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…
* Cooking in Nursery – yes 2 year olds! Is it possible? For sure – see here for a wonderful example in Ms Naama’s class.
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!
* 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!
* 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.
* 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!
With a typhoon day thrown in the mix this past week it allowed teachers a chance to test our skills in dealing with emergency situations and then….get back to teaching!
Some of the wonderful learning opportunities that I spotted this week…
EC2 Team collaborating and learning from each other as they discuss curriculum, parent conferences and learning focus for their classes.
Ms Rachael in EC1A helping children learn more about culture, their background and the various food they eat in their culture by focusing on specific books during circle time.
Ms Lindsay’s class EC2B very clearly have learned what it means to be a good friend. Their pictures and words clearly articulate their thoughts.
In Ms Lydia’s class EC1B children were proudly showing me their house that they belong to amongst all the various houses in their classroom.
It was great to see a wonderful turnout for the EC Coffee & Conversation as well as parents sharing more about who they are and their place of belonging.
in Ms Ann’s class EC2A a child directed me to look at the wonderful flags they had made using unifix cubes. Celebrating the wide range of countries we all come from.
Again in Ms Rachael’s class they have created their own sense of belonging for their class name. They are called the Caterpillars and they gave each of their caterpillars a home!
In addition see what is else is happening here…
* International Weeks were in full force with Ms Lindsay’s class making and using their own Australian Clapping sticks – click here for more information.
* A celebration of all cultures and countries in Ms Kylie’s class with one activity focusing on England – see the fine motor skills and math skills in use here as the children make their own King and Queen crowns.
* Even our Teaching Assistants have a chance to share their culture. In Ms Rachael’s class children recognise that Miss Dodo is just as important, promoting inclusion for all. See the concentration here as children listen to her story and also another student from a mixture of two cultures.
* Exploring all the senses in Ms Jenny’s class as the children learn about Japan and how to make sushi. For Nursery children being able to touch, smell, hear, see and most importantly TASTE is a wonderful way to learn about another culture. See how they made sushi here.
With this only being a 3 day week for students you might think “oh what can be done in only 3 days”? Well, just take a peek below to see how packed 3 days of learning can look!
Oh and don’t forget the usual 5 day week teachers had full of professional learning – see the post here to explain more of what we did.
Children in EC2C – Ms Kylie’s class learned about what it means to be a good friend. An important skills at this age. By drawing their ideas on this it helped them to visualise what this might look like and share their background knowledge.
Children learned to be creators and experiment with art and craft materials based on the theme of “black and white”. This was in culmination of a group idea to all wear ‘black and white’ clothes to school as they had been learning all about Penguins. Learning indicators: science / visual art / collaboration / complex thinking.
Whilst following the group project of dressing in black and white and participating in activities that revolve around ‘black and white’ children are still able to share their knowledge and emphasise their culture. Early literacy skills are encouraged as children write in their own language. Learning indicators: literacy / global citizenship / visual art / collaboration / fine motor skills.
Children in EC2A, Ms Ann’s class learned that they can also learn from each other by watching how their friends write. Parallel learning is a powerful tool that provides a safe environment for all. Learning indicators here are: literacy / fine motor skills / collaboration / complex thinking / following routines.
As we head into International Weeks next week children in EC2A, Ms Ann’s class were learning more about their world. They created their own water-colour globes after examining a real globe. Learning indicators here: creating a sense of belonging / complex thinking / global citizenship / fine motor skills / identifying colours / identifying shapes / visual art skills.
Continuing in EC2A, Ms Ann’s class on the theme of being a global citizen and creating a sense of belonging children used magnifying glasses to find their country on the globe as well as learning about where their friends come from. Learning indicators here: math: counting the amount of small globes / math: learning about big and small / communication skills by stating the country they are from.
Early literacy skills were practised in EC2D, Ms Neuman’s class as children copy their name and then flip the card over to write it independently. This is a regular routine each morning upon entering the class. Learning indicators here: fine motor skills / literacy: recognising letters and letter sounds / identifying the correct name / learning about capital and lowercase letters / learning to write left to right / following a routine.
Children in EC1A, Ms Rachael’s class get some 1:1 time with Dodo, the TA. Here they are practising sorting skills by identifying objects, their colour and then placing them in the correct part of the box. Learning indicators here: math: sorting skills / identifying objects and learning new vocabulary / identifying colours and shapes / learning to complete a task.
In addition…have you seen…
* How music in Nursery B, Ms Naama’s class benefits future learning. Click here to see!
* The video Ms Lydia (EC1B) put together to share how her students have been learning about our ‘house, home, family and friends’! Take a peek here!
* What social time looks like in EC2D, Mrs Neuman’s class. For a photo snapshot take a look here!
What a busy week of teaching, learning and developing young minds in ECLC. Both teachers and children were involved in activities that developed their learning. Teachers spent time in collaboration discussing our curriculum and how best to increase student learning – a valuable time for conversation and decision making.
An emphasis at this time of the year is helping children feel like they have a place in their classes which relates to the goal Belonging in the Te Whariki curriculum and also being a Global Citizen which relates to our school wide ESLR’s. You will see evidence of this below.
Ms Ann in EC2 planned and implemented a wonderful shadow play that celebrated the Mid Autumn festival. Parents were then invited to view the children presenting the play.
Some teachers learned about Easy Blog Junior as a possible tool for Digital Portfolios – stay tuned for more information how this will be implemented in EC2 classes.
A wonderful display by Ms Lindsay and her EC2B class that depict their class name – the MONKEYS!! A really nice way to liven up her class entranceway and for children to view the efforts of their work.
In line with Te Whariki: Belonging and our school ESLR: Global Citizenship Mr Cruz and his EC1 class made link to their own home by drawing their own homes and displayed outside his room for all to view. Nice use of scraffitio as the medium!!
In this photo Ms Kylie is helping students in EC2C understand the correct way to open a book when they wrote their own books, making links to literacy and concepts about print – great scaffolding and an example of differentiation.
In this picture Ms Lindsay introduced her EC2B class to a new friend arriving soon via the ipad – an excellent example of helping children learn about Te Whariki: Belonging and the ESLR: Global Citizenship!
Ms Naama helped her students develop their sensory skills by drawing shapes in finger paint. Also involved in this learning was helping students helping to learn how to clean up after themselves once they were done!
Ms Jenny very carefully spent time with students teaching them how to use the classroom tools the correct way – in this instance, how to cut pictures with scissors. A lot of concentration involved and careful scaffolding by the teacher.
ECLC teachers spent time this week working on curriculum planning to help increase student learning and deciding how to best implement decisions made into their class.