Discovery Work in the Studio

Studio Coordinator Nora Faber is busy introducing materials or languages as we call them.  By the end of November all children will have had introductions and explorations with drawing materials (oil pastels, chalk, graphite, pencil, marker), clay and wire.  Classroom teaching teams are introducing paint and paper.  We intend to offer children the skills to… 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

Classrooms Supported by Manmade Materials

If you walk into Discovery B this week, you will notice small groups of children are manipulating manmade objects like egg cartons, cardboard, wooden sticks and paper.  Teachers are using these materials to develop challenges for children learning number sense operations like counting, number recognition, skip counting and addition.  Teachers refer to these materials as Hive… continue reading