Father’s Night

We are looking forward to celebrating Father’s during our EC Father’s Night.

This is also a chance for Father’s to see what their child enjoys doing in their classroom.

I hope to see as many Dads, Uncles, Grandfathers and/or Big Brothers as possible as do the children!

They are busy preparing their thoughts, their classroom and a ‘gift’ JUST FOR YOU!!

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Circle Time in Nursery

What does happen during ‘circle time’ in a Nursery class?

Our three wonderful Nursery teachers Ms Naama, Ms Cheryl and Ms Jenny do an amazing job of gathering their class of 2-3 years olds together to focus on various skills, song and stories for a focused learning time – each day!!

See what this looks like and what skills children are learning as they participate in circle time each day.

Click on the picture below!

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Week @ A Glance 13th – 17th Oct

Even after many years in Education I continue to be amazed by what young children can do and especially what their teachers organise and plan…

For example…

* Cooking in Nursery – yes 2 year olds! Is it possible?  For sure – see here for a wonderful example in Ms Naama’s class.

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They are developing math skills, fine motor skills, communication skills, turn taking, following instructions…too many to list!

* In Ms Jenny’s class they have been focusing on Wellbeing:

  • Strand One – Well-Being: Children experience an environment where: their health is promoted, their emotional wellbeing is nurtured; they are kept safe from harm.

In particular various emotions.  What a better way to show their learning than by doing it with food!  See their food faces here!

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* In Mr Cruz’s class they focused on collaborating with and EC2 class (Ms Ann’s class).  By collaborating with each other the older children learn how to communicate with younger children and vice versa.  The younger children also learn important skills from their older friends – they celebrated their first collaboration today with a BBQ – creating a memorable first experience!

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* We are so fortunate this year that EC1 & EC2 are working with Ms Wilson, the High School PE teacher to devise programs suitable for our children’s developmental level.  In EC1A – Ms Rachael’s class this week they focused on ball skills.  This was in collaboration with older students who helped scaffold their learning as well as a bonus for them to learn how to work with younger children!  A win win for all!  See PE in action here.

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* The library is another place EC children are able to visit and on occasion we are lucky enough to have Mrs Livingston, the librarian, read to the children.  See how captivated EC2B Ms Lindsay’s class are here as they listen to a story.  Visiting the library gives children a whole new world to explore literacy and helps them understand they are part of the bigger school community that uses the library, therefore learning how to take care of this environment and the books in it!

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Coffee & Conversation #2 October 2014

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FOLLOW-UP

Thank you to all those that attended!  This was bigger than September’s Coffee & Conversation!  A great demonstration of how interested and supportive the EC parents are!

 

We were lucky to have Diana Beabout (@dianabeabout) share the innovation focus from SIS, and especially how this impacts the EC division.  Links from Diana’s presentation can be found here.

 

Some very valid questions that came out of Diana’s presentation were:

1. How are ipads being used in the EC classrooms (some parents wanted to know what apps / how they were being managed in each class)
A: We encourage you to talk to your class teacher about this as many teachers use specific apps for very different purposes.  Generally, we encourage iPads in EC for creative purposes – not for ‘babysitting’ purposes.
2. How can I store or where can I store the photos that I am getting from school?
A: Diana suggested using the ‘cloud’.  She also suggested to visit the genius bar for more information on this.  Genius bars can be found in Parkside or Bayside.
3. 40% – meaning the maximum amount of time SIS recommends for use on the ipads – Q was: Is this too much?
A: Diana reiterates that 40% really does depend on what is being done during this time.  Majority of the time it is used for reflection, documentation of learning and students sharing their thoughts and ideas.  So generally very productive use!
Secondly, we discussed ‘Communicating with your child’ – this was a great discussion around some ‘tips’ on how to:
1. Verbal and Non-verbal Communication (click here for more info)
2. Attention, Cooperation and Arguments (click here for more info)
3. Effective Praise (click here for more info)
Lastly, some homework for those that attended….!
Parents were shown how to add a comment to their child’s photostream and also to add a comment to their child’s class website.  Thank you to those that did!
Click here for more information about how to use photostream.
Next Coffee & Conversation topics:
* Learning Stories (Why, What, How?)
* Quality vs Quantity
* Focus and Concentration in Children

 

 

Welcome to the #2 Coffee & Conversation!!

When: Wednesday 15th October, 2014

Where: Mountainside Staffroom (above the library)

Time: 9:00 – 10:00am

Focus: elearning BIG picture @ SIS / Using Photostream effectively to support learning / Communication with your child

Please sign up here if you can attend:

I look to seeing you all there!

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