Kids Brains are Like Sponges….

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In one of my earlier posts, I ranted a little about Ella getting homework already in juniour kindergarten.  Now that I’m reflecting on the year as it draws to a close, I’m amazed.  We obviously moved this past year to get Ella into a better school district, but I had no idea how much she would benefit from it already in JK!

She has learned so much from the basics of learning to count, being able to do simple arithmetic, spell short 3-5 letter words (not all words spelled completely correct but I’m still impressed as there are lots that she can spell correctly!), read short books and sound out the words all by herself, create some great crafts and be exposed to some really great teaching methods!  Here are my top three favourite things her teacher incorporated in their learning this year:

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1. Bean Plant (pictures above) – where they got to grow their own bean plant and nurture it from the bean all the way to the sprouting plant.  During the process they observed what was happening by drawing pictures and writing about their findings in their bean diary.  I thought this was such a great project in so many ways!  I don’t recall doing anything like this when I was going to school until I was in Grade 4 or 5 at least!

2. Clouds – where they were outside one morning looking at the different clouds in the sky.  They then learned the names of each of the types of clouds and their characteristics (cirrus, stratus, cumulus).  For homework they drew a picture of their favourite type of cloud, identified the type of cloud and wrote a short sentence to describe their cloud.  Now when we drive somewhere, we get to make a game out of looking at the sky and spotting the different types of clouds.  So much more educational than the “punch buggy, no punch backs” game we played in the car as a kid!

3. Money – they learned about the value of each of the coins, learned a catchy song about money and then open up their own Tim Horton’s station for the kids to take turns buying and paying for their food and drinks.  This has opened up many discussions about the value of money, how you earn it, how to save for what you want (although at 4yrs old, this is a tough one!) and at least gets her appreciating that money doesn’t grow on trees or better yet isn’t even needed when you pay for it with the “card”.

I always knew that kids brains were like sponges so why not take advantage of it!  My husband and I were joking about how we remember taking naps for a good part of our kindergarten year and kids eating glue – none of this cool stuff Ella gets exposed to.  Of course I credit all of this to her fantastic teacher – Miss P!!  I am so grateful that Ella will be able to join her class next year as an SK.

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26 thoughts on “Kids Brains are Like Sponges….

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  2. It is crazy how much information the little ones can absorb! They are learning and growing so quickly these days it seems! Thanks for joining the Link-It To Me link party, I hope you will party with us again next week!

  3. Wow, these are great! I love that they learned about clouds… and how great that they’re already learning about money! It’s a skill they’ll use their whole lives. Thanks for linking up at the Manic Mondays blog hop!

  4. Oh wow, that’s so encouraging and wonderful to see how much they have taken in this year and lovely to do a recap like this. they really are little sponges 🙂 Thanks for linking up to #TheList xx

  5. Kids learn so much more today than years ago. When I thought Kindergarten, they were learning their letters and numbers. Not so today. But one thing I did enjoy was watching them grow and how much they learned from the first day until the last day – amazing.
    Thanks for linking up to Turn It Up Tuesday,

  6. Kids brains really are like sponges. I wish my brain still worked this good. I am always amazed at what I can teach my two and how fast they catch onto things. Sounds like your little one has learned loads too. It’s amazing isn’t it? A proud parent moment too. Thank you so much for linking up to Share With Me #sharewithme

    1. Definitely a proud parent moment! Not that I had a lot to do with this – all the credit goes to her amazing teacher but at least I’m happy that I was able to give her the opportunity to go to a great school!

  7. Looks like Ella had a great school year! It’s really amazing how much kindergarten has changed from when I was a kid. In fact, R has taught me a few things this year that I didn’t even know about! Great to see that you’re back to the blogging life! Thanks for sharing. #ConfessionsLinkUp

  8. Its so true that the little ones learn fast, especially in the first few years! There is a great book called Kindergarten Is Too Late, by Masaru Ibuka. He was an engineer and one of the founders of Sony Corporation in Japan. However, at the height of his career he wrote a book on early child development, believing it to be a crucial topic.

  9. Isn’t it amazing how much they can learn. I’m thrilled to see it’s being done through fun and play and not just rote memorization. I think this approach helps kids to really learn and understand which will help them as they go through their schooling.

    1. Rote and memorization only works short term in my experience. As soon as I walked out of a test or exam I completely forgot half of what I was just tested on! I’m a big fan of this learning through play method now that I’ve seen it in action.

  10. Isn’t it wonderful to see how much they learn? I was just telling my husband yesterday that I’m amazed at all the things our daughter learns when we’re not around. She’s only 17 months, but even after spending a couple of hours with her grandparents she’s suddenly learned a new word, or knows how to do something (like wipe up a spill on the floor). I can only imagine how much more significant these bits of growth and development get as the kids get older. Thanks for sharing!

  11. It just makes mommy’s day when we have these realizations. This inquiry based learning approach really does work. Ella seems to be ahead of the game too!

  12. It is wonderful to see them learn and mature. I love the photos of your daughters work. I like being in my boys school and looking on the walls at the kids projects. they are so cool and have such a great view of the world. #MMWBH

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