All posts by “Fiona Affleck

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Becoming a Community

We have spent the first weeks of school fostering a sense of community in the classroom. In the Early Years at ICS we believe that a strong sense of community and a supportive emotional environment provide a solid foundation for…

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Life is Affected by the Seasons

An inquiry into the natural world

We explored our surroundings with a focus on how the natural world, including animals and plant life, is affected by the seasons.

This short video displays some of the things we have been doing in our class to explore these ideas and observe changes in our natural environment.

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Creative exploration and investigation of natural and beautiful materials

To invite close exploration, investigation and imagination we invited the children to look at some natural materials and beautiful sensory jewels.  It was wonderful to observe the creativity and creative expression when the children worked together,  representing their ideas with the objects provided on a large mirror.

Natasha: I’m making an island, a big island.

Mats: I’m making a pattern.

Inga: A red heart and a green heart, there you go Natasha. This one is so pretty, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, …. Do you need this?

Natasha: Yes I do, I like that one. There is much room here on my island, look I’m making a big island.

The children became inspired by such intriguing objects and it was fascinating to observe how they used their developing language skills to communicate and work together to share ideas and solve problems.

For Joao this was a valuable opportunity to count the objects in English and to sort them according to various attributes.  The children used mathematical language in their play like ‘big’, ‘small’ and ‘pattern’.

Natasha, Inga and Mats were able to tell their own stories about the objects and what they might represent in their imagination, providing them with a rich language experience.