The curriculum expectations we used to support these learning goals include:
We have decided to introduce the idea of the learning goals in our written morning message to children. This way we can review with them what it is they will be specifically learning within our large group circle.
Today's learning goal was to pay attention.
We encouraged children to pay attention to details using a variety of strategies. First Miss Rahman asked the children to explore a picture that had some odd details that couldn't normally be found in our real world. The children were keen to point out what they noticed in the picture.
Next Miss Rahman played a game with the children where she would hide certain objects from a large collection and the children would have to recall the objects and guess which was missing.
First the collection was displayed...
Next Miss Rahman covered the objects up and asked children to close their eyes while she removed one or more objects.
Finally children had the chance to view the group again and think about what was missing.
During playtime children had the chance to observe their fingerprints closely and pay attention to the differences they noticed. We invited the children to stamp their fingerprints on a transparency and then use the overhead machine to project their fingerprints on the wall.
At the end of the morning we read a story called "Have You Seen My Duckling?" that required the children to look for where the missing duck was located on each page. There were very few words in this story, so the children had to look carefully at the pictures in order to tell the story themselves. Their interpretations of the pictures were interesting to listen to!
When your child comes home from school tonight, why don't you ask him or her what the learning goal for the day was, and if they were successful in attaining this goal.