Materials Needed

The HIVE, our room dedicated to reusing man-made materials, is in need of supplies.  Please consider looking around your house for materials you may no longer be using. No purchases are necessary.  The school is looking for donations of specific items in large quantities.  For instance, a box of paper or a lunch bag full… continue reading

Discovery B Meets Stripes

Friends from Discovery B visited Stripes in his home on the third floor last week.  The children observed him, learned to pet him in ways that are comfortable for Stripes.  They learned about his food, water and treats.  Children took photographs, drew pictures and developed procedures for taking care of Stripes.  They also started wondering… continue reading

Image of the Child

The Reggio Emilia approach to education is based on nine principles that inspire and guide teaching practices.  Of the nine, the image of the child, I would argue, is the most important.  Reggio educator Carlina Rinaldi defines it by stating that “the child is a producer of culture, values, and rights, competent in learning and… continue reading

School Wide Study Kicks Off

Teachers and children started sharing their summer provocations on the very first day of school!  Peers are making connections  and asking questions. Teachers are noting interests, hobbies and ways to connect learning in and out of the classroom.  The study topic, “The Relationship between the Inside and the Outside,” has led children to connect with… continue reading

Thank You!

Thank you to all the families who came to orientation.  It was a pleasure to meet all of you and your children!  Mrs. Swartz, Cassie and I are looking forward to an exciting and fun year!  Don’t forget to work on the PROVOCATION that we sent home.  See you on September 3rd! -Ms. Amash

Register Now for a Reggio Inspired Workshop

Join us at the Grand Rapids Child Discovery Center on August 19.  Our “Learning with Materials Workshop” is a chance for educators and parents to learn about our Reggio Emilia inspired practices.  Information and online registration can be found here.  Hope to see you there!  If you have questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Sarah… continue reading

25 Activities to Keep Kids’ Brains Active in Summer

   It’s summer — Many of these activities link to online resources. In most cases, however, the activities can be completed even by those without Internet access Fill in summer’s special days and events on the Education World Coloring Calendar for June, July, or August. Or help children use pencils, drawing paper, and rulers to create, decorate,… continue reading