13 days until SUMMER!

We were feeling HOT HOT HOT last week and then the temperature DROPPED DROPPED DROPPED this week and we were back to having jackets hanging from our hooks. We may have got a little ahead of ourselves when it came to scheduling the first Water Day of the year for the first week of June, but we will try try again on June 20th. Come prepared.

Speaking of prepared, we were prepared to have both Meditating Munchkins, M is for Music and French visit us this week. Ms. Laurel discussed all things Fairy related for Meditating, Ms. Rachelle sang songs about Caterpillars and Butterflies for M is For Music, and Madame S taught the children summer inspired words en Francais!

The youngest of the House continued on their train of learning their ABCs and 123s….

And then sat down together to discuss plans for next week.

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The Toddler Two classroom continued their love for dinosaurs….

They stomped and roared just like them through the week, through the paint and through the block city.

From the dino’s to the BUGS…the Preschool class takes a much closer look at what is crawling all over our playground.

And they painted their own critters…

And we’ll crawl right along into the Kinder classroom…where they took their learning outdoors and went on a nature neighbourhood walk hand in hand.

They continued their learning and exploring outdoors as they baked cakes, cookies, and prepared chocolate ice cream too!

Speaking of icecream….let’s all scream for the weekend is here!

Stay turned to see just what those toddlers came up with for next week…

Enjoy your weekend!

The Chartwell House.

“Hey June, don’t let me down…”

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It’s Friday and it’s the first day of JUNE! Bring on the summer please!

Another busy week here at the House, with Suzie bringing the Sunshine, Monkeynastics taking care of our monkey’s, Karate bringing the heat, and Madame S wrapping the week up with French Fridays.

And when we weren’. t participating in all the extra programs visiting, we were fully engaged, exploring, and learning in the classrooms. This week we will start up the stairs in the Toddler One classroom where they took on their colours for the week…”red and yellow and pink and green, purple and orange and blue…”

They also put paintbrush to paper during creative.

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And they got their Bill Nye on with a colour Science experiment…watch to see what happens when you add a little vinegar to the mix…”Science rules!”

You know what also ruled….the dinosaurs. And you know what the Toddler Twos discussed this week? The Dinosaurs.

They also had a few very important group discussions about the dinosaurs.

And when they weren’t discussing the dino’s they were watching Ms. Kelloway knock it out of the park…

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Next up to bat is the Preschool classroom – where they used their imagination when asked what they wanted to transform a regular ol’ cardboard box into….drum roll please….5, 4, 3, 2, 1…..BLAST OFF, the answer was….A Rocketship! See below as they work together to build and paint the ship.

And there was a lot of buzz about their art work this week…

And they were blown away when it came to this activity.

From the bubbles to the Senior Preschool classroom we go – where the oldest of the House decorated the grounds of the playground with their chalk-work.

While out exploring the gardens, the Seniors found a new addition to the Chartwell playground…ladies and gentlemen…meet Tony.

From Tony, and all of us here at The House, we wish you a very happy first day of June, and hope you all have a great weekend!

Line of the Week:
Teacher: What are you going to name your new little brother or sister?
Child: Hamburger!

The Chartwell House.

 

Short and Sweet Week.

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It may have been a short week, but here at The House the classrooms were busy, and action packed. From gardening, to painting, to building and constructing, to yoga to singing, to playing outside under that summer-like sunshine…it was a blast!

After the long weekend ended in a BANG (get it? bang…fireworks! HA!) we were back to business on Tuesday…

The Toddler One classroom went back to the basics, and worked on their letters, making the ABCs look as easy as one, two, three.

They went from learning the ABCs to learning their colours with Pete…”because it’s all good!”

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When the weather outside is delightful, you bring the programming outdoors and make it oh so insightful…? Let it shine, let it shine, let is shine.

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Planted last week. Sprouting this week.

Let’s stay outdoors and check in on the Toddler Twos who continued their interest in gardening, and making their green thumbs even greener…

Proof their green thumbs are now greener…

And as a class they took turns watering their new additions to the classroom….an onion and oregano plant – which they will eventually pass on to Ms. Omaima to cook up a storm with.

We will let the Toddler Twos water on, and we will head into the Preschool classroom where they talked, learnt, explored, and crawled with BUGS.

They got creative  – making butterflies, ladybugs, and using fly-swatters to make a masterpiece too!

The Preschoolers went for a neighborhood walk standing two by two, the littlest one stopped to….smell the flowers, and say hello to this little potato! See below.

Speaking of flowers….the Seniors of the House put their brushes to paper as they painted just what they saw when looking at the beautiful bouquet.

When the sun is shining and the outdoors is calling…

…you bring the indoor programming outdoors, and Yoga too!

