The process of setting up the preschool classroom
My first day of preschool begins on August 27th, 2012 and this is what my classrooms look like today! Yikes! Both classrooms are sitting empty because my husband will be painting the inside of the indoor classroom this weekend and power washing the outdoor classroom over the weekend. Indoor preschool classroom
WHAT IS A LEARNING STORY? Learning Stories are a widely used technique to assess children’s learning in New Zealand's, Te Whāriki early...
Provocations on the Playground - The Willow School
The Outdoor Classroom Provocations & Beautiful Materials Take a moment and picture this … Jake and Ian rush down the sidewalk racing yellow trucks. Elise relaxingly swings in the shady hammock. Emyrsen and Cassie talk beneath a tree, begin to laugh, and run off. Sloane uses all her might to roll a tire up the […]
Our Classroom Environment: Getting Set Up To Be The Third Teacher
Inquiring Minds: Mrs. Myers' Kindergarten: Our Classroom Environment: Getting Set Up To Be The Third Teacher
Welcome to a New Year of Kindergarten: A Tour of Important Areas of Our Room
After a long hiatus from blogging, I am back! First I want to welcome all the new parents to our blog! Because there will not be much in the way of worksheets coming home to show you what we do each day, this will be the place where you can see the amazing things and the learning that goes on here in Kindergarten! I want to start out by showing you some areas in our room and explaining to you why they are so important for your child's learning experience. Here is a glance at our environment…
Kindergarten Begins with Building Community and Relationships First
What do we focus on when we first start Kindergarten? Probably not what you would expect! Our first priority is not to start academics! It is for our class and families to build relationships and a community who can work together and get along. A responsible, loving community of learners, problem solvers, collaborators, and friends. Taking 25 five year olds, most whom have never met or been in a classroom with this many kids before, and building relationships and a community does not happen…
WFMW: DIY Inspiring String Art - Kristen Welch
[Beginning next week, I will be featuring your yes stories every Wednesday. Please continue to link up helpful links that work for you. I hope it’s a yes or two.] Put a yes in your mess. And create something new and beautiful. #yesinmymess #rhinestoneJesus #releasestomorrow #!!!!!
Thinking & Talking (and doing) FLOOR BOOKS
At Caring Connection we have designed our curriculum so that children are an integral part of adding their ideas and input into what will be done, what might be added and what they think could happen. The whole concept of "what if..." allows children to anticipate their teacher's ideas and put thoughtful consideration into what might happen or what could occur. As the day progresses what was planned and what occurs or transpires is added to the floorbook with the child so that they can…
Tapestry Table - Grandparents' Day
Today was Grandparents' Day at school. For the past two weeks we have been talking, writing, and drawing about Grandparents. Today, the kids shared some of their favorite activities with them. The tapestry table was a big attraction. Some just demonstrated their abilities. Others invited their Grandmothers to sew with them. An opportunity to share an interest. An opportunity for Grandparents to get to know one another. The end of the day. We took the tapestry off of the table and will…
Early Years Learning
Documentation of events every few days in the classroom is a great way to keep the lines of communication open with parents and enables children to...