Parkdale Takes Pumpkin Decorating to a Whole New Level!

Lorena De Lucia, Parkdale Daycare Educator This year, Parkdale Elementary School Daycare’s pumpkin decorating activity was truly extraordinary! It was a chance for the students to bring their favourite characters to life in the form of a pumpkin! With the guidance of educators and support staff, the children were encouraged to tap into their inner creativity…

Parkdale: Budding Scientists Reveal Secret Message

Jodi Schwartz, B.A.S.E. Animator Parkdale Budding Scientists were at it again! Today they were also magicians: they created messages that disappeared, and used science to make them reappear. First, Miss Jodi gave everyone a piece of blank paper. In a bowl, she mixed ¼ cup of baking soda with ¼ cup of water. She prepared…

Collaborative Digital Storytelling

Combining 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…

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…

Sinclair Laird: Learn & Play Day

During a “Learn & Play” pedagogical day on March 23, 2018, students at Sinclair Laird had the opportunity to create their own t-shirts by using paint and their imagination. Prior to the t-shirt making, students first sketched what they wanted to create, then painted their sketches onto their t-shirts. The children were very proud of…

National Poetry Month

In honour of National Poetry Month, we’re posting two poems that were sent to B.A.S.E. Daycare from two Canadian poets last school year for our Food Revolution event. Rachel Rose, poet laureate of Vancouver (2014-2017), sent in a previously published poem called Feast, and George Elliott Clarke, Parliamentary Poet Laureate (2016-2017), wrote a poem specifically…

Our Lady of Pompei: Comic Book Creation Program Inspires Writing

Two of B.A.S.E. Daycare Grade 3 students at Our Lady of Pompei Elementary thrive on creating their own comic books after participating in the B.A.S.E. Comic Book Adventure Creation program and getting inspired. By Pietro and Trevor, Grade 3 We like comics! Drawing is fun and is a way for us to express ourselves. When…

John Caboto Academy: E-Choose Your Own Adventure Creation Collaboration

Jodi Schwartz, B.A.S.E. Curriculum Advisor Choose Your Own Adventure E-Book storybooks were all the rage in the 80’s and 90’s. After school on Wednesdays, John Caboto Academy B.A.S.E. Daycare students in Ms. Mary and Ms. Rose’s groups in cycle 2 and 3 brought them back, this time into the digital age though a website called Twine. Students…