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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Week @ A Glance 15th – 19th Sept

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…

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. 

 

 

Week @ A Glance 8-12 Sept

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.

 

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!

Visit your child’s classroom website to see MORE!!

And all this in only 3…yes 3 days of learning!!

Week At A Glance 1-5 September

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!!

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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.

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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!

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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!

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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.

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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.