Sunday Reflections: Ten things I will do again this school year

I don’t own boxes of themed units. I barely have any files. I don’t like to repeat things. New students. New year. New place in my learning. New world. All of this new always leads to different things every year. But some things are worth repeating because they will benefit a new group of students as much, albeit differently, as a previous group.

What ten things will I be doing again/continuing this year?

Buddy Reading with the kindergarten class

This is time that is pure joy. My students get to be literacy leaders. I smile through the entire experience each week.

Sunday Reflections: Ten things I will do again this school year There's a Book for That

Games Hour

Every week we have Games Hour (really about 40 minutes) and bring out games that we don’t play with at any other time of the week. We work on perseverance, turn taking, leadership skills, cooperation and patience.

Sunday Reflections: Ten things I will do again this school year There's a Book for That

Hosting another class from a different school

What great learning happened when we invited a K class from another school to spend almost an entire day with us. We did yoga, art, outside play and buddy reading. Thank you Ms. Hales! I hope she will visit with her new class this year!

Sunday Reflections: Ten things I will do again this school year There's a Book for That

Daily play and exploration

Keva blocks frequently come out during this time. As do various other building materials, art supplies and multiple games. We do a lot of building and exploring, tower making and imaginative play.

Sunday Reflections: Ten things I will do again this school year There's a Book for That

Mock Caldecott

This was such an amazing unit and I can’t wait to do it again this year. We read. We wrote. We raved. We talked. A LOT!

Sunday Reflections: Ten things I will do again this school year There's a Book for That

Camp Read

This was a school wide event and I would love to be a part of the organizing committee again. A highlight of our day was having our school secretary come in and read to us.

Sunday Reflections: Ten things I will do again this school year There's a Book for That

Time in the forest

Lucky us that St George’s Outdoor Education students invited us to come and spend the morning with them in the forest near UBC a few times this year. Outside experiences are so important. I am planning for many more next year.

Sunday Reflections: Ten things I will do again this school year There's a Book for That

Yoga: Inside the room

Our lovely Miriam leads us through regular yoga experiences.

Sunday Reflections: Ten things I will do again this school year There's a Book for That

and yoga outside of the room

Our favourite thing is to get outside to do yoga!

Sunday Reflections: Ten things I will do again this school year There's a Book for That

Let’s Talk Science activities

We have the best Let’s Talk Science volunteers. We are sure hoping that Lisa and Nelly will return and do hands on science with us again next year!

Sunday Reflections: Ten things I will do again this school year There's a Book for That

Inviting in guests to share their passions

BLG readers who share stories. Ms. Sheppet who shared a geocaching experience. Eric Balke who talked to us about his time in with orangutans in Indonesia.  Poet and artist Calef Brown who shared his writing process with us. I so want my students to be passionate about what they do and meeting adults who are passionate about their interests, hobbies and careers is amazing!

Sunday Reflections: Ten things I will do again this school year There's a Book for That

What will remain part of the learning experiences in your room for 2015/2016?

8 thoughts on “Sunday Reflections: Ten things I will do again this school year

  1. We will definitely come and visit you! We are only one (long) bus ride away! Another visit is on my list of things to repeat next school year.

    Sharon (aka Ms Hales)

  2. Carrie,
    In our work to always change and improve, we sometimes forget the things we want to keep the same. Thanks for sharing this list of ten things you think are important enough to continue.

    Cathy

    • Let me know if you have any questions. This was such a treat to do. Lots of exciting understanding about picture books and art and visual literacy. Many kids said it was a highlight of their year!

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