Our Skeletal Study

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By Kerry The classroom is filled with ideas about self right now, with all of the children working on their self portraits. They have been working on noticing the similarities and differences in each others faces whether it be eye color, nose shape or hair style. The reflection hasn’t stopped at their external selves though. We have been thinking and … Read More

Self Portrait Time!

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by Alisha This week we have been busy drawing self portraits. This is a project we do at the beginning and end of each year. The children get to be both the subject and artist of their work. The first goal of anti-bias education is “Each child will demonstrate self-awareness, confidence, family pride and positive social identity.” When we see … Read More

“My Face”

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by Alisha One project that we do every year is drawing self portraits. We are drawing our our self portraits this week so we have been talking a lot about the similarities and differences in our faces. We have been using mirrors, markers, pens and our own hands to study our faces. What shape are my eyes? How long is … Read More

What is a shadow?

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      by Katee We have been playing so much with light, shadow, prisms, and color lately that I thought it was time to pose a project-work question to our young colleagues: What is a shadow?  We passed around flashlights to explore while we thought about this phenomenon and a couple children shared their observations and theories with the group. … Read More

What happened to Nick?

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by Alisha Yesterday something big happened!  Nick is one of our persona dolls that we introduced last week. The children have already made lots of connections with him. Some of the children who were not here yesterday noticed something was different about him right when they walked in this morning. What happened to Nick??? So today at circle we worked together … Read More

The Rainbow Seed

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  by Katee Sometimes project work starts with a big catalyst- moving to a new space, breaking an arm, babies born in the community, etc., but sometimes it starts with something small, something tiny- maybe something that can fit in your cubby when you get to school or even in your pocket to stay with you and jingle it’s reminder … Read More

Experimenting with Cardboard

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By Kerry When initially setting up our new block room, a peg board was installed and multi-colored pegs (golf tees) were supplied for the children to experiment with. Up until recently, the pegs had been used primarily for collecting, spreading on the floor, or hiding inside of temporary structures. This week, some assorted, recycled, cardboard boxes were added to the … Read More

Focused and Busy Together

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by Alisha This morning was one of those mornings that every teacher who is inspired by the schools of Reggio Emilia loves to be a part of.  This morning was alive with busy and focused children and teachers all working, exploring, inspiring and being inspired together.  I love to see our classroom start to grow and transform with the children’s … Read More

Lining up is hard to do!

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by Alisha Forming a line is hard work! We are practicing every day. We line up for the bathroom, we line up to wash hands for snack and we line up when we come in from outside. We do have some tools to help our line making. One of them our sensory wall that children can touch and explore while … Read More

Why the White Room?

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“It’s like a place for wish magic!”- CL by Katee At our Reggio-inspired school we are called to be facilitators of exploration.  We set out provocations to provoke wonder, curiosity, engagement, reflection, and learning through experience.  We follow the children throughout the year, carefully listening, trying to understand the hundred languages that each child speaks to us and build ideas … Read More