When the children came together to plan what learning they would share with parents this month, someone suggested one of the counting games we play regularly. This gave someone else an idea about a game with a 100 square. This made someone else think of a card game we often play. That reminded someone else of a dice game! Before long, we had a long list of number engagements to share at our monthly parent sharing session.
It is delightful to see the children so deeply engaged in explaining the games to their parents, offering help and sharing strategies when needed. This role reversal, with children as teachers and adults as learners is a powerful experience for both children and parents.
We have had lots of mums coming in to KC, working with children and planning with teachers. We wanted to have some dads come in to class as well.
A couple of week ago Ulrich, Leander’s dad, came in and talked about his job. He showed the children where he worked (“So high up!”) and explained that the company he works with makes a special component which makes car breaking systems safer. He showed the logos of the car manufacturing companies his company works with. The children recognized the logos and were able to tell Ulrich what kind of car they had. They were excited to think that their car contained a component made by Ulrich’s company!
This morning, Greg, Ryan’s dad came to our morning meeting to tell us about his job. Greg works on programming for mobile phones. He showed the children how mobile phones had developed over the last fourteen years.
He explained how his job was to to improve the “ingredients” that make phones so that the phones get better and better over time. He showed the first palm-held computer he worked on, which had a black and white screen and no phone capacity. Then he showed the other phones that he worked on after that and explained how the features developed over time to include coloured screen, telephone, rotating screen, touch screen and smaller memory cards with bigger capacity.
In class we thought about our unit of inquiry into how we learn and change over time, and reflected that mobile phones have done the same!
Over the last month, teachers and class parents have been exploring ways of involving parents in their children’s learning. We have been delighted to work with parents in many different ways over the last week.
Sharing children’s learning
Many parents were able to come and spend time in the class-room so the children could show their parents what they have learned. We will continue this sharing session on the last Friday of every month.
Sharing planning ideas
It was wonderful to be able to meet with parents to share our planning ideas for our current unit, and to get parents’ input and ideas. We will continue to hold these sessions throughout the year.
Mother Tongue reading
We had our first Mother Tongue reading session this week. Hal’s mom, Trenton’s mom and Rika’s mom came to school to read to the children in Japanese.
We had our first Dads’ Sharing this morning. Thanks very much to Leander’s dad who came to tell the children about his work.
We look forward to continued collaboration with parents throughout the year.
Today we had our first monthly Parent Sharing session. As part of our Unit of Inquiry into Where We Are In Place and Time, we decided to trial a new initiative to strengthen links between home and school, and to involve parents in their children’s learning. We invited parents in to class so that the children could share their learning over the last six weeks. We videoed the session and speeded up the video clip so that we have a one minute video clip that children and parents can reflect and comment on. We hope that this will help spark discussion at home and at school about the children’s personal learning journeys.
Last week, school was closed as Typhoon 15 approached. This provided an authentic, connected experience involving children, parents, co-teachers and the ES Curriculum Coordinator.
One child emailed me her work and I posted it on the blog.
I left a comment and others quicky added their comments.
Another child emailed me her work which I posted in a PhotoPeach. Soon others were leaving their comments.
A third child, inspired by a VoiceThread we had been working on earlier in the week, decided to share her pattern work in a VoiceThread.
Between 8 oclock and 3 oclock we were connected via emails, blog posts and web links. Zoe and Ms Catasti were also part of our learning web, just like we were all at school.
The next day at school, several children who had not responded digitally, brought photographs and drawings to share. Although they had not had an online presence, they had clearly accessed the e-learning through the blog and had participated in other ways. In the days since, children have continued share their home-based inquiries in school via the blog.
This is a wonderful example of how we can use technology to support teaching and learning, even with young children, and of the power of being digitally connected.
As part of our unit of inquiry into where we are in place and time, throughout the year the children will be reflecting on their personal learning journeys and on how their growth and development leads to new opportunities. The children have been thinking about things they can do now that they couldn’t do before. They recorded their thoughts on the VoiceThread below.
The children would be delighted if you could share your thoughts on what you notice your child/ sibling/ grandchild/friend can do now that they couldn’t do before. Simply click the comment button on the voice thread to record your comments. Your child can show you how. (Your comments may not show up immediately. I may have to moderate them first.)