Nature Play On Vancouver Island

Nature Kindergarten On Vancouver Island

A group of children were making surf boards for stones and shells at the seashore The children have loved this beautiful fall weather and because of awesome parent support are enjoying many mornings at the seashore and in the forest. Kitchen Science Family Project I have sent home the science kit with the first family. Each family will have the kit for one week. If you would like to do a classroom demonstration pick one of the experiments and your child may do it on Friday (the day the kit is returned).  Please indicate on the sheet in the kit so that another family does not do the same experiment. A newsletter will come home on Monday with the details. Math   We have completed our playful inquiry on patterns and the children have created many simple and complex patterns using a wide variety of loose parts.  I have added pattern play to one of our Math Work Stations and a pattern challenge to our math journals. The e-portfolios have all been updated with patt...
I am so appreciative of the people that I work with. First the ferns came from Alex who has abundant ferns growing in her garden and is kind enough to share. Secondly, the shelf that to be honest I was very envious of was given to me by Kelly and third how amazing is it when a colleague is out shopping with her family and spies the perfect storytelling rug for my classroom. What a wonderful life!! ...
Of course we needed a little Halloween fun! Loose Parts Play by Acacia Our google document for November is up and ready for you to add dates that you are available to go offsite or stay indoors for cooking. We are not cooking this upcoming week however we will be making mini pizza's the following week. Our community volunteer Donna will be away until December and I am looking for a replacement community volunteer. The November class calendar is prepped and ready to go home on Monday. Reflective Learning I have begun to conference with the children individually asking them to do a simple reflection upon their own learning beginning with math. I will send home a copy of the sheet for you and either post a video or photo on their e-portfolio connected to the reflection sheet.  I have sent home an invite to all families to join Freshgrade. If you have not received the invite please email me and I will resend. Freshgrade will be used to share student...
The Opal school in Portland describes playful inquiry as.... This aligns with my belief about children as capable, competent and curious. I always trust that they will learn given kindness, patience and time. In our kindergarten classroom I have planned this framework around morning table work using a wide variety of loose parts and following up with a sharing circle about their thinking.  On this day they were guided with the question "what is a pattern, how can you show your thinking?" I have organized the table work to include a modified version of a gallery walk by asking the children to leave their design for the next participant to read and then move to a new space to create again. If a child comes to a space where a pattern has been left behind, then they can read the pattern and then rebuild using their own ideas. I find it so interesting that their conversations revolve around how to build with the loose parts; c...
Two after school visitors Olivia and Georgia built a beautiful structure for the Kinders to enjoy New!!! Mrs. Stewart, educational assistant will be working in the classroom a portion of our morning. She will be shared with Mrs. Pickerell's K/1 class. Nature Learning We had a full and wonderful morning at DB Seashore this week with the children spread out along the beach enjoying a very low tide. We began with a sharing circle, storytelling and wide area game followed by a morning snack. Then the children explored the beach mostly in smaller groups building sand castles, carrying driftwood, exploring a stream and experimenting with sink and float activities with shells, rocks and small bits of driftwood. On Thursday we returned to Woodstream Park to enjoy a little science along with our regular sharing circle, story, snack and exploration. The children used nature's loose parts for a sensory activity and then during exploration Departure Bay Eco Preschool j...
A friendly welcome greeted the children prepared by classroom volunteer Sophia Toole Offsite Days: Our tentative offsite days will be Tue, Wed, Thur alternating between Woodstream Park and the Departure Bay Seashore. We will require two parent volunteers for each of these days. If Fridays work best for you please let me know because there is some flexibility with the days. This week on Thursday, we will be travelling by school bus to Milner Gardens and no volunteer is required for that day. Please send in your permission slip if you have not already done so. This Tuesday we will accompany the K/1 class with Mrs Pickerell. GOOGLE DOCUMENT FOR OCTOBER OFFSITE SIGN UP SPCA Mrs. Radigan and I have booked the Kindness Counts program to visit our classrooms. The cost is $1.00 per child. Please send in a loonie for this program over the next week. They will be coming on Monday October 7th. :) Cooking: We have lots of apples leftover and the children are eager to...