Sunday, September 17, 2017

New Beginnings...

“Come to the edge," he said.
"We can't, we're afraid!" they responded.
"Come to the edge," he said.
"We can't, We will fall!" they responded.
"Come to the edge," he said.
And so they came.
And he pushed them.
And they flew.” 

Guillaume Apollinaire

I am a creature of habit; I love routine and predictability. So when I was offered a chance to move to a school much closer to my home, during this past 'reorganization week', I hesitated to take the chance to move because I was fearful of change and the unknown.
However after being at my current school for many years and burdening my young children with early mornings, hours at latchkey and long commutes, I took a breath and accepted a kindergarten position at a school thirteen minutes from home.

On Friday, after saying goodbye to the families I have cherished working with for many years, I packed up my belongings (yes in a 27 foot UHaul!) and moved to my new classroom.

Being in a new space was interesting. I was nervous and excited at the same time. I'm sure that as I get to know my new children and surroundings we will work together to evolve our space. But for now I have the 'footprint' of the room established for our new start this week.  

Here's a sneak peek:

I look forward to seeing what new learning awaits me! Change is often the catalyst we need to expand our own thoughts and actions as we have the opportunity to collaborate with new people who have diverse interests, experiences and ideas. I am excited for the opportunity!

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Printable Activities to Support Open-Ended Mathematics

I continue to be inspired by the rich math learning I have been offered in my recent professional development. Research shows that early math experiences are key to a child's future math success - both in their confidence and math abilities. We know that having a strong partnership between home and school can enhance this mathematical mindset in the early years.

This year I will be pleased to continue to send home math 'take home bags' to our children, beginning towards the end of September. Each of these bags is numbered. On Fridays your child will bring a new math bag home to explore with you. In each bag are activities that are designed to refine math concepts from the Ontario Kindergarten Curriculum, with a special emphasis on number sense and numeration, specifically subitizing and composing/decomposing numbers. Please send the bag back to school by the following Wednesday so that we can send a new bag home with your child.

Inside each bag will be an instruction card and any applicable materials you will need to play the game together.

I am excited to see how the children's math mindset and abilities are influenced by these activities. We will continue to focus on math rich tasks at school as well. Any feedback regarding these bags is greatly appreciated.

If you would like a sneak peek at some of the activities, or are a fellow educator interested in printing a set of these activities for use in your classroom, please click this link: Family Math Bags
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