Assessment that Informs Instruction
In this session, participants experience one way to collect
and organize the information based on the domains of child
development. The main tool for assessment in Kindergarten is
observation. Observation includes watching what children
are doing, listening to what they are saying, and interacting
to clarify and extend the learning.
Planning for Learning
Participants examine various aspects of planning through
reading scenarios and looking at models for planning and
have some time to think about plans for their professional
learning beyond the book club experience. In this session,
there is a planning focus of using a book to plan a
mathematics experience.
ETFO’s Newest Book Club!
Thinking It Through: Teaching and
Learning in the Kindergarten
Classroom is a comprehensive
resource for kindergarten educators
who are interested in reflecting on
and improving their practice with
our youngest learners.
In this first ETFO Book Club of the
Thinking It Through book club
series, participants will dip and dive
through the resource, gaining an
overall understanding of the
supports available to them for their
Child Development and the Implications for
Educators examine the domains of child development and
discuss the implications for practice. Knowing the child and
child development will support educators in planning
developmentally appropriate programs including; room or-
ganization, activities, interactions, materials, and resources
and enable educators to advocate for what is appropriate
for our youngest learners.
Playing to Learn
Play is at the heart of a Kindergarten program. It is how
children learn and come to know the world. Kindergarten
classrooms are organized based on learning centres.
Educators discuss their role, how centres are organized,
observing and assessing students as they play, and the
materials that are available that will impact children’s
This introductory Thinking It Through ETFO Book Club features the following two-hour sessions:

• Facilitator guides for each of the 24 featured books in this flyer
• Training tips
• Templates for a book club flyer and registration form to assist the local in advertising
• Choose dates and secure the sites for each of the four sessions
• Choose a book club facilitator
• Advertise and distribute (mail or e-mail) book club registration flyer and registration form to local members and collect
fee from interested members to cover book costs*
• Provide a light dinner and refreshments for participants at each of the four sessions*
• Provide any required AV equipment and materials (chart paper, markers, sticky notes)
• Attend each session and complete assigned homework in preparation for the next session (e.g., read appropriate
chapters for next session discussion, try different strategies, bring student artifacts)
• Submit registration form and fee*
* Some locals may elect to pay for the book cost, in which case participants would not pay any fee.
* At the discretion of the local.
Format of ETFO Book Clubs:
• Four weekly sessions of approximately two hours in length, including a light dinner*
• Small group size of 15-20 participants
• Book club fee is the book cost*
ETFO provincial office will provide online:
ETFO local will:
Facilitator will:
Participants will:
How ETFO Book Clubs work...
Information on how to order books, their associated costs,
as well as other supports, is available on the ETFO website at