CBC Radio Interview

CBC’s Kate Rutherford visited our classroom and asked some questions about Early Learning…check it out!

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“I’m tired of being a girl”

We are beginning to embrace thinking about gender roles after hearing this very intriguing conversation at the snack table between 4 girls and 1 boy.

Girl 1.:  I’m tired of being a girl.  Braiding my hair hurts.

Girl 2.:  Do you like pink and purple?

Girl 1:  Yes

Girl 2:  Then you have to be a girl.  Do you like make-up?

Girl 1:  Boys can like lipstick if they wanted.  Boys can like pink and purple too.

Girl 3:  My brother likes purple everytime.

Girl 1:  Boys like video games.

Boy:  I like meatballs and everything.  Make-up too!

Girl 3:  I like cucumbers on my eyes!  Girls like make-up and purses.

Boy turns to the girl sitting beside him and says:  Girls like flowers right??!!!

Girl 2:  Boys like playing with boy stuff like firemen.  Girls and boys are not the same.  Boys wear underwear and girls wear panties.

Girl 1:  Being a girl is a little bit boring sometimes.  I’m going to be like my dad when I grow up.  I don’t see him very often but I always remember the things he told me.

Girl 2:  You could be a girl and a boy.

Girl 1:  That would be tricky because I have long hair.

Girl 2:  Girls have long hair and boys have short hair.

Girl 2:  I have a question?  Why would you want to be a boy instead of a girl?

The next day, we brought this conversation to large group and shared what we heard.  We asked the rest of the children what they thought…some new ideas were shared..

“girls are pretty and boys are handsome”

“girls like pink”

“boys hate pink”

“boys like green and blue”

We thought it would be interesting to challenge the children to write their names on chart paper with any colour they wanted…This was the result!  (The children decided that the titles should be purple for boys and red for girls.)

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This has us wondering…what do children think about having interests that fall outside of society’s assigned stereotypes for their gender…hmmmm.

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A cairn is a man-made pile (or stack) of stones, a delicately balanced structure.

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I got rocks from in the bush and then I stacked them up to make rock piles look like all different kinds of things.
L.R.-4 years old.

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I wanted to make a snow tree and ice is all around it.
A.H.-5 years old.

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We made a whole family!

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“It’s a gateway to a magical new world.” A.B. – 5 Years Old

A new outdoor learning space has been discovered by the children!!!!!  Take a look…It’s  AMAZING!

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The children love reading books in the woods…

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A great collaborative effort by children during recess time.

A collaborative effort during recess created a space to have a Weiner Roast and Smores….YUMMY!!

Look what happened when we added a new material to the “magical new world.”

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The children decided that the cans should be hung from the trees.  They used different materials such as sticks and rocks to make sounds.  They explored with rubbing and tapping the cans.

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A.B. thought it was a good idea to decorate the cans.

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The children also explored with hitting the inside of the can.

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The girls created a new game called “Tricky Tree.”

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R spends her outdoor time singing into her microphone! Her favourite song “Call me Baby”.

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What letters can you make with sticks?

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I spy…a new center in the classroom…What letters do you see?

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To the children,
Thank you for leading us to this beautiful new space and opening up new opportunities to continue building our classroom community. Thank you for being so brilliant and making our day so wonderful!
Mrs. Thall and Mrs. Shawana

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TVO Interview…

Check out how we infuse Aboriginal culture into our wonderful learning space…

http://tvoparents.tvo.org/article/kindergarten-class-teaches-aboriginal-culture

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“It’s like a mirror, kind of like magic.” B.C. – 5 Years Old

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The children were inspired to think about shadows and reflections after noticing them in photos taken by a local photographer – Don Johnston.  Thank you to our lunch room supervisor for sharing her beautiful book with us!

During Outdoor Inquiry, the children shared their theories about shadows with us…

"Look, when I jump, my shadow jumps."

“Look, when I jump, my shadow jumps.”  A.H.

"My shadow is moving because I'm moving."

“My shadow is moving because I’m moving.” L.R.M

"I'm standing like a tree."

“I’m standing like a tree.” M.K.S. 

"Look, I can make a squid."

“Look, I can make a squid.” A.B.

"I made a stick shadow."

“I made a stick shadow.” G.D.

“When the lights are gone, shadows are gone.”  A.H. – 5 years old

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An encounter with a feather leads to unexpected problem solving…

Our lunch room supervisor surprised us yet again with a beautiful gift.  She brought us some turkey feathers that she found on the ground at a local fall fair.  Thank you so much for thinking of your Kindergarten friends Miss Laurene!

A.H. loves feathers so it wasn’t surprising to find her in the Art Studio drawing a representation of her favourite feather that she named “Stripey”.

A.H. measured her feather.

A.H. measured her feather.

She realized that the paper was too short and asked for a longer one.

She realized that the paper was too short and asked for a longer one.

After receiving the longer paper, A.H. began to think about colour.  She had her black and white pencil crayons ready to go but realized very quickly that her white crayon would not be seen on the white paper.  We challenged her to think about another colour that would be similar and still be seen on white paper.  She chose a light skin colour and still used her white pencil crayon over top!  After she completed her beautiful representation, she was left thinking about what would have to change in order to see the white pencil crayon.  She said “the colour of the paper”!

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She asked for yellow paper….this is the end result…

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A.H. thrilled to see her white pencil crayon on the paper!

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“Stripey Feather”

A fantastic example of a child working through a process while overcoming problems and challenges along the way!

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