Category - Unit 3 (Balanced Communication)

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Thinking shift
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Bringing Meaning to Art
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Earth Week
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Building Skills Through Play
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Making Sense of the World
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Joy and Confidence Assembly
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Term Two Open House

Thinking shift

As we approach the end of our year it has been wonderful to witness not only what the children of J&C are learning but the shift in how that learning is taking place.  It is the how that helps us as teachers provide a bridge to the thinking skills that are needed for each of the little learners in our class.

Our current unit of inquiry and dramatic centers have supported growth in developing those areas where children are able to use their thinking skills.  The routines of how we ask questions, wondering out loud, planning and reflecting have become an integral part of our class room culture, allowing each little person to see and feel how we uncover information and group knowledge.

This is evident at our hospital center where through group play and sharing the space children have collectively created their vision of what happens in a hospital.

Each individual has taken their part in a dialogue of what is acceptable in their role play hospital as well as being exposed to the idea that others have different perspectives. Defending those thoughts and actions is also part of play and life, as is the wonder of learning from friends.

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The shift in how to use our ‘Thinking hats’ has also extended to children becoming interested in new ways of discovering more information, via library, the internet and discussion. We feel sure that with ‘thinking’ practice this will continue as foundation for their higher level thinking now and in the future.

If you are interested and would like more information on what thinking into action looks like in the very young  please click on the link below.

https://www.naeyc.org/files/yc/file/200309/Planning&Reflection.pdf

Bringing Meaning to Art

Some parents ask, “How do you teachers see and know where learning happens?” and our answer is, “Children learn through play, and learning happens in the moment and during reflection”. The way we teachers organize ourselves, and are able to report on these important revelations these little people are making is through mapping out educational plans, and using PYP standards.

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Earth Week

To start our amazing Earth Week off, teachers of J&C brought in recycled goods and read a book, “Not a Stick”. Using this book, we explored how many objects can be used to represent something else. The students had a great time taking plastic cups and wearing them as glasses, or scraps of fabric to wear as mustaches or wigs.

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Following this fun first impression on recycling, J&Cs little ones came in on Tuesday with lots of recycled materials to sort, and some brought in plants to put in soil for woodworking.

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As planned, on Wednesday, we constructed recycled decorative hangers. By cutting up the recycled materials we collected, and puncturing holes, the class threaded string making decorative pieces, which also supports developmental areas such as fine motor skills and thinking skills.

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To put an end to a great week, the Earth Week focused assembly and exhibition really rounded out the experience for the class. Some favourite exhibits were the recycled paper craft table, the worm exhibit, and the watering jug area where kids had fun with water.

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These are life-long memories that will effect the way they see our planet, and how they can make a difference. A very popular song we’ve been singing with J&C is “We’ve Got the Whole World in Our Hands”. Please find the download below, and have fun singing at home with your child.

 

Building Skills Through Play

It’s not all Supermarkets and bikes.

Over the past two weeks we have seen wonderful growth, risk taking and joy in how the J&C community share and work together.  With the introduction of our super market the group found an area that they whole heartedly took ownership of.  They fully demonstrated the broad range of knowledge between them.  Through watching each other play and role play each child benefits by experiencing and sharing in the others perspectives and skills and develops a curiosity within the play…. Whats my role here?, Why is my friend doing that?, Can I join in?, How do I join in?

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Our final unit of inquiry focuses on communication skills. The supermarket center supports children in making sense of daily shopping trips, how we have productive conversations, money exchanging and exploring what it feels like to be responsible.  Their observations are incredibly well informed.  Some children used pretend money, some swiped a card and made a ‘beep’ sound.  They even put into action how to queue!….there were even some healthy choices of which food to buy.

Outside in the playground, another inquiring group has been figuring out how they can build a train using bikes.  This collaborative work was their own invention and really highlights the power and learning that can happen through play.

Making Sense of the World

The world can be a complicated place for a little person. Everything is new and each experience comes packed with learning opportunities.  Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we had a safe way to slow down and explore some of those new experiences?

‘Role play supports building emotional understanding’

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Joy and Confidence Assembly

Thursday’s assembly went amazing- the class really connected with the two songs performed.

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Term Two Open House

We would like to thank everyone who attended our Term 2 Open House last Monday. For those that couldn’t attend, you can view the presentation slides below.

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Open House Agenda

  1. Welcome parents and talk about agenda
  2. Portfolio reflections
  3. Unit three breakdowns
    • powerpoint
    • play ‘whisper’ game
    • this reflects our unit purpose- communicators… and assembly.
  4.  Assembly
    • It’s about being comfortable
    • Parents are welcome
    • pictures of family members
  5. Goal setting
    • talk about how unit three supports them going to P&U
    • Development of child, and age appropriate activities
    • home and school life supporting each other
    • game collaboration.

Goal Setting

Part of beginning Unit 3, and getting our little ones ready for the end of the year, it is important that the J&C team collaborate with parents and Peace and Unity (P&U) for goal setting. GOAL SETTING is not about meeting expectations, but it is instead about planning ahead so that we can all know where we are going and the best way to support, encourage, and guide our little ones there. When creating these 6 goals, we asked P&U where they thought children entering their class might already be socially, emotionally, and skill wise. We also thought about the skills and support we in J&C provide to get our students to where they might be at the end of term. And finally, it is so important to share collaboration with parents, since we at MY like to see our students as whole people (home and school).

The list of recommendations on how we as a group, during open house, put together activities to do at home and school. It was an incredible experience to get feedback from parents on how better to plan and implement activities, and we hope that the list made for home will also support home life.

If you can add to this list, please comment bellow. We appreciate all participation and hope to grow as a group.

GO TEAM J&C!!!