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The students have been exploring various types and quality of lines. We use lines to draw pictures, but we also use lines to write words, numbers and symbols. On maps, they also help us find the best route from one place to another.  Lines have 
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As the JK children begin to explore ‘Materials’, Mrs. Black recalled a significant book by Cathy Weisman Topal and Lella Gandini (1999), who wrote Beautiful Stuff: Children Learning with Found Materials. This book took shape, as the authors began chronicling the experiences of teachers, inspired by the 
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Last week, the Grades 4-7 students were fortunate enough to have in Mr. Kevin Modeste from the New Democratic Party (NDP) to share his knowledge and personal experience about the Canadian government.  Guest speakers are an important factor in student learning as it encourages them 
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As with any inquiry, new materials were placed in a learning space for the children to explore freely.  When new materials are offered, there is time given for the children to ‘Mess About’, and for the teacher to observe HOW the children use these materials.  Initial observations 
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A child’s brain development at a young age has the potential to progress the necessary skills to problem solve, socialize with peers and enhance their overall cognition. Using open-ended materials to support their brain development, aids in the assistance of their meta-cognition skills by requiring 
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From a Google question ‘Connecting Science Inquiry and Science Fairs’, an important site entitled ‘Just Science Now’ intrigued us immensely.  As we read further, we recognized that we could connect our own JK Science Inquiry with the relevant information that it contained.According to the article, Inquiry means that 
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As we are heading towards report cards and graduation, I am assessing what the children have learned, as I do regularly throughout the year.  I am amazed at how far they have come, from their first tentative steps into the world of reading, writing, math and 
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According to Jackie Silberg in her article entitled, ‘The Importance of Music for Children.’: Music helps develop children’s language skills:  When young children listen to familiar words in songs, the neural transmitters in their brains are firing away, and their brains are building connections to the 
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Not every interest of the children leads into a full scale inquiry. Some interests ‘flare up’ for a moment, and quickly subside.  Only a few children may seem interested in researching more, and so this interest is still respected, and resources left for these children to 
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Children are innately curious. Their world is full of wonder, magic and newness.  Children naturally begin asking questions about the things they see, hear, feel, taste and smell in their world. Through inquiry learning, we have “the opportunity to nurture students’ natural curiosity and to be fully engaged 
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