Dante: German Spaetzle

What to do when your students just love to eat? We bake, cook and experiment with different methods of cooking our favourite foods.

We made German Spaetzle.

“It’s like fluffy clouds!” said one students.

“This is why I love to come to daycare’ said another.

From the looks of it, it was definitely a hit!

By Maria Santino, daycare educator


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Nesbitt: Cabane a Sucre

Friday, March 23, 2018 was a school pedagogical day, and Nesbitt Daycare took the opportunity to visit the Chalet des Erables in Sainte Anne des Plaines, for yet another year of sugar shacking.

As our bus pulled up to the premises on that beautiful spring morning, the excited cries of our students were met by the welcoming and friendly staff who separated us into groups on a day that promised to be fun filled and sugary sweet.

Our first stop of the day was at the amusement rides. The children and staff excitedly boarded the rides, which they remembered from prior years, and were pleasantly surprised and eager to try the new ones!

After about an hour of spinning and careening, our monitors ushered us into the dining hall for a delicious and traditional meal of eggs, potatoes, sausages and sweet maple desserts!

With our stomachs full and satisfied, we spent the remainder of the afternoon visiting the animals on the farm; taking a leisurely train ride through the maple orchards; visiting a haunted house and, of course, ending it all off with the delicious tire sur la neige.

All in all we had a wonderful day made even more so by the beautiful weather, and all this was evidenced by the quiet bus ride back to school!

By Franca Sicilia, daycare educator

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Dante: Reader’s Theatre

Having a mixed age group of Grades 4 to 6 isn’t always easy, as not everyone gets along.

Looking to find something that would get everyone to work together, I planned a Reader’s Theatre activity. In Reader’s Theatre, students do not need to memorize their parts. They knew what parts they would play in the production and had a great time working on props prior to the showcase. Everyone worked wonderfully well together to make it funny and entertaining for all.

At the end of the activity in an attempt to extend the fun, I asked the students, if we added commercials in between acts, what do you think we could advertise? The responses were abundant and we’ve turned this Friday afternoon activity into a Daycare Week theatre production…stay tuned!

By Maria Santino, daycare educator

Here’s a Reader’s Theatre activity guide from ReadWriteThink!

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Elizabeth Ballantyne: Hip Hop Show

On Friday, April 6, 2018, Elizabeth Ballantyne B.A.S.E daycare put on a hip hop show featuring Kindergarten to Grade 3 students in the gym. A great big thank you to our talented emcee Luciano for doing such a great job!

Parents came to the after school show and really enjoyed the four performances. They were pleased to see their children come out of their shells.

“The hip hop show was so fun!” said Breanna in Grade 2. “I really liked it and I was happy my parents were there.”

“It was cool and fun! Mommy was so proud of me,” said Brooklyn in Kindergarten.

The students worked on these hip hop dances beginning in September with instructors from Takabouger, a company that has partnership with B.A.S.E daycare.

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Collaborative Digital Storytelling

student completing the find the hidden message gameCombining their imaginations, writing and drawing skills, and throwing in a little tech has resulted in three wonderful digital storybooks from three B.A.S.E. daycares!

Students at Dalkeith, Elizabeth Ballantyne and Parkdale worked for weeks to create collaborative digital storybooks with their classmates using the Book Creator App under the guidance of Ms. Jodi. They finally finished their storybooks and held viewing parties at their daycares in March!

The finished products included their voices narrating the story, sound effects and background music. Students also practiced their writing skills by using a stylus to write words on the iPad. What an inventive 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 three motivating mantras. Continue reading

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Bee Hotel — Green Club Montreal

Check out this wonderful Bee Hotel project from St. Monica Daycare students! Now this is a winter session well spent!

Our Green Club has been working on creating a bee habitat for many weeks this winter. We finally finished our project by decorating our bee hotel with beads, paint and designs! We learned about how Canadian native bee populations are declining because of chemical fertilizers and pesticides being used, and wanted to help by creating […]

via Bee Hotel — Green Club Montreal

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Green Birth – An Erasure Poem

In honour of National Poetry Month (and upcoming Earth Day), Ms. Johanna from the B.A.S.E. Daycare head office created an activity plan for daycare educators to help daycare students make their very own erasure or strike-out poems.

She thought she’d try to make one herself using an article from the Touching B.A.S.E. on Daycare Matters Winter 2018 edition! She sends a big thank you to Giorgia Nico Daley from Pierre Elliott Trudeau B.A.S.E. Daycare for her great article “The Birth of a Gardening Community at Pierre Elliott Trudeau,” which provided Ms. Johanna with an excellent source for her erasure poem.

Here it is! Ms. Johanna thinks B.A.S.E. daycare students can do a much better (and prettier) job than her! Do you accept the challenge?

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