Sunday, 23 October 2016

Outdoor Learning

This year and last year we have been making more effort to spend time learning outdoors. We have set a regular weekly time out in our mini forest and in addition take opportunities to explore and learn on our school grounds. Connecting with nature is so important. We are learning to slow down, look closely, think, wonder and work as a team. We are learning to care about and care for our environment. We are also learning to work together in a community. 

Thursday, 6 October 2016

Me Time

This year we are trying something new for the first 30 minutes of the morning. We used to do morning reading and then last year we went straight into Exploration centres (inquiry time). I like the idea of a soft start and was trying to figure out a way to do a soft start that didn't involve using our inquiry centres. I like to have a meeting and reflection time before heading to the Exploration centres. This year, our soft start is called Me Time. This is a time where students can eat a snack if they are hungry and they can choose an activity such as Magnatiles, board games, sewing, drawing, and reading. It gives them an opportunity to settle into the classroom and chat quietly with their friends while doing a choice activity. They seem to really enjoy their morning " me time".