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Green Eggs and Ham

In honor of Dr. Seuss’ birthday, our Kindergarten group, aka, Earth group (third planet from the sun, our third group to join our elementary) celebrated by cooking Green Eggs and Ham for their Food as a Language.

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Story telling with our friends

One morning, the teachers saw two girls reading to one another. As we observed, we saw them looking at the pictures and creating their own story. The two children took turns telling what would happen next and developed the story together. According to educators Martha Hamilton and Mitch Weiss, giving a child the opportunity to tell stories is one of the most important life skills they can learn.

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Tent + Story Time

“When students feel safe and supported, they are truly ready and able to learn.”
-Laura Weaver and Mark Wilding

Children in our school LOVE to read.  Each and every class has story time more than one time a day, and it is because of this love that we have begun a rotation where children share five books from their home each week.  Their love has also inspired a library in the School of Wonders, next door.

Our observations of this class has helped us see that children want to find cozy corners to read, so naturally we each created our own tents to read in. (Who doesn’t love reading in their own nook?) Continue reading

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The Languages of Food

“In Reggio Emila, the choice of having a kitchen in each of the infant-toddler and preschools has always conveyed a strong meaning, both pedagogical and cultural. The kitchen is a place for listening to the families and their habits, as well as for orientation toward the community, where lunchtime becomes a space and context of relationships and encounters with the world.”The Languages of Food

The staff is currently reading “The Languages of Food,” a book published by The Reggio Children, and it has made us look at food and learning in a different way. To put it simply, it has opened our eyes to the possibility of what food can be for the children at our school. Continue reading

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Enhancing our Vocabulary & Measuring Snakes

 

The block area will always be an area where the boys love to be and imagine many different things. As they spoke about angry birds hiding from ninjas and killing one another we thought it would be great to enhance and expand their vocabulary while they spoke about all this action going on and learn to use positive words.

As we try to expand their vocabulary we are having them explain, describe, define, ask, compare and contrast, respond, etc. In order to accomplish these skills, children need meaningful, engaging, hands-on opportunities to build an expressive vocabulary to both describe and tell the use of many familiar objects to incorporate new, less familiar or technical words in everyday conversations. Continue reading

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