The Marigold School of Early Learning: A Reggio Emilia Inspired Preschool

 

 

The Marigold School of Early Learning is a Preschool

Designed for Children Ages 3-5.

 

 

A Reggio Emilia Inspired Preschool for curious open minds.

 

 

A place for a child to explore, discover, plan, construct and create!

 

 

Academics are integrated into an ever-evolving emergent curriculum!

 

 

Wherever your child is in the cognitive developmental continuum The Marigold School of Early Learning supports every step of the journey.

 

 

The foundation of all learning is strengthened and nurtured during these special early years.

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Healthy balanced organic snacks for growing bodies and minds are provided  🙂

 

Heidi Scott is an experienced Early Learning Teacher with a Bachelor’s in Human Development with a Focus in Early Childhood Development and a Master’s In Teaching grades preschool – eighth

 

 

 

 

 

Counting

100_7092 In the early years of child development gathering, collecting, sorting and counting can become a great passion for many young and eager learners.  You may notice young children will count a wide variety of objects.  As a child constructs knowledge/ understanding the information they are exploring, questioning and manipulating will transfer to many other areas.  Children aged three often are gatherers and carriers, meaning they enjoy finding every small to medium sized toy, object, tool and collecting them all together, then traveling with them.  These items are then incorporated into the child’s imaginative play.  

I’ve witnessed many early learning teachers trying to stop this behavior in their classrooms for one reason and it has nothing to do with learning; the children are making a mess and mixing the materials.  Now if the items were being destroyed, ruined so other children could not use them, then, of course, we must put a stop to destructive actions, yet when a child is simply following natural development of the brain, there is no valid reason to stop this behavior.  Gathering, sorting, transferring and using items for different purposes is natural and engages a child’s mind in a more meaningful way than being told how to play with those items.

An educationaviewpoint embraces this stage of child development and encourages the child to continue with their explorations, questions, ideas, and plans.  Using the classroom toys, tools and materials for different purposes show the child is constructing knowledge.  The vehicle on which new understanding is being formed comes from the child’s ability to dramatize with the items, role play.  Those mixed up and jumbled materials take on a role in the child’s ever-changing stories and make-believe adventures. When items like buttons or magnet numbers are collected and treated as frosted cookies, the child is displaying their understanding so far as to how life works.  Too general of a term?  The child is communicating through this process that there is an understanding of family roles, friendship roles, professional roles, and many more life roles that we all play a part in for our entire lives.  And yes, the child is using objects, not for the purposes they were designed for, but rather as a way to formulate concrete understandings of an abstract world.

Counting is a regular part of academics in any household and early learning environment with young children.  Learning number symbols is a part of the continued construction of knowledge.  A knowledge that will be built upon with every small advancement made.  Again we see that any object can be counted.  Any object can take on the role of a number.  When young minds count a variety of materials that action is displaying a mathematical understanding.  If the child only counts one specific type of object, understanding is then still in its infancy, so to speak.  However, when a young child can count anything and not be inhibited by what that object is, counting has meaning understanding is further along.  Strength in mathematics can be in every child/ boy, girl or otherwise.  We as early learning professionals should always put learning/education first with our young students.  Human beings never stop learning, so let’s not get in the way of our youngest minds!  Be sensitive to what the child is telling us.

100_7791 100_8006   Children want to understand so the best way to formulate knowledge is for them to physically manipulate any object they can get their hands on.  Counting items over and over again and incorporating a wide selection of materials to be counted allows for the brain to build several pathways all with the goal of complete understanding ahead of them.  Magnetic numbers do not have to be in numerical order for the child to formulate numerical sense.  Each number symbol is just that an abstract symbol in the form of a concrete object that can be counted and lined up to organize and keep track of.  A strong pathway has formed through many tiny pathways leading to this moment.  The foundation is set for all future learning.  As a three-year-old grows to four and five those abstract number symbols will be better understood, their value and meaning made clearer.  Entering K-3rd grade the mathematical concepts explored so vigorously in preschool will ensure a deep understanding when they are needed for more complex theories and strategies.  However, the most successful are not just those inclined with one of Howard Gardner’s intelligence categories, but those children allowed to fully explore the environments they inhabit.