We also had M is for Music join us this week, and French with Madame S where they continued learning their colours en Francais!

The weekend is Here! And that….that is music to my ears!

Have a wonderful weekend everybody!

The Chartwell House.

Long Weekend Vibes.

With the long weekend only minutes away, I have just enough time to post photos for display.

Here’s what happened this week at the House…(in photos)

Starting in Toddler One:

The Toddler Two classroom joined the Toddler One classroom when it came to focusing on all things garden related….planting, seeding, digging, watering….maybe not in the order…but here are a few snaps from their week;

And when they weren’t rolling in the dirt, they were rocking out during creative…

And then we head to Preschool, where they too took to the dirt…

Karate, Meditating Munchkins and French…

And those drawings you have on your fridge, there’s reason and rhyme to those…see below:

We end our photo blog with the Kinders – where they took advantage of a rainy day to make play-dough as a class….and with the play-dough they made bunnies, snails, and attempted to spell out their names…

Short and sweet this week, but I’am off to enjoy the LONG weekend, and hope all of you enjoy it too!

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The Chartwell House.

There’s no hood, like Motherhood.

To all the Moms out there, no matter how far
Know that you’re on my radar
For being a Rockstar
A cook…
A Doctor, alarm clock, maid, waitress, teacher, referee, handyman, photographer, chauffeur, event planner, hairdresser, personal assistant, ATM, and boogie-man chaser.
You wear many hats, and yet no cape
I’d still put you up against Superman, you’d put him into shape
With all that you Mother’s do, I really want to thank you!
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With a very special day around the corner, your offspring in the House have been up to very special projects. I cannot give too much away, but you Moms…are lucky.

Here’s what I can share with you…

Preschool discusses what they like to do with their Moms, and what their Moms like to eat or drink:

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The Toddler Two classroom was asked why they love their Mommy….here is why:

“She is nice”- Dante. “She plays with me”- Kian. “She gives me medicine when I’m sick”- Maria. “She gives me a lollipop”- Anna. “She plays with race cars with me”- H-man. “She makes me popsicles; I make them with her too”- Stella. “She has a baby in her tummy”-Kayla. “She takes me to the park”- Olivia. “She calls me Goose”- Ryan.”She plays cars with me; she takes me to the park” – Liam.

The rest is under wraps. For the Mom’s reading….to be continued on Sunday.

We will continue with Toddler Two, where they talked all things Mommy related, and all screamed for “The Ice Cream King,” book that just melted their little hearts.

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One scoop. Two Scoop. Three scoop. Floor…..

They also took a closer look at the train tracks they built using their fine little motor skills to complete the job.

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And when outside, they used the chompers to collect the balls around the yard….or pinecones, rocks, sticks…whatever they could capture with their chompers.

Speaking of cleaning up sticks…let’s fly back to the wind storm we had and the mess it left behind. It was quite the breeze, leaving lots and lots of debris and with Earth Day still in their heads and hearts, the Senior Preschools took it upon themselves to help clean up the yard.

Ms. HIllis, are we cleaning up the Earth?” “Yes, we are cleaning up the Earth!” “You can even smell that we’ve cleaned up the Earth…smell Ms. Hillis!”

With the clean smell in the air, the Kinders took to the sidewalks and participated in a neighbourhood stroll…finding trees that uprooted, squirrels with nuts, and more and more sticks…

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Right, Left. Right, Left.

After stretching our legs, we worked with our hands and on our letter recognition.

They may work harder, but they dance harder…

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It’s fun to stay at the…C-H-A-R-T-W-E-L-L…

And when the animals came to visit the House…the Kinders didn’t flinch, they didn’t get scared, they just got up close and personal…

From the oldest of the House, to the youngest we shell go…

The Toddler One classroom, although they aren’t too much older, they showed off their skills when it came to taking care of babies, just like Mommy…how cute is this!

And although the diapers were clean, they did end up getting their little hands messy….with paint…

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What a great job – give her a hand!

We will end the show with the Preschool classroom, where they too focused on all things Mommy related, and also all things starting with Y.

A drawing of Mommy…

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A list of Y words…

With the sun shining, and the landscapers cleaning our grounds, the Preschool children also hit the sidewalks to explore Chartwell Road.

Now….let’s walk into the weekend…hand in hand.

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Happy weekend to everyone, and Happy Mother’s Day to all you Mommies out there.

For all you do, here’s to you!
Cheers,

The Chartwell House.

May the Forth be with you.

Busy, busy, busy! The House this week was busy!
From Monkeynastix, to Karate, to Yoga, to Music and then French, the children got their fair share of action when it came to the extra programs visiting this week. We were lucky enough to move most of the activities outdoors, as the sun was shining and the air was warm!

