Nature Play On Vancouver Island

Nature Kindergarten On Vancouver Island

Happy Saturday Families!!! The children have been super busy enjoying having two ECE teachers and myself this past week. They have spent some time getting to know Ms. Jacklin and enjoying her gentle and playful approach to teaching. Like Ms. Sherry, Ms. Jacklin brings a wealth of experience to our classroom. When Seamless Kindergarten begins Ms. Jacklin and Ms. Sherry schedules will change to reflect before and after school hours. The change in weather will include a return to our outdoor learning. This week we will be enjoying field play as our first learning block and then transition into the classroom around 10am. Please dress your child in layers for this activity.  Our new show and tell schedule will include a shift in focus as we are integrating rhyme into this activity. Please choose an item with your child that together you can create a rhyming word as clues. I will  send home clothe bags each Friday for the following week's children's sharing. If your child misses thei...
Welcome back! This month the students will begin to learn about CVC words. They spent the first parts of the school year learning letter names and sounds. We have now reached the point where we can take this skill to the next level and begin blending and segmenting simple CVC (consonant vowel consonant) words. Our goal is for our students to stretch out words they don’t know and blend them together.  These short words are a great place to start when practicing this skill.  Students who have a strong foundation in letter sounds will be successful when blending CVC words.  Your children will be exposed to the process of stretching out words when reading. We will continue to practice our letter names and sounds as well through our literacy play activities, circle time and small group work. There are many different ways to teach these words.  I love to teach this skill in conjunction with rhyming.  We pick a word family, find the rhymes, and then read and write the CVC words.  The –at fami...
A Typical Day In Kindergarten          In our Reggio Inspired program the children flow from one learning activity to another.    As educators we teach with intention and follow the BC Early Learning Framework which encourages us to offer both a place based nature program and play based experiences for your children. To nurture independent habits of mind the children begin their indoor morning with familiar routines such as undressing, completing a check in and transitioning to a table activity and is followed by a transition to literacy or math play.  During exploration one teacher is observing while the second is in the  Atelier , supporting learners.  Here are some examples of our Reggio Emilia program: Digging and pouring in a sensory table Spacious learning areas  to support experiences like block building Experimenting with art and drawing on an easel, paper, or other materials Discovering insects, leaves, and flowers, and sorting and collecting things they find in the playground...
The BC Early Learning Framework places an emphasis on process learning with materials that are open ended and encourage children to use their imagination and creativity. It is presented as some of the most important experiences to offer our young learners. I believe that block play is an excellent centre to provide your learners with both open ended play and provide opportunities to grow creativity, imaginative play alongside social emotional learning as children learn to play collaboratively. This is and has always been my favourite spot in my early learning classroom. I have made the biggest investment in time, money and program and I consistently see tremendous growth in children through this centre. While there are substantial barriers to Kindergarten classrooms having a really great block centre, it does have the potential to become the largest, most popular and valuable learning centre in an early learning environment. It will also be your most expensive centre. It takes planning...