Prac Kindergarten

Readying for planning – some handy sites all on one page:


pbskids (Interactive Whiteboard interactional activities)


Read.Write.Think. Interactive k-12 (Reading)

alea – Resources for early childhood workers

First steps reading continua : (Students aged 3-4.5 (Beginning reading)

Students 4.0 -5.5 (Emergent)

Starfall (Spelling)

Spellodrome (Year 1….)


Reading concepts/conventions:


Different types of text- different purposes

Print/texts all around – real world

People use texts to do things


Where to start/front of book/back of book/where to start reading

Print:  left to right

Spaces between words

One spoken word t0 one written word

Letters make words.  Words make sentences

Return sweep

Left before right

What is a letter/ what is a word?  First and last letter of a word.  What is a sentence?

What are capital letters..questions marks?

Functions:  Title page, content, author


ICT:  Screen print different.  moved/changed by reader.


MATHS: (Pre-Early Number) –

Developing early mathematical understandings


A language model for mathematics:

Concrete/Visual: Familiar Objects (teddies, cars..)  Verbal: Student Language


Abstraction Concept: What can I count?

determining, matching, sorting, comparing, and ordering attributes. Patterning. Attributes: concept:   How to pattern: Skill.

Determine: Use all 5 senses: recognise and name attributes such as colour, shape, size, mass, weight, texture, sound, taste, type of material, function.  (How is … the same/different?  How does it feel?  rough/smooth. (Feely box) (pictures) (words) (sounds) (numerals)

Matching: Sameness/likeness /outline (lego) (big stories) (pattern cards) (flashcards)

Sorting:   All red, all triangles:  Decide, Do, Describe

Comparing:  Long/longer, heavy/heavier, taller/shorter, more/less

Ordering: 3 things familiar first.  (Post Office – envelopes/cylinders) (Shop – size cans packets, volume, height, weight).  Order events (MTWTFSS) (sleep, breakfast, school..) (Order taking off shoes, first , second..)

Patterning:  Create visual, auditory (clap) movement (hop, skip). Language: Over and over, repeat


One to One correspondence – 1 number 1 point 1 object.

Stable order 1-9

Cardinal principle (last number tells how many)

Abstraction – What can I count?

Order irrelevance – left to right – right to left.

Counting:Quantity:Position – Subitizing



observation-circle (observation learning story example)


5 Lesson Plans for Professional Experience

This is where I have always had difficulty.  Searching and locating appropriate lessons and looking at ideas that I could use to design rich learning experiences.  Templates for observations can be located here but really need to do a lot of research for the lessons themselves.

In the Kindergarten program, students are learning about letters and sounds so I think my first lesson will be planned around this.  The difficulty is that the children choose their own letter and sound of the week based on their discussion of real life experiences.  So I may choose my letter to be ‘Z’ but they could have other ideas! In a ‘Plan B’ approach I think I will write up the plan using a particular letter, however I will ensure that the plan can be adapted in case the students choose another.

After spending a morning in the Kindergarten room I am performing my Professional Experience, I gathered a couple of good ICT ideas I could use to enhance the learning of the letters.  Think it is wise to blog and place these websites and ideas here so I can return to them throughout the prac.

When the students learn a particular letter/sound they watch a small You Tube clip relating to that particular sound.  The students know the song as this YouTube clip is used each week so they can join in and sing along. The site is called: Olive and the rhyme rescue crew.  Half way through the YouTube the internet connection was lost….note to ensure that I have a Plan B when I write my lesson!!!

Another really great resource used for teaching reading, writing and spelling to 3-8 year olds is a phonics based approach program called Letterland.

Am feeling really confident about this professional experience.  The mentor is so lovely and very helpful.  Actually looking forward to spending next three weeks there.

Another great resource that I can see will be valuable is one that I found in the Diigo Group.   Promeathen Planet appears to be a good choice that I can relate to Kindergarten.  Many of the resources I have come across apply to Foundation onwards so pleased to grab ideas from this.


Week 10

Back from holidays so need to do some catching up. This blog explains how the IWB works.  Always interested in the ‘how’ of things.

Reference: BBC Active. (2010). What is an Interactive Whiteboard? Retrieved August 22, 2013, from this site.

Have just received confirmation of my Professional Experience… Kindergarten room for the 3.5-5 year olds.  So first point of call is the QKLG.  Found this daily routine also in the QCAA which helped me understand the program of an average day in any given room.

