This week in Shale Classroom

Lets Dig Deeper As you have read in the past few blogs, we are on a journey discovering movement. We’ve touched on the importance of movement with materials and big body movement with songs. This week we’ve continued both of those focuses as well as introducing sensory movement into the room. Most of you have…

This week in Shale Classroom

As we have been exploring movement by setting up safe environments that support gross motor development, we’ve noticed how much our Shale friends also enjoy learning and exploring their own body movement through song and dance. Big body movement has been a big interest for our friends these past weeks and by us adding a…

This week in Shale Classroom

Last week we touched on our new big idea of movement within our classroom and outside. We have noticed how much our shale friends took a huge interest in climbing and taking greater risks in reaching new levels and heights, literally! We started out by exploring movement through sensory as our friends still absolutely enjoy…

This week in Shale Classroom

“Children’s play sometimes erupts suddenly in loud, boisterous, physical bursts. This kind of play is exhilarating and infectious” (PPP, p.102, 2014). This quote is from the Alberta Framework Play, Participation and Possibilities Dizzy Play section but this is a direct representation of Shale room’s daily interactions. This week we have shifted into a new big…

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The Importance of Bringing Nature into Play – Shale Blog – April 13th, 2017 “Teaching children about the natural world should be treated as                                one of the most important events in their lives.”     – Thomas Berry It’s likely noticeable that in our Shale environment, we try to bring as many natural aspects into…

This week in Shale Classroom

That time when things didn’t go as planned. As every parent understands with children their day sometimes doesn’t go according to plan and change is required to make it work. For families in childcare when an Educator says an event or experience didn’t go as planned or there were a few adjustments in the day,…

This week in Shale Classroom

As we have been collecting materials and exploring different ways of collecting we’ve discovered how much our Shale friends also enjoy exploring sensory play. We have meshed collecting with sensory experiences, combining milk jugs cut in half with water beads, opening up our tuna cans in our dramatic area and making tuna sandwiches, or collecting…

This week in Shale Classroom

As we have been observing the children in Shale, we are now focusing on how we can expand our understanding of collecting through dramatic play. We noticed that the children were playing and interacting more and more in our dramatic play space. This encouraged us to ask ourselves “How can we continue our journey in…