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Since the children’s arrival in SK in September, play has provided many opportunities for scientific discoveries.  Be it observing an amaryllis slowly opening on the light table, a ladybug sunning itself on a school wall, or a long term fascination with building ramps. Play has provided 
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This week at the Tinkering Lab, the Grade 1 children continue to build upon their pyramid structures. They completed the base, and are currently in the process of building the sides. Together, they are assessing which material and tools would work best for specific tasks, 
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Reggio inspired educators talk about ‘Provocations’ — reflective, intentional and thoughtful actions taken by adults to provoke, entice children to wonder and imagine, or extend and enrich children’s thinking. Materials, artifacts, items from nature, all contribute to creating this inspirational palette of learning. This shared concept 
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One of the reasons we are here in Guangzhou is to create the environment for Mei Bimbi,  a Reggio-inspired preschool. The name, Mei Bimbi, marries the Chinese word for beautiful with the Italian word for baby.  The space selected for the centre is currently being renovated to 
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I have never been to Asia before, so arriving in Hong Kong two weeks ago and making my way by car, high speed rail, and on foot to Guangzhou in mainland China marked the beginning of an incredible ‘first’ for me.  My purpose?  To source materials and 
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Double verb construction/preposition-plus-infinitive targeted gesture teaching and reviewDuring this activity, we target the practice of the infinitive form, sometimes in contrast with the third-person singular form. It helps attune students’ ears to the correct sound of the ending of the infinitive (er,ir/e,oir/e and re), and helps them 
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The children revisited their original ideas, and began to build on to them.  A. was interested in, “Building a new design where the ramps go back and forth, and up and down like a teeter-totter.” T. wanted to, “Move the marbles from the tower, across the 
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The Grade 1 class has explored ways of maintaining a healthy body such as through exercise and good nutrition. Of interest to them was the food pyramid. They have taken this inquiry further into the tinker lab where they have been designing the food pyramid 
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The interactions between children and nature ensure that, “Children who are surrounded by nature experience benefits to their physical, social, and cognitive development.” It is vitally important that, “Children experience bountiful opportunities for interacting with nature.” Bringing nature inside onto every surface and in every form 
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Malaguzzi has said, “Our goal is to build an amiable school, where children, teachers, and families feel at home.” How do we accomplish such a feeling of home within our school? Homes are warm, safe and nurturing to our needs. We enjoy being ourselves within 
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