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Mekhi Rutherford plays with his family in their home Aug. 18 in Markham, Ontario. Mekhi will be attending the full-day senior kindergarten class at Ellen Fairclough Public School this year.

Anne-Marie Jackson/ The Globe and Mail/Anne-Marie Jackson/ The Globe and Mail

What is The Kindergarten Diaries?

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.

Over the course of the year we visited their classrooms and performed a battery of tasks, including puppet interviews, drawing exercises and photographs, that allowed us to map their progress.

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Here is how the series broke down:

SEPTEMBER

We met with the children, their families and their teachers and established a starting point for the year ahead.

  • The Rutherford Family
  • The Mistry Family
  • The Bolton Family

DECEMBER

Our first visit to the classrooms since we met the children, produced these video reports.

  • Kindergarten diaries: The finger-puppet test
  • Kindergarten diaries: The photography test
  • Kindergarten diaries: The drawing test

MARCH

In March we brought the children to the Globe and Mail's offices where we set out one-time-only tasks.

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  • Video: The marshmallow test
  • Video: The theory of mind test

JUNE

In June we brought the families together to discuss each child's progress and reflect on lessons learned.

  • Video: Parents look back on a formative year
  • Video: The lighter side of learning

You can follow Kate Hammer's reporting and the research done by her partner in the series, graduate student Kadria Simons at www.globeandmail.com/kindergarten

DISCUSSION

Kate Hammer and Kadria Simons will participate in a live discussion Tuesday, June 14th at 1 p.m. ET

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