Darlington Kindergarten Darlington Kindergarten is in the south-west suburbs of Adelaide, collocated with Darlington Primary School. Of about 50 eligible pre-school children, 10 are Indigenous. There are approximately 40 Occasional Care children (pre- Kindergarten). The kindergarten also runs three play groups, one specifically for Indigenous children. PHILOSOPHYSuzanne Russell, Acting Director of Darlington Kindergarten, has been in her present role for six years. paper tart: How to Make Plastic Shrink Charms from Recycled Plastic I have been playing with making my own shrinky dinks from recycled plastic packaging.#6 clear plastic works the best - I tried #1 and that just went all rubbery and milky. I'm not the first to come up with this technique so I'll list a few places I found that inspired me at the end of this post. On to to the tutorial!
Play Spaces Archives Make a creative art space and art gallery in your home or classroom for independent art explorations and for a place that the kids can call their own! I’ve been planning to write about our little art area for quite some time and Continue reading Creative Arts Area and Gallery for Kids Set up a specific area for playful maths investigations at home or in the classroom, to encourage plenty of open-ended play and self-directed learning with a range of inviting materials. This post is part of an ongoing series called Exploring Reggio, in which we
365 things to make you go "Hmmm..." What is 365 Things? '365 Things' is a thinking skills resource. Simply put, it's one big question for every day in the year. Its official aim as a thinking skills resource is to help your pupils deepen their understanding and introduce them to different ways of thinking, but if it gets your class talking hard about the answer, that's good enough for us. We've had both secondary and primary schools using the resource, but our main support comes from KS2 classes. The daily questions vary, from open-ended Maths challenges to more philosophical issues.
Elementary Computer Activities & Games - Grade Level kindergarten ABCya is the leader in free educational computer games and mobile apps for kids. The innovation of a grade school teacher, ABCya is an award-winning destination for elementary students that offers hundreds of fun, engaging learning activities. Millions of kids, parents, and teachers visit ABCya.com each month, playing over 1 billion games last year. Documentation - a first peek... Here comes a picture filled post about documentation - but it will only scratch the surface of what documentation is about. Here in Sweden there is a continuous discussion about the difference between documentation and pedagogical documentation and trying to define what that difference is so that there is better understanding for EVERYONE. I can only write as I have understood - as I have used and practiced and evolved in my own journey to understand documentation... For me documentation is not just about putting things up on the walls or in files (portfolios) - it is about a whole process of learning - the children and me. When I am documenting I need to have an idea of WHY I am documenting - is it so that the children can use the words and images to prompt their own memory and offer an opportunity to deepen their own understanding? Is it so that the parents can see what we have been up to and why?
C is for CRAFT!: Homemade Air-dry clay recipe, and apple charm tutorial Good morning fellow crafters. :] To celebrate back to school,I'll share with you my homemade air-dry clay recipe and a little beginner's tutorial of how to make an apple charm. An apple necklace would be a sweet gift for teachers or friends on the first day of school,don't you think? List of Imaginative Play Ideas learning 4 kids Loads of fun ideas for learning through play at home You are here: Home / List of Imaginative Play Ideas List of Imaginative Play Ideas
Sing-along Songs One of the most fun group participation activities for family and friends is to engage in sing-along songs. The essence of a sing-along song is that it has a simple enough melody and memorable lyrics for everyone to easily learn. Many of these popular songs have been around for over a century and are taught to children as part of their grade school music education. Ms. Conway's Kindergarten Website: About Play-Based Learning It has long been known that there is a strong link between play and learning. Children are full of natural curiosity and they explore this curiosity through play. When kids are playing, it's the perfect time to learn. Play teaches kids how to problem solve, how to make friends, how to express themselves, how to enjoy the world around them, and how to recognize letters and numbers. All of these skills form the foundation of a love of learning. In the kindergarten program, teachers structure play to create learning moments.
this kindergarten life: loosely told stories Today I take a break from reflecting upon individual students for reporting to revisit the story I began in the last post: loose parts exploration in my classroom. While loose parts play is difficult to categorize because it allows players to imagine endless scenarios and enjoy a tactile experience, there are rather different directions that this play can take. In part one, I looked at the play that evolved when I brought buckets of water-softened beach stones, driftwood, and bricks, and also shared a beautiful provocation in the form of photos of stone balance structures created by Peter Reidel. Those stone and wood stacks still grow, tumble, and grow anew in the class.
Dahlhart Lane: How to make Paper Clay I fell in love with sculpting with paper mache during my first project five years ago. However, I never really found a recipe that was worth the time and effort and mess that it took to get what I wanted. As a result, I used Celluclay for most projects. However, I recently stumbled upon an incredible blog called, Ultimate Paper Mache where Jonni (the artist and blogger) shares all sorts of tips, tutorials and recipes to help anyone on their way to successfully paper mache-ing. I am blown away by what Jonni can create, but I was especially grateful for the recipe she shared on how to make your own paper mache clay. Hot dog! Quest - Write text adventure games and interactive stories Quest lets you make interactive story games. Text adventure games like Zork and The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. Gamebooks like the Choose Your Own Adventure and Fighting Fantasy books. You don't need to know how to program. All you need is a story to tell.