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Children elaborate their written communication by taking different elements into account: the chromatic and tactile choice of paper on which to write words, the graphic symbols of the letters of the alphabet, the size of the letters and of the words and the accompanying pictures 
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These words in the title above from a Tinkering school in San Francisco really resonated with us in thinking and reflecting about our JK project in the Tinkering Lab. Our ‘Big Idea’ in JK is ‘Transformation’.  We began chatting and planning our rigorous plan, about how to 
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In an Inquiry Based learning environment, the children are often the ‘protagonists’ of their own learning.  Initially their questions and ideas are ‘bounced’ to their teacher and the group.  As their teacher, I then ‘bounce them back’ by provoking further learning, through bringing their conversations back to 
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During recesses in the month of February, our school piazza was filled to the rafters with boxes, cardboard, tape, sticky notes, markers and many children, as they all participated in Richland’s first Innovation Fair. The goal was to create, imagine and innovate using the available 
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Democratic Collaborative Choreography Empowers the Grade 4 class in Performing Arts The Grade 4 class most recent work in Performing Arts surrounds music history, playing and singing with the ukulele and collaborative choreography creation. Together, we voted on a decade of focus; the 1980s. Students have chosen to focus on 
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Writing speeches has been a challenging, yet exciting journey for our Grade One students. I call it a journey because just like any journey, it has a beginning, middle and an end. The children have come to realize that their speeches will follow a similar 
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Latest research shows that spending periods of time outdoors builds children’s imagination, social/emotional skills, physical health and improves classroom behaviour.  This in turn impacts their cognitive abilities, and academic performance.   Young children learn through moving their bodies, and the outdoors is a perfect environment to support this 
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As one form of data management, the children have been using Venn diagrams to sort and organize information, in their mathematics. By definition, according to the Ontario Curriculum, “A Venn diagram is a diagram consisting of overlapping circles used to show what two or more 
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“Mathematics in the Kindergarten programme builds on children’s desire to make sense of their world, and helps them develop and demonstrate their mathematical understanding.” “Young children use mathematics intuitively and develop their understanding of mathematics through their individual approaches to learning, as well as though 
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In Kindergarten, science is hands-on, child driven and authentic.  Curiosity fuels science investigations.  It is a natural way for children to make sense of their world.  “Children acquire scientific knowledge by ‘construction’ not by instruction.” (Kamii & Lee-Katz, 1983). The science process involves predicting, experimenting, and interpreting. In our 
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