This year I’ve started a new job at a school blessed with a beautiful and vast forest outside our front door. One day a week we spend the whole morning playing out in the forest. In these forest school sessions, I’ve watched the children develop resilience, gross motor coordination, camaraderie, and connection to and love…
Loris Malaguzzi, pioneer of the Reggio Emilia approach, is oft quoted asserting in early childhood settings there should be, “nothing without joy”. How can educators find joy in challenging times? This year has been unbelievably challenging, upsetting, and unprecedented. I made it my goal this year to find and cultivate joy. But what…
To color, or not to color?
The students should be working harder than the teacher.
Early Childhood educators in the 21st century are social-ecologists.
“Experience, travel- these are an education in themselves”
In the spirit of science, I conducted an experiment.
Fine and gross-motor coordination, the refinement of proprioceptive awareness, increased balance, strength, and endurance.
Free-play time is entirely student-driven
the capacity for creative play becomes the capacity for creative thought