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Hello NRP Families 

My name is Kyra Power and I am the Teacher Librarian at Norma Rose Point. I am so excited to connect with you in the coming months. On this page, you will find lots of goodies: a mix of resources, links, lesson plans, videos, rainbows, and sunshine. I will be updating this page weekly, so please make sure to check back. 

Each week I will post a new episode of Tales in the Garden with Ms.Power – a video focused on literacy, breath work, and movement exercises.  My hope is that this resource will support your child's learning from home, prompt rich discussion, and make you laugh--while aligning with BC's core competencies. In each video there are questions and prompts to encourage reflection on themes in the story. Please reach out if you have suggestions for content that would be relevant for what's going on in your child's life or if you have any questions. I look forward to connecting virtually and seeing your smiley faces again soon!

Ps. Students: if you have a video/picture response to the questions, please email it to me and you'll be featured in the next video! (With your parents' permission of course)

Pps. Parents: You're welcome to share these videos with other parents too!

CONTACT: kpower@vsb.bc.ca

Tales in the Garden with Ms. Power

Week 1: Extra Yarn  - Words by Mac Barnett // Illustrated by Jon Klassen

This video is best watch with lots of space to move--like a living room or your backyard! Make sure to follow along with the breathing and dance activity. After the video, answer the questions with a family member. Feel free to email me a video/picture with any of your responses. You just might be featured in the next episode of Tales in the Garden! My email: kpower@vsb.bc.ca

*Bonus Idea: What do you have laying around your house that is EXTRA. Can you repurpose any thing extra in your home right now? (i.e. crayons, rocks, yarn, fabric, cardboard, cars, blocks, recycled boxes etc..) What can you make and who would you make it for? Can't wait to see your amazing creative ideas! 



Week 2: My Family Tree and Me - Words & illustrations by Dušan Petričić

This video is best watch with lots of space to move and a workspace to create a craft! I invite you to follow along with the craft and dance activity. After the video, answer the questions with a family member. Grab a family member and create your very own Family Folding Album together. Please feel free to email me a video/picture of the book that you make. You just might be featured in the next episode of Tales in the Garden!

My email: kpower@vsb.bc.ca

Week 3: Big Boys Cry - Words & illustrations by Jonty Howley

This video is best watch with lots of space to move and a partner to join in on the fun. I invite you to watch the dance segment a couple more times to nail down your amazing dance moves. If you are feeling great about your choreography, send a picture or even better a video of you doing your moves to Ms. Power. Parents, I also invite you to get up and dance and ignite your inner child! 

My email: kpower@vsb.bc.ca


Week 4: Imaginary Fred- Words by Eoin Colfer & illustrations by Oliver Jeffers

This video is best watch with lots of space to move and comfy spot to sit. I am inviting you to come up with your very own imaginary friend. Could be person, an animal, or maybe a magical creature?! Draw a picture and ask your new friend some questions. When you are done post your pictures/words in your TEAMS library channel. Can't wait to see what your imaginations come up with this time. 

Week 5: Three Questions- Words & illustrations by John J. Muth

This video is best watch with lots of space to move and comfy spot to sit. I am inviting you to contemplate what changes have happened in your life. Also, help Ms.Power decide what else to make videos on! She wants to hear from you. I am sorry about not including your responses for a couple weeks, make sure to watch to the end to see all your friend's faces and maybe yours! Enjoy the hot sun this weekend! 

**MAKE SURE TO CLICK THE ARROWS IN THE BOTTOM RIGHT CORNER**


Week 6: Ish- Words & illustrations by Peter H. Reynolds

This video is best watch with lots of space to move and comfy spot to sit. I am inviting you to contemplate what changes have happened in your life. Also, help Ms.Power decide what else to make videos on! She wants to hear from you. I am sorry about not including your responses for a couple weeks, make sure to watch to the end to see all your friend's faces and maybe yours! Enjoy the hot sun this weekend! 

