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Fun writing experience in kindergarten using an over head!  Check out our blog and register for a Early Years writing webinar!

Fun writing experience in kindergarten using an over head! Check out our blog and register for a Early Years writing webinar!

Writing with a genuine purpose. Taking the time to foster relationships supports educators in learning about each individual. By taking the time to build this foundation we can provide rich oppourtunities where children naturally seek help towards their academics such as writing a magazine for their mom because we slowed down to listen. Join us Thursday October 26 to hear more about this story and ways we have engaged with writing in the classroom! Click the link for more registration…

Writing with a genuine purpose. Taking the time to foster relationships supports educators in learning about each individual. By taking the time to build this foundation we can provide rich oppourtunities where children naturally seek help towards their academics such as writing a magazine for their mom because we slowed down to listen. Join us Thursday October 26 to hear more about this story and ways we have engaged with writing in the classroom! Click the link for more registration…

Outdoor Provocation: How can a pumpkin be measured? Exploring a variety of standard and non standard measuring tools. Lots of discussion and comparison being made when each tool was used. Some students extended their exploration my sketching and recording their findings on a clipboard.

Outdoor Provocation: How can a pumpkin be measured? Exploring a variety of standard and non standard measuring tools. Lots of discussion and comparison being made when each tool was used. Some students extended their exploration my sketching and recording their findings on a clipboard.

Classroom Materials: What are some of your "staple" materials? Lego has become one of ours! It is open ended and provides oppourtunities to build on fine motor skills, spatial awareness, social skills and creativity.

Classroom Materials: What are some of your "staple" materials? Lego has become one of ours! It is open ended and provides oppourtunities to build on fine motor skills, spatial awareness, social skills and creativity.

Kindergarten Literacy: Together we used chalk to draw a city that had roads, homes and buildings. As educators we entered their play and extended the learning based on their needs and development. Collaboratively we brainstormed what we wanted in the city and wrote the first letter sound we heard to the word. Example: W=Walmart, D=Doctor office,B=Beach,P=Park etc. By actively playing alongside the children their interests and learning were fostered through an engaging experience.

Kindergarten Literacy: Together we used chalk to draw a city that had roads, homes and buildings. As educators we entered their play and extended the learning based on their needs and development. Collaboratively we brainstormed what we wanted in the city and wrote the first letter sound we heard to the word. Example: W=Walmart, D=Doctor office,B=Beach,P=Park etc. By actively playing alongside the children their interests and learning were fostered through an engaging experience.

Classroom Environment: Our reflections on small group instruction

Classroom Environment: Our reflections on small group instruction

Outdoor Provocation: A child began experimenting with balancing on tires. Rather then asking the children to take the tires down we provided them with a direct prompt " How many ways can you make your body balance?" Risky play is important and with supervision/ guidance children can are given oppourtunites to learn how to evaluate safety and to coordinate their bodies.

Outdoor Provocation: A child began experimenting with balancing on tires. Rather then asking the children to take the tires down we provided them with a direct prompt " How many ways can you make your body balance?" Risky play is important and with supervision/ guidance children can are given oppourtunites to learn how to evaluate safety and to coordinate their bodies.

Outdoor Learning: Loving our mud kitchen! So much learning can happen in the outdoors with simple materials!

Outdoor Learning: Loving our mud kitchen! So much learning can happen in the outdoors with simple materials!

During our rain project, we investigated different types of materials that people could use to make umbrellas. Which ones are waterproof and which ones leak? This conversation led to great learning around materials and was interactive for the whole class.

During our rain project, we investigated different types of materials that people could use to make umbrellas. Which ones are waterproof and which ones leak? This conversation led to great learning around materials and was interactive for the whole class.

Adding open ended loose parts to Playdough creates many new opportunities for students. These children used Popsicle sticks to create a zoo for the animals.

Adding open ended loose parts to Playdough creates many new opportunities for students. These children used Popsicle sticks to create a zoo for the animals.

In our Baby Project, Students use the Osmo app to sketch themselves as babies.

In our Baby Project, Students use the Osmo app to sketch themselves as babies.

Building with Young Children and Loose Parts. Fabric adds to dramatic play and invites many possibilities. These students created habitats and used scarves for waterfalls.

Building with Young Children and Loose Parts. Fabric adds to dramatic play and invites many possibilities. These students created habitats and used scarves for waterfalls.

Inviting children to artistically retell familiar stories. This S is retelling Goldilocks through her illustrations.

Inviting children to artistically retell familiar stories. This S is retelling Goldilocks through her illustrations.