SIS News Archive
It is vital for our young learners to feel a sense of warmth, security and belonging when they are in our classrooms. Researchers say that children only start learning when they are socially and emotionally stable. In the ECC, we create a homey environment and keep objects that are familiar to our young learners in the classroom to help them cope with transitions and to build a caring community.
It has been a tradition in the ECC to request a photo from each family. Parents are also asked to complete a simple questionnaire for their child's mini biography (mini bio) and share three pictures that reflect their child. Every mini-bio represents each child's uniqueness, strengths, and dispositions which are essential for their teachers in planning learning engagements and differentiating instruction. Our young learners might not be able to read the words, but they make connections through the visuals they see.
Mini-bios are displayed in the classroom the whole year, and are even made into a book which children take home and share with mom and dad. In the past, great friendships have been formed when children identified common interests by looking at the mini-bios.
Ann Lopez-Toyoh I PreK 1 Teacher