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February 2018

Pink Shirt Day Activity

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Today is pink shirt day! We are loving all the different pink shirts students and staff are wearing and so we thought we would share this fun activity for pink shirt day in order to raise awareness about anti-bullying.

Pink Shirt Day

Wednesday February 28th 2018

What is it?

Pink Shirt Day is a day in which children and staff in educational settings wear pink in order to raise awareness about bullying and spread anti-bullying messages and positivity among their communities.

Discussion Topics

Talk about what bullying is. How do we stop bullying? How do we stand up?

This video will help with understanding where pink shirt day comes from: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gjmf3I1_ZhU

Name of Activity: Design a Pink Shirt

Curriculum Area: Social/Emotional

Developmental Goal/Activity Objective: To learn more about bullying, and how to prevent it.

 

Materials Needed:

1.    Templates from source link below

  1. Markers, crayons, etc.

Procedures/Strategies: (how to present activity and what children will do)

  1. Using the templates at the link below, have children design pink-shirt day t-shirts. It really is that simple!
  2. Older children may also write a poem using the prompts at the source site.

Guidance and Safety Considerations

Be sure that all discussions of bullying are sensitive to children in the room who may have been bullied.

 

Source: http://www.rundesroom.com/2013/02/think-pink-national-pink-shirt-day.html

 

 

Painting in the Snow

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This week we have got a new sprinkling of snow in the Lower Mainland and more is expected for Friday! So before the weather starts to warm up we thought we would share this fun winter art activity!

PAINTING IN THE SNOW

Materials

  • Snow gear (to stay warm outdoors!)
  • Snow
  • Paint and paintbrushes (we recommend liquid watercolours as they are easily washable, better for the environment and better for your clothes! But, you can use whatever paints you have that you think will work).
  • Bucket (if you want to take snow inside to paint indoors)

Instructions

  1. This activity is pretty self explanatory: paint the snow!
  2. Go outside and experiment with putting colour onto the snow with designs.
  3. In some cases, this activity is even done with spray bottles! But we like the fine motor skills required for using paint brushes in the snow.

Source: https://happyhooligans.ca/painting-the-snow/

 

 

Promoting Literacy

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Today’s tip of the week from Parkland Players Educators is about literacy! Importantly, this tip is about engaging children in stories in order to promote a love of reading and develop early literacy skills. But developing early literacy skills is not limited to the use of books. A number of resources both in the classroom and at home exist for promoting literacy.

So for today’s post we are sharing this page for the Canadian Paediatric Society: https://www.cps.ca/en/issues-questions/literacy They go through a number of issues and resources on engaging children in literary activities. This information was also very recently updated in January of 2018! Give it a read at the link above!

 

 

Fundamentals or Reggio Series: The Hundred Languages

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This is the fifth post in a series of posts on the fundamentals of the Reggio Emilia approach to childcare. This series is based on a post of ours from a while back located here where we discussed these fundamentals as outlined by the website aneverydaystory. In this series we have expanded on the original concepts and added our own take to the fundamentals of Reggio Emilia.

The Hundred Languages of Children

This principle is one of the most important parts of the Reggio Emilia Approach as it emphasizes the individual differences in how children may express their intelligence and understanding of new concepts. There is no single right way; there are a hundred languages in which children communicate their development

The Hundred Languages of Children is a key concept in the Reggio Emilia Approach to Early Childhood Education. It emphasizes that children are capable and active learners that can express themselves in a multitude of ways. Below is a poem written by Loris Malaguzzi regarding the hundred languages of children and a video from Rye Nursery School explaining this concept even further.

The Hundred Languages by Loris Malaguzzi (translated by Lella Gandini)

No way. The hundred is there.

The child
is made of one hundred.
The child has
a hundred languages
a hundred hands
a hundred thoughts
a hundred ways of thinking
of playing, of speaking.

A hundred always a hundred
ways of listening
of marveling, of loving
a hundred joys
for singing and understanding
a hundred worlds
to discover
a hundred worlds
to invent
a hundred worlds
to dream.

The child has
a hundred languages
(and a hundred hundred hundred more)
but they steal ninety-nine.
The school and the culture
separate the head from the body.
They tell the child:
to think without hands
to do without head
to listen and not to speak
to understand without joy
to love and to marvel
only at Easter and at Christmas.

They tell the child:
to discover the world already there
and of the hundred
they steal ninety-nine.

They tell the child:
that work and play
reality and fantasy
science and imagination
sky and earth
reason and dream
are things
that do not belong together.

And thus they tell the child
that the hundred is not there.
The child says:
No way. The hundred is there.

Poem Sourced from: http://www.innovativeteacherproject.org/reggio/poem.php

 

 

Collaboration is Key for ECEs

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Today we are sharing a post on the importance of collaboration in the early childhood education setting. Collaboration between educations is a central aspect of creating an environment conducive to independent learning. Staff in daycare centres need to be able to rely on and trust one another, and work together to create the best learning opportunities possible for the children in their care.

The article here: KidsMatter outlines how to make your centre a more collaborative environment.

Give it a read!