What is Experiential Inquiry-Based Learning? A process that engages students in direct and active interactions with objects or phenomena in the immediate environment, usually through the use of one or more senses (observing,...
On November 3rd, our Grade 4 students opened the door to the gymnasium to show their honoured guests what they had been working on in Investigative Research. The students proudly displayed their research findings and technological skills in their Canada Convention (Cana-Con). The students spent the past month enthralled in these endeavours and will be wrapping up this specific aspect of their study of Canada.
Students, staff and parents were thrilled to have had the opportunity to explore the different aspects of the country we call home.
The PKs have been thoroughly enjoying playing with wheels and ramps in the playground.
During an extended play time, the PKs asked if they could bring the wheels and ramps out. They brought out the wheels and then added a challenge: “What can we use instead of ramps to make our wheels roll?” And off they went!
The JK boys and girls have begun to move from simple interactions with each other to more elaborate and sustained exchanges. For young children, these exchanges are often observed during pretend play experiences. Of particular interest, is that, although these are activities of choice for many children, they also bring with them, conflict. Yet, in a classroom, conflict is natural and welcomed. This is the time and place for children to test out their skills of negotiation and learn about the give and take of conversation and materials.
Our PK students also love to participate in many forms of pretend play, including making “Nutella Pizza!”, playing dentist, flying and jumping like “Superman!”, and “sleepy time” under the cozy coats!
Young children learn by imagining and doing. The process of pretending builds skills in many essential developmental areas.
The JK children’s interest in fall leaves has escalated. During their first Investigative Research session with the SK children, they went searching for colourful and different fall leaves.
Their first task was to really look carefully at the leaves: colour, shape, and type. They then had to choose a ‘favourite’ one that they wanted to sketch in pencil first, and then use their ‘real colours’ to make the leaves ‘look like real ones!’