“Every leaf speaks bliss to me fluttering from the autumn tree.” -Emily Bronte For many children and adults a natural interest in leaves re-surfaces each and every year when the leaves change colour. Fall is an amazing opportunity to nurture children’s natural curiosity in the environment and outdoor learning. Below are some playful invitations to play and learn… Read More Exploring Leaves Through Play
It’s not just another classroom with neutral colours, stones, and baskets. We live in Muskoka and our environment as the third teacher reflects our culture of living and how we encourage children to care for our forests. We spend lots of time exploring forests using a forest-school type approach: playing with bugs, building dens, and inquiring about… Read More A Reggio-Inspired Classroom Design – Kinderland Tour Part 2
We just can’t wait to see what our early learners will come up with next in our outdoor learning time. We love to see their confidence sore when we share the excitement of their imaginative ideas. This play started with 5 rundown snowballs. The children had played on these snowballs numbers of times, but this… Read More You see snowballs, but I see a train. All aboard!
Welcome to Kinderland’s Space Station! We really enjoyed the many opportunities for play and learning in our Space Station. This dramatic play centre was co-constructed by both educators and early learners. We know when our early leaders take a leadership role and their ideas are valued the buy in for learning increases substantially. This is another example of… Read More Space Station Dramatic Play
To view our early years team’s Day Plan click the link: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1saaHyGWuVukcYNbdk0_hkQh5eBBkkjxC_DvAtmjdbic/pub I’m a full-day kindergarten teacher and work with an amazing team including a Designated Early Childhood Educators (DECE) and an Educational Assistant (EA). Our team has facilitated the learning of 16-34 3-6 year old students. This year we have 19 JK/SK learners. However, we have had experience with… Read More Flow of the Day in FDK with Day Plan
Our dramatic play: Garage began with a natural interest in cars and vehicles. Like many used vehicles ours also fell into disrepair. We were experiencing this with some of our indoor and outdoor vehicles. Some kinders asked if the educators would fix the vehicles. As we believe are early learners are capable of complex thinking we would ask them… Read More Dramatic Play: Garage (auto repair)
Lots of ideas flooded chart paper with what our Dramatic Play area would be in December. Kinders gave their thoughts on why their idea should be voted for and after the vote we were left with Santa’s Candy Shop. It was up to our EY team to figure out how we would bring the literacy… Read More Santa’s Candy Shop: Dramatic Play