Over last semester we have been focusing on writing fictional narratives. Using the First Steps Gradual Release of Responsibility, over time the children have become familiar with and analyzed a wide range of narrative fictions. They have co-authored fictional narratives and with guidance, have written their own narratives. We have spent much time discussing where [...]
Through the class blog and twitter account, KC have found friends in other schools around the world. We have got several other Kindergarten classes on our blog roll, and they in turn have added us to their blog roll. Several times a week we check the other blogs and leave comments. We also check our [...]
The children love to take turns at reading stories to the rest of the class. This is a wonderful opportunity to develop a sense of audience and to practice skills such as pause, voice pace and inflection. Recently, Olivia read a book that she had particularly enjoyed. We videoed the story session and showed the [...]
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 [...]
Throughout the Elementary school, each grade level buddies with another class a few years older or younger. This provides a wonderful opportunity for the children to interact and form relationships with children of a different age, and to make connections with children in different parts of the school.The children in Kindergarten are buddying up with [...]
On Monday, as part of a school-wide commitment to developing cross-grade level relationships, Mr Seldis’s Grade 9 homeroom class came to work with KC and KP. The older children partnered up with one or two younger children and took them on a tour of the school. Grade 9 Buddies on PhotoPeach The children share the [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
Nikhil found some patterns at home. He took photographs so he could share his work at school.
Daan went on a pattern hunt at home. His mum took a video so Daan could share the work he did at home with the rest of the class.