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This week in our music room, JK students explored the element of the form in music through a Reggio-inspired activity that focuses on the process of Responding. I played the composition “Sunrise” from the Grand Canyon Suite by Ferde Grofe. The children quietly listened to the music and drew the “story” 
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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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There has been much written about today’s child not having enough time outdoors, free to explore, wonder and play within nature’s beauty.  We know that young children learn through the sounds, scents, and seasons of the outdoors. Richard Louv states and dialogues about the facts in 
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At recess time we ventured out to “put our snails back in nature” as we had determined that “It is time for the snails to go home.”  Many of the children shared their goodbyes . The boys and girls chose a place for their snail 
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During one of our recent Morning Meetings in Junior Kindergarten, where we share stories, information, and the unfolding day as a community, I began to consider and reflect upon the term ‘New Knowledge’. I realized that I had used this term to think about what 
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The Inuit people balanced rocks to create a type of “land art” that was both beautiful and with a purpose. Over 400 years ago, the people created Inuksuks that helped them find their way; that spoke of a good resting place; that defined a place 
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I was most inspired from a posting on Pinterest entitled, “How We Express Ourselves: A Kindergarten Inquiry” where a Reggio inspired PYP teacher shared her work with her children.  They explored “The Hundred Languages of Children” poem written by Loris Malaguzzi, who “influenced practitioners all 
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Inquiring Minds is delighted to share today’s post from Mrs. Jane Buckley-Black, Richland’s Junior Kindergarten teacher. I was most inspired by a rich Pinterest posting this past week entitled: ‘Outdoor Maths:  Measuring the Size of Sticks.’ This was posted by ‘Creative Star Learning’ which is 
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Today’s Inquiring Minds post comes from Mrs. Jane Black, Richland Academy’s Junior Kindergarten teacher.  Mrs. Black has captured the exuberance of the children as they explored outdoors. The children were ever so thankful for the ‘warmer’ temperatures and the bright sunshine that greeted them today 
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Today’s blog post comes from Richland’s PK and JK teachers, and captures the experience they had with their students. After the official opening of the Hawkins Exhibit, ‘Cultivate the Scientist in Every Child’, we took our PK and JK friends for a first session into 
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