Looking at the transformation that our classroom has gone through over the last five months, I too question if this is in fact kindergarten. My DECE, Zoe, and I are always amazed at the end of each day at what our students have accomplished in the classroom. Are four and five year old children really capable of such higher order and critical thinking skills? Are they really able to self-regulate their behaviours throughout the day; make independent choices and decisions for their learning? Are these the same children who, on the first day of school, were crying for their parents and falling asleep on the carpet?
Each and every child comes to us with prior knowledge, experiences, and interests. They have their own individual stories; each one beautiful and unique, no two stories the same. As they explore, play, and inquire in the classroom, they add to their own individual stories, and grow and change in ways we could never have imagined. They transform, just like our classroom, and will continue to do so for the rest of their lives.
So to answer the question that was written across the door; YES, this is Kendrgordin!
Here is a compilation of photographs to highlight some of the learning that has been taking place over the last five months in our classroom.