Nature Play On Vancouver Island

Nature Kindergarten On Vancouver Island

If you are spending time outside with children and looking for some ideas for nature play, here is a link to an excerpt from the Kamloops conference, which was of course cancelled, that you may find useful. Outdoor Math & Loose Parts ...
Today's project was a snake for retelling Mouse Count byEllen Walsh     A polar bear to go with one I got for Christmas from a friend, a      big bunny and a small landscape Last spring break I spent an afternoon at a felting workshop with friends. We learned how to needle felt and I went home with a cute gnome and lots of wool for home projects. With all this extra time I turned to felting for a distraction from my worries and thought I would share a few of my recent projects. ...
Enjoying Story Play with a partner at Aimee Blow's Loose Parts workshop Story Play as a regular transition into the classroom. The children were invited to use loose parts to co-construct a story together I love discovering little stories left on all of the empty shelves after our morning exploration Since conferences have been suspended for the time being I thought it might be of interest to share a little of the work that I have been preparing to share at the April Kamloops conference on Story Play.  I have been offering the story play framework to my students for several years, developing and learning along this journey including reading many books on small world play, story play and play, as well as co-constructing my understandings with critical colleagues. This is especially true for decisions on access, timetabling, provocations and gathering resources.  Much of the research has originated from the Opal School.  I hope that I have given ackno...
I am creating a collection of all the different block play which happens in the room every single day. I am amazed and inspired by their creativeness, collaboration and artistic endeavours!!!   Kindergarten Block Play in early spring! ...
Timber Block Play I have always wished to create a space dedicated to block play in which elementary children could spend time in a room much like a music room or school library. My passion for block play makes it very hard for me to resist purchasing block materials to add to an already large collection. (and yes I do get teased about this) Unit Block Play Each year I am impressed with the growth of skills and joyful learning that emerges from block play. In my Kindergarten room, the children have access to a large quantity of blocks and an abundance of accessories, including loose parts.  This has greatly influenced my Kindergarten practice and room design as I strive to support early learning. This year, like every other year, includes a large number of students who love block play. For two students who began the year with solitary play, it has been in the block centre when they moved to parallel play and eventually cooperative play.  Every morning the students ha...
A Pre-service teacher from VIU, Miss Kendra Minty, has been assigned to our room for her spring Practicum. She will begin with field days on January 27th. Miss Minty has a degree in Early Childhood and has taught Reggio Inspired Preschool for many years. We are fortunate to have Miss Minty. She spent many days in December in our room becoming familiar with the children and our routines. Our community volunteer, Donna, will be away for the month of February travelling and expects to return in March to support our offsite program. Timber Block Play It has been a wonderful return to school with the children excited to renew friendships and enjoy school activities.  I have added some new learning centres like the Sand Table, Family Play and expanded the home centre by adding a new kitchen, rug, pillows and a quilt.   The children are interested in creating a mini mud kitchen for outdoor play. If you have metal pots, bowls or spoons to contribute please send them to sch...