Nature Play On Vancouver Island

Nature Kindergarten On Vancouver Island

This month I have added some new literacy activities to our Daily Five Flow to align with the areas where the children need to build fluency.  As the children complete Read with a Friend and move on to Literacy Play they choose from five activities to play with a partner. Alphabet Rock letter matching . I added a mixed up upper case alphabet board for our more mature students as well as a sequenced alphabet board and a picture alphabet guide to scaffold the younger students. They easily move to the board that is a best fit. Alphabet Pocket Chart. This centre contains upper case/lower case letter cards. It also has vocabulary cards with a picture with the first letter in the word in bold print for the more mature students. Story Play. Since the children are doing story play three mornings a week very successfully I have added it as a literacy centre to Daily Five. CVC Word Building. I added this literacy centre last week as we now have many children wh...
This month the children are finishing up a project on family and relationships. Their story play narratives, exploration play and writing are filled with wonderful stories about friendship and family. During the remaining winter months they will continue to focus conversations and learning about our place; who lives there, who shares the space and how we care for it. This includes the local animals in the forest and at the seashore. We had a wonderful example from a show & tell today when Stellan brought in a isopod and then during quiet play invited the children one at a time for a closer look while he answered any additional questions.  On Wednesday we will visit the forest and make mini bird feeders to leave behind with peanut butter and fresh bird seed donated to the classroom from the Backyard Wild Bird and Nature Store. Our math unit on composing and decomposing numbers is wrapping up.  A new card game Face Off was introduced this week and will be practi...
As educators how do we nurture kindness in everyday social interactions when we know that a kind word or act will impact others. I believe that this needs to be intentional, mindful, and like many of my friends, a choice. I was browsing the books in my colleague and friend Alex King's room and noticed the book A World of Kindness which had been on my short list for the next VIRL visit. A beautiful and thoughtful book, it shares a strong yet simple message about everyday acts of kindness that we as educators hope to model and nurture in the children.   Noticing how kind my friend Alex is to me and all of the people whose lives touch hers, I decided to reflect upon my own thinking and actions around kindness. As an educator, Kindness, Patience and Time has been a big part of my program. During a recent visit to the Reggio Emilia Early Learning Centres in Italy, these values were evident in the kind, respectful and nurturing approach that the Reggio educators used...