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Sunday, 28 September 2014

Pete the Cat

I had never heard of this toy, ORBEEZ, until this week.  I believe that they come in a plastic bag and that they are available in many colours.  They might be meant to be traded, but I am not sure.  The problem is that they contain a chemical and that a 'google' search revealed that as few as 12 being ingested can cause the need for the child to be hospitalized.  There are special needs students who would not understand the seriousness of this, in our school.  There is a preschool housed within our building, as well as the Brighter Beginnings program, with children as young as 2 1/2 years.  The possibility of children, birds or animals coming to harm because of these little jelly like balls is just too great, so please, PLEASE do not allow your child to bring these to school.  If they do appear, I will have to keep them until a parent comes to claim them.  It is for the sake of our children's health that this needs to be the rule.
Pete the Cat appeared just a few short years ago but has quickly become a favourite of young students!  We spent last week using his stories as a backdrop to many of our activities.
The students enjoyed our 'guided drawing' lesson, learning that simple lines and shapes can help us create more robust figures.  They each chose how to add details to the background.

Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons, gave the children a chance to follow directions, practise cutting and gluing and then add details.  They turned out so cute!

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