photo is your favourite, Hannah?
We think everyone looks like they are thinking hard and having fun!
The Little Einsteins also worked together well to pack everything away at the end of Discovery time, too.

Hannah Photographs Discovery Time on PhotoPeach

Joe's Number Poster

Joe made this amazing counting poster on the i-pad during Discovery Time today. He did it all by himself! We made posters like this in our Maths group the other day and Joe has carried that learning on, independently. Well done, Joe - you are good at counting!

Thursday, 18 October 2012

Reading Rocks!

This is Cole, with our brand new "Reading Rocks!" bag. It is full of books from Carolyn's house.

There is also a reading log in the bag. Each day, Monday to Thursday, one super learner in the Little Einsteins gets to take the bag home and read some of the books. Cole took some fun photos of himself all bandaged up - just like the boy in 'I'm Falling to Bits'  - his favourite story from the "Reading Rocks!" bag.

The photos are glued into the reading log. Cole also drew a wonderful picture of his bones. Great job, Cole - I am glad you and your family enjoyed the books so much! I wonder which book the next person will like best?

Pukeko Calendar Art

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Print Making at Te Manawa

On Tuesday, we went on a trip to Te Manawa to do some print-making. We tried many different ways of printing - using stamps, cardboard scraps and even leaves to make patterns. We also drew designs onto tin foil and foam board and used them to make prints from. Thanks to Andrea and her team at Te Manawa - we had HEAPS of fun! And thanks to our class parents, Nick and Tracey for all your help. Here's a slide show so you can share our wonderful learning experience...

Print Making at Te Manawa on PhotoPeach

Wednesday, 19 September 2012

Patterns 1-5

We are learning to know what the numbers one to five (1-5) look like as patterns on our fingers, on a tens frame and with groups of teddies.
We took photos with teddies and we took photos showing 1 and 2 and 3 and 4 and 5.
Can you quickly say what numbers we are showing?
Patterns on PhotoPeach

Monday, 10 September 2012

Meeting Our Big Buddies

At Russell Street School, we work closely with an older class. It's one of the BEST things about our school! Today Saffron, Bree, Helen, Jack and Olly came to meet us. They will be in our room after brunch several times a week to listen to us read. They will also read to us! Today they were such great cheerleaders, encouraging us and gently correcting us when we needed it! Thanks, buddies!

Sunday, 9 September 2012

We have moved into Room One

We have moved into our very own classroom. It's been a wonderful day. Amber-Rose and Jada came to visit us, before they start school, too. Here's what we did:
We have been reading with our buddies. Cole
We have been writing so good and I have been writing heaps of things down
on the page in my book. Hannah
We have been doing a puzzle. Ella
We have been learning to sit on the mat. Madras
I liked reading with our buddies. Poppy
I liked how hard everyone was concentrating on being great learners! Carolyn

Saturday, 18 August 2012

Our First Assembly

We ran our first assembly on Friday. It was a lot of great learning, planning and practicing with our buddy classes. Fantastic assembly, we are very proud of you all! Thanks to all our family and friends who came to watch and celebrate our learning with us. Here is the video - in case you missed it...every assembly is streamed live and then archived on the Russell Street School website. So where-ever you are in the city, country or world, you can watch it as it happens - pretty neat, huh?

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Wednesday, 15 August 2012

Patterns to Five

We are learning to instantly recognize patterns to five. Can you say how many shapes there are, before they disappear?

Tuesday, 14 August 2012

Fast Words

Hi,  Little Einsteins!
You are learning to read "fast words". These are the words that appear often in your reading and writing. How many of these words can you read before they disappear? Leave a comment to tell me how you get on! Good luck!