Mind Mapping with Preps – 5 & 6 Year Olds and I’m not out of my mind! Well…

I’ve been looking forward to introducing Mind Mapping to my Preps. They need to know how to build ideas and organise their thinking as much as the  older children. I’ve started with a very familiar topic – school. We brainstormed the branch titles and decided on Friends, Learning, Inquiry and Leaders. As a grade we are always talking about leadership, our learning, being a great friend and our Inquiry. It’s important for Preps to understand the complexities of school and the journey they are making. They love getting out their early work books and comparing them with what they can do now. I love the conversations they have and the sense of satisfaction that is obvious on their faces.

To help organise their thoughts we discussed using colors for each branch. This is our first go at Mind Mapping and I am very pleased with their  attempts. Mind Mapping will be a great tool to use for our inquiry into living and non living things. This is my second year in Prep and they are teaching me so much. The most important thing I have learnt is not to underestimate their capabilities.

I’ve removed the friendship section of these Mind Map as I don’t include my school name,  student names or photos in my blog.

Cheers Nina

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4 responses to “Mind Mapping with Preps – 5 & 6 Year Olds and I’m not out of my mind! Well…

  1. Editor

    Excellent lovely to see the work produced by your students. Tim

  2. averil2

    Hi Sue,
    I haven’t seen ‘Julia and Julia’ yet but its on my list. I’m really pleased to get this sort of feedback. I’ve loved teaching Prep. It’s a very special year and so important. Developing those learner traits such as ‘having a go’, taking risks, organising themselves and leading learning will carry them right through their education. I’m not sure about next year yet, but I’d be happy to teach Preps again. Last year I crawled, this year I’m walking and next year I’ll be running. Transition is always scary. I just look at those little faces and think ‘wow’, here I go again!
    Cheers Nina

  3. Sue Gibson

    Hi Nina,
    It is just fantastic to read what you are doing with your Preps … and you are so enthusiastic! I began teaching Prep in 1989! and was somewhat daunted by the idea, after having been in Special Ed settings and upper primary classes. But I took up the challenge and went into it with my everything. Every year,I would prepare for the next year ‘s transition program and then of course …it was Prep again for me!!
    Now after many years in Prep (despite offering to take any role at school) I still love it and I am doing many of the activities you explain. I have tried some of your ideas which are new to me and I just love them.Your ideas have reminded me about tried and true things I had forgotten.
    I am so excited that I am still on track and engaging my students.
    Thank you for your inspirational blog. Blogging is something I have never tried. But hey there is now time like the present. Seeing ‘Julie and Julia ‘at the movies last week inspired me to forward you a comment … just to let you know how much I enjoy trying your ideas.
    Thanks again for all your ideas and for sharing them with others.. I will look forward to reading your future entries. And yes it is Prep for 2010!

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