Week 7: I can be anything, don't tell me that I can't- Words & illustrations by Diane Dillon

This video is best watch with lots of space to move and comfy spot to sit. I am inviting you to contemplate what changes have happened in your life. Also, help Ms.Power decide what else to make videos on! She wants to hear from you. I am sorry about not including your responses for a couple weeks, make sure to watch to the end to see all your friend's faces and maybe yours! Enjoy the hot sun this weekend! 

Week 8: The thing Lou couldn't do- Words & illustrations by Ashley Spires

This video is best watch with lots of space to move and comfy spot to sit. I am inviting you to contemplate what changes have happened in your life. Also, help Ms.Power decide what else to make videos on! She wants to hear from you. I am sorry about not including your responses for a couple weeks, make sure to watch to the end to see all your friend's faces and maybe yours! Enjoy the hot sun this weekend! 



Lesson Plan & Resources for Home Learning

Week 1: Outdoor Scavenger Hunt 

Kids love scavenger hunts, and for a fairly simple concept, they achieve a lot. As your child runs around collecting all the different items on their list, they're getting exercise, exploring their surroundings, and connecting with nature. Best of all, they’re learning all about their senses! I love that you can use these wheels multiple times. Try the scavenger wheels at beach or on a hike. There are so versatile and a lot of fun (both for you and your child). Happy scavenging!

Below is a link to a PDF download with the "how to guide" and printables for the Scavenger Wheels. Just click the blue link and the file will auto download to your "downloads" file

PDF Download: Scavenger wheels_NRP.pdf

                                               

  

Week 2: Create your own Folding Family Album

This week on Tales in the Garden with Ms. Power, our special guest Aaron Friend showed us how to create a Family Folding Album. Below is a PDF document, you will find a step-by-step process of how to create the album. Use the video above alongside the PDF to create your very own. You can see my family album here, I had a lot of fun making the book and using my watercolour paints to draw my family members. Can't wait to see what you create! 

PDF download: Folding Album.pdf

Week 3: PLAY NATURE TAG

To go with our theme of movement for this week, here is a very simple game that can be played just about anywhere outside. We all know how to play tag with each other but what happens when we play tag with nature? MAGIC, FUN, AND LEARNING!

An adult stands in the middle of an outdoor area—backyard, park, nature trail, beach, etc. Kids are standing right underneath you with their hands touching the ground just around your feet. You choose an item in the area for the kids to run to and tag. For example, you could say: 'Something that is dark dark green'. The kids have to run to the nearest item that is dark green, gently tag it, and run back to the starting point under your feet. Then you pick something else. The list is endless and you can get creative with the descriptions: items that are prickly, soft, cold, damp. Or you can go very specific: a cedar tree, a wildflower, a dandelion. Keep on calling out different things to tag until they are worn out. When the kids to get a hang of it, one of them can become the person who calls out the nature items. Have fun moving and connecting with nature!

Week 3: Colour them Sweet! 

Spring is really springing right now—so many new blooms arriving everyday. To keep with our theme of nature connection, I am inviting you and your family to spend time outside observing pollinators and “flowers.”

You need: 

Bright Coloured construction paper -  red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and violet, Scissors, Sticks from outside or popsicle sticks , Tape , Clipboard, Pencil and Print out of the pollinator recording sheet (see PDF here: Pollinator Record Sheet.pdf)

  1. You will need to conduct this activity outside on a very sunny day close to blooming flowers or trees. 
  2. Cut small 4”x4” squares out of colour construction paper - red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and violet. 
  3. Take your small coloured paper and crumble it into a tight ball and stick it on to your stick with tape. 
  4. Once you have made your fake flower, place in somewhere in the dirt close to other blooming plants. 
  5. With your pencil, clipboard, and pollinator recording sheet, make a mark each time you observe a pollinator come to your fake flower. Try observing for at least 10-15 minutes. 
  6. Make different coloured fake flowers and see if there is a difference in which pollinators come to visit. 
  7. Have fun! 


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