When you give children access to loose parts and extended periods of time to explore and create….you will see amazing things. Year after year I ask my self, why are the students in The Hive Classroom always so engaged with loose parts? What creates this type of success? It is not just having access to wonderful materials…you can’t purchase creativity.
The teachers in The Hive Classroom do an incredible job of providing a variety of materials, quality work space and large periods of uninterrupted time. They carefully introduce each material, slowly and intentionally into the classroom, making sure children are ready to use it safely and properly. This process allows for children to push past the first idea, or the first moment of boredom or the first conflict and explore problem solving skills and deeper levels of innovation.
The students in The Hive have been pushing their creativity with magnetic builders, loose wooden parts, blocks and other interesting loose parts…check out some of their interesting work!
What do you do when all your students are talking about their latest adventure? You bring the outdoors in obviously! The Camping Experience is such a quintessential moment in childhood, but for some children it is not a possibility. I love how these teachers brought the adventure to the children, and made sure they were making memories that will last a life time!
The students in The Garden Classroom have been learning all about, How to Garden! Learning about tools, plants and proper maintenance of their beautiful garden space!
Learning about the different plants that grow in our Garden, exploring their parts and their many uses deepens our understanding of garden science leads us to examine our link to the natural world and our role in it. By caring for the garden the children are themselves growing, learning nurturing and empathy in the process. Using garden tools will help us understand mechanics and aid in developing physical skills.