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September 2017

I Statements

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Today we are sharing a post from our friends over at Parkland Elementary School. Last school year they compiled a charter written by their grade 5 students about how to treat each other with respect and kindness at school. We really like this document because it not only describes what is involved in being an active part of a community but it also emphasizes the use of I Statements when faced with difficult situations.

The use of “I Statements” is a strategy that can be used to resolve conflict for any age group, including adults! The idea of the I statement is to respectfully stand up for yourself, while still managing to not be accusatory to other individuals. The “I Statement” is not meant to take the onus off of others for their actions but rather to let people know how certain behaviours or relationship dynamics are making you feel.

“I Statements” are a great strategy to teach your child for working through conflicts on their own, at school, with siblings, and even with you.

Here is the basic structure of the “I Statement”:

“I feel _______________ (name of feeling) when __________________ (situation that is causing distress) and I would like _________________ (say what you would like to happen instead)”

Practice using “I Statements” to communicate in your family.

The second reason we are sharing this document is that the children at Parkland Elementary contributed to creating it themselves. We think this is fantastic to do at the beginning and even throughout the school year. At Parkland Players we also set our classroom expectations together in the first couple weeks of September.

Check out their charter here: http://www.sd43.bc.ca/school/parkland/Documents/School%20Charter%20with%20i-statement%20page.pdf 

 

Mixed Age Groups in an Early Childhood Care Setting

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Today for our post we are sharing something for our fellow daycares out there! At Parkland Players we have a large range of age groups in our care and in the summer months, with summer camps sometimes those ages get mixed. It can be challenging to manage a group of children at such different developmental stages and with differing needs and interests.

So for our post today we are sharing (yet, another) wonderful article from the himama blog. This article discusses what to do in a care setting with mixed ages. We like this article because even if the age range of the children in your classroom is not drastic and maybe only a few years apart, the tips here are useful! This article might even be good for larger families with significant age gaps between their youngest and eldest children.

Give it a read here: https://www.himama.com/blog/caring-for-mixed-age-groups-in-early-childhood-education/?ref=newsletter09-17

 

All About Me in Numbers

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Today we are sharing a great activity for the first couple weeks of school when kids are learning about themselves and each other. This activity is also good for practicing mathematics and numeracy skills.

Materials

  • Large pieces of paper (chart paper or posters)
  • Pens, pencils, crayons, markers, etc.
  • Post-it notes

Instructions

  1. Give each child a sheet of paper and 8 post-it notes.
  2. Instruct eac child to write the following questions on their large piece of paper, leaving large enough space for each of the post-its.
    1. My age
    2. My shoe size
    3. My birth month (as a number)
    4. My birthdate
    5. The number of people in my family
    6. The number of letters in my name
    7. The number of pets I own
    8. The number of sports games I’ve been to
    9. Or have them make their own questions that can be answered in numbers
  3. Next, each child should write the answer to each of those questions on THE BACK of their post-its (one answer per post-it).
  4. Lastly, each child has to make an equation that adds to the answer that they have written on the back of their post-9its. This can be modified for different age groups. Equations can be addition/subtraction, multiplication/division, include fractions/decimals, etc.
  5. Children are to then put their post-its, with the equation side out, on their poster. They may draw a self-portrait in the middle.
  6. Children can go around the room and test themselves using other people’s posters! And ask questions to each other to get to know one another better.

Source: http://4thgradefunfl.blogspot.ca/2014/09/figure-me-out.html

 

 

STEAM In Preschool

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Today was our first day of Preschool for the 2017-2018 School Year and so we thought we would share this lovely article from the Himama blog written by Maryann Harman on the importance of STEAM in preschool.

For those who don’t already know, STEAM is an educational approach that focuses on integrating the subjects of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics in order to make learning opportunities more real to life and to teach children to make connections across disciplines.

The article at the link below focuses specifically on making sure that the A (arts) in STEAM is not forgotten in preschool.

Check out the full article here: https://www.himama.com/blog/STEAM-for-preschoolers/?ref=newsletter

Happy first week of school!