100_7193 100_7777 We can see that while counting a child is also formulating an understanding of left to right progression. (My camera makes it look the opposite) In our culture, we write from left to right, so children see this modeled countless times.  Writing is not the first time children show this concept and display understanding, yet all too often this skill is overlooked.  Let’s stop rushing and pay attention to the little details children communicate to us.  After all, children communicate in 100 different languages, children’s language, which is universal.  Early writing is the scribble stage of development and a left to right progression is being practiced, yet in counting this is also happening.  A transferring of information equals understanding.  At the same time pathways for writing left to right are being constructed not only during the times a child picks up a writing tool but whenever a child finds objects to count and sort.  All these pathways form while children are exploring, questioning, planning and discovering.  And each is enabled to learn more and be successful as the elementary years emerge.

Paints and teacups with buttons follow the progression of direction.  Mixing red and white to make pink is not the only skill being learned at this moment.  As this child paints the progression of left to right is being followed, practiced all on her own and not with any influence from me directly.  Forming a line with teacups filled with buttons has many skills involved.  First sorting and filling each cup with the buttons, then carrying them to a specific location, which requires balance and motion, then lining them up. 

 

I value early learning and respect every child’s capacity and ability to learn!  Preschool is the place to start when you want your child to be as prepared as possible for all future educational endeavors.  Learning is fun and us adults should embrace that joy!

The Marigold School of Early Learning is a Reggio Emilia Inspired Preschool Specifically Designed for Children Ages 3-5.

Heidi Scott, BA & MIT is an experienced Teacher

Growing Seeds!

 

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The seeds I’ve planted are growing nicely and soon will need to be planted. 🙂

101_6579 Onse seed from last years marigolds is growing strong from this planting.  🙂

101_6576 New sprouts have taken off from the new batch of marigold seeds.  These will be dark orange-red rather than golden yellow.

101_6577 The Forget-Me-Nots are doing really well.  I thought for a time they would not survive, but they did!  These cups are used coffee pods placed in egg cartons. 

101_6569 This year I planted more than one runner bean and they grew immediately.   I will need to get the strings ready very soon or else they will be flopping over the windowsill.

101_6573 Red sunflowers are also quickly growing!  I will need to get all of these sprouted seeds out to the yard this week. 🙂

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Walk, ride a bike or drive to The Marigold School of Early Learning! 🙂

Heidi Scott is a Master level Teacher

Week of the Young Child! 2017

Honoring Young Children!  The Week of the Young Child is Here!

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It is that time again to focus our attention on all the wonderful things we love about young children!

Enjoy this week admiring and appreciating your students and children during this very special and vital time in their lives.

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The Early years are an extremely important time in a person’s life and making sure the experiences they go through are rich and varied will help each child develop the much-needed skills to tackle our difficult world later in life.  Value their first attempts at everything they try.  Be there to support, guide and uplift when it counts!  Children look up to their parents, teachers and even older siblings, so support young children by being there for each as they engage in this diverse world.

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Children grow fast and they experience so much during those years of constant development and change.  Allow your child or student to explore art, music, sports, dance, literacy, math, science, technology, nature and so much more!  Be there with them to live those experiences and share all the joys that come with those life moments.

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101_6467  The Marigold School of Early Learning is a Reggio Emilia inspired Preschool Specifically Designed for Children Ages three to five!

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Heidi Scott has been teaching and in education for almost 20 years!  She has a Bachelor’s In Human Development with a Focus on Early Childhood Education and a Master’s In Teaching Grades Pre-K -Eight.  Join this small progressive community valuing early learning and the importance of early education!

The Marigold School of Early Learning! 🙂

 

Spring!

The Marigold School of Early Learning! 🙂 

101_6435Spring is finally here!!  Red tulips are in full bloom.  I love watching tulips small buds slowly open.  

101_6442Grape hyacinth is also in full bloom and very vibrant.

101_6441Each year the tulips multiply and form such a lovely outdoor bouquet.

 

101_6438The inside of a tulip is similar to the