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Happy Busy Monday !

Published on August 22, 2016 under assessment
Happy Busy Monday !

Have you ever tried to herd cats ?   That is what today was like ! Have you ever went down the toy aisle at the local goodwill after children have been let loose to play ? That is what today was like ! Oh Monday !  But the good news is we all made it through the day and still got a lot accomplished.

With the exception of eight children’s cutting samples I completed our Dial 3 developmental assessments ! WOOT !!

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Ms Dallas introduced the block center outside.  Blocks are great open ended materials .  Open ended means the child can use them any way they choose there isn’t an intended process or product like you would have in say a puzzle or a game.  Blocks promote problem solving . The blocks outside are larger then the inside blocks so they also help build those strong muscles we need to run and climb.

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Today we introduced our school family jobs.  Each child was allowed to choose how he or she would like to contribute to our school family.   In a later blog I will list the jobs we have and what all it entails.  You can see on your child’s cubby at pickup which job they chose to do.

 

Voice levels –  I visited Northside one year and noticed in the lunchroom they were using a numbered voice level system. We adapted and use a numbered system too as a reminder here.  Its pretty simple of you want to try to use it at home as well.

0- No voice ( We use this close to NEVER .)

1- Whisper

2.  Quiet voice talking to a friend

3.  Louder voice as though you are talking to a group

4.  Outside voice – VERR LOUD

We encourage level 2 voices inside.  The kids LOVE practicing , especially the level 4 voices.

We may have the opposite ideas of what a classroom should sound like.  Quiet classrooms do not mean that young children are learning.  In fact, since language  is so very important during the early years , quiet classrooms may indicate that young children are NOT learning all they could be.

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Talking gives the child the opportunity to experiment with new words. It provides the vehicle for expressing ideas and testing current knowledge.

Shared experiences are important ; they give the children something to talk about.  Children learn the nuances of communication in groups by trying out their language skills. For example , they learn what a question sounds like and how loud is loud enough .

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Using words and talking about how things work, making comparisons, and retelling experiences lead to increased intellectual development .  When children reconstruct experiences sequence events, point out similarities and differences, they are clearly engaging in higher level thinking skills.  And when kids are encouraged to ask questions  , they not only gain information from adults responses  but also build their competence – and confidence – as active seekers of knowledge and understanding.

The vocabularies children use in reading and writing are based on the words they are familiar with from listening and speaking . But expanded vocabularies and other aspects of language growth occur thourhg using language .  Talking in the classroom may be a little noisy, but positive results can be easily found.

Quiet does not mean learning.

 

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