Nature Play On Vancouver Island

Nature Kindergarten On Vancouver Island

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...
The children enjoyed working with their Grade Two Buddies building gingerbread houses to take home. We had so many creative solutions and encouraged the children to work together. Thank you to Jessica, Kendra and Mr. R. for helping with the children. My little hubby elf made me an early Christmas gift for the classroom. These tessellations will be a playful addition to our math tubs. Even though our Playful Inquiry on Patterns finished a few weeks ago the children continue to grow their knowledge. Here are a few more treasures the children made this week. Christmas Village arranged by Wyatt Christmas art created by Willow and Cruz I  have added a couple of special Christmas play centres this month; Christmas tinker toys and Christmas village which have been enjoyed by the children. This week will be quiet as so many of our families are busy with Christmas activities. We will remain onsite and enjoy Christmas  stories, so...
We have been enjoying some lovely Christmas stories. A few are funny, others sentimental and most are about friendship, family and kindness. Our new book this year is Little Santa by Jon Agee. Our class visit to Departure Bay Eco Preschool was filled with wonder, joy and new experiences. Kylie read the children Little Santa by author Jon Agee and shared her space with the children. Her yard was full of activities not usually available to the Kinders; a mud kitchen, water play, a car track, a playhouse and a huge sand box. The children are busy little Christmas elves and have been making decorations for the community, classroom, home and each other. They made Christmas placemats for the senior home after listening to Wilfred Gordon McDonald Partridge by Mom Fox, handprint reindeer for the classroom and little Christmas trees for home. We have been working in small groups on a delicious family Christmas gift. Thank you to families who have sent in bubble wrap...
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!! ...