I have decided to plan my lessons around literacy, maths, art and health.  First I need to return to return to theories regarding the developmental stage of this age group and very helpful to link in to my prior blog post where I have found that these children are in the Pre-operational Stage of Development (Piaget).  This will be a start to provide me with valuable information on their learning stage and where they are heading to.  The lessons I plan will certainly be centred around this stage to encourage further development.  Also returned to essential questions I could use in my lesson plans by clicking into this site.  I also know that the centre has only 2 iPads, an IWB and hopefully a digital camera that I could not locate.  As mentioned on the Study Desk  here ‘Digital photography is one of the easiest, most accessible and most productive uses of ICTs to enhance student learning in a range of contexts. A quick Google search reveals pages such as this which provide ideas, advice, and pointers to other resources on how to use digital photography in the classroom.  The students in this classroom are 3.5-5 years of age so think this is definitely a good use of ICT to add to their lessons that hopefully will enhance learning.

So nice to hear positive feedback from other bloggers such as earlychildhood1000.  How wonderful that they have completed their Professional Experience and had wonderful experiences.




Week 9

In the learning path this week there are very in depth instructions on how to use the IWB.  Knowing the model and make will be very beneficial to google how to use that particular model.  Again in the learning path their were many IWB resources stated here as well.

Yesterday I visited the Kindergarten and looked at the IWB.  Very modern and easy to use apparently!  The IWB was being used in the mornings as an interactive device to project yoga movements to the Kindergarten children.  The teacher said that the high visuals used in the children’s yoga really engaged the children.  The teacher told me to look at a really great site for IWB use called pbskids.  Great ideas throughout all learning areas.  Really looking forward to going back to the centre and writing some exciting learning experiences that involve ICT.  I do know there are 2 iPads available , a digital camera and an IWB so much of my research will be centred around really great lessons that incorporate ICT utilising and learning about these devices.  Good to remember from the learning path “Drawing on the last 3 learning paths should help you complete Part B and be well prepared to effectively use digital technologies to amplify and transform student learning”.  Part B is where i’ll head to next.

One resource I would use for the Kindergarten children who do learn days of the week will be this flipchart found in teachers pay teachers.  The students will enjoy this highly visual display of the days of the week.  They will also enjoy coming out to the board and use their bodies to write (embodied cognition).  One major benefit of the IWB is that it provides excellent opportunities for students to collaborate with each other in their whole class context.



Week 8 – Digital Citizenship

Week 8 asks us to think about the safe practices of using technology.  Emma Dennis posted a link to a really good website that add further to our growing knowledge of safe practices. Safe Schools Hub.  ‘The National Safe Schools Framework defines the nine key elements of a safe and supportive learning community. It was good to work through the learning path as I did pick up on some new opinions and safe practices to use.

One bad experience I have had, which thankfully was caught in time, happened back in the days when little ones were just starting to play games on the computer.  My 6 year old girl had wanted to play a game on the computer that we had played many times before.  As I walked into the study to check the site had loaded, I was confronted with a simulated sex act appearing across the screen.  Thankfully my little girl was 10 steps behind me and I was able to hit the switch.  The image was very  graphic and disgusting.  This was my first initiation into cyber safety.  Sadly though, I could only protect them for so long.  I had control over them at home however  with the introduction of the smart phones that other children had access to, there were no boundaries I could put in place.  As they grew older they told me what that had access to as little as 6-7 years ago and so I dread to think what they can access now. Received 4/4 for the test, working at a school there is much information available surrounding bullying.  23/25 for Safe Kids site.  Thought it was a good site for students to learn what to do when they receive or read inappropriate material. Many could delete information and/or not know what to do.



I feel that I am quite well informed regarding the safe use of ICTs in the classroom but always great to know more.  There is so much information around regarding ‘anti bullying’ including Say No To Bullying website and esafety  and stay smart –  resources and information provided within.

I still have not received confirmation of my whereabouts regarding Professional Experience but when I do I shall be reading up on their policies regarding ethical use of technology for these young (Kindergarten) students.  I do know that in the curriculum the ICT Capabilities ensure students are provided with experiences to……



What has changed is that I have made an appointment to go into the learning facility for a couple of hours to look around and check everything out.  From this I will make an appointment to spend the whole day shadowing the mentor and asking a couple of questions so I can develop 5 great lessons, incorporating ICT, before I start my Professional Experience.  If these are written early and well planned, I can then modify early and be ready!

  • What, if anything, about your planning for Professional Experience has changed as a result of this week’s learning path?