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“Study nature, love nature, stay close to nature.
It will never fail you.” – Frank Lloyd Wright
One evening it poured down rain. When we arrived at school the next day, our playground area was one big, wet, muddy mess. Instead of forbidding the children to play in the mud, we embraced it. We allowed the toddlers to put on their boots, enjoy the mud and water play, and most importantly, explore nature. They splashed, stomped, and felt the wet mud in their hands.
Our Infant room is one of the most relaxing, calming, hectic and exciting rooms in our school (just depends on the time of day, ha!)
The elements of light, transparency and natural materials are strongly valued in our Infant room and observing their natural curiosity at such a young age routinely amazes us. Continue reading
You may have noticed that children love water, but have you ever thought, “Why?”
In this activity, we placed plastic Easter eggs in a sink full of water and observed the children play. The children proceeded to take the eggs apart, fill them up with water and pour the water out, over and over again. Adults and parents would assume that children would get tired of such monotonous play, however they remained fascinated and curious. Continue reading
One project that lasted a long time in the preschool room was investigating rainbows. It has been such a rich experience for the children that we are now seeing the project carrying over in the next class since some of them have moved to the preK class!
Have you ever thought teachers require children to play outside only to have a break from learning? What if your child attends a school where playing outside is considered learning? We believe children learn while playing outside and we actively engage in activities that ignite their interests, question previous notions, and teach life-skills.
Children yearn to learn, even outside. Our outside areas are considered a classroom. This is where learning can come to life and we can learn about science, math, and so much more. The butterfly garden, vegetable gardens, bug hotel, bird habitat and play spaces allow for rich learning experiences. Continue reading