Sharing Is Caring

Early Childhood’s Who We Are unit focuses on a sense of identity as the basis on which we form strong reciprocal relationships.  Most students quickly develop a sense of ownership and identity within the classroom where they spend most of their time, but what about the other kids and teachers that are always out on the veranda, using the outdoor garden, or doing their own thing in that classroom next door?  How do they fit into an Early Childhood student’s sense of self?  

The understanding that we encourage is that the entire Early Childhood team is a broader community of learners, and all of our classrooms are open to including students from across the grade level to come and learn together in different classrooms.  This concept allows for a larger sense of belonging for our students, and a stronger sense of community across all of our classrooms, giving students the freedom and confidence to explore learning in different environments.

Shared Classrooms on PhotoPeach

International Day 2015

Thanks to everyone for their contributions during last Friday’s International Day!  Our students had a wonderful experience participating in the parade, attending the cultural assembly and exploring the various country booths.  Students were eager to share their traditional dress or country colour with peers and recognized many familiar flags.  Thank you all for supporting your child through this new experience and a special thanks goes to everyone who volunteered on this special day.  We could not have done it without you!

Here are some photos of our special day.  We hope you enjoy!

International Day 2015 on PhotoPeach

Food for Thought

As parents you face the challenge of providing nutritious food that will keep your children healthy, interested and happy. Food that they can eat with little to no assistance for example, things like finger foods – it helps build their confidence; food that doesn’t have to be refrigerated or heated; and finally food that fits nicely into a handy little carry bag that the Little Humans can carry all by themselves!
The good news is: you are not alone. As adults we all know why we need to eat, and we all know that we need a balanced diet. We also know that most children avoid edible green things, and often getting them to eat the healthy greens part of their meal can be a challenge.
In EC we are learning to be Balanced; we not only try new things, we also learn to develop and strengthen our bodies, our minds and our inner selves. Encouraging children to eat healthy food gives them the building blocks for healthy bodies and minds, it also sets up the foundations for a healthy relationship with food; a relationship that will stay with them for the rest of their lives.
“This is all well and good,” you say, “but sometimes it’s a mammoth task”. We all need easy to prepare options, which don’t take up a lot of time to prepare. Don’t worry, we took photos of different snacks and lunch options from our classmates, and we are going to share them with you. (Sometimes, we all need a little inspiration.) Think “Rainbow Food” – a (naturally) colorful assortment of foods is always better.
A quick disclaimer, some photos are from, because sometimes I need inspiration too!

Food For Thought on PhotoPeach

Here are some recommended guidelines for your child’s daily nutrition:
Fruits and vegetables – Two servings each per day. These may be given as snacks, such as apple or carrot slices.
Whole grains – Four daily servings. Can include buckwheat pancakes or multigrain toast for breakfast, a sandwich on wheat bread for lunch and brown rice or another whole grain as part of the evening meal.
Milk and dairy – Three servings, or one pint of whole milk per day. Cheeses, yogurt, and milk puddings are useful alternatives.
Protein –  Two servings a day. Encourage your child to try a variety of proteins, such as turkey, eggs, fish, chicken, lamb, baked beans, and lentils.
Vitamins and minerals – Check with your child’s doctor to be certain their diet is adequately meeting the recommended nutritional needs for this age group.
Challenge accepted?

Building Relationships, Exploring Identity

The new school year is well underway. We have observed many of our EC2 children reconnect with familiar friends and we have enjoyed welcoming our new friends into our EC community. Over the last weeks we have spent time getting to know one another through interactions in our play and our daily routines, and we are beginning to understand and connect with each other more.

Building Relationships, Inquiring into Identity on PhotoPeach

This early relationship building has been a perfect connection to our “Who we Are’ Unit of Inquiry as we begin to explore the idea that “A sense of identity helps us form strong reciprocal relationships.” We have spent time inquiring into the concepts of ‘Identity’ and ‘Relationships’. Together we have discussed what these words could mean and we have shared a piece of our identity with our friends:
“I’ve got two cats called Bluebell and Diamond. And my grandparents have got a dog called Barnie and he’s black.” Ben
“I’m from Norway!” Lily
“One day my brother was playing with my pink beads and he lost them but I found them again. My brother is called Joe-boy.” Anna
We decided that an important part of our identity is our family. We talked about how our families are unique and shared our family photos with our friends. We look forward to discovering more about each other, our identities, and sense of self, as we continue our ‘Who we Are’ inquiry throughout the year.