This week our students celebrated the changing of seasons by looking closer at our trees, the weather, and their special leaf! Students were invited to research the variations of lines upon their leaf and using a blank liner to trace and add detail. Students then explored watercolours by using droppers to mix colours and match the colour tone to their leaf!
While some students painted away, others were transforming our living room space. Student created a tent finished with Christmas lights! We tried several structure variations, until today they said that the triangle tent was the strongest one! We are still working on how this tent is also the best for keeping us from the rain ...
Do let your students explore and express their opinions! This weekend, I will certainly be printing out some learning stories!
This week our students asked to move our construction area. They wanted a space beside the window to creativity build within the rays of the sunlight shining onto our carpet! Brilliant ! In our learning environment, we combined our dramatic and construction areas! Now, we build while we play! Do dare to be different and arrange your learning spaces to the interests and needs of your students.
Explore the wonder and beauty of dots! Becoming an artistic is a natural talent! Allow your students to explore their natural artistic natural with mixed mediums. This weekend, my husband And I continued some painting fun on blank canvases. Planning with art in mind is always a great thing! Happy Dot Day and Week! Hey, maybe even month!
The Atelier is a Reggio inspired learning space where early learning are invited to use artistic materials and loose parts to construct and create. In your classroom, the Atelier is a hub like space where students draw, write, paint, and construct. This space should have materials clearly accessible and available for students throughout the entire day. Students should be trusted with materials and making a point of proving high quality materials earns their trust and creativity! Take a look at our Atelier space and our celebration of International Dot Day!
Invitations and provocations are purposefully planned to enhance and invite children to learn new skills and multiple uses for tools, resources, and materials that are part of their daily learning environment. When observing interest among a group of students, the team is to purposefully plan and organize props for children to revisit their interests and ideas. As children play, observe their conversations and activities, get new information for what else to offer and extend the activities and learning provocations – and transform their inquiry environment in a Reggio Inspired holistic manner. All spaces in the learning environment are accessible to children and should be clearly organized and not over crowded. Writing materials should be accessible throughout the learning spaces at all times.
It was a wonderful first week of school! As a class, we started to share our interests and get to learn more about one another. The students enjoyed their transitions into their new learning environment and explored all the benefits of play-based learning. Our classroom surely acted as the Third Teacher! It fostered students with open ended materials and endless opportunities.
We had friends create an ice cream parlour, transform into Van Gogh artists using Starry Night, discover various hues of the colour wheel (while sorting hues of colours), learn how to sketch landscapes and flowers (Mums), and begin research about building bridges. All within the first week of school! (oh yes, and a fabulous trip to the library!)
Please explore and enjoy these beautiful photographs of our FDK Investigations Units.
WATER you doing about it?
Thank you Kim Ironmonger from Valencienne for your nomination. As a class, we look forward to our inquiry about water and the importance of helping people no matter how small or how young. Please check back in with us to see how we are learning about how to help others and make a difference in the world as kindergarten students!
"Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better, it's not.