This September's back-to-school came with some very exciting news! My husband and I are expecting our first child in March 2018 and we could not be more thrilled! I was eager to share the news with the school community and the kinders. On the first day of school I shared my ultrasound photograph with the kindergartens! It was then, during the first week of school, the wonders and questions began from the children...
"Why is the baby swimming?"
"Is the baby dancing?"
'When will the baby visit us?"
"Why is there water inside?"
" How big is the baby?"
"I have a little brother on the outside"
"Will you bring the crib to school?"
" We will need a bathtub at school"
All of a sudden, the first documentation panel of the year began! Our first inquiry and year long learning would be about our baby, whom we refer to as Baby Sprinkle. The children created signage, shared their wonders, and started their own collection of baby photos for Baby Sprinkle. Within a day or two, parents were approaching me and asking about the news... is it true Ms. D? Who is Baby Sprinkle?
You are invited to follow the kindergartens and myself as we explore the most fabulous inquiry of Baby Sprinkle!
Are You My Mother?
Are You my Mother is a very sentimental book for me. It certainly is a childhood favourite of mine! My mother would always read it to me as a child. I must have read this book thousands of times as a child and thousands of times as a teacher. My mother over the years has always made it a tradition to gift me a children's book with a special note from her and my father. In this book, my mother surprised me with the 50th Anniversary Edition of the book Are You My Mother and wrote about the future joys this book would bring to my students and future child- our Baby Sprinkle. Now, my husband and I have continued this tradition, and when we read to baby every night, we write a special note in baby's book of the day from Mommy, Daddy, and Maggie. I already am so in love with baby and baby's collection of literature.
Our Baby Sprinkle Announcement
Back to School: Designing your Learning Environments & Planning Considerations for the Flow of the Day
As a student lead inquiry, we invited the wonderful Kim to help us learn all about the designing process. We learned about detail, the planning process, and how to sketch. Students especially loved exploring all the fancy textiles. At the end of the day, it ended off with the most fabulous fashion show! Thanks Kim!
The Power & Roles of Collaboration: Formula 1 Pit lane Exploration
Race tracks are always one of our favourite classroom creations. This time however, something different emerged. Our students were interested in creating more details along their tracks, as a fan ( as my husband is an F1 expert and first introduced me to the concept of atelier in the world of fine cards and craftsmanship- aside from fashion atelier) I was eager to introduce them to the power of collaboration which takes place in the pit lanes before and during the races. The garages are their atelier "workshops" and every player has an important role- just like we do! Here is a look into their amazing work and the level of details these kinders put forward. I could not resist, sharing the different racing circuits with them around the world from Montreal, Dubai to Monaco!
Toronto's Evergreen Brickworks Outdoor Education Experience
The Toronto Evergreen Brickworks and YRDSB teamed up to host a series of outdoor learning opportunities for educators. This experience took place around their property and in my absolute favourite space- the children's garden. We explored nature walks, arts and crafts, making program connections and most importantly- how to teach our learners to connect and learn from our land. The facilitators were wonderful and very inspirational. From giving us our very own nature names (I was a Chickadee) to allowing us to tinker with willow and create our own structures and creations with found loose parts. the experience was enjoyed by all ages and could easily be made to any age group. I am very excited to get back into the classroom and begin creating our loose parts kits for outdoor explorations and perhaps even a ... dare i say it... mud kitchen!
Risky Play : What's Your Position?
Reading for the Love of it 2017
Thank you for attending my session this year on everything inspired by the atelier. If you would like to learn more and are interested in workshops or would like to plan a session with your team, please contact me (link under contact).
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Communication of Learning Reporting Time: Here is a new and helpful resource for the EL-K team - Happy Writing!
The new Ontario Year 1 and Year 2 kindergarten format is wonderful transition into the finalized Kindergarten program 2016. As a fully emerged play-based educator, this format encourages the EL-K team to reflect upon the whole child as a positive and engaging narrative of their personal growth in the form of a learning story. This document, helps with just that and provides tips on how to and what to consider when providing this information with parents.