Blogfolios

Dear wonderful families!

I will begin to make posts on your child’s Blogfolios soon! Your child’s Blogfolio will work to complement the report cards this year. I will be posting throughout the year in order to share the learning going on in our class. This is a place where you will see photos of your child and hear their voice while they engage in learning activities. Make sure to check out your child’s Blogfolio as well as the Classroom Blog for learning stories, news, special events, etc. 

Students were very excited to hear about their Blogfolio (or “website”) and have been requesting that I take pictures of particularly special moments or creations to share with you. I have created a special category on their Blogfolio called “Learning Through Play” where I will post these inspired moments. The Blogfolio is categorized based on the Reporting Categories from our Report Cards. For example: Reader, Author, Mathematician, Scientist, Citizen, Artist, Physical Being. The Blogfolio is a place where you will see photos of your child and hear their voice while they engage in learning activities.

Please follow these steps to access your child’s blogfolio:

  1. Go to the Capitol Hill website and click on “Classes/Staff”
  2. Find “Ms. Quin” Division 16 in the list and click on the hyperlink “website”
  3. Near the top of the page under the header you will see the word “Blogfolios”. Click on this link then click on your child’s name
  4. To login to the Blogfolios for the first time: Enter your email and click on the “forgot password” link below. An auto-generated email will be sent to your SPAM/JUNK folder to reset your password. This will prompt you to create your own password. Please keep this password safe. 

 

Tips on Commenting and Supporting the Learning Process

You will notice that I will be making comments about your child’s learning and giving suggestions for their next steps in the Blogfolios.

I invite you to be partners in your child’s learning process throughout the year by commenting on the posts.

Under any of the posts, there will be a COMMENT link > click to open a box. (You can record in any language.)
Some suggestions for your comments are to:

  • Notice thoughts, capacities and growth.
  • Connect with your child’s opinions, stories or ideas
  • Share your intellectual curiosity; wonder aloud
  • Encourage
  • Co-conspire… “You are interested in spiders? Me too, here’s an interesting website I’m reading about spiders.”
  • I noticed you…
  • A few things you did well here are…
  • One thing I’m seeing about your work is…

Please let me know if you have any questions.

Thank you for your support (and patience!)

 

Information Articles about Life in Kindergarten

I have compiled a series of articles about life in Kindergarten for your information. For many of you this is your first experience with school since you were in school yourselves… I know how hard it is to let that precious five year old embark off on a whole new adventure without you. Hopefully these readings will answer many of the questions you have about their day!

School has changed in many ways and one of the most significant changes is the recognition that children whose parents participate in their education as partners with the teacher have a real advantage, both socially and academically. I have found it difficult in the past to keep our parents as informed as we would like and so we have put together these articles for you. Some will be of more interest to you than others. Just browse through and enjoy looking into our program!

I would like to note that I have borrowed most of the ideas and articles from Tracy Fulton – from the New West School District, and Gayle Hernandez – from the Burnaby School District.

There are four sections – Kindergarten Philosophy, Literacy, Numeracy, and Centres. Each article is posted under Parent Resources/Information at the top of the blog.

I  hope you find these useful! 

 

Welcome to our Classroom Blog!

Hello Parents, Guardians, and Families!

Classroom Blog

Welcome to our Kindergarten Blog! In addition to the yellow communication folders, I have now created this blog to keep you updated on things happening in our school and classroom. Instead of sending home paper reminders of upcoming events, I want to be more environmentally friendly by using this blog as a way to communicate important information to you. Letters and forms from the PAC, school and community will still be coming home in the yellow folders. ***On Monday, I will send a notice home with our classroom blog password. Some classroom blog posts which include photos of children will be password protected. Please do not share this password.***

Blogfolios

Each student will also have their own personal blogfolio where I will be posting photos of the students engaged in classroom activities and samples of their work. Each blogfolio will be password protected and only viewable by those who have the password. Please see my Blogfolio post for instructions on how to login.

You are welcome to save photos that your child is in, but please remember: if there is another child in the photo you may NOT post that picture on social media (ex. Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, your own personal blog, etc.)

I hope you enjoy future posts we include on this page and in your child’s blogfolio.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to email me at nicole.quin@burnabyschools.ca 

Thanks,

Nicole Quin