Cardboard Challenge

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The school that I teach at decided to hold a school-wide “Cardboard Challenge“, inspired by the youtube video “Caine’s Arcade“. There were many reasons why we decided to take on this challenge, but one reason is that it meshed well … Continued

Hands-on Inspiration

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It seems like an old concept, “hands-on” learning; but isn’t that what the new curriculum in British Columbia is really all about?  I always feel inspired by the local “Hyde Creek Salmon Festival”. It is usually pouring rain (half of … Continued

Explorer Art: Northwest Passage

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          My students have been beyond excited to learn about the first Canadian Explorers, especially the stories, the risk and the adventure.  I came upon this book, called Northwest Passage, written and illustrated by Stan Rogers. … Continued

3-D Biomes

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Our grade 4/5 class has been studying biomes and we used this 3-D diorama idea to create mini biomes.   The students used a variety of materials, including beads, Plasticine and lots of paper to create their biomes.  Before we … Continued

Fresh Squeezed

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I was completely inspired by these young entrepreneurs. With the right ingredients, brainstorming and collaboration, careful preparation, good advertising, and a great sales strategy, profits can indeed be made. Now we are off to the candy store (the remaining change … Continued

Sensory Play: Mahjong

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We were touring a museum of early Chinese bunkhouses at the Steveston Shipyards. The museum had live props including a table with the well-known Chinese game, Mahjong. My children instantly gravitated to the table and simultaneously began to touch, sort, match and … Continued

Nature Craft

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I have a passion for observing children.  I am especially interested in their play, explorations and interactions.  One time I was teaching a unit to my class on soil.  I brought the children outside to collect “soil samples”.  They all … Continued

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 … Continued

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