Parkdale: Budding Scientists Learn about Acids and Bases

Jodi Schwartz, B.A.S.E. Animator

Early morning science is one of the best ways to start the day. Luckily for the Parkdale B.A.S.E. Daycare children, Miss Jodi arrived with not one, but two science experiments for them to try.

First up was drawing personalized volcanoes on strips of paper, wrapping them around a cup, and making them explode into a bubbling mess! To achieve this, Miss Jodi added vinegar and red food colouring to the cup and the children added a teaspoon of baking soda to set off the eruption. Squeals and giggles resonated around the room.

The second experiment used the same ingredients but focused on a different effect. Miss Jodi poured a small amount of water and vinegar into an empty individual-sized plastic soda bottle. Using a funnel, she added two teaspoons of baking soda inside a deflated balloon. She stretched the opening of the balloon over the neck of the bottle. One by one, the children each took a turn flipping the contents of the balloon into the bottle. As the baking soda mixed with the vinegar and water, it created a bubbling chemical reaction that in turn produced carbon dioxide gas. The gas rose inside the bottle and inflated the balloon right in front of our eyes.

A wide-eyed student named Ryan exclaimed through a smile, “the reason that I love science so much is because it is full of surprises!” Science is magical!

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Our Lady of Pompei : Grade 6 Tea Party

On Tuesday, June 5th, the Grade 6 students were treated to their very first English Tea Party, complete with real tea cups, English tea and treats. Some of the students said it was an amazing experience. It was fun learning the proper etiquette for attending the tea party. We all got dressed up into our party clothes and we all did our best to sit properly, feet on the ground, to always say “please” and “thank you”.

Did you know there is a proper way to stir the sugar in your cup? It is not stirred in circles, but rather back and forth. It was interesting learning all the do’s and don’ts and we ate some delicious English treats like scones, lemon squares, and let’s not forget about those delicious cucumber sandwiches.

For some of us, it was our first time drinking tea, some liked it and others didn’t like it much. The afternoon was so much fun. We will remember this for a long time I guess having an educator that was born in England has its benefits, at least it did for us… Thanks Mrs. Rosa!

By Grade 6 students
Our Lady of Pompei B.A.S.E. Daycare


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Touching B.A.S.E. Newspaper Summer 2018

Screen Shot 2018-06-15 at 3.36.57 PMThis Touching B.A.S.E. Summer 2018 newspaper is jam-packed with news from the EMSB B.A.S.E. Daycares: A sad but joyous retirement for the pioneer of the B.A.S.E. Daycare Program, Rosa Fuoco, students getting active, new media initiatives and a two-page spread of Daycare Week and Food Revolution photos are just the tip of the iceberg!

The newly trained B.A.S.E. Educator Media team filled almost half of the newspaper with their stories and photos in their debut issue! They covered Earth Day, Mother’s Day, We Club and Play it Fair! just to name a few!

There are lots of exciting developments underway (and in-store) for Green Clubs and their schoolyard gardens as the environmental educational core of the B.A.S.E. Program grows and grows.

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Thank you to all who contributed to the second and final issue of the 2017-2018 year. Enjoy!

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Building Your Own Board Game

Students at John Caboto, Pierre Elliott Trudeau, and St. Monica B.A.S.E. daycares spent their session 3 constructing a collaborative board game with their classmates.

The Build Your Own Board Game program encourages teamwork, logic, forethought, and problem solving skills. With Ms. Jodi’s assistance students planned out, built, and played a game they had created as one large team. Some of the children created the board, others the dice and/or spinners, pieces and money, and others still the trivia questions/challenge cards. Then they compiled the rules during a brainstorming session in order for future players to know how to play the game.

All of the schools had the opportunity to play their completed games during their last class with Ms. Jodi. While the children were playing their game, a St. Monica student stated, “There is so much money!”. Ms. Jodi jokingly asked if they would share it, and one student quipped “But Miss, it’s counterfeit,”. Another student at St. Monica exclaimed, “This game is more fun than Monopoly!”, and she told them it was because they made it themselves and had used their creativity and imaginations. The board games were left at their respective daycares for the children to use for future years.

St. Monica’s group completed their game a class and a half early so they wrote, acted in, and filmed a commercial of their board game using the iMovie trailer app on an iPad. They learned about filming angles, directing scenes, and reacting to each other’s visual cues. Please view their wonderful commercial entitled “The Game of Games,” below.



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Digital Storytelling with Sound

Creativity was flowing in and around two B.A.S.E. daycares for the past two months.

Students in Hampstead and Westmount Park B.A.S.E. daycares participated in a nine-week program at their respective schools producing two collaborative digital storybooks. They used their writing and drawing skills to put together an imaginative story, and then added their voices, giving their story even more depth using the Book Creator App. Miss Jodi added some sound effects from iMovie, background music, and created a “Find the Hidden Message” game to accompany the stories and be played at their viewing parties last week. Students also practiced their writing skills by using a stylus to write words on the iPad. What a creative way to encourage literacy!

Please read and listen to the wonderfully creative digital storybooks below, and feel free to play the accompanying “Find the hidden message” game for each storybook. Every time you find a word with a blue cloud drawn around it, write it in the next available space in the sentence that appears under the video and you will uncover the hidden messages.

_________________ who stick __________________ are _______________es in _______________    ________________s with _________________ powers. All we have to do to gain our strength, is help each other.

If we _________________ nice, __________________ healthy, and _______________ each other, we have the _______________ to ________________ to the _________________ of life together.

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Westmount Park: Gotta Beat the Heat

Westmount Park B.A.S.E. Daycare did our best to beat the heat yesterday, May 30, 2018, by finding shade and playing some fun games.  

A simple game of water relay turned into an hour of fun teamwork and splashing, and four hula hoops turned into a friendly competition of who can throw further and get the most points.  

When asked, the children said: 

“We should do this every day!!” 

“My favourite part was winning!” 

“Maybe next time we should add more hula hoops.” 

 By Bonnie Staines, daycare educator

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Daycare Week at B.A.S.E.

EMSB B.A.S.E. Daycares celebrated in style from May 14 to 18, 2018 during the week to “recognize the importance of the complementary role of school daycares in the school team!”

Food was a highlight for all, from food trucks, to cotton candy, to Food Revolution themed events! There were also plenty of obstacle courses and bouncy castles to burn off all that delicious food, beautiful art displays, and plenty of time spent outdoors in the schoolyard gardens for a “Garden Blitz” of events.

See more of Daycare Week in the upcoming Touching BASE Summer 2018 newspaper!

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