Monday, 2 October 2017

Daily Writing

We are sure you have heard your child speak about their 'daily writing'. We have been so impressed with the gains our learners have made this month. Everyone has demonstrated growth in their abilities as writers. Our daily writing program provides access at many levels for all our learners. We have many supports available for our writers to access in order to build their independence. We have books, sight word lists/rings, sentence starters and word walls.

We co-created our success criteria for 'personal best' writing with our writers. This is the list they came up with:

Play creates many opportunities for authentic writing experiences. Our learners can be found writing in all areas of the classroom. We encourage our writers to use their skills to share their thinking and learning through drawings and writing. We provide open ended templates in the different areas of the classroom as a choice for our writers to share their thinking.

Here are some of our writers hard at work:

Our writers hang their writing here each day. This functions as a tracking for both the students and the educators. We then choose their 'personal best' writing to add to our personal best writing wall. From there it goes into their documentation binder. 

Thursday, 21 September 2017


We have been getting to know one another in Room 122 over the past few weeks. It has been wonderful to watch friendships growing and our learners settling into their new environment. We are working on building our knowledge of self and encouraging our learners to see their value and that they're unique. We created an opportunity for our learners to observe themselves and create art that represents them. We placed out various loose parts for them to create their own self-portrait.

The finished products:

We love that each is so unique, just like each learner in our room!

Wednesday, 6 September 2017

Welcome to 2017/2018 in Room 122

Another year has begun in Room 122! 

We are excited to begin another year in Kindergarten. We are happy to welcome a new group of Year 1 learners and to have our Year 2 learners back! We have worked towards setting up our classroom as the 'third teacher'. This means that materials we have chosen to put out in the classroom help build independence and thinking. Susan Fraser states, “A classroom that is functioning successfully as a third teacher will be responsive to the children’s interests, provide opportunities for children to make their thinking visible and then foster further learning and engagement.” (Building Capacity Series (2012)). We look forward to the wonderful thinking and learning that will take place throughout the year.

Allow us to take you on a tour of our learning environment.

Our inquiry/science table.

Our light table with loose parts.

A math provocation encouraging counting and number recognition.

Our math area.

Our drama centre. 

Literacy materials available for learners to use or for small group instruction. 

Our family wall awaiting family photos. 

Our yoga centre to help build self-regulation.

Our self-regulation corner. We will be teaching about self-regulation throughout the month and this is an area learners are able to go when they need to calm down or take a break.

Our writing centre.

Writing templates, books and sight word lists to help build independence for daily writing.

Our alphabet made by our learners last year and the colour word wall made my learners.

A name writing and sight word provocation.

Looking forward to seeing how our learners interact with the materials, the environment and each other! Stay tuned to follow our learning.

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Saturday, 6 May 2017

Our Space Inquiry

"Mystery creates wonder and wonder is the basis of man's desire to understand"
- Neil Armstrong

We have been working on a space inquiry for weeks now. Our learners (and us!) are so engaged and learning a lot about our solar system. Here is a small snippet into what we have been learning about and the activities we have engaged in.

We spent time gathering wonders and ideas about space which dictated the direction of our learning. There were many wonders about planets, so we started there. We spent a day learning about each planet and added the planet to our classroom representation of the solar system. 

Here are some of the videos we watched:

Our scientists asked many questions about the planets, stars and whole solar system. Here is a small snippet of their wonders:
C.M- I wonder why that sun is red instead of the yellow sun that has little points on it?
I.O- Is Mercury a rock?
N.B- I wonder if Venus is hotter than the sun?
E.Bu- I wonder what it looks like inside Venus?
L.R- I wonder how the planets get their colour?
M.S- I wonder if the orange (on Mars) is the lava?
L.G- I wonder why Jupiter has 62 moons?
A.S- I wonder why there are dots on Jupiter?
J.B- I wonder if the big black red circle (on Jupiter) is a volcano?
M.R- I wonder why Saturn is a sphere?
T.P- I wonder why Saturn has those rings?
A.B- I wonder why it’s (Saturn) a gas giant?
S.A- I wonder Pluto is not the same to these planets (dwarf planets)?
E.B- I wonder why the moon shines on the people when they sleep at night?
E.S- I wonder the asteroid bumps to the moon?
B.M- I wonder why the moon is a rock?
E.W- I wonder why the meteorite has a little bit of wrinkles on the top?

We had a couple provocations out to encourage their creativity.

Our learners integrated their new learning about space into many different areas of the classroom. They built spaceships, satellites and planets out of Lego, they painted and wrote about planets, they wrote about the solar system on the computer and used loose parts to create planets.

After watched videos sent back from the satellite Cassini (click here for more info from NASA), J.T. built his own satellite to take photos of Earth.

Our theatre drama centre has turned into an area our learners act our orbiting and rotating of the planets

Our writers did a lot of writing about the Earth. Earth Day happened while we were learning about the planets. We talked a lot about ways we can save the Earth and why we need to be respectful of the planet we live on.

We read a book called 'Postcards from the Planets'. This book inspired our writers to write their own postcard from a planet. It was a great way for them to share their learning!

We still have so much information to explore and so many more questions! There have been many wonders about astronauts and satellites, so we will be learning about those next! Stay tuned!