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Jackie Clarke
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Kindergarten teacher committed to a workshop model; inspired by nature, art, children's lit, music/movement; journeying toward Reggio inspired, inquiry-based
Kindergarten teacher committed to a workshop model; inspired by nature, art, children's lit, music/movement; journeying toward Reggio inspired, inquiry-based

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Let's Take a Wind Walk!
March is a great month for a Wind Walk ! Here's what we did before, during, and after our walk to learn more about this type of weather! Before the Walk Build Background We began preparing for our walk during morning meeting when I asked, "What is wind?" An...
Let's Take a Wind Walk!
Let's Take a Wind Walk!
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Growing Our Thinking Around Matter
How We Began We've been dipping in and out of a study on matter for the last couple of months. Our first conversation began with the book,  The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats .   The children commented on the snowball Peter put in his pocket saying that it wa...
Growing Our Thinking Around Matter
Growing Our Thinking Around Matter
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Growing Our Thinking Around Matter
We've been dipping in and out of a study on matter for the last couple of months.  Our first conversation began with the book,  The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats , sometime in January.   The children commented on the snowball Peter put in his pocket saying t...
Growing Our Thinking Around Matter
Growing Our Thinking Around Matter
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Introducing Number Bonds in 5 Easy Steps
Number bonds can be a bit intimidating, so before you jump in, let children spend some time getting to know the graphic and its function.  Here are the 5 concrete steps I use to "cement" children's understanding of number bonds. Step 1: Explore Part and Who...
Introducing Number Bonds in 5 Easy Steps
Introducing Number Bonds in 5 Easy Steps
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Exploring Precipitation (and Going Deeper with Snow!)
While I know most of you are so OVER snow at this point,  I still wanted to share with you our explorations around this topic in case the process we went through would be helpful to you as you begin to plan your spring inquiries.  And of course, there is al...
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Finding the Rhythm in Our Kindergarten Day
Posted on the wall of our classroom is our daily schedule or plan as we call it.  It lists the big learning blocks of our day.  Yet, there is a rhythm to our time together that is less visible.  As we move through our days, I am constantly checking this rhy...
Finding the Rhythm in Our Kindergarten Day
Finding the Rhythm in Our Kindergarten Day
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Daily Intention and Reflection
Looking for a way to build intention and reflection into your day? Try taking a page out of Ben Franklin's book!  He began each day with a morning question : And ended with an evening question : You might ask children to quietly visualize themselves "doing ...
Daily Intention and Reflection
Daily Intention and Reflection
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Christmas Kindness
It's so easy to find yourself at the end of December asking, "What did we actually accomplish this month?"  So this year, I decided to be a bit more intentional about the holiday hullabaloo and created a daily routine that would encourage kindness and a sea...
Christmas Kindness
Christmas Kindness
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Exploring Needs and Wants
November began with an opportunity to participate in our school wide Helping Hands Drive and to live out our Positivity Project motto, "Other People Matter."  Kindergarten got involved by "advertising" the drive over the school announcements.  Since we were...
Exploring Needs and Wants
Exploring Needs and Wants
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Our Friendship Feast
It can be tricky to know how best to approach Thanksgiving due to its complicated history.  I decided to focus on relationships, since building strong relationships is the mission of the Positivity Project . I began by introducing the word "unity" as joinin...
Our Friendship Feast
Our Friendship Feast
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