I am thrilled to work with children to expand their experience with two things I am passionate about: nature and creativity. Every session we explore together through play, investigations, art, and stories. The place based model helps children feel a sense of place by connecting and learning about the world around them. That can mean the natural world, their local town, the local bird population, or anything around them. The plan with the preschool sessions is to gather once a season to explore a topic within our “place.” I also enjoy asking the children to interpret what they learn through art (inspired by Reggio Emilia philosophy.) I have so much fun that I want to keep the experience; hence, the blog! The blog includes post from the place based sessions or other ways and ideas to share an appreciation for nature and creativity. Enjoy!
They enjoyed some of the centers as they got to know each
other: snow table with animals and tracks, light table, snowflakes, books, etc.
“Let’s pretend that the moose is walking through the woods.” Caleb
“Let’s make the snowflake with colors.” E.B.
Then we learned about animal adaptations with the help of Friends of Merrymeeting Bay. This is the migration circle where she wears a backpack to symbolize migration. Others had a down jacket to symbolize active animals, a pillow for hibernators, and an alarm clock for dormant animals.