By Yasmin Bjork, Kindergarten Teacher
In Kindergarten students have been inquiring about the purpose of growth, change and documenting that change over time through the use of visual images of their own stages of development and growth. They engaged in making a growth non-fiction book of their life, a timeline and an emotions memory book. Dr. Seuss once wrote about the wonderful places we will go and it’s very true; the more we travel and widen our knowledge the more we learn about the changes taking place in our world, our lives and in history.
Recently through the Unit of Inquiry, “Where we are in Place and Time” students inquired into the Central Idea “Investigating history allows us to appreciate growth and changes over time.” Students began the inquiry by exploring the different ways history has been recorded and the growth that occurs over time in their own personal histories. Later the investigation took a further twist when 2 secondary students who had “lost” their memories came to the Kindergarten classes to ask the students to help investigate their history. Students used puzzle explores to plan and research the different ways to investigate, the information they needed. They asked questions such as, “Where do you come from?” “Do you have any brothers or sister?” “Do you remember your name?” Since the ‘lost’ students were unable to remember their own history the students were required to think of ways to locate the information connected to these students. “If we are growing we will always be out of our comfort zone” said John Maxwell, and the students in kindergarten are truly out of their own comfort zones as they began to gather the required information from many different sources around the school. They put up posters, and interviewed secondary staff to gather information to help these “lost” students find out who they are.
What an exciting time in Early Years as the children engage in their personal histories and then apply their knowledge and experience to help someone find out more about their own past.