Nature Play On Vancouver Island

Nature Kindergarten On Vancouver Island

On Saturday I attended a Gary Anaka workshop which addressed a child's brain and what we can do to grow a healthy brain. including water, a healthy diet, good fats, movement, safety and much more. Right away my table group began discussing Reggio Inspired practice and how so many elements of this pedagogy support healthy brain growth in children. As I considered all of the wonderful pieces of my program one of the most success' this week has been morning tables. This past week I have been paying attention to how my new kinder interact with each other and the materials in the classroom. Already they are slowing down and talking with each other and enjoying the open ended materials. The more time they use the materials the richer their play and conversations have become! I am in love with morning tables. This framework allows a slow start to their long days as they transition from the cubbies to table work, looking for a provocation that interests them. I hav...
Story Play created by Hudson and Peyton Family Reading- Please join us on Monday mornings for family reading beginning September 23rd . We will begin at 8:45 and end at 9:00. Enter through the school front door and join us in room 115. Parents, extended family, caregivers and siblings are welcome to join us. Please expect other children to join you if they do not have anyone visiting that day. I will drum to let you know that the session is over. Birthdays - we love to celebrate birthdays at school. Your child will decorate a birthday letter for the classroom math wall, receive a book and small gift bag. You are welcome to celebrate with the class by sending a treat to school like a little bit of carmel corn in a brown bag with a pencil (thanks Acacia!) Scholastic Orders- family book orders will be processed on the Friday following the forms being sent home. It takes about two weeks for the orders to arrive. School Supply Fee $25.00- I have purchased the student supplies....
Canadian Small business which emphasizes eco through from design, creating, shipping and repurposing. Excellent for families looking for outdoor gear for their children. ...
            When we were visiting Reggio Emilia Schools in Italy one of the many things that we noticed as observers was the use of natural elements in their centres. Instead of plastic containers they used metal, basket and glass jars. The children used wooden cars in the block centre and lots of tree branches, wooden blocks, stumps and leaves in their play. Two of the schools we visited had potted trees in the classrooms and they all had bouquets of fresh flowers. There was an absence of plastic in the room and abundant use of repurposed materials. The furniture was all wooden tables, chairs and shelves and lots of small woven rugs throughout the rooms. There were branches hanging from the ceiling and beautiful children's process art with nature pieces including clay, weaving, sculpture and sketches throughout the school. Each centre was different but had beautiful large windows bringing views of trees, yard and sky into the room as well as many mirrors to reflect t...
Good afternoon friends, I have received lots of requests for what the classroom looks like in September so I decided to be a risk-taker and make my first video to share with you.  It is titled Reggio Inspired Classroom. Hope you find it useful. ...
It's time to start thinking about the new school year and with that comes important decisions about what to introduce to your new group of learners. Because such a big part of my program is the outdoor portion I have been thinking about what are the key components that I want to share with the new parents and children.  I always offer a brief family session so that parents can review what their children will be doing at school including the outdoor program. I also want to acclimatize the children to the outdoor program and the routines that I use to keep them safe walking to and from the outdoor site, frameworks we will be using while at the site and set the expectations for their behaviours while at the site. During the family session I would like to include some of the indoor learning their child will experience so that they can envision the classroom's daily flow. However I also want them to be confident that their child will be safe and productive in the ...
Imagine.... walking into a Kindergarten classroom to consult with the teacher. Two children are  building a tower with magnet tiles, while four children are building a maze with blocks. Nearby you hear excited chatter from two children at the paint easel while a quiet pair are focused at the story play corner. Some children are busy connecting uni-fix blocks to measure the length of the room encouraged by a visiting grandmother. You finally locate the teacher sitting with two children, one of whom is sad. You hear her ask "do you feel ready to go back? The children look at each other and nodding walk away.  What's happening here? Children are engaged in different activities all while the teacher supports two children in resolving a conflict. She is demonstrating a deep belief about children, that she values and trusts them to be capable, curious and engaged. These children are practicing self regulation, one of the most important components of Kindergarten. Recent r...
In Kindergarten I introduce journals in the fall beginning with oral story problems. We act out the problems using props and sometimes just in circle using our bodies. Then just like writing workshop we use interactive writing to draw a response to the story problem. It begins as a fifteen minute block and then grows to about twenty five minutes including a mini lesson. In the journal children can use markers, pencil crayons or pencils to show their thinking. If they need to make a change we simply use label stickers. By October we have created an anchor chart for math showing tallies, draw it out or using objects to solve the math problem and are doing math problems two or three times a week. Then once they have a good understanding it settles into a weekly session, usually by November.   I like to introduce the journal problem as a whole group using the Elmo projector and we work altogether to solve the problem. As many of the problems can be solved with different stra...
This last month the children are really working collaboratively, enjoying these final few weeks together. The spring literacy program is designed to prepare the children for grade one by reviewing concepts and placing an extra emphasis on sight words and rhyme. If you are looking for some fresh ideas for your daily literacy play here are a few that the children are really enjoying: Roll & Write The children roll a die and print the sight word in the column. The object of the game is to fill all of the boxes. The children use skinny markers to write the words. I purchased my set at TPT and have a wide range of sheets including an editable one. This allows me to do rhyming words or sight words. Beginning Sound / Letter Match Up The children have a little board game from Orchard Toys which matches up pictures/letters with a board. One thing that I like is that the child can choose to match a picture with letters on the board or flip the board over ...
I attended a excellent and inspiring workshop facilitated by a SD38 Reggio teacher who had gone with her team to the Opal School in Portland. Using loose parts and setting up provocations this routine helps students develop oral language, a sense of story as well as those important self regulation, decision making, working with a partner and planning skills that all students work on.  We do Story Play 2-3 times a week as we transition into the classroom from our outdoor program. The Story Play areas are set up to attract and inspire the children to create and collaborate on stories. Sometimes we partner with our buddy class, which the children love, and they tell stories together. Story Play Baskets accessible by children during exploration The photo above is the story play platform. I usually have a provocation and two adjacent shelves with props for the children to use if they like. This well used centre is a popular choice in the afternoons. My newest purc...