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. https://nationalpost.com/pmn/news-pmn/full-day-kindergarten-is-what-ontario-needs-for-a-stable-future
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
What did you hear last week? What did you notice? Here are some ideas to extend and provoke new learning! Evaluate your classroom and program, are the children still enjoying what was set out last week? Where are the children engaged and learning? What learning areas are not being visited? You do not have to… Continue reading The Sandbox: Template #2
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
We have recently begun an inquiry into using art media as a thinking tool. We have always valued the 'Hundred Languages' approach of the Reggio philosophy but we want to more clearly focus on how we use art as a language for the students to communicate ideas, emotions, questions, and learning. We are hoping to… Continue reading The Language of Art
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 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! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Ar72IHYtRE&feature=youtu.be (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!