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Making Children Visible

Posted on October 16, 2016

by Dr. Edna Hussey on October 16, 2016

Inspired by the Reggio Emilia traveling exhibit Wonder of Learning in 2013, which Mid-Pacific, UH West Oʻahu and other non-profit foundations supported in Hawaiʻi, the preschool faculty helped to put together this impressive exhibit, spearheaded by Mid-Pacific. Last year, pedagogista Leslie Gleim, atelierista Jordan Guillory, head teacher Robynne Migita and the rest of the preschool faculty (Jayna Lee, teacher, and assistant teachers Kimberley Collins-Siegfried and Emiko Arakaki) held workshops for early learning educators from different schools on the documentation of learning. These documentation panels capture the essence of an inquiry or project through carefully-selected text and images of a learning process. The documentation process helps teachers to reflect on their teaching and to more analytically understand student learning. There are two panels of Mid-Pacific preschool project work on the concept of "ideas" and our kindergarten inquiry of Kaimana Beach. Two other panels in this exhibit are from Kamehameha School (elementary) and preschool. These documentation panels (pictured above) were recently on display at the annual state conference of the Hawaii Association of the Education of Young Children (HAEYC) at the Hawaii Convention Center. The documentation-panels exhibit will also be on view at the Schools of the Future conference this Thursday and Friday, also at the Convention Center. Our primary goal is to make children visible in the community. We are hoping to take the exhibit to a public area downtown and to help more early learning centers develop documentation panels to add this unique exhibit. If you have an idea for a display area downtown, let me know.

Other interesting happenings this week:

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The girlsʻ volleyball team visited our students in the dining room this past Tuesday. Itʻs always a treat to have our high school friends visit. Thereʻs a volleyball game coming up October 18, this Tuesday, 5:00pm, in the gym. All families are welcome to watch the game (vs. Punahou).

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I happened to be in the library this week and discovered Ms. Holzmanʻs third and fourth graders searching for books in Kawaiahaʻo Library. Nicole Goff, assistant librarian, really excites the children about books! When I see the students returning from the library as they pass my office window, theyʻre usually carrying several books and wearing a big smile. Our students are definitely book lovers.

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I secretly took this photo through the music room window so as not to disturb our kindergartners learning Thriller from Ms. Kekuna. Check out those scary looking hands. Students are preparing for the dance on October 28, Spooktivity, with the middle school. Itʻll be another amazing event! Do you have your costume, parents?

E Kūlia Kākou! Letʻs strive and aspire together!

For our children,

Edna L. Hussey, Ed.D.

Principal