B.A.S.E. On Global News Morning

Screen Shot 2017-05-03 at 10.58.51 AMOur very own Ms. Melina appeared on Global News Morning, Thursday, April 27th talking about B.A.S.E.’s Food Revolution Day Cook-Off happening tomorrow and all that B.A.S.E. does to bring food literacy and life skills to daycare students.


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B.A.S.E. & the Food Revolution

Next week the EMSB Before and After School (B.A.S.E.) Daycare Program will be hosting its second annual Food Revolution Day Celebration. Here is a little taste of what happened last year. Thanks to Chef Massimo, Chef Theo, and Chef Julia for cooking with B.A.S.E. students!

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Michelangelo: Soil vs. Dirt

Johanna Donovan, B.A.S.E. Media Advisor

Monday, April 10, 2017, B.A.S.E. Daycare Green Club representatives, along with Green Club Animator Van Ferrier, gave a workshop to fellow students on all-things soil. With the better weather finally here, Green Club students are anxious to get into their gardens and focus on making sure their soil is healthy for the growing season!

The workshop covered such topics as the difference between soil and dirt, what you might find in healthy soil, and composting. Students particularly enjoyed discovering a bug in the compost soil example and squirming over videos of squiggly “composters” working away at breaking down foods to create rich soil. What a fun break from a regular school day!

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Parkdale: Let’s Taste Mexico!

Johanna Donovan, B.A.S.E. Media Advisor

With the B.A.S.E. Daycare Food Revolution Day Celebration coming up later this month, we thought we’d give you a little taste of the cooking that goes on in our daycares!

On a frigid Friday in March, B.A.S.E. Daycare students at Parkdale Elementary School warmed up with a culinary trip to Mexico. A small group of students got to cook and eat a delicious vegetarian chili on rice, roasted elote (corn) rolled in mayonnaise and cheese and a garlicky pico de gallo salsa. While the chili simmered, students played a game of food-themed jeopardy before feasting on the fruits of their labour! Check out this video documenting their colourful and yummy pedagogical day.

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St. Raphael: Food and Culture

Johanna Donovan, B.A.S.E. Media Advisor

B.A.S.E. Cooking Club students at St. Raphael’s spent the month of February cooking African and Caribbean dishes with Ms. Melina in honour of Black History month. On Wednesday, March 1, 2017, students, staff and parents gathered to celebrate the end of their month of learning. Here’s a little video of that celebration!


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Coronation: Water Week in Green Club

Johanna Donovan, B.A.S.E. Media Advisor

This week, March 20-24, 2017, B.A.S.E. Daycare Green Clubs are busy learning about water conservation in honour of Water Week, with today, March 22, being World Water Day. At Coronation Elementary, daycare students found out just how much water goes into producing one single hamburger. Can you guess?

First students watched Conservation International’s video “Nature is Speaking – Penelope Cruz is Water,” and discussed the importance of water in our lives and ways in which they can save water at home, such as turning off the tap when brushing their teeth or soaping the dishes. Green Initiative Advisor, Ryan Oxley, also talked to students about growing up in Australia and how valuable water is to people there and how lucky Canadians are to have such an abundance of water.

Green Club students then had to perform jumping jacks, running on the spot, squats and more to receive their hamburger ingredients. Back at their tables, they had to match how much water went into producing each ingredient. The grand total? 698.5 gallons! That’s 10 large tubs of water! Turns out, the hamburger meat patty wins with more than 600 gallons needed to produce a single patty.

Afterwards, students created posters to put up around their school to tell other students why water is so important and not to waste such a precious resource!

How do you save water?

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Michelangelo: Budding Scientists Make Stress Balls out of Oobleck

Jodi Schwartz, B.A.S.E. Curriculum Advisor

On the morning of Thursday, March 16 2017 the B.A.S.E. Daycare Budding Scientists at Michelangelo International school returned from a snow day full force to learn about the difference between liquids and solids.

Oobleck, a liquid substance that looks similar to milk can be made out of cornstarch and water. When the students moved their hand through it quickly, it became solid and offered some resistance.

After the students realized that oobleck was both a liquid and a solid at the same time, Ms. Jodi used a funnel to pour the substance into balloons. Once tied tightly, the balloons became stress balls for the children to use at school and at home.

We discussed stress and anger management techniques that can be used when we get upset or angry such as: yoga, taking a walk, screaming into a pillow, counting to ten, taking deep breaths, using our words, and of course squeezing our newly made stress balls.

Science is great, especially when it is hands on!

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