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This week in our music room, JK students explored the element of the form in music through a Reggio-inspired activity that focuses on the process of Responding. I played the composition “Sunrise” from the Grand Canyon Suite by Ferde Grofe. The children quietly listened to the music and drew the “story” 
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I am very excited to share our latest investigation.  Since September I had noticed ramps being built, as part of the children’s work in the block area.   Building on to their interest, I will be supporting the development of engineering habits of mind by challenging the children 
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We spend a lot of time, throughout the year, with observational drawing.  It supports the children in slowing down, and really learning how to record what they actually see, rather than what think something looks like. Through noticing the details, the children’s understandings deepen and further questions are provoked.For example, 
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The first weeks of Senior Kindergarten have flown by in a flurry of ‘Looking Closely’ at how the children are relating to their new space, materials and each other. It has been a time at ‘Looking Closely’ at each unique child.  A time to reflect 
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This posting was contributed to Inquiring Minds by Mrs. Kate Daniel, Senior Kindergarten Teacher at Richland Academy. Over the past few days, many of the SK children have been drawn to experiment with the mathematical concept of balance.  They have sought out, and used a 
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A few weeks ago, a special visitor entered the Senior Kindergarten classroom and we asked him to stay.  That visitor is William Shakespeare!  For months, the Senior Kindergarten children have been enthralled with the life and stories of Shakespeare.  While outdoors they called for him 
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Today’s post comes from our Senior Kindergarten teachers, and the reflections on ‘coming of age’ as their students near the end of their kindergarten years. In recent weeks we have noticed a change in the social dynamics of our students.  The Senior Kindergarten Children are 
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It all began in September when the children first started to explore the kindergarten playground and school gardens.  The small creatures that contribute to the life of our gardens has been a yearlong interest, and re-emerged when spring finally arrived.  They are now building habitats 
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The use of natural materials to create art was introduced to the children in Senior Kindergarten as they viewed some beautiful pieces of land art created by the British artist, Andy Goldsworthy. “He’s the perfect artist for me. Wow!  He’s very creative!” – J. The children 
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Every year the children in Senior Kindergarten go on a “Shakespearean Adventure”.  Many may think that the children are too young to understand the complexities of the plot, and the ‘flowery language’.  You would be surprised!  Each class, over the many years I have taught 
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