Tag: Literacy

Writing Rocks in Kindergarten

Learning to write is daunting to many young children, but there are a number of high-yield strategies you can use to help children develop both the skill and will to write. In this session, educators will explore topics such as learning to honour children’s attempts at writing with an asset-based lens, exploring the concept of… Read more »

Write from the Start

Let’s explore the earliest learners and the importance of writing early in the year.  We will use hands on learning, oral language, and mentor texts to help us develop a focus on writing that can meet the child where they are and move them forward in their learning. Shelley is the District Primary Teacher for… Read more »

Playing with Language & Story

In this session we will invite participants to explore Reggio inspired practices such as story workshop and story baskets. We will share examples from our K-3 classroom as well as from Strong Start/early learning contexts. Insights and reflections from our visit to Reggio Emilia and our professional development experience at Opal School will be presented…. Read more »

Foundations of Printing

The workshop will present the developmental foundations for preprinting and printing skills. These include pencil grasp, sitting position, hand dominance, and the formation of lines and shapes. We will also be presenting the program “Printing Like a Pro” which was developed by the OT’s at SunnyHill and UBC. It is simple, evidence based and importantly,… Read more »

Les Centres de Litteratie

Learn to organize literacy centres in your full-day kindergarten classroom that use your time efficiently while optimizing student learning. A variety of literacy centre ideas will be presented and blackline masters for some centres will be shared. Bring your ideas! This will be a great opportunity to share what works in your classroom with others… Read more »

La Litteratie et la Maternelle (Part I)

How can you get your French Immersion kindergarten students speaking in French? How can you build their vocabularies while also teaching the revised curriculum? This workshop offers participants a month-by-month tool box of activities that build literacy skills and vocabularies simultaneously. This session is well-suited to teachers new to teaching French Immersion kindergarten or for… Read more »

Living the K Life: Make and Take

Kindergarten children love to play with letters, language, reading, and writing.  They explore and engage in activities that activate their curiosity.  Come along and explore the endless possibilities of engaging our youngest learners in a world filled with letters, language, and more.  Not only will you make a variety of different games and engaging activities… Read more »

Reconciliation and Indigenous Place

The current colonial structures that are heavily represented in our education systems, do not benefit our most vulnerable populations.  Participants will gain a deeper understanding of First Nations histories, and how to engage in socio-political discourse and social justice issues with children.  Presentation is done in the form of pedagogical narrations, some short video clips,… Read more »