Monday, October 02, 2017

Highlights from our first month together!

Dear Families,

Please take a peak at some of the amazing things your children have been doing over the past month in our Gr. 2 class!  Click on the "Monthly Newsletters" tab and select the September Newsletter.  The slideshow will play for you!  Enjoy!

Miss Boyle

Monday, September 18, 2017

Learning all about "Self Control" during the Marshmallow Challenge

Our Grade 2 students discovered the definition and challenges of this month's “Fruit of the Holy Spirit”… self-control.
One marshmallow was placed in front of each student during our independent reading period. The students were given the choice to either eat the marshmallow at their leisure or wait 15 minutes and keep the marshmallow completely intact to receive an additional marshmallow and enjoy eating both!
Some students studied, handled, picked at and nibbled the marshmallow. Just less than half the students were able to exercise sufficient self-control to be rewarded with a second marshmallow!

The marshmallow activity sparked an excellent class discussion on the factors relating to self-control and how we can demonstrate it in our school, at home and in our community.

Below is the original video of the "experiment" conducted with young children. The Grade 2 students watched this video following our challenge. Some students were able to relate to these children and they all enjoyed watching different reactions to the challenge!

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

An Exciting First Week!

We had a great first week building our Gr. 2 classroom community and establishing routines and expectations that will be important throughout the year.  The students played a vital role in contributing to our activities with respect to creating a positive learning environment. We also worked through various "team building" activities to create a safe, inclusive learning environment. We look forward to a great year ahead filled with collaboration, communication, creativity and critical thinking!

Monday, September 04, 2017


Welcome to our Gr. 2 classroom blog! Our blog will be a place to showcase student learning as well as keep you updated on important information in the classroom. At the top of this blog page, you will find a list of tabs. The "Monthly Newsletters" tab will contain highlights from each month in our classroom. This is a great place for you to see some of the amazing learning that has been taking place! The next tab "Learning Resources" contains links to websites that are age appropriate for the students and would be very beneficial to reinforce skills taught at school. Lastly, the "Letters/School Forms" tab will contain any letters that are sent home from the classroom or school.

On the right hand side of the home page, you will find Miss Boyle's Twitter Feed where I will share educational tweets as well as current happenings in our classroom.  At the bottom of the page there is a Google calendar outlining important dates both in the classroom and at the school.  There is also a link to the St. Philip School Website as well as instructions for our "Remind" app (*see School Forms for instructions on how to subscribe).

Please feel free to leave any comments on posts or contact me with any further questions or concerns in the contact form at the bottom of the page. We look forward to experiencing this 21st century learning opportunity with you!

Miss Boyle