Saturday, 11 October 2014

Happy Thanksgiving!

~Give Thanks~

I wanted to take this time to thank each and every one of you who has followed me on my journey, motivated and inspired me to share my journey, and encouraged me to keep setting new goals and reaching new heights as a learner and educator. It is with a grateful heart that I wish you and your loved ones a blessed and happy Thanksgiving weekend! 

Our students had to opportunity to share their wishes of thanks after reading
 "The Thankful Book" by Todd Parr.

The following are some things they were thankful for:

"I am thankful for my mom because she takes care of me."

"I am thankful for music because it makes me want to dance."

"I am thankful for my brother because he plays with me."

"I am thankful for my family because they give me lots of hugs."

"I am thankful for my teacher because she listens to me."

"I am thankful for my mom because she loves me."

What are you thankful for?

Sunday, 5 October 2014

Slowing Down and Having Fun!

 "The work will wait while you show the child the rainbow, 
but the rainbow won't wait while you do the work."

Every time I enter the classroom, I remind myself to slow down. It is easy to get caught up in "work" and getting things "done", but it is important to slow down and spend time with your students. In order to offer them learning opportunities that are based on their interests, strengths, and needs, we must first get to know our students and how they interact with each other and the materials in the environment. 

As much as I have been mindful in slowing down as an educator, the first month of school has flown by! Our classroom has come alive and we have been busy exploring, creating, learning and 
most importantly- having fun!

Learning to recognize our names using sign-in rocks
Learning to complete our daily drawing and writing for
Our Daily Writing Wall
Learning to develop a positive self-image by looking closely at ourselves
and creating self-portraits out of loose-parts
Learning to count and represent numbers to 5
to develop our 1-1 correspondence skills
Building and constructing with various materials
Representing what we see in nature during our nature walks
Answering the question "What do you see?" at the "Wonder Window"
Exploring how colours mix to make new colours at the light table
and creative arts area
Working together and sharing with each other
Exploring line using different materials
Looking closely at sunflowers and using watercolours to represent what we see
Making "wishes" for our children during Meet the Teacher Night
Slowing down and enjoying our time together!

~take it all one day at a time and enjoy the journey~