During this week’s Think Tank session with Gabby, our atelierista and nutritionist, the children were able to encounter radishes as part of our “Food as a Language” study. Many of the children were unfamiliar with this vegetable, but they enjoyed the process of exploring its characteristics.
We discussed the following:
- Was it hard or soft?
- What color is it? The outside was red, the inside white, and some of them had a small red dot on the inside! What a pleasant surprise!
- What is the long, small piece on it? The children referred to it as “the stick”
- How many pieces can you hold in your hand?
- What size is it? Small or big? Pieces, whole, etc.
So much happens outside! We like to spend a lot of time outdoors because it’s packed with exciting opportunities to explore and express creativity. While outdoors, we often play structured games with Coach Chip or read books, sing songs, exercise and dance together. However, some of the best times we have are when we get to enjoy the beautiful weather and connect with one another in FREE PLAY!
Play matters in our school. We believe it is essential to a child’s mental, physical and social development. We created a short video of a couple of the beautiful moments captured from a morning outside. Continue reading
The Reggio Emilia philosophy includes having nature as the third teacher, so this week we introduced the eggplant in the lunchroom and classroom! Eggplant is something new on our current menu. Since this is a new food for most of us, we are introducing it not only in the lunchroom, but in the classrooms as well. We want the children to experience it in many ways, so that when they see it in the lunchroom, they will be more open to trying it.
In the Castle Room, painting is a staple activity because it serves a variety of way purposes in child development. Through the use of paint, children can express their innermost emotions, convey unique ideas and investigate the concepts of processes and outcomes. It allows them to use their senses of sight and touch to explore color and texture, all while creating aesthetically pleasing works and experiences.
Spring is in full swing, and so is our garden! Lately, the children have been busy tending to the gardens in the playground, observing and participating in the gardening and harvesting of our crops. So far, we have had three harvests of sugar snap and snow peas. More surprisingly, we have also found daikon and onions in the garden! These experiences inspired us to explore gardening further.