LEST WE FORGET
Remembrance Day is always a difficult subject to broach with little ones. Yet, one that we don't really want to forego. As anticipated, my educators and I found ourselves juggling those two questions: WHAT can/should we share about Remembrance Day and HOW make an impact without making children feel scared or sad.
We decided to focus on the positive aspects that war has brought into their lives. We read age-appropriate stories about Peace, showed them photos of Poppies, and had a discussion. We talked about a war that occured a long time ago which has allowed us now to live in a pe...
November 7, 2016
Ask any preschooler what are healthy snack options and they'll tell you: fruits, yogurt, vegetables, cheese, and milk. But put it on their table and many will quickly run away! Feeding preschoolers can be a challenge. Young children are trying to gain control over their own little world, and being selective about what they will eat, is only one of their many ways to do it. By presenting good options that are varied and attractive, while remaining kid-friendly, children develop their taste for healthy choices. At V.I.K. Academy, we promote healthy eating habits through dietician-approved a...
October 22, 2016
BRIGHT & OPEN LEARNING ENVIRONMENT
Natural light plays a great role on mood, no matter the context. It is no different for learning spaces. We know that natural light positively affects our mood, and that positive moods have a positive effect on learning. In fact, it is easy to find tons of researches that are focusing on how to better design new schools in order to integrate as much natural light as possible. The effects of natural light seems to be at their maximum when the classroom has a view on green space, natural grass and natural trees, as it contributes to eliminate the feeling of being in a confined space. But one mu...
October 21, 2016
DOES GROUP SIZE REALLY MATTER?
Over the years, Alberta has seen group size slowly increase and reach such sizes that it has become challenging for teachers to manage their duties. In Calgary, Kindergarten classes can easily reach 25 or more, while the Albert Education recommendation is of 17 for grades K-3. We understand that this translate into a much larger work load for teacher, but how does it affect children?
For one, smaller class sizes create an environment where it is easier for teachers to get to know their students, and to develop a good relationship with them. Furthermore, it allows teachers to respond sooner t...
August 16, 2016
Montessori: inspiration of the 21st Century Learning Philosophy
In the early 1900’s, Maria Montessori presented her innovative approach to education which would later become an inspiration in the reshaping of learning environments.
At the time, education was very much a passive experience where learners were expected to sit for hours, had no say on their learning experience, and were doing repetitive tasks without the expectation of developing a relationship with their teacher. Teachers were authoritarians and students feared them. The Montessori approach greatly helped breaking the mold of education as it was then known. The approach promoted, among...
June 16, 2016