On Display: Open House Event 2013

Expressions of gratitude do not seem sufficient after seeing the number of guests that entered our school and classroom on Thursday, June 6th, 2013.  This will be a moment that I will treasure and hold in my memory for years to come.  Quite honestly, I have never experienced a state of awe or the feeling of being utterly stunned before, until I saw everyone pour in that evening... It was simply overwhelming, in the most positive sense possible...

Thank you to everyone who participated in our event from across the province.  We appreciated the time that it took for you to drive to our school, as well as your patience waiting to enter our classroom.  It truly was a celebration of inquiry, documentation, and early learning! Thank you for sharing it with us...

Here are a few images from the event:

Art Provocation with wood, stones, and acrylic paint.

Fairies and Fantasy Project: Wire Provocation

Butterflies, Blossoms, and Natural Beauty: An Environmental Inquiry

Animal Wonders Project: Traces of Learning

Student shared documentation with her sister.

Dramatic Play: Hop's Rabbit Store

JK Observational Drawings

Presentation in our Library.

A lovely note brought for our Pet Rabbit Hop!
Thank you to Julie Ham, my mom, Alexandra Vergis, and Jennifer Tompkins for their help on this special evening.

Please leave any comments or questions you might have after your visit within the comment section.  I will do my best to answer them all, and am in the process of sending electronic copies of the Open House Event brochure/resources for those who attended.

Share your thoughts :

  1. Hi Joanne
    The evening was inspiring, engaging and informative. So much happening in your classroom....inquiry at its' best. The idea of opening your classroom to so many people, allowing them to experience the power of such an invitational atmosphere and to get a glimpse into the learning/creating/sharing activities your students experience every day. I know my team was engaged from the moment we stepped through your door and the conversations continue as we end this year and begin to think about beginning anew in September. So happy BTW to hear Hop has a new home. We were tempted.......
    Every time I visit your classroom I feel like I take another step deeper into inquiry and the idea of respecting the environment as third teacher. Thank you for another wonderful learning experience!

    1. Hi Heather,
      We are the classroom that now has Hop to keep our inquiries going throughout the next year.
      She is such a lovely pet and very gentle with the kiddos.
      Please follow our blog next year to see what she's up to and maybe she can make her way to your school for the following year.

  2. Joanne,

    I wanted to say a proper "Thank you" for opening up your room, and for greeting each and every one of us as we trailed through your learning space. It was a delight to meet some people from our PLN (Hi Heather! Hi Kim!), to see some familiar faces (my partner from the loose parts workshop) and to meet new friends too. It was lovely to see how you make room for so many interests in your space. I regret that I missed a few of those provocations such as the wire fairies and the wood blocks to paint, simply because there were so many of us in the room it was tricky to navigate around. I had a little visit with Hop, who was a surprise right in the middle of the room, but of course I didn't open the cage to feel that plush fur. I did, however, leave with the distinct impression of environment as teacher.

    I really appreciated the presentation in the library after seeing your room. It is always interesting to see how others work through the little problems we all have (sorting out daily planning, organizing anecdotals, documenting inquiries) in a well-thought out way. I feel like I will be ready for the transition to FDK, because I've had the good fortune to meet so many inspiring FDK teachers like you. Thank you again for this wonderful opportunity.