French with Madame S, and M is for Music with Ms. Rachelle remained indoors due to the rain this morning, but it was just as fun as the children continued to learn their shapes in French, and sing all about the weather! Rain, rain GO away!

And when they weren’t stretching, singing, swiping danger away, or speaking a second language they were in their classrooms where they worked hard, so they could play even harder.

The youngest of the House are always go, go, go, and so they continued their learning and discussion on trains, planes and automobiles…all things relating to transportation.

They like to move it move it, and we’ll move it right along and into the Toddler Two classroom where they cannot get enough of the creepy-crawlers! They too continued their learning and now slight obsession with BUGS. After spotting a lady bug (get it?!) they became infatuated with finding the next bug…

They have been naming all kinds of bugs when looking at different photos from dragonflies, to crickets, grasshoppers, bumble bees, to spiders, to the too many legged centipede…go ahead and test them!

When exploring outside, they found a beautiful butterfly taking a rest on one of the trees.

And when inside, they made bumble-bees.

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And sure enough, a lady-bug with it’s perfect timing, stopped by landing at a very convenient table, where they took a closer look to connect the dots.

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Oh to be a fly on the wall…

We will move from the Toddler Two classroom down into the Preschool class where they became one with nature.

And when it rains…..

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We bake with Mommy while wearing rain boots, and watching a movie.

But when it’s summer-like weather, we take to the outdoors and sing our Jolly Phonics together…

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We will end the tour in the Kinder classroom, where they have been busy reading the best of the best books to complete their reading challenge. They are on the road to reading 100 stories before the end of May, and are currently on book number 73. Once they hit 100 books as a class, Scholastic Canada will donate 100 books to children who need them! Let’s go Kinders!

The Kinder classroom definitely took advantage of the summer-like weather and enjoyed programming, snack time, Karate, Yoga, and Jolly Phonics out under the sun.

But when they were inside…they kept their hands busy. Building Lego homes, working in their workbooks, and working on their green thumbs too.

Now, let’s ride into the weekend like…

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With the heavy winds outside, stay grounded everyone! And enjoy your weekends.

The Chartwell House.

!GO RAPTORS GO!

As we gave a little extra love to the Earth over the weekend, we continued to be inspired by what this beautiful planet has to offer…from the creepy-crawly bugs that roam the dirt or fly in the sky to the different forms of transportation we use to explore this land…we appreciate it from the ground up!

We will start in Toddler Two, where they had the whole world at their fingertips. They used sponges, with blue and green paint to create little versions of the World that are now hanging from the classroom ceiling on display.

The Toddler Twos also continued their interest in bugs after finding a ladybug spending some time in their classroom last week. After the ladybug captured their attention, BUGS became the coolest thing! And so…they explored!

And when they weren’t exploring…they swatted!

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They were not the only ones exploring the creepy crawlers….the oldest of the House got their hands wet while getting a little bit closer to the bugs…

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They also followed suit when painting the Earth…

The Kinder class got to go on a very special bus trip to the Waste Management Site to further their knowledge on all things to do with recycling, reducing, and reusing. The tour guide, Nicole, was quite impressed with the questions asked, and just how much we knew about recycling.

Here is what we saw during our trip…

Spring is here, and so is the clean-up!

The green machine is breaking up our pumpkins, and Christmas trees to turn into the dirt we use for our gardens.

This driver came up close, and showed off his moves with the machine that flattens the garbage – the more we recycle, the longer this landfill will last! Do your part 🙂

And when fresh garbage arrives, the seagulls tend to flock! And to stop them from rummaging through the garbage and picking it up and dropping it elsewhere is this guy…

One would think driving through a dump of garbage would be smelly, but did you know they have giant vacuums that will suck up the smell, and turn that smell into electricity? That means all those smelly diapers that we cannot get into the garbage fast enough, actually turn our lights on! The two photos below show the giant vacuums…amazing.

With all the excitement of riding a bus, and seeing the site…we had a few little ones fading fast on the bus ride home…it was tough keeping those eyes open, and heads from bobbing, but all in all it was a good day at the dump!

Back at the House, we will head into Preschool where they too continued to talk Earth Day, and what it means to go Green…

The preschoolers are also seen with Madame S where they learnt their shapes this week during French.

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French Shape up! Matching the name to the shape…en Francais! 

Speaking of Madame S, we will head up into the Toddler One classroom – last but not least – to learn that they were on the move this week – zooming in to have a look at all things that move.

They got their hands moving, as they painted the boats.

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And they got their move on with Monkeynastix this week too!

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The week moved on by, and now we will move into the weekend!
From us to you…Enjoy it 🙂

The Chartwell House.