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Balanced Literacy in Kindergarten

“Literacy is…the ability to use language and images in rich and varied forms, to read, to write, listen, speak, view, represent, discuss and think critically about ideas. Literacy enables us to share information and...

IB Theme How the World Works

Our Early Years BG2 class have continued our inquiry into 'How the World Works' with a focus on:  a) What tools are used for b) How we can use tools safely Authentic and real learning experiences lay...

Talk about Time

Got games to play, places to go, people to see? Here are six ways to work the concept of time into conversations with your cutie in ways that even the littlest munchkins can understand. 1....

The value of working with clay

Several of the grades are currently beginning to work with clay in ways that relate to their IB inquiries. The grade 2 class is understanding the properties of clay as part of their investigation...

Self Portraits with Loose Parts

​“The wider the range of possibilities we offer children, the more intense will be their motivations and the richer their experiences.” -Loris Malaguzzi, Founder of the Reggio Emilia Approach The journey began with a simple provocation! We...

What Time Is It?

"Without time, life would be crazy." I.Z. Our Grade One students have been deepening their understanding of Time as part of our ‘Measurement’ strand in math. They have been learning about the importance of this...

What does IB look like in Kindergarten?

The Primary Years Programme (PYP) presents schools with a comprehensive plan for high quality, international education. It provides schools with a curriculum framework of essential elements — the knowledge, concepts, skills, attitudes, and action that...

Learning and playing with snow

"Kindness is like snow, it beautifies everything it covers"  - Kahlil Gibran  We are grateful for the beautiful snow that has covered our playground. The freedom to play in the snow provides fun learning opportunities...