General Vanier: Future Junior Chefs

Carmela Filippi, Educator, General Vanier Every Friday a special cooking class takes place after school with daycare educator Ms. Gina and the Kindergarten and Grade 1 students. Ms. Gina teaches the junior chefs how to chop up ingredients and then mix them together. A few weeks ago, the students learned how to make vegetable and…

Catapults, Collaboration, and Creativity Oh My!

Jodi Schwartz, B.A.S.E. Animator The B.A.S.E. children at Hampstead, Parkdale, Dalkeith, and John Caboto daycares all experienced building and testing mini catapults with their classmates in Ms. Jodi’s Engineering For Everyone program. It was explained that catapults are giant machines that throw things across an area. The children worked in collaboration with each other in…

Digital Storybook Creation at St.Monica and Gardenview

Jodi Schwartz, B.A.S.E. Animator Once a week since the middle of January, students at St. Monica B.A.S.E. daycare as well as Gardenview B.A.S.E. daycare put their creative skills to the test and collaboratively produced two digital storybooks under the guidance of Miss Jodi. Each child dreamed up their own character and brought it to life…

P.E.T. Pre-Kindergarten Students Fascinated by STEM Activity

Angela Genovese, Pierre Elliott Trudeau Elementary Daycare Educator What to do with an excited Pre-kindergarten group on a cold winters day? Have fun with science, of course! Students in Ms. Angie’s Pierre Elliott Trudeau B.A.S.E. Daycare class were excited to learn about primary and secondary colours with a hands-on “walking water” experiment.  This STEM activity…

Artistic Self-Expression at Cedarcrest Daycare  

Catherine Cottis, Cedarcrest Daycare Educator During a snowy week in February, the Grade 4 students at Cedarcrest B.A.S.E. Daycare learned about different art mediums and techniques through creating their own wintery mountain scenes. The students used black construction paper as their backdrop for a mountainous scene where multi-toned evergreen trees filled the foreground. Through this…

General Vanier: Down the Mountain We Go!

Carmela Filippi General Vanier Daycare Educator General Vanier Elementary School daycare technician, Maria Iacono, along with her daycare educators, parent volunteers and students, enjoyed a wonderful sunny pedagogical day at Mont. Avila on Monday, February 18, 2019. At the beginning of the morning, a few kindergarten students who had never been tubing were extremely frightened…

Gardenview and St. Monica: Digital Storybook Creations

Jodi Schwartz, B.A.S.E. Animator Throughout this snowy winter, B.A.S.E. daycare students at Gardenview and St. Monica elementary schools have been hard at work creating a collaborative storybook (one at each school) with their peers. This activity not only fostered communication, cooperation and compromise among the children, but it also developed and maintained extremely necessary life…

Parkdale B.A.S.E. Daycare: Solar Motorized Crane Creation in New Engineering Program

Jodi Schwartz, B.A.S.E. Animator Engineering for Everyone is a new program that Animator Jodi Schwartz has put together for the English Montreal School Board’s Before and After School Enriched (B.A.S.E.) Daycare Program. About the Program: Children have begun exploring solar powered vehicles, structure and stability, marble mazes, a roller coaster of recyclables and even a…

You Make My Heart Pop!

Anna Colella and Sabrina Francischiello, Michelangelo International Daycare Educators This year, Michelangelo International Elementary School’s Grades 2-5 daycare students decided to make sweet treats for their parents and guardians. Together with their educators, they prepared a sweet mixture of popcorn covered in pink and white chocolate, marshmallows and a sprinkle of colourful candy. The children…