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A New School, A New Year!

A big welcome to any new readersĀ of my blog this school year! As some of you may know, I have began a new school year of teaching Senior Kindergarten EFI (English portion) at a new school in another long-term occasional position (i.e., a maternity leave). It has been beyond exciting so far! It’s a large school in a wonderful area and everyone has been so warm and welcoming. My new ECE, Madison is also truly amazing and such a blessing! We have a lot in common in terms of interests but also in terms of our approaches to early learning and running a classroom. The blend of our two similar, but still unique personalities and teaching styles, are promising and are sure to have a wonderful effect on our students this year. After all, a happy team means a happy classroom environment.

Since I was hired only a few days before the first day of school, the rush to complete our classroom was intense! Many hours of work, however, paid off and I was very much pleased with the outcome. Below you can see some shots of our room before the children arrived. Although my preference would be to completely do away with plastic bins and toys altogether, financially-speaking, I had to be reasonable and make do with what I had this year. [But…you bet that when my contract is finally permanent ,natural materials and baskets will fill my room and I will finally be able to have the classroom I’ve always dreamed about!]. Nevertheless, I think we did a pretty good job still maintaining a soft and natural environment.

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From Top Left: Dramatic Play Area, Reading/Writing with Felt, Sand/Sensory & Water Tables, Cubbies & Welcome Area, Teacher/ECE desk and Lesson Area, Book Nook, Math Manipulatives Area, Overall view showing Whole-Group Area, Creative Area

We currently have two classes with 24 children in each. Groups alternate days so that Group B is in English with me on Mondays, Wednesdays and every other Friday and Group A comes on Tuesday, Thursdays and every other Fridays. When a group is not with me, they are in my French partner’s room for the day. In this way, my French partner and I share two groups of children 50/50 and have 48 students in total.

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