DOCUMENTING LEARNING


Children use the language of art to build deeper understandings of their world.

At RIFC, we put a lot of emphasis on the way we document childrenʼs lives in the classroom. Our curriculum is the life of the classroom, and the way we document that life will give you window onto your childʼs daily experience.

By observing children, discussing our findings, and writing up our thoughts and ideas, we work together to create an amazing body of written work. Work that includes not only our thoughts but also the children's thoughts and remarks, their artwork, pictures and more. This gives teachers a valuable tool for reflection and planning. It lets parents look in on their childʼs life at school and find out not only what your child is learning, but also gives you insight about how and why they learn as they do. Perhaps itʼs most important job, is to provide children with an amazing record of their work and an avenue for self reflection.

There are four main areas to look for examples of how we document childrenʼs play. First, youʼll find weekly updates posted outside your childʼs classroom in a designated spot for on-going communication. Second, you can find copies of all documents that feature your child in his or her journal. Third, each classroom has either a classroom blog, or a weekly e-mail update, which will include stories about the childrenʼs work in the classroom from that week. Finally, in the classroom you will see the children's work displayed throughout the class making their thoughts and work visible through drawings, pictures and more.