Friday, September 23, 2016
Tuesday, September 20, 2016
It is also supported in classrooms by the teachers who support active looking in order to communicate what is observed via creative media.
And it's FUN! You can try this at home too! Just get yourself a small journal and take a walk...find an object that engages your sense of wonder and spend some time looking. Allow your hand to communicate to the paper what is seen. The critic will have to stay home on this journey! Creative expression can be a portal into the moment and a wonderful opportunity to SLOW DOWN and see the world anew.
Monday, September 19, 2016
We encountered so much beauty along the way and I was gently reminded to slow down and really look at the familiar with new eyes. Together we discovered dew drops, a bee caught in a web, flowers, mint, interesting shadows, bird songs, waterfalls and cracks in the side walks.
On the way back, one of the children remarked, "Angelina we saw people but most of them didn't look at us or were talking on the phone. We didn't get to say 'Hello'."
Of course they were right. Once again the children had noticed what is obvious and easily overlooked in our hurried rush to get from place to place. We have become a culture so busy on phones and with schedules, that we often overlook the everyday opportunities to engage with the people around us, to build community and exchange daily niceties.
The children reminded me to put my cell phone away, smile at the one another, notice the flowers and greet a few strangers. Care to join us?
Friday, September 16, 2016
Each of you are part of this community, please feel free to chat with me about ways to become involved in our year together.
Friday, September 9, 2016
Thursday, September 8, 2016
Thursday, September 1, 2016
Classrooms are filling up with children, many of whom are getting to know their environments and routines for the first time. It is so beautiful to hear the hum of activity in the school. At this time of year I am reminded just how courageous children are. They encounter so much newness every day, often coming up against their own comfort thresholds and passing through into the unknown. They are an inspiration and whenever I hesitate on the precipice of my own unfamiliar territories I think of them.
The studio differs from the classrooms. It's an open-ended environment informed by Montessori and guided by the philosophies of Reggio-Emila. Our research question sets the course for our year of study but where we go, how our learning develops and where we will land is entirely up to the children. It's a wonderful journey of discovery and each of you are invited to come along, share in the process and contribute your own unique perspectives, experiences and voices along the way.