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Jalen's Prep Progress Portfolio

  1. 1. PREP FOLIO OF PROGRESS Semester 1/ 2009 Jalen Taylor
  2. 2. This folio of progress paints a picture of your child’s early learning development.
  3. 3. Caningeraba State School Early Learning Philosophy <ul><li>At Caningeraba we actively engage in learning to create unique life-long learners – it’s not what we say, it’s what we do! </li></ul>
  4. 4. Our Values <ul><li>We believe children learn best when – they are happy, secure and supported, involved in enquiry-based, co-constructed, hands-on reflective activities </li></ul><ul><li>expectations are high </li></ul><ul><li>opportunities for problem-solving and higher level thinking are provided </li></ul>
  5. 5. Our Context <ul><li>Learning through play-based activities. </li></ul><ul><li>Play is – </li></ul><ul><li>problem-solving </li></ul><ul><li>a means of exploring and investigating </li></ul><ul><li>motivating </li></ul><ul><li>a means of facilitating social competency </li></ul><ul><li>communicating with others </li></ul><ul><li>Play can be make-believe, socio- </li></ul><ul><li>dramatic, investigative, directed, </li></ul><ul><li>extended or physically active. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Social and Personal Learning <ul><li>The focus in Social and Personal Learning has two dimensions. The social learning dimension focuses on building children’s awareness of being members of many social groups, including family, cultural and community. In this area, learning experiences contribute to developing children’s abilities to respect and cooperate with other people. Social learning develops understandings, capabilities and dispositions related to constructing understandings about social and cultural identities and sustaining relationships. </li></ul><ul><li>The personal learning dimension focuses on developing children’s positive identity, self-esteem, resilience, personal organisation and independence as they interact successfully with others and their learning environments. </li></ul>
  7. 8. Comments - <ul><li>Jalen has broadened his wide circle of friends in Prep Maroon this term (he still has a strong friendship bond with Bethany). He interacts successfully with other children in play and learning situations and is learning to take turns and share with others. He follows school and classroom rules and enjoys taking on class responsibility roles such as tuckshop and library monitor, class leader and messenger and willingly tidies the classroom after play and group activities. Jalen is developing skills in resolving conflicts with peers. </li></ul>
  8. 9. Health and Physical Learning <ul><li>The focus in Health and Physical Learning is on gross- and fine-motor development, and making healthy choices to foster a sense of wellbeing in children. In this area, learning experiences contribute to developing children’s positive health choices and movement skills as they interact successfully with others and their learning environments. </li></ul>
  9. 11. Comments - <ul><li>Jalen has a good understanding of the importance of safe hygiene practices such as washing hands after going to the toilet and before eating. He selects healthy food from his lunch box to eat at first break. </li></ul><ul><li>Jalen has good climbing and balancing skills and when playing on the outside equipment uses different movements, positions and actions with increasing confidence. He is able to balance on a beam, throw a bean bag into a hoop, bounce, throw and catch a ball. </li></ul><ul><li>Our PE teacher Mr Carleton states, ‘During PE lessons, Jalen shows traits of acquiring a high level of basic movement and ball skills. He can be easily distracted though which is something to work on next semester.’ </li></ul><ul><li>During the semester Jalen has been involved in many fine motor activities and is developing a precise grip when threading, writing, cutting, drawing, painting and manipulating small objects. Jalen has a clear hand preference . </li></ul>
  10. 12. Language Learning and Communication <ul><li>The focus in Language Learning and Communication is on spoken language and early literacy. In this area, children construct, communicate and interpret meanings for a range of purposes and in a range of contexts as they speak and listen, read and view and write and shape. While Standard Australian English (SAE) is used and explored in the early years curriculum, children’s home languages are also valued and included in the program. </li></ul><ul><li>In the Preparatory Year, language experiences involve children in learning about the purposes for using language, the patterns (grammatical structure) and conventions (expected practices in particular contexts) of language, the concepts of print, phonemic awareness and alphabetic knowledge. </li></ul>
  11. 14. Comments - <ul><li>This semester Jalen has been involved in a variety of language learning experiences and identifies most letters of the alphabet and some sounds, is able to recognise and write his own name, realise that print contains a message and that writing goes from left to right. </li></ul><ul><li>Jalen has become a more willing participant in our class oral language program and is beginning to join in class discussions. He is developing good audience skills by realising the importance of listening to others and is able to listen to and follow instructions. Jalen is beginning to use a variety of spoken and non-spoken strategies to convey his feelings, needs and ideas to his peers and teachers. </li></ul><ul><li>Jalen enjoys listening to stories and selects his own picture books from the library. He displays reader-like behaviours such as holding the book correctly, turning the pages and gaining meaning from picture clues. </li></ul><ul><li>Jalen is able to recount personal experiences in logical order and at this stage is copying teacher directed writing. </li></ul>
  12. 15. Early Mathematical Understandings <ul><li>The focus in Early Mathematical Understandings is on children investigating their environment and communicating their mathematical ideas. In this area, children develop those mathematical understandings that are the foundations for future success in mathematical thinking. Early mathematical understandings promote children’s developing understandings, capabilities and dispositions related to number, patterns and algebra, measurement, chance and data and space. </li></ul>
  13. 17. Comments - <ul><li>Jalen is developing early mathematical concepts by participating in a range of hands-on activities. At this stage he can rote count to 20, recognise and name numbers to 10 and count groups of objects. Jalen recognises common 2D shapes and can make and repeat simple patterns. Jalen can sort objects into groups according to certain criteria such as colour size or shape and understands mathematical language such as over, under, lighter than, heavier than etc. Jalen applies his knowledge when playing maths groups on the computer. </li></ul>
  14. 18. Active Learning Processes <ul><li>The focus in Active Learning Processes is on thinking, investigating, imagining and responding. In this area, children develop investigative processes, positive dispositions towards investigating, and understandings about natural, built, social, technological and virtual environments. Children also develop their abilities to express ideas creatively using a variety of experiences, media and artistic forms related to dance, drama, media, music and visual arts. </li></ul>
  15. 20. Comments - <ul><li>Jalen has used his imagination and creativity when creating design challenges such as the Easter bonnet and the dinosaur diorama. He selects appropriate materials and works out how to successfully make them. He has enjoyed participating in the excursion to the farm and learning about dinosaurs this term as well as the Arts Council performances. During free play Jalen enjoys navigating his way around The Kidpix program on the computer. Jalen participates in singing and dancing lessons and always tries his best. With support, Jalen is developing many ICT skills such as logging on and off, opening and closing programs and navigating around many educational programs and websites. </li></ul>
  16. 21. <ul><li>Teacher: Fiona Maud </li></ul><ul><li>Class: Prep Maroon </li></ul><ul><li>Caningeraba State School </li></ul><ul><li>Whistler Drive </li></ul><ul><li>Burleigh Waters Q 4220 </li></ul><ul><li>Ph. 55 686333 www.caningerss.eq.edu.au </li></ul>