Sunday, 28 January 2018

Stages of Play Info Graphic

Today I made an info graphic to share the stages of play. I think it will be a great point of discussion with families when we talk about the learning that goes on in our class.

I'm also hoping that it can be shared in the learning community by other professionals.

Mildred Parten's record of the stages of play is a great and straightforward framework in which to explore children's social development through play and to communicate the complex and important skills children develop through unstructured play.

Saturday, 20 January 2018

Belonging and Connectedness Article

Part of my Continuous Professional Learning journey this year has been to keep developing a sense of belonging and inclusiveness in my program. I found an article while doing some research tonight and wanted to share it as I feel it would be a beneficial read for any child care provider.

A sense of belonging isn't just important for children, but also for families as a whole; this portion of the article especially spoke to me and my goals to continue to build strong partnerships with families:

"Working together to care for children is the best way for early childhood services and families to support children’s mental health. Families and staff can help to create a bridge between home and early childhood services. When the adults responsible for children take a positive interest in what happens at their service, it helps children feel more at home when they are there. It also makes it easier to pick up any concerns early when they are easiest to resolve."

I'm really proud of the welcoming program I have created and the way that it embraces each family, regardless of differences. Creating connectedness with parents supports a positive partnership in the early learning environment which is so important for children's education and social/emotional well being.

I have created a digital space (a Facebook group) for the caregivers to interact, connect, and share with me and eachother each day. I will be working on creating more opportunities for families to interact in a casual space (I'm currently scouting out The Children's Art Factory for a daycare playdate), and also to participate in our classroom by sharing their skills or time with the children when they are able. For families that cannot participate in the class during the day I'm hoping to include them by creating a space in the classroom where they can share their hopes and dreams for their little ones.

Check out the article Belonging and Connectedness


Promoting Social and Emotional Learning in Preschool: Programs and Practices That Work, by Karen Bierman




Wednesday, 17 January 2018

Professional Learning Plan

Instructions 

  1. Review your Self-Assessment Tool. 
  2. Reflect on the three professional learning goals you have identified. 
  3. Research and brainstorm learning activities that support you in realizing your goals. 
  4. Complete the Professional Learning Plan below. 

Professional Learning Goal #1

Build and strengthen relationships with other professionals and colleagues to facilitate community partnerships in order to benefit and support children and families.


Professional Learning Activities & Timeline

  • Network with colleagues in Facebook groups to support others in their practice and learning journeys (ongoing).
  • Continue developing NEED KW with Lesley; a directory to showcase and support high quality independent child care providers in the Kitchener-Waterloo area. (ongoing)
  • Collaborate with our music and movement instructor to do a music and movement program at the seniors home in the spring (May, 2018?)
  • Conduct workshops/webinars for home child care providers to support the growth of their programs (ongoing?)

Professional Learning Goal #2

Communicate learning that occurs in the classroom through different types of pedagogical documentation.


Professional Learning Activities & Timeline

  • Create photo albums and displays at child level to allow the children to revisit our past adventures and learning experiences (ongoing)
  • Update learning stories blog to keep parents up to date on our programming.
  • Print learning stories and display them in a book so that they are accessible to all families, children and visitors.
  • Read articles and books on pedagogical documentation (ongoing)
  • Research and attend workshops and webinars that focus on documentation and making learning visible for parents in the early years (ongoing)

Professional Learning Goal #3

Continue to strengthen and develop the inclusiveness of the program at Red River Early Learning Centre


Professional Learning Activities & Timeline

  • Create a "hopes and dreams" board; caregivers will write their hopes for their children on a piece of ribbon and we will weave it in to our frame. This way parents are always represented and included in our classroom in a tangible way (August, 2018)
  • Represent the children's different cultural backgrounds through music and stories in the classroom (ongoing)
  • Attend webinar "Promoting Social and Emotional Learning in Preschool: Programs and Practices That Work, by Karen Bierman" (January 17, 2018)
  • Edit all paperwork and handbook; change "parent" to "caregiver" or "guardian" to be inclusive of all potential family arrangements (February 2018)
  • Develop methods to include our younger students, and students of varying skill levels, in each of our activities by brainstorming with colleagues and researching (ongoing)
  • Continue to explore ways to represent families and cultures in our classroom community (ongoing)

Saturday, 13 January 2018

Self-Assessment Tool - Part 3 - Professional Learning Goals

Instructions 

  1. Begin Part 3 by reviewing your responses in Part 1 and 2. 
  2. Complete the chart below by identifying three priorities for your professional learning over the next two years. 
  3. For each priority, indicate the related standard(s). 
  4. Next, develop a professional learning goal for each priority and ensure that the goal is related to the standards identified for that priority. You will work toward these three goals during this two-year portfolio cycle. Consider creating goals that are: 
    • Specific 
    • Measurable 
    • Action-oriented 
    • Realistic 
    • Timely

First Professional Learning Priority

Build and strengthen relationships with other professionals and colleagues to facilitate community partnerships in order to benefit and support children and families.


Related Standards

  • Standard I: Caring and Responsive Relationships
  • Standard IV: Professionalism and Leadership

Professional Learning Goals

Working collaboratively with other professionals in my field and across a variety of disciplines.

Second Professional Learning Priority

Communicate learning that occurs in the classroom through different types of pedagogical documentation.


Related Standards

  • Standard II: Curriculum and Pedagogy

Professional Learning Goals

Develop methods of documentation that are accessible to children, families and colleagues in a variety of ways which invite both reflection and collaboration.

Third Professional Learning Priority

Continue to strengthen and develop the inclusiveness of the program at Red River Early Learning Centre


Related Standards

  • Standard III: Safety, Health and Well-Being in the Learning Environment

Professional Learning Goals

Research and develop strategies for implementing successful programming in a multi-age classroom in which children demonstrate a variety of skill levels.
Reflect unique families and cultures in the classroom environment.

2018 Art Auction

This year my home child care program and Faery Childcare collaborated to run an art auction with the little ones in our classes. The childre...