Our Kindergarten Journey. Learning in a Reggio Inspired Kindergarten Environment: FDK Learning Environment: What messages are you sending your children? “ There are three teachers of children: adults, other children, and their physical environment.” – Loris Malaguzzi These were the first walls that I had when I started in Kindergarten...and I thought they were perfect.
My teaching partners and I put up bright broad cloth and busy borders. I thought this was what Kindergarten was supposed to look like. When I look at these photos from a few years ago today, I feel instantly overwhelmed. All that I know and believe about the Environment as a Third teacher has been influenced by the incredible ECE's that I have had the honour of working with both in the classroom and through our Reggio Inspired Book Club. I think I will always continue to be inspired by beautiful spaces that I see online, at other schools, and during workshops.
I wanted to share some things I have learned along the way from other educators, resources, and experiences... 1) What message does your classroom send to families/students? 2) How does your room flow? Journey Together Through Full Day Kindergarten. I like Myself Project - Fairy Dust Teaching. This is a project from one of my colleagues – Jennifer Dean.
Her documentation of the project is so well done – I can let it do the talking. . . Thank you Jennifer for sharing your wonderful work! Did you enjoy this post? Then stick around! Join the Fairy Dust community and get email updates, tips, tutorials, and instant access to the Fairy Dust Teaching Library - FREE! September. My Home, My Address - Fairy Dust Teaching.
During August, we talked about how we each live in our own home.
One of the projects we did was to make a paper bag house or apartment building (depending on where you lived). We then set up a little city with our “homes.” The photos below are from that first project. I am going to revisit this – this time adding their address. Learning our address in one of our state standards. I like creating the context of an address as a location marker. Daily Alphabet Activities with Names - Fairy Dust Teaching. I am posting some of my first alphabet activities of the school year.
In my school, the kindergarten reviews the alphabet one letter a day (we started reviewing today). Here are some of the things I do: Today we reviewed the letter Aa. I asked each child, “Do you have any a’s in your name?” If the answer was yes, I asked, “Uppercase or lowercase?” Next, we become “Letter Detectives.” Finally, we create an artsy alphabet! Working With Names: Storytelling Pathways: Walking the Fairy Tale - Fairy Dust Teaching. This is a great way to help children with retelling a story.
It builds comprehension, sequencing and it is fun! It is simple – on a long piece of bulletin board paper – draw a winding path. At the beginning of the path, draw a visual clue of the first event. Names, Names, Everywhere Names! - Fairy Dust Teaching. One of my first endeavors at the beginning of school is to fill the room with the student’s names!
This helps the children feel welcomed and at home. It is a comfort for them to see their name around the room. Here are a few of the things I do: My first homework assignment is this name tag for their cubbies. I send home a 5 x 7 index card and ask that the children find the letters of their name in magazines and create their name. Here is another one -so cute!! Here is peek at the cubbies and those name tags. I put up our Letter Posters. IKEA!! In honor of my sick daughter (who adores movies) – I used a “movie” theme. I put each photo on black construction paper and used a gold paint pen to write their name and make a quick dot or slash border.
So sweeeeet! I have a chart paper with everyone’s name on my front white board. This idea comes from Mrs. These are my attendance/lunch tags (with a magnet). Each child makes a birthday poster the first week of school. Did you enjoy this post? "Reggio Inspired" Child Made Calendar and More! - Fairy Dust Teaching. In November of last year, I had the opportunity to tour a Reggio Emilia inspired school in my area and see the classrooms.
One of the things that absolutely captured my heart was the child generated print materials. It was so inspiring! I came back resolved to toss my commercial made materials and have the children make them. Here is what I have done so far: I use index cards to make the calendar. I had the children work in pairs to create individual month posters. I think they are much more beautiful than the commercial months found in calendar sets! The children created name cards for checking in every morning. They made their own name cards for our restroom procedure.
There is such a wonderful ownership in the room when their developmental stage of handwriting (the way the letters are generated) is honored and cherished. Did you enjoy this post? Join the Fairy Dust community and get email updates, tips, tutorials, and instant access to the Fairy Dust Teaching Library - FREE!