Hello, Mr. P.? It’s Kindergarten calling.
After 13 years of teaching, I never expected Kindergarten to come knocking on my door. But in 2010, I was offered the opportunity. My initial reaction was: “Me?…Really?!?” Although I had taught most grades at the elementary level, I wasn’t sure if I was ready to take on this new challenge. First of all, I have a horrible singing voice! Then I wondered if I would be able to relate to kids as young as three years old. If I’ve learned anything throughout my teaching career, it’s that change is fundamental to learning. My career has been full of change, so I jumped in and haven’t regretted a single moment of my decision.
A little more about my background: I’ve had the opportunity to teach elementary grades in several diverse schools. For a few years, I was an Elementary Curriculum and Instructional Resource Teacher. I supported and worked with a number of schools and wonderful educators in my district. It wasn’t long before I wanted to work with kids again, so, I decided to return to the classroom. Here I am, back in the thick of things and loving every minute!
Shortly after I started teaching Kindergarten, I began to think about a blog. I was so amazed and inspired by the children and I wanted to document and share those moments and learnings.
Crayons, Wands and Building Blocks is meant to record the journey of play-based learning as it unfolds with my 3, 4, and 5 year olds. I’m very interested in emergent curriculum and the Reggio Emilia approach. This is an exciting time in Ontario as we progress with full-day Kindergarten and play-based learning. What a privilege it is to help lay the foundations of learning for our youngest students!
For me, this blog is not only a record of the journey, it’s also an opportunity to connect and share ideas.
A special welcome to my co-teachers, the parents of these amazing kids. I hope you enjoy your visit!