Nature Play On Vancouver Island

Nature Kindergarten On Vancouver Island

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 ...
Feeling Crabby We had a wonderful day at Rathtrevor this week and tremendous fun at Departure Bay Seashore and a return to Woodstream Park. Thank you to Alison, Jordie, Cheryl, Jamie, Tim and Meghan for helping with parent supervision at the DB Beach and Woodstream. The Nature House at Rathtrevor was full of hands on activities and the children loved the forest play with new trees to climb and places for their favourite games. The seashore program "feeling crabby" was well organized and the children were engaged. Thank you to Rachel, Emily and Jamie for helping with supervision on this long day. Also, thanks to our families for sending robust lunches, hats and water this made very happy children:) Our new math games this week were: Make a number line Fill The Frame In Math, the children have finished their reflection sheets and are really excelling with counting, skip counting, composing and decomposing numbers as well as complex patte...
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 To reduce my workload and storage, I share story play with my friend Alex, who is our grade 2 buddy class. This way I only need about five story play baskets which are used freely by the children during exploration and writing w...
If you are looking for some fresh ideas for your spring math play here are a few that my students are really enjoying. We do math partner play twice a week and counting jars once. That leaves a day for math journals and a day for Family Board Games. We also do math play in the forest at least once a week.  I made my own number string cards and we do number talks during a transition once a day for about five minutes. As well, I just found a ten frame subitizing ppt on Pinterest with lots of of white space which I can project on my white board and write down their number combos after they turn and talk. Needless to say the children are super strong in math and more than ready for the rigor of grade one. Find It. This subitizing game is a freebie from BC educator Carole Fullerton. Her website has wonderful math learning activities and investigations. Patterning . The children shop the loose parts and create a few different patterns. Then they make a record to take ho...