A Must Read!!! “Full-day Kindergarten is what Ontario needs for a stable future” Charles Pascal

Please read and share!!! As the future of Full Day Kindergarten is in question Kerry McCuaig, a Fellow in Early Childhood Policy, Atkinson Centre, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto, brings to light all the evidence based research supporting FDK.


The First 30 Days of FDK

As new educator teams prepare to embrace a brand new year in Full Day Kindergarten, various questions and uncertainties may come to mind; Will my new teaching partner and I work well together? What will the first day look like? How do I plan for purposeful learning? What will the flow of the day look… Continue reading The First 30 Days of FDK

Environment, Inquiry, Planning, Play Based Learning, Uncategorized

The Ball Maze In Action

In our most recent blog post, we shared with you a learning experience involving two boys planning to create a ball maze (link: Ball Maze Plan).  As an executive member of CAPE (Council of Associated Primary Educators- learn more about CAPE here), we choose this learning experience to highlight in CAPE's latest webinar: Demonstrating Literacy and Mathematics… Continue reading The Ball Maze In Action


Culture that Cares: School Environment

How do you see our Vision Statement in action in our school community? What does our vision statement look like  in action at St. Monica; Environment Bamboo dividers Light covers Dim lights Trees and plants Quiet cozy corner – tents Music, Meditation, Yoga Choice of seating – different levels of seating Natural colours (calming) Natural… Continue reading Culture that Cares: School Environment


Our Weather Inquiry and the Four Frames!

Our inquiry into weather began with a windy day outdoors in our Full Day Kindergarten backyard.  Windmills were placed in the garden for the children and provoked immediate curiosity and interest!            (PSI: SE 13.2-  make predictions and observations before and during investigations) Children began to watch the windmills daily, noticing… Continue reading Our Weather Inquiry and the Four Frames!