Author: Kimie Fukuda

Dec
09

Intention Setting and Habits of Mind

Last March, Cedar Teacher Caroline Wolfe wrote a blog post about some of the resources that we use at Opal School when thinking about goals and expectations for children, which includes a body of work by Arthur L. Costa and Bena Kallick identifying 16 habits of mind to use when you are confronted with a […]

By Kimie Fukuda | Beginning
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Oct
22

Surprises

Discovery consists of seeing what everybody has seen and thinking what nobody has thought. ― Albert Szent-Gyorgyi  As the children shared images and reflections of their trip to the Portland Farmer’s Market, they stumbled upon a discovery — that there were many unexpected surprises of all kinds within our trip together. We wondered: How might the sharing […]

By Kimie Fukuda | Beginning . Teaching and Learning
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Oct
04

In Collaboration with the Natural World

“The wind comes creeping, it calls to me to come go exploring. It sings of the things that are to be found under the leaves. It whispers the dreams of the tall fir trees. It does pipe the gentle song the forest sings on gray days.”  ~ Opal Whiteley   At Opal School, we look […]

By Kimie Fukuda | Beginning
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Oct
21

Children and Teachers as Researchers

Researchers pay attention to their questions, theories and ideas by listening for what provokes, inspires, challenges and engages them.  At Opal School, the teachers see themselves as researchers alongside the children with much to learn from them.  As Loris Malaguzzi, founder of Reggio Schools, states, “The things for children and about children are best learned […]

By Kimie Fukuda | Beginning
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The Power of Story Part 2

   This post is a continuation of a series on The Power of Story: A recap and introduction from last month’s Beginning School Curriculum night.   Foundation of Story: Schema “There is a world in every word” ~Carlina Rinaldi Schema is our interpretation of everything that we know based on our previous experiences.  It is […]

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The Power of Story Part 1

“When we say ‘old friend’, what we really mean is, I know your story and you know mine.”  ~Ralph Fletcher, Writing instructor/Author     The Power of Story In January we hosted a curriculum night for Beginning School parents on the topic, The Power of Story. We enjoyed meeting with many who were able to […]

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Teaching and Learning: A Reciprocal Exchange

One day last week, we invited the children to capture in their journals some sneak peeks from the stories in their lives they had been sharing.  As we invited one child to capture his story about climbing a ladder with his dad at home, he hesitated, "But I don't know how to draw a ladder."  […]

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What does it mean to be an explorer?

"What does it mean to be an explorer?"  To walk into the Early Kindergarten is to be met by a community of explorers!  The images below are what you can expect to see on any given morning.  They are showing us already how much the children know about what it means to be an explorer through […]

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New Beginnings in Creating a Learning Community

Early last week, the children entered the classroom to find the sensory table filled with warm, soapy, green colored water.  The water had become a “friendship of green,” created by the children as they investigated color and friendship earlier in the week mixing  blue, pink and yellows into a giant water vessel  while responding to the question, […]

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Summerland Part 1

 Early in the Fall, the children began to notice how quickly signs of Summer were beginning to fade.  They tried to capture summer in paint on paper with a boquet of mystery sunflowers left in our room, and in mixing Summer’s greens, but we wondered together, where else might their Summer stories continue to live […]

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