Many Grade 1 teachers ask, "How are you preparing the students for Grade 1?"
Our response is always that in Full Day Kindergarten, our goal is not to "prepare" them for Grade 1. Our curriculum does not ask us to ensure that students put a period at the end of each sentence, it does not ask us to ensure that children can print nicely on lines.
In fact, our curriculum is just that...it is unique as it encourages the development of young learners with a focus on exploration, experimentation, and play. Our goal in Kindergarten is to support children in developing healthy relationships, solving problems, exploring early mathematics and literacy concepts, and developing self regulation.
We have met so many educators in the primary division that approach this transition differently. In fact, some say "How can I prepare my learning environment for the children coming from FDK?" or "What should I know about the children coming from Kindergarten?"
It is so helpful and important to build the bridge between FDK and Grade 1. We can build this bridge through courageous conversations. We can invite colleagues to spend time in our rooms and we can share our professional learning.
We have decided to explore inquiry and what learning looks like in the primary classroom now that Full Day Kindergarten has rolled into it's 7th year.
Please welcome Jennifer Ohrling, an inspiring and passionate educator whom we have worked alongside for a number of years. She has blogged with us before about her experience as a planning time teacher and we look forward to future collaboration to support this transition and relationship as children move from Kindergarten into the primary classroom!
Thank you to Tracy and Cheryl for inspiring me to explore the best practices for young inquiring minds. I look forward to sharing more about how the year unfolds!