Nature Play On Vancouver Island

Nature Kindergarten On Vancouver Island

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...
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...
Mini Maths In Nature Stumbled across this terrific resource this morning created through a nature play grant. Some excellent nature math activities. Here is the link  Mini Maths In Nature If you are interested in developing your own Nature program my book is available here Outside Our Window: developing a primary nature program ...
Here are a few photos from science today. Mataya made sure that her flower even had rain and sun! We will make a little slideshow when Mrs. Qiu sends all of the photos. ...