For those of you who don’t know, I am The Rumpus Room’s Educational Leader. This role involves collaboratively creating an inspirational vision for children’s learning and overseeing the educational curriculum. I work closely with each room to motivate and connect educators to work towards this shared vision for the children and their learning.
As a staff we have recently attended some professional development, relating to our daily reflections – the way we communicate our daily happenings with families – and how we can include the children in this process. You may have seen in the rooms a visual diary with photographs, drawings and the children’s voices, this is how we will be letting you know about what our days have entailed. The children are able to take ownership of it as they are part of the process of creating these books, cutting out the pictures in the older rooms and being part of the gluing process in the younger rooms. These books are completed throughout the day, adding pictures and the children’s thoughts and drawings. They are a collaborative book that the children are constantly adding to, revisiting previous days for inspiration and conversation with peers and educators. If you haven’t seen where each rooms books are, ask your rooms staff members and they will be more than willing to show you!
If you have any questions about our educational program, daily books, portfolios or anything else please don’t hesitate to ask.