Posts tagged ‘Kindergarten’
EduGains has released resources released at regional training sessions supporting Education and Career Life, and Kindergarten.
Creating Pathways to Success, An Education and Career/Life Planning Program for Ontario Schools, Policy and Program Requirements, Kindergarten to Grade 12, 2013
The Education and Career/Life Planning Program website on EduGAINS has been created to include resources for classroom educators, school leaders, system leaders and professional learning facilitators.
Resources used in regional training sessions for Creating Pathways to Success are now available. These resources include the presentation slides and worksheets from the regional sessions.
RE Full-day Early Learning Kindergarten
Resources used in regional capacity-building sessions are now available on the Kindergarten domain for Professional Learning Facilitators. These resources include modified slide packages and a protocol for analyzing pedagogical documentation
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The Council of Ministers of Education Canada have released a document titled CMEC Early Learning and Development Framework and applies to programs for children from birth to age 8. The purpose of the document is to
- “present a pan-Canadian vision for early learning
- provide a common understanding of a continuum of learning and shared values
- serve as a resource to support decision making and policy-making by the provincial MOEs ” (page 4).
Quality programming is based on the following principles of learning and development:
- the child is integral to policy and program development
- the family is central to a child’s development
- honoring the diversity of children and families is integral to equity and inclusion
- safe, healthy and engaging environments shape lifelong learning, development , behavior, health and well-being
- learning through play capitalizes on children’s natural curiosity and exuberance
- the educator, the extended family as educator, is central to supporting learning and development through responsive and caring relationships
The document also includes the 2012 CMEC statement on play- based learning (p. 18):
- learning through play is supported by science
- learning through play is supported by experts
- learning through play is supported by children and parents,
- when children are playing, children are learning.
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The American What Works Clearinghouse has released an new report titled Teaching Math to Young Children. As you know the WWC reviews and evaluates different programs (some commercial products) for children and occasionally writes broader reports that bring together their findings.
Teaching Math to Young Children provides 5 recommendations for teaching math PreK-K. Each recommendation includes implementation steps and solutions for common roadblocks, and rates the level of supporting evidence.
Here are the 5 recommendations with level of evidence:
- Teach number and operations using a developmental progression. (Moderate)
- Teach geometry, patterns, measurement, and data analysis using a developmental progression. (Minimal)
- Use monitoring to ensure that math instruction builds on what each child knows. (Minimal)
- Teach children to view and describe their world mathematically. (Minimal)
- Dedicate time each day to teaching math, and integrate math instruction throughout the day. (Minimal)
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From EduGains (bolding is mine):
- Parent Information Sheets are intended for use by administrators and educator teams as part of facilitated sessions with parents (e.g., a parent information session on learning through play; an informal discussion about self-regulation with a parent at pick-up time). They are designed to support and complement the full-day Kindergarten video series, which is also posted on Kindergarten GAINS.
- Titles in the parent information sheet series include:The Power of Play-Based Learning,Learning Through Inquiry, Literacy for Learning, Making Meaning of Mathematics, The Learning Environment and Blocks, Sand and Water.
These tip sheets can be found under the School Administrators tab of Kindergarten GAINS.”
Welcome back to school everyone! It is the end of week one, and time to catch up with new Ministry stuff … amongst many other things like classrooms, students and colleagues.
The Ministry has been busy releasing various resources. One of the big news items this week has been a report on the benefits of full-day kindergarten. Although the full study has not been released yet, the Ministry has posted key findings, including:
“Comparisons of children with two years of FDK instruction and children with no FDK instruction showed that FDK:
- Reduced risks in social competence development from 10.5 per cent to 5.2 per cent.
- Reduced risks in language and cognitive development from 16.4 per cent to 4.3 per cent.
- Reduced risks in communication skills and general knowledge development from 10.5 per cent to 5.6 per cent.”
The key findings are also available in a lovely infographic: http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/kindergarten/fdk-infographic.html
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EQAO has been all over the media today with the release of a new report authored by Ruth Calman and Patricia Crawford titled “Starting early: Teaching learning and assessment: Linking early-childhood development with academic outcomes“.
In the news release Marguerite Jackson says: “Two important lessons can be drawn from this study. First, the early nurturing and development of the whole child clearly matters and, second, the education system must continue to structure its programs in ways that account for and support students at all developmental stages at the start of schooling.”
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Here is a 2-page bibliography of current books available on play-based or inquiry-based learning in Kindergarten and the primary grades. It is not a comprehensive list and does not include articles but it does include 4 links to useful Ontario websites. It is a place to start, and if you need more (like articles), we’ll find them for you.
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