Pink and Yellow

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Spring seems to have come early to Vancouver, and it’s exciting to see some colour starting to appear. I’ve especially been enjoying the forsythia bushes, including the one in our front garden, as well... READ MORE

Easter Chick Craft

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Every year the kids love to decorate our Easter tree. Each year we seem to make and collect more and more ornaments.  One of our favourites is the Easter Chick ornaments that we... READ MORE

Restitution and Reggio Emilia

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There is a discipline strategy that is being used in my teaching district, called Restitution.  Restitution comes originally from aboriginal philosophy, and it also fits well into my own Christian beliefs. Restitution is a... READ MORE

Jug Island Hike

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  The weather for Spring Break has been gorgeous so far!  Today we tried a hike at Belcarra, which takes you to a beach cove right in front of Jug Island. It was... READ MORE

Valentines Crafts

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I thought I’d go back and post some old photos from past Valentines posts.  We’ve done different crafts over the years…   We did dollie heart prints to make Valentines cards: This time we... READ MORE

Cross-Country Skiing Mount Baker

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We recently enjoyed some downhill and cross-country skiing at Mt. Baker.  For some reason it is difficult to find information about cross-country skiing at Baker, but there are actually a lot of different... READ MORE

Farm Run

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I have a run that I refer to as my “comfort run” which might make sense to you if you are a runner.  It’s my favourite run from my doorstep to my doorstep.... READ MORE

Christmas 2014

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It was a wonderful holiday season full of parades, concerts, crafts, baking, family and lots of fun!  Hope your Christmas was just as enjoyable!   READ MORE

Pink and Yellow

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Spring seems to have come early to Vancouver, and it’s exciting to see some colour starting to appear.

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I’ve especially been enjoying the forsythia bushes, including the one in our front garden, as well as the cherry blossoms popping up here and there, and of course the cheerful daffodils.

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I’m certainly looking forward to seeing more green, but for now I’m delighted with yellow and pink.

Easter Chick Craft

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Every year the kids love to decorate our Easter tree.

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Each year we seem to make and collect more and more ornaments.  One of our favourites is the Easter Chick ornaments that we made ourselves.  Here’s how we did it:

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We painted those little styrofoam eggs from the dollar store with satiny yellow paint.  We also covered some with ripped yellow tissue paper applied with glue (an idea from Usborne).  This gives a textured, feathery look.

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Then we added an orange paper beak, googly eyes and feathers to make the wings.  We attatched ribbon at the top with a pin and then hung the cuties on our tree.
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Easter chick bliss.

Restitution and Reggio Emilia

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There is a discipline strategy that is being used in my teaching district, called Restitution.  Restitution comes originally from aboriginal philosophy, and it also fits well into my own Christian beliefs.

Restitution is a move against using punishment, “guilting”, or acting as a buddy or a monitor towards children.  Rather, it builds on creating “common beliefs”, guiding the children to know the beliefs and to “make it right” when they are not following those beliefs.  For example:  If children are speaking unkindly to each other, ask them,  “Do you believe in respect?  (yes.)  Then try to say that in a different way to your sister.”

And that’s it.  Simple.

Restitution refers to William Glasser‘s theory that all people have basic needs for belonging, autonomy, freedom and pleasure.  Sometimes children (and adults) try to get these needs met in negative ways, hence, negative behaviour.  All behaviour is trying to meet a need.  This is a far more compassionate way of viewing our children, than labeling them as “naughty”, “lazy”, “bad” etc. when they make a mistake.

I use Restitution in my classroom, as well as at home with my children.  I grew up in a home that used a lot of punishment and guilt messages, which I don’t think served me well.  I want to use different kinds of loving discipline with my own children that leaves them feeling empowered.

Another book that has many “restitutionish” ideas is the tried and true, How to Talk so Kids Can Listen and Listen so Kids Can Talk

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Reggio Emilia is an early childhood learning philosophy that originated in Italy.  It is based on observing children, creating learning experiences based on their interests, recording their conversations and building on their discoveries, using colourful, texture-rich materials and play areas.

The photos in this post are taken at my daughter’s preschool, Childgarden Preschool, which is centered in this approach.

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A book that I am currently relishing is called, Bringing Learning to Life: The Reggio Approach to Early Childhood Education by Louise Boyd Cadwell.  Her other book is in my sidebar.

This might sound like a lot of information, so please ask me any questions.  I hope to elaborate on both these philosophies in future posts!  I’ve been working on my sidebar and writing posts to make links, so look for this one there soon!

Hope you’re having a great week!

Jug Island Hike

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The weather for Spring Break has been gorgeous so far!  Today we tried a hike at Belcarra, which takes you to a beach cove right in front of Jug Island.

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It was a 6km walk (3km there and 3km back) and it was a good trek with some uphill and downhill.  There was a lookout over Belcarra and a great view of Deep Cove at the end of the trail from the beach.

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Hope you are all enjoying your Spring Break!

 

Valentines Crafts

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I thought I’d go back and post some old photos from past Valentines posts.  We’ve done different crafts over the years…IMG_3797IMG_3798

 

We did dollie heart prints to make Valentines cards:IMG_3799IMG_3801 This time we made hearts out of homemade “rose” paper, buy making swirls with a white crayon and painting over top,IMG_2026 IMG_2016

Here are some Valentine bags I made with my class.  The students enjoy using a variety of different paper to make hearts and embellishments like sparkles and sequins.DSCN0134 DSCN0138 DSCN0139 DSCN0141 DSCN0146 DSCN0148Happy Valentines Crafting!!

Cross-Country Skiing Mount Baker

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We recently enjoyed some downhill and cross-country skiing at Mt. Baker.  For some reason it is difficult to find information about cross-country skiing at Baker, but there are actually a lot of different options, all with incredible scenery.

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Years ago we cross country skied on White Salmon Road, which is a logging road with an entrance off the highway slightly before the downhill ski area. IMG_3140 IMG_3146 There’s not a lot of parking near this road and the trail is not groomed, but it offers forest trails and mountain-edge vistas.

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This year we tried a new route, which was actually part of a green ski run which starts from the far right (east) Heather Meadows parking lot.  The trail is at the end of the Blueberry Cat Track black diamond run.

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It is a gradual, mild up-hill ski, again with beautiful views and look-outs.  We didn’t ski the entire way, but apparently you could go quite high.  IMG_0467 We also enjoyed the gentle, slow ski back down.  There is one more cross-country trail nearer to the base of the mountain that we hope to try when there is more snow.  They are called Hannegan Pass Road 32 and Salmon Ridge Snow Park and are groomed as well.  More exploring to look forward to for next time.  Hope you are enjoying some winter sports and activities.

Farm Run

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I have a run that I refer to as my “comfort run” which might make sense to you if you are a runner.

IMG_0356 It’s my favourite run from my doorstep to my doorstep.  I start out on a dike,

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but soon descend to a most quaint road with various hobby farms,IMG_0359including chickens and tractors.

IMG_0361I am so happy to have my Iphone along with me now, which is very portable and can still capture some rare moments and scenery quite well.

IMG_0366IMG_0376I think this run also makes me appreciate the local beauty, no matter what the season.

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Christmas 2014

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It was a wonderful holiday season full of parades, concerts, crafts, baking, family and lots of fun!  Hope your Christmas was just as enjoyable!

 

Snowman Ornaments

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028(1)I saw this cute idea on Pinterest, but there were no instructions, so I thought I’d try it myself.  It was a really fun project and the students loved doing it.

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I bought the ornaments at Micheals.  They were a bit pricey but I got them on sale for half price.  The ornaments are real glass, so remind the students to be very careful when handling them. 177

First the students used the black sharpies to put the eyes and mouth on.    They used an orange metalic sharpie to make the triangle nose. 021   With pink glass paint (Martha Stewart) the students sponge painted rosy pink cheeks and the last step was tying raffia around the top.025  Happy little ornaments that brighten up our classroom and to eventually find a home on the children’s Christmas trees!

Mini Christmas Village

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After reading The Grinch Who Stole Christmas, our class decided to make our own little “Whovilles” which also fit in nicely with our Community unit.

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First we painted toilet paper rolls with bright, festive colours.  We made the roofs out of wrapping paper cut into a circle and then glued into a cone shape.

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We glued the houses to a base made out of a paper plate wrapped in foil with a paper doilie on top.  The students had so much fun decorating the houses with windows, Christmas decorations and characters from the book.

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A perfect introduction to our Structures unit as well.  Happy Christmas crafting!

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