The Globe and Mail spent the last year inside three Toronto-area schools following the progress of four kindergarteners, each representative of different needs and backgrounds.
The Globe's Kate Hammer started covering education for the Globe and Mail in late 2009, just as three provinces were gearing up to re-invent their kindergarten programs. As a reporter she wanted to know what was wrong with the half-day model, the one where kindergarten served as a warm-up for Grade 1.
Over the course of the year Ms. Hammer, along with paid-researcher Kadria Simons visited classrooms and performed a battery of tasks on the four Kindergarten Diaries participants. These tests included puppet interviews, drawing exercises and photographs, that allowed Ms. Hammer and Ms. Simons to map their progress.
The result was the Kindergarten Diaries.
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