Well back to school life. Classes start at 8:45 am and we sing O'Canada partly in Inuktitut then french and finally in English. I haven't retained any Inuktitut yet. All the children take off their outdoor shoes at the entrance and carry them to class. Imagine trying to do that at Kingston School. I have a class of 21 students. There are 8 grade 2 students and 13 grade 1's. They only have 1/2 day Kindergarten so many of the children are not as ready for grade 1 as those with full days in primary in NS. Different systems. They do provide a lot of materials for the classroom. I have oodles of math manipulative's compared to back home. My class was well supplied with books and other materials. This picture is the bulletin board outside my room.
We finish our morning at 11:50 when everyone goes home for lunch. We have 3 buses to take those that do not walk or get picked up. I had one student just stay on the playground the first day because she just wanted to swing. That afternoon when we got her on the bus she didn't get home. They found her on a playground in her neighbourhood on the swings. We have to make sure she gets to the bus daily. My students call me Donna. It was very strange when they called my name for the first few days. It's a Hey Donna here and a Hey Donna there! We get recess at 10:30 and the children have snack time before we go out. We provide Cheez Whiz and crackers for those without snacks. There are also apples and oranges as well. The picture below is my Word Wall and the shelves where my students leave indoor shoes and snacks.Everyone is back in class at 1:05. It gives Jacques and I enough time to go for lunch at home or out to one of the restaurants. We usually end up at the Snack because it is quick and the often serve Quebec style food. My class has language lessons at 1:05 everyday. Some go for French and the others go for Inuktitut. Every second day I pick them up from language and take them to Gym, I get 1/2 hour prep on Day 1 and an hour prep on Day 2. They only get music if I sing to them...poor kids! Thank goodness I brought a couple tapes and Cd's with me. Send me children's music, ladies! Below is our carpet area with my calendar and math board