Category Archives: Designated Early Childhood Educators

Family Engagement through Family Literacy

We want to thank our 20150129_143516community for joining us last night for our Family Literacy Night event. Despite some snowy weather, we had over 200 people attend the event. We also appreciate families who participated virtually through twitter via #rmpsliteracy. If you couldn’t attend, we wanted to share some of the events that took place last night.

20150129_082041What would literacy be without reading! Our Book Sale was a huge success. Thanks to the hundreds of donations, children were able to purchase a gently used book for a quarter. We also love how this station aligned with our Eco Schools work – why throw books out, when we can recycle them for further enjoyment!

inferWe had a Strategies Museum set up in one of our hallways.  At the station, children had the chance to look at picture and “infer” meaning from them. Pictures can be a great way to have children develop reading for meaning skills. We have included the Reading Comprehension strategy handout from the station here for your reference.

20150129_183538There are many ways children can learn about letters and how to form letters. In our gym, there were a number of activities to promote letter formation and recognition. At this station, students could make letters in shaving cream. Despite having lots of fun, students were also able to concentrate on how to form specific letters by physically tracing it in shaving cream. Try it out at home! (or use sand if you prefer a bit of an easier clean up).

 

20150129_162225 Our gym also had many fun activities set up that promoted movement and literacy. In this example, students enjoyed floor hockey with letters.

 

20150129_160335Games are a wonderful way to promote both literacy and numeracy skills. Last night, we enjoyed Twister, with a twist! Why not add words onto the board to build in word recognition skills?

20150129_162911Games also help promote collaborative skills, turn taking skills and oral language skills. It was wonderful to see our Games Room full last night.

 

20150129_160203We literally explored the nuts and bolts of literacy last night. Here, a group of staff explored easy to make home made literacy activities. In this example, simply take some bolts, nuts and add letters. Children can then have fun making words.

20150129_162351We were pleased that our Community class was able to showcase it’s program with students and families. The team explore “adaptive literacy” using a variety of tools and strategies.

20150129_163003Procedures are important in so many ways in our lives and reading them properly is critical. Last night, one team supported families in “How to” sessions of fund building. You can incorporate similar opportunities at your home.

tinywordWe enjoyed searching for words around our school last night thanks to one team’s scavenger hunt. We are thankful the team provided magnifying glasses as those words were very well hidden!

 

20150129_163046Technology can also support literacy skills. Last night, our Discovery Hub hosted a session that explored technology including iPad apps that promote literacy skills. In case you missed it, here are some Digital Literacy Sites & Apps.

 

thanksLast night could not have happened without or staff. They worked incredibly hard to organise a wide variety of opportunities to support our Family Literacy Night. I thank our team for their time, energy and commitment to student learning.

Finally, thanks to our wonderful community. The turnout was incredible and the enthusiasm in the school was amazing. We thank you for continuing to help us build collaborative culture at our school.

Onward.

Mr. Collins

 

Designated Early Childhood Educators and the work they do

It is hard to believe, but we are almost one month away from the launch of our school year. The excitement is growing as our building nears completion. I thought the next month would be an ideal time to introduce you to the staff of our school.

Robert Munsch P.S. will be one of 33 schools in our board to begin full day kindergarten this year. The program is a collaborative partnership between our classroom teachers  and our Designated Early Childhood Educators  (DECEs). The teacher and DECE will work together to implement the program for the students. Our DECEs have post-secondary diplomas or degrees in Early Childhood Education and belong to a College that supports their profession. The work they do is diverse and partly includes:

  • Planning for and providing education to pupils in junior kindergarten and kindergarten.
  • Observing, monitoring and assessing the development of pupils in junior kindergarten, kindergarten and extended day programs.
  • Maintaining a healthy physical, emotional and social learning environment.
  • Communicating with families.
  • Providing supervision of and support to students in daily activities.

Our DECEs also bring experience and training in early childhood development. At our school, our DECEs will help support the work within the context of our board’s Early Years’ Learning Strategy. Our journey will be an exciting one.

This fall, be sure to introduce yourself to the following DECEs on our team:

Ms. Fleischman

Ms. Kenyon

Ms. Laverock

Ms. Miyazaki

Ms. Vieira

Ms. Walker

Please watch for upcoming posts that will introduce other staff members who will be part of our team this fall.

Mr. Collins