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Pedagogical Documentation Resource

A great resource I will be reflecting on when doing my own documentation in the future

Pedagogical Documentation protocol from Making Learning Visible Project at Harvard graduate school

http://www.edugains.ca/resourcesKIN/OtherResources/PLF/DesigningOpportunities/ProtocolforAnalysisofPedagogicalDocumention.pdf
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The Importance of Nature Play in Early Learning

Being a published writer has always been a goal of mine and recently my partner Ryan and I had the opportunity to write about something we are equally passionate about; the importance of nature play in early learning.
Working with Ryan to write this article was a great opportunity to collaborate with a professional outside of my own field as his background is in electronics. He has a brilliant mind and a unique perspective which has brought some wonderful and fresh ideas to not only this article but to our program when he joins us to play at Red River Early Learning Centre.

Please check out our article in the Holistic Parent Magazine at the link below:
https://issuu.com/theholisticparent/docs/13_thp_-_fall_2018_digital

Community of Practice: Leadership

Yesterday I attended an excellent discussion about leadership. It was so amazing to have an opportunity to collaborate with other professionals across the various sectors of care to explore the concept of what leadership means and how we as RECEs can take on a leadership role within our community of practice.


I took some time to evaluate ways that I have demonstrated leadership as a Registered Early Childhood Educator.

I am a resource for others to bounce around ideas, ask questions, and seek support.I am an excellent collaborator and have implemented lots of amazing things with the support of colleagues and other professionals.I recognize the accomplishments of others and I am excited to learn from them.I am committed and passionate about early learning and care. The most impactful moment during the table discussion for me was when Debbie Jones addressed the word "Just". When we say we are "just" early childhood educators it diminishes the importance of the work we…

Collaboration at Red River ELC

Collaboration takes learning beyond the walls of my program; it allows me to explore new and wonderful ideas with other educators as well as people in other professions. Developing partnerships with other professionals in our community has allowed me to implement a variety of new experiences and has really opened up some amazing new opportunities for the children at Red River as well as our friends in the community.

Grandpals, for example, is an ongoing project at Red River ELC. Intergenerational programming allows children to interact with elders and brings so much joy to our senior friends. We learn so much when we interact with our friends at the seniors home;
PatienceHistory and storiesCommunication and social-emotional skillsPositive attitudes towards aging

To set up our grandpals program I reached out to Jessica, who is the Recreation Manager at the Westhill and our Music and  Movement instructor Ms. Sherri. I also invited our friend Lesley and her littles from Faery Childcare to…

Our Chicken Story - Documentation for Children

It has been a goal of mine to create documentation that the children in my class could revisit independently. The idea for this piece of documentation was sparked by their love of books and as you can see this is a very well loved story, it tells the tale of our project during the early spring hatching baby chicks.


The best part of our chicken story is that the children can see pictures of themselves in the pages and make a concrete connection to a time when they engaged with our baby chicks. The children love to read over the story, even the toddlers in the program will pick up the "Buck buck" book and point to the chicks making the chicken noises they remember.



I'm hoping that soon our shelves will be filled with stories just like this one!

Early Learning and Child Care Conference 2018

Yesterday I had the opportunity to attend the Early Learning and Child Care Conference at Conestoga college. It was amazing day that started with a wonderful panel discussion on the importance of STEAM learning in the early years and beyond.

This conference was a fantastic chance to meet and network with some local independent child care providers and other educators in the early learning community. I spent the day with Lesley, Ashley, Sarah and Carly  It was so wonderful to have some time to collaborate and chat with these incredible professionals!




There was also an expo with lots of amazing STEAM inspired activities!


I attended the workshop Natural Born Investigators after the expo. It really helped me to understand how to incorporate the foundational elements of STEAM in to my program in a way that was inclusive for even my youngest learners. What a fantastic day!

Fairy Dust Teaching Winter Conference 2018: Loose Parts to Promote STEAM

Loose Parts to Promote STEAM
Loose parts are such an integral part of our program at Red River ELC because they are inclusive, engaging and supportive of all children in our program. I love to see how creative the children can be with the materials so I was really excited to listen to this webinar.
Lisa Daly (one of the professional authors featured in this webinar) discussed the fact that using loose parts can encourage symbolic thought because children are using items as many different things. They come to understand that one thing can stand for another thing and this skill can be applied to letters and numbers! What an inspiring reason to incorporate loose parts in to play.
It's so incredible to hear that incorporating loose parts in to the classroom can help with behaviors that stem from anxiety! That these pieces can inspire self-confidence, creativity and support development across the spectrum of growth.
I love that Miriam Beloglovsky (author) stated that elements of STEAM…