The weather is warming up and the littles are so very excited to get out our portable water wall. The water wall provides amazing opportunity for open-ended exploration and problem-solving using real-life materials. Since Problem-Solving and Innovation play a significant role in Ontario’s new Kindergarten Curriculum as one of the four frames, experiences like a exploring a waterfall provide a… Read More Water Wall: Designing and Documenting
Social media like Twitter, Facebook, and educator blogs have many educators raving about the front matter in the new 2016 Ontario Kindergarten Curriculum. The response has been a resounding, “yes, we agree”. I’m appreciative of how the ministry has placed a high importance on the whole child, following the lead of the child, and seeing the… Read More A Reflection on the New Kindergarten Curriculum and Flow of the Day (includes timetable and weekly plan)
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!
It’s always a joy to be apart of creative play indoors and outdoors. We love to encourage children in their play. We love to listen to their ideas, validate them, and spur their thinking forward. This play was all about the doctor’s office… outdoors. The children wanted to create a doctor’s office and they didn’t want… Read More Outdoor Doctor’s Office
Often we hear people say how they want to go to new places to make new discoveries. While that is true, let us always remember the power familiar places hold. We can look at an area 100 times and always see the same thing. However, if we look closer or from another perspective, use all 5… Read More Familiar Paths
All you need is paint, water, and mud. Then mix. Mud paint provides a fun texture to be creative with. Many of our learners simply enjoyed mixing paint and mud together. Try adding nature items to paint with or to simply paint the nature items (ie. tree blocks, pine cones,… Read More Mud Paint
If you have been like me, admiring tuff trays (aka builder’s trays) from across the pond, then maybe you’ve also been wondering how you could get your hands on one. Check out this link to see what Tuff Trays or Builder’s Trays look like: http://earlyyearseducational.com/#/tuff-tray-stand/4573512634 I’ve found some on amazon.com but never any here in Canada.… Read More DIY Tuff Tray (Sensory Trays)