Monday, 23 November 2015

Student-Led Conferences

This Wednesday, your child will be bringing home their very first kindergarten report card. They are written in comment form and do not include grades. The purpose of the report card is to give you a good idea of what your child is currently able to do and give you some ideas for things to work on. 

In addition to the report card, our school will be hosting an Open House on Thursday, November 26th from 4:30-7:00. During this time you are welcome to stop by our classroom with your child so that they can show you some of the things they've been learning. This is a time to celebrate your child's accomplishments and to make connections with the Stevenson staff and other families in our school.

If you would prefer to have a more private meeting, you are welcome to call the school to schedule an appointment for Friday morning. The phone number at the school is 204-832-1359.

During the Open House, the library will also be hosting a book fair. There will be games, prizes, and a great selection of books available for purchase. 

Friday, 20 November 2015

Planning for Play

Hi there, it's Mrs. Lowe writing today. I want to tell you about something awesome happening in room 8.

You may have heard that in our class we call playtime "Thinking and Learning" time. That's because play is the way that children learn their best! When children are playing they are observing, creating, problem solving, cooperating, and learning to work together.

Recently, I observed many of the students in our class were having a hard time settling into a particular activity. Some students were doing the same activity every day, with the same group of peers.

In an attempt to elevate the play, I introduced Play Plans. Before we go to Thinking and Learning time, we sit in a circle and all of the students think about what they would like to do with their time. We go around the circle and each child shares what their plan is. This gives me an opportunity ask questions about their plan like where they will play and who will join them. I can spot some possible problems, like too many children at one activity, and have the students make suggestions for solutions before the problem arrises. It also allows me to direct students to where they can find any supplies they may need. This helps students to be more independent at getting organized for play.

Since we have been creating Play Plans, I have noticed that students are much more purposeful in their play, are playing with a wider variety of playmates, getting along better and demonstrating greater independence.

Here are some of the activities that were happening today during Thinking and Learning time.

Painting on the Buddha Board

Sorting letters by colour

Dividing cars so everyone has an equal amount

Building a long road

Drawing his family on the Smart Board

Writing cards for their friends and teacher

Drawing snakes and playing librarian

Creating a game for others to play 

Feeding all the animals on the farm

Working together to build a track