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Week of October 2

Updated: Oct 9, 2023

What Happened?

The children shared more about their interests through drawings during opening meetings. We sorted their interests and organized them into groups of common interest. The children were reflecting on our Memory Book of photos of themselves playing in the forest and their thoughts were written beside the photos. Teacher Ian brought instruments on Monday afternoon and Milo led a train game with the recorder as his train whistle. Teacher Cassie helped Isaac and Sally organize an excited theatre production. Teacher Matt gave animal climbing lessons on a fallen tree trunk to koalas, sloths, monkeys, and caterpillars. Teacher James made a jail out of stretchy rope and Ophelia's mom helped organize jail games. In some of the games you needed to answer math questions to be released from the jail. Were-wolves became a popular game, as initiated by Thomas. Matt brought a Wolf Child story book to further explore this interest. Many other children are also interested in wolves. Teacher Marianne helped start a Forest Play ABC book. On Friday morning we welcomed eight teachers from Kanehsatà:ke Rotiwennakehte Immersion/Aronhiatékha Primary School to our program as part of our on-going pedagogical exchange. They taught us how to say a few words in their language. Wahta = Maple, Nia:wen = the sentiment of thank you, Shé:kon = hello. The children enjoyed guiding visitors through our space, creating boats from natural materials and racing them on the stream, also plenty of time to explore frogs and caterpillars and test our physical strength in risky play and climbing! We were thankful for their gifts of a delicious snack prepared and beautiful books to add to our library collection.

What Does It Mean?

The children feel valued, seen and heard from sharing their interests and learning that the adults care about their ideas. Teachers were able to sit beside children and listen to their sharing, drawings and ideas. We were able to assess their written and oral language development, interests and engagement levels. By coaching the children to lead and organize themselves they are gaining confidence in leading activities, sharing their ideas, and co-creating with friends. We can see natural leaders forming in the group and feel greater engagement in learning when children are empowered to lead the way! Reflecting on our time together in our memory book builds critical thinking skills as children look at photos and think about how they felt during different experiences from the past. We sense a level of accomplishment and pride as they share their drawings and synthesize ideas. The learning community is ready to go deeper with inquiry learning!

What's Next?

We will finish our first unit on Who We Are by sharing the children's interests with the learning community in an ebook and the Memory Book. Stay tuned! These activities of music, theatre and story telling help us to smoothly transition into inquiring in our next six-week unit How We Express Ourselves: the different ways we can express ideas, stories and feelings. We will continue to learn, explore and play in the beautiful forest.

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