EC2 Learn about Chinese New Year!

EC2 classes were privileged to learn from parent experts about Chinese New Year last week.  They were involved in a variety of wonderful activities that allowed them to use all their senses!  A big thank you to all the parent volunteers on this day!

Coffee & Conversation #2 October 2014

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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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Coffee & Conversation

This year I will be holding ‘Coffee and Conversation’ for parents – these are primarily opportunities to learn, to meet other parents and to support your child’s learning in ECLC. The sessions will allow you to hear more about the role of early childhood education in your child’s life, to hear how the overall SIS 2020 goals will be implemented in ECLC and as a way to keep what is happening in ECLC very transparent.

As the director I value and promote transparency and I think you will have all seen an example of this, as most teachers are now utilising photo stream as a way to keep in contact with you and share the learning that is taking place in classrooms.

During the first ‘Coffee and Conversation’ we will be learning more about:

– Connecting in ECLC

– Parent Conferences

– ECLC Goals within SIS Goals

Please see the flyer below for more details. Click on the link to sign up to attend the ‘Coffee and Conversation’

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