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…

Budding Scientists: Air Pressure

Budding Scientists at John Caboto Academy and Hampstead discovered air pressure by creating hoop gliders, and tinfoil boats.  Hoop gliders were fabricated via strips of paper taped into the shape of hoops (one large and one small), which were fastened to either end of a straw. The children customized their hoop gliders with drawings of things that fly, such as hot…

John Caboto: Pine Tarts & Black History

When two daycare students walked into their Cooking Club activity one February day, they didn’t know a simple treat their grandmothers used to make for them could mean so much more than just a delicious combination of dough and pineapples! While many students in schools and daycares put together presentations, art work and more to…

John Caboto: 21st Century Storybook

Grade 1 students created a 21st century storybook in just 10 weeks in their B.A.S.E. Daycare program. Story charting, drawing, colouring, and recording their voices into the Book Creator app were just a few of the tasks they completed. The full story behind their creation is in the Touching B.A.S.E. Fall 2017 newspaper (coming soon)….

Play it Fair! Community Action Projects

For the second year in a row, B.A.S.E. daycare students in the “Supporting Children as Leaders Through Play it Fair!” program identified an issue they would like to work on in their school community and used new leadership skills to complete their Play it Fair! Community Action Projects (CAPS). These projects focused on creating iMovie…

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…

Play it Fair! Celebrations

Approximately 200 B.A.S.E. Daycare students spent the year learning about and then applying their human rights through the “Supporting Children as Leaders Through Play it Fair!“ program. At the end of April, Gerald McShane, Michelangelo International and John Caboto Academy students celebrated all their hard work with their fellow students, families and Play it Fair! Leaders from…

John Caboto B.A.S.E. Daycare: Comic Book Adventure Creation Power!

Jodi Schwartz, B.A.S.E. Curriculum Advisor The John Caboto B.A.S.E. Daycare Comic Book Adventure program has recently wound down for the session. It took place after school on Tuesday afternoons with some of the Grade 4, 5 and 6 students. Over the past weeks, the children created a story chart and characters with individual personalities, and…

John Caboto Academy: B.A.S.E Daycare Budding Scientists

Stefanie Erskine, B.A.S.E. Animator At John Caboto Academy, Orlando and his classmates spent the lesson learning about their dominant sides. Students learned that everyone has a dominant hand, leg and eye, and they are not always on the same side. After performing many physical experiments using both their right and left sides, Orlando discovered that,…