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## Exploring Measurement with Garden Sticks in Junior Kindergarten

Inquiring Minds is delighted to share today’s post from Mrs. Jane Buckley-Black, Richland’s Junior Kindergarten teacher.

I was most inspired by a rich Pinterest posting this past week entitled: ‘Outdoor Maths:  Measuring the Size of Sticks.’ This was posted by ‘Creative Star Learning’ which is an organization that “supports and develops outdoor learning and play at a national, local, and school level with practical ideas and information.”

As I reflected on the posting, I thought; what a wondrous way to engage the children with extending and enriching their knowledge about ‘Measurement.’I proceeded to give our JK children a task: “Please bring in a stick from your garden for a challenging task.” For the next few days the children were wondering and sharing: “What are we going to do with our sticks?” and “I brought a stick from my garden” and “I found a wobbly stick outside at recess” began to emerge from our students.

We had a variety of sticks arrive of many different sizes, and textures, some that were straight and some that were deemed ‘wobbly’. On Wednesday morning, we extended the challenge to our JK children that began with this question: “How can we solve the following dilemma with our sticks: How can we manipulate our sticks to determine the shortest to the tallest?”

The conversations began with a dialogue about what the children knew about measuring. “We can measure how tall you are” L. shared.  “Maybe with the sticks we will measure us and find out how tall we are” remarked M.“Say I was a stick this small (showing with her hands) and then there was a stick this long (making a bigger stick with her hands) and then I put them together to see the smaller and longer one” declared J.

Words such as “tiny” and “shortest” were affirmed that meant the ‘same as’ “shortest.”  Words for “tallest” were deliberated: “longest”, “biggest”, “big” and “largest.”

The children voiced: “We need a spot for all of our sticks to line up!” The edge of the carpet was determined as the spot “we need to line up our sticks from.” A rock was selected as one end called “the shortest spot” and another rock was determined as “the tallest spot.”The challenge posed to the children was: to make the line of sticks increase in size. Each child took a turn to put his/her stick down onto the tiled floor, carefully lining up one end of the stick to the edge of the carpet.

It was a deceptively challenging and higher level thinking task. The children needed to evoke many strategies, answer questions and share knowledge. The JK implemented: ‘analyzing’, ‘identifying’, ‘formulating’, ‘hypothesizing’, ‘organizing’, ‘comparing’ and ‘distinguishing’ the differences and similarities of their sticks, as well as share patterns about their thinking. Much deliberation, negotiation and measuring and comparing emerged, as each stick was added to the line of sticks.

## A Pivotal Moment – The Environment as a Third Teacher

The Environment as the Third Teacher is a guiding principle in the Reggio Emilia philosophy.  Today one of Richland’s Senior Kindergarten teachers, Mrs. Kate Daniel, would like to share her recent insights...

## Engaging with Colleagues at Havergal Junior School

One of Richland’s SK teachers, Mrs. Daniel and one of Richland’s PK teachers, Miss Howe, enjoyed a wonderful morning at Havergal Junior School. They were able to spend the morning in Havergal's...

## Technology in Prekindergarten

Inquiring Minds brings you inside Richland Academy’s Prekindergarten classroom to discover how these young students connect with technology.  Thank you to Mrs. Abreu and Ms. Howe for sharing their insights. The PK children...

## All Design Thinkers Ever Need To Know They Learned in Kindergarten

Inquiring Minds wanted to share this link from Michelle Hiebert with you, because we could truly relate to the content.  We know how critical early learning is at Richland, and this piece...

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## Do You Want Your Child to be a Leader? Here’s What Not To Do

“It’s important for parents to become exceedingly self-aware of their words and actions when interacting with their children, or with others when their children are nearby. Care enough to train them, not...

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## Connecting Learners with the Community at Richland

An integral part of Reggio-Inspired learning is engaging with the community, as well as inviting experts into our learning journeys. These connections create authentic learning opportunities for students, and provide them with...

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## Richland’s Performing Arts class turns into a Recording Studio to record “Our School Song!”

Last year’s 2013 Spring Musical was called “Our School Song”. Miss Pitt conceptualized the show around the idea that Richland Academy was looking for a new school song and the Grade 6...

## Learning and Engaging in French through Performances

Today Inquiring Minds is delighted to bring you a post from Richland Academy’s French department.  At Richland, students learn French from a very early age through gestures, which initially develop into conversational...

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## Project based Learning in Grade 3/4

The students in Grades 3 and 4 have been on a journey of inquiry and discovery these last few months, delving into a variety of topics via a collaborative inquiry/project based dynamic....

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