Tag Archives: Gardening

Plant Life

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.

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Parent Involvement

A core value in the Reggio Emilia approach is the importance of parents involvement. Parents are a vital component to the Reggio philosophy and are viewed as partners, collaborators, and advocates for their children. While it’s not uncommon to see parents here at Little Wonders, we always encourage and support parent involvement during the exploring process because the Reggio philosophy does not end when the child leaves our classroom.

In the photos below, one of the parents in the PreSchool class cam to help the children sprout sees. The seeds have been “trying to grow” according to the chlidren for some time now, but having a parent come and spend time with the children and share her expertise was such a wonderful experience for the school.  Continue reading

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Fruit and The Loose Parts Theory

The Hungry Caterpillar

The children have been taking turns bringing books in, and The Hungry Caterpillar seems to be a book that continues to show up often.  Because of the student’s interest in this book, the teachers have been working with the children on projects that relate to their interest in The Hungry Caterpillar book. As the teacher was reading The Hungry Caterpillar to the children, she noticed that they confused a plumb with a pineapple. After discussing with the children the different characteristics between the plum and the pineapple, the teachers did a series of fruit projects with the children. Continue reading

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Time for Pizza

When the children began talking about pizza while they played with sand and other materials in class, we thought it would be good for us to take “time” to make pizza in class. Instead of spending only Friday making the pizza, we thought it would be worth while to spend 2 – 3 days making the dough, sauce, and pizza.

 

One morning we spent the entire morning letting children freely move in and out of the dough making process. Continue reading

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Preschool’s Pumpkin Patch

The fall brought many learning experiences. The children were able to see the leaves changing colors, the acorns falling, and the weather changing. They were also able to have fun with pumpkins!

One morning, we read a book about pumpkins. We learned that pumpkins grow from seeds, and they grow in patches. The children talked about how the pumpkins are orange and round, and they wanted to draw them! Continue reading

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