Nature Play On Vancouver Island

Nature Kindergarten On Vancouver Island

Dear Parents, Please expect to receive a FreshGrade announcement on Sunday confirming our offsite schedule for this week. Presently we have two parent volunteers for Tuesday and  Thursday. We also have one volunteer for Wednesday morning.  Our scholastic class is up and running. Brochures will come home Monday. Our class code will be RC232105 for online orders. The children have be en working on  four literacy frameworks;  Read to Self (RS), Read with a Friend (RF), Work on Words (WW), which presently is alphabet and name work and Work on Writing. Next the children will be introduced to Listen to Reading (LR) using Tumblebooks with our school Ip ads which have been reserved for Monday and Friday mornings 10:30 to 11:45. During November the children will flow from each strand twice weekly. We have a new  class schedule  which I am sending home on Monday. Library and Music times may change again, however I want you to be able to envision your child's school day. I will alert you to a...
Dear Parents, Please expect to receive an email on Sunday afternoon confirming our offsite schedule for the coming week. I have been collecting walking permission as well as confirming parent volunteers to facilitate our offsite program. I think that we will begin with Tues/Wed/Thurs as our offsite mornings as I expect the forest and seashore to be busy with other classes. Usually we would be taking the city bus to Neck Point where there is a beautiful forest and choice of beaches however due to COVID we will remain close to the school. If you did not return the form on Friday confirming you are able to support the program but would like to help this week please email me by Saturday night at lmccaw@sd68.bc.ca . I will be organizing the schedule on Sunday morning and sending the family email. We are permitted two parent volunteers at a time. The children have been writing every day. Once a month I will keep a writing sample for your child’s portfolio which will come home in Jun...
Picking flowers for the classroom :) As we prepare for the new school year I have been working with teachers to design the environment and chat about kindergarten frameworks that complement an outdoor nature program. I always use familiar frameworks because it allows the children to be independent and creates opportunities for flow, saving minutes throughout the day to add to play. Student engagement with frameworks is very high and a joy to be a part of. Whether it is the start of your morning or coming in from your outdoor program table work is a smooth way to transition into the classroom. Once the framework has been introduced and practiced, you can set up your tables before school and the children will begin their indoor morning at tables.  Some examples of table work may be as simple as drawing or puzzles and then gradually become more complex with  loose parts play, counting jars, playful inquiry or story play.  Some benefits of table work are that the children begin their indoo...