Archive for January, 2017

The Environment as the Third Teacher

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“Stand aside for a while and leave room for learning, observe carefully what children do, and then, if you have understood well, perhaps teaching will be better than before.”

– Loris Malaguzzi: Founder of the Reggio Emilia Approach 

This quote by Malaguzzi came to my mind as I observed the children gathering around Zara (3rd grade) to listen to the story and contemplated the ways that this scene reflects the Core Values of KMS:

The environment in the child-constructed classroom – AKA “Community Literacy Center (whose name was coined by Caroline, 2nd grade) – truly played the role of the “3rd teacher.” That is,  Zara’s personal book-basket where she keeps her favorite books conveniently lived nearby for her to take to a comfy spot; the bean bag served a warm invitation for Zara’s friends to come and enjoy her reading aloud; and the spelling rules on the walls, anchored and designed by the children earlier in the school year, hung ready to to be utilized to help figure out tricky words.

This video clip is but one reflection of our school identity: that we believe in children as competent citizens, that we view our environment as an essential partner in all facets of teaching and learning, and that we honor each other’s relationships through the journey of exploration.

Exploring Rain Clouds

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Exploring Rain Clouds

Alden Fletcher, Atelierista

This stormy wintery month is a wonderful opportunity to explore the changing weather.  In pre-k, we have been dialoguing about rain and where it comes from.  The children have many theories, which I asked them to portray in a graphic form.  These quotes and images convey the varied thinking of the children, as well as their ability to use the language of drawing to articulate their ideas.   

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“The world spins around and when it faces the moon on one side, some of the moon’s air comes to the earth and bumps in and goes to different parts of the world” -Ali (age 5) describing where clouds come from

Please click on this link to see more of the children’s ideas