Nature Play On Vancouver Island

Nature Kindergarten On Vancouver Island

Photo from Kindergarten Kindergarten The children have been playing with complex patterns this month as the student teachers practice lessons and provide learning opportunities.  Yesterday we introduced a new game which provided an opportunity for children to read and extend their partners complex pattern. Partner A builds the core and copies it one time, Partner B extends the pattern. Then they switch and begin again. ...
          Yesterday I was chatting with my very capable and enthusiastic student teachers about how powerful writing workshop is and that one of my favourite aspects of this research based open ended framework is that it allows students to work at their personal best. Here is what we are doing right now.... While the children have been practicing the letter names and sounds as well as using that knowledge to create small words I decided that we should add some of those words to a word wall. We are continuing with our writing every day. Most days the children are choosing their own stories but occasionally we create a story connected to Social Studies or Science (i.e.: What animals live in our forest?). I have changed their writing paper to include two writing boxes. I co-created an anchor chart with the children which included our writing criteria and we added about twenty words which are usually in their stories like:  log, sun, tree, bug, ant,....  Then I a...
Some of the important work that the children do in Kindergarten is practice being a good person; showing kindness, being patient and giving yourself and your friends time to learn.   When we talk about classroom rules we always revisit the two top important rules -- being safe and being kind. I think if we honour these two rules then all of the other expectations that we have for ourselves and our children fall into place i.e.: being thoughtful, being respectful, working hard, taking acceptable risks, inclusion....  Yesterday we were puddle jumping in the rain (of course) and I heard one child ask another if she could play with them, the answer "of course we all play together in kindergarten". Naturally I know that we are still working on being kind throughout the day as we learn to work together but it is growing and bubbling in our room and reminds me how lucky I am to be working with children. Last week when I was observing children in Reggio Emilia, I saw...
Nature Art With Our Grade Two Big Buddies It was wonderful to be away studying in Italy and just as wonderful to return to familiar faces and routines!!!  I have updated the Offsite Google document to include December however since it is such a busy month some of the activities may change.  VIU Preservice Teachers  are preparing for their two-week practicum which will begin on December 3 rd . They will be collaboratively planning a project on Relationships and Cultural celebrations which will include Chinese New Year and First Nations Art.  As they will be full time every day for two weeks we will not require parent supervisors for offsite visits and cooking.   We will have rehearsals for the Christmas concert during these weeks so our offsite schedule may move to mid morning or afternoons as we work around Mrs. Lambert's concert schedule. Our family potluck will be on their final practicum day and we think that a multi-cultural luncheon would ...