Our 4th grade friends came to read and play with us today. We loved having the big kids visit our classroom. They gave us stickers that they had colored for book week. Next time we meet with our Reading Buddies, we will visit them on the Parkside campus.
This morning we had a special visit in the elementary music room. The music teacher Mrs. Overlie, spent some time showing us different instruments. She also played and sang songs with us. The best part was getting to try out the instruments on our own. Mrs. Overlie took time from her busy teaching day because she knew that the Caterpillars have been exploring music and that we are making our own instruments.
At different times of the day the Caterpillar and Guppy classes have their adjoining door open. When the door is open the children from both classes can choose to move in and out of the 2 classrooms. As we will most likely have different activities going on in the 2 rooms, the children will have more choice and have the opportunity to engage with different children and teachers. On this day as the Caterpillars were dressed up and role playing in the House Keeping area they heard music playing in the Guppy classroom and they decided to check it out. The result of being curious turned into a fun dance party. Hope you enjoy these photos and videos!
I hope that both parents and children enjoyed sharing their learning portfolios at home. Thank you for taking the time to complete the mini bios inside. We have put the bios on the wall for the children to share more about themselves with their class. The students have shown so much interest in their friend’s bios, they are asking each other questions and great conversations have developed.
Our Well-Being strand focuses on empowerment of the child within a holistic approach of development (physical and social-emotional). Here at school we want to foster a positive development of self worth, identity and confidence. When children feel safe enough to share about the subject they know best,themselves, they get enjoyment from the positive reactions and engagements from friends and teachers, building a stronger tie between the classroom and home.
Each morning we have open learning centers. This should not be seen as just a “Free Play” time that does not involve learning. This is a time of the day that the child can learn through play and social situations, they can explore and apply their own working theories of the world to develop understanding. The children are encouraged to visit the centers that the teachers have set up and most children will try each station, spending more time at the center that they enjoy before moving on. The children have the choice to move in and out of the teacher created centers and to explore the other areas of the classroom as well. Centers will vary depending on the morning and the interests of the children. The purpose and focus also varies but often include subjects such writing, drawing, painting, sensory, building, creating or play based math concepts.
Here is a glimpse of centers on one particular morning. Observational drawing of sea creatures with black pens and markers, since many students love to draw and have shown an interest in sea animals. On another table we put out the “Slime” that the children helped make along side of templates of monsters to decorate, the children love to make up stories and role play about monsters. On the carpet Ms. Dodo plays a game with matching modes of transportation using the words (and math concepts) same and different. I sat in the stage area, where we took away the musical instruments and replaced them with recyclables as a provocation for children to create their own instruments.
As a part of our Te Whariki strand,Well-Being, we have been focusing on how our actions can effect others. We have been talking about how we can keep ourselves happy and healthy and also others in our school and home communities. We branched out in our school community this week and visited the nursery classrooms. Before we went to visit them we read a story about a kind older brother who is patience and gentle with his younger sister and includes her in his favorite activities. We had some classroom discussions about how we should act around children who are much smaller than than us. The children agreed that when we are playing with small children we needed to be kind, slow and gentle. The children even agreed that if a nursery child took a toy that we were playing with, we shouldn’t hit or yell at them but we let them have the toy, because they are still learning to share. I was very proud to see how the Caterpillars treated the 2 year olds, they were patient and caring.