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Open House!

The Marigold School of Early Learning is having an Open House during the week of March 6th through the 11th, 2017.  You are welcome to come for a visit anytime between 8:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. all that week.  

The Marigold School of Early Learning is a small in-home Reggio Emilia inspired preschool for children ages three to five.  There is a maximum of eight spots available for each class session M-F and in the afternoon of M & W.  You may check my website for day choices to see what will fit your families needs the best.

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Please remember to bring your child with you on your visit.  I have found through the years that if a child is a part of the process from the start they will feel more empowered and respected during this very exciting and new turning point in their young lives.  After all, it is the children that attend class and why not allow them to be the first to explore and help make the decision as to which first school experience they would like to be a part of.


Walk, ride a bike or drive to The Marigold School of Early Learning!  Join a community of progressive learners today!

Heidi Scott is an experienced Teacher with a Bachelor’s In Human Development and a Focus on Early Childhood Education and a Master’s In Teaching grades preschool through eighth.

Posted in Preschools The Marigold School of Early Learning (Marigold)

Enroll Today!

The Marigold School of Early Learning has open enrollment throughout the 2016-2017 school year, so please do not feel as though you’ve missed some deadline for enrolling your child.

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The Marigold School of Early Learning is a small- in home preschool located in the Lincoln neighborhood.  Eight children ages three to five can attend M-F either morning classes or M & W’s afternoon class.

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The Marigold School of Early Learning is a Reggio Emilia inspired preschool incorporating an emergent curriculum and implementing aspects of Loose Parts and Intelligent Play Things theory. 

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At The Marigold School of Early Learning preparing children ages three to five for kindergarten and beyond is a priority.  All of the wonderful learning moments from the time your child arrives, to the day they graduate adds up to quite a strong foundation of knowledge in preparation for the future!

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The Marigold School of Early Learning values every child’s intelligence, ability to self-regulate one’s actions, the endless curiosity that leads to scientific inquiries, discoveries, explorations, experiments, and constructions.  Join this progressive learning community and support your child’s right to learn and be prepared for all future education and life endeavors!

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The Marigold School of Early Learning is owned, directed and taught by Heidi Scott who is an experienced educator and has a Bachelor’s In Human Development with a Focus on Early Childhood Education and a Master’s In Teaching grades preschool through eighth.

Email or call the school number today!




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Multiple Meanings

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Provocations have multiple meanings.  Provocations are open-ended in the sense that a child is not limited as to what they can do with the material.  The picture above has inch worms, a doll, a wooden bowl and a glass jar.  With these items, children are inspired, but what exactly that inspiration is, depends on each child’s interpretation of the scene before them.  At first glance, a child could count the worms and dismiss the other items.  They could pattern the colors or group by size the worms.  They could use the doll and form a story with the worms being worms. Taking out and putting in again from each the bowl and jar can also be a choice each child has to make when seeing a scene such as this one.


The picture to your right is a standing area and some items on the shelves set out for use.  For the standing area again there are multiple choices within this provocation.  Some children will push aside the numbers and start stacking the blocks.  Or they could start counting the blocks.  Some children will count and associate the counting with the numbers.  Another child may choose the book and ignore the other items.  Another child may see the doll and use the blocks to form a home for the doll.  How a child interprets the provocation depends not only on interest, but the child’s age and developmental level, and their personality.  Some children may ask a friend to join in their play and together make meaning from this provocation.  A child may decide to move the small blocks to a larger area to expand upon an idea they want to try out. Provocations to us adults may seem so simple, yet when we dissect what is really there for children to explore, we see how complex they can be. 

The shelves contain many items for the children to explore and again those items communicate multiple meanings as well.  Things may look at first simplistic, yet when given further attention and from a child’s perspective, there is so much more to gain from items like these.  A learning environment is chalked full of educational opportunities even if we adults miss that fact.


With cloth to designate the area, recyclable items, dolls, blocks, wood rounds, and cars there are many different choices set up into one provocation.  Too much?  Not really.  Every child that comes upon a scene like this one will either push items away they are not interested in, or they will narrow down the items they choose to interact with.  The older and more sophisticated the play becomes is when all the items will be used and make sense.  For a younger three-year-old child choosing one direction of play for this provocation will be enough.  For another child choosing two directions of play will be appropriate for their growing mind, and for another child using all the items will be just right and will cause some disequilibrium.  Provocations can be multilayered and provoke deeper thoughts and cause the mind to stretch in an attempt to understand the new information put before them.  My job is to support and expand upon the learning that takes place at all levels of development.  And that is one very special aspect of early learning and teaching! 🙂


The Marigold School of Early Learning!  A Reggio Emilia Inspired school for young children ages three to five!

Heidi Scott, BA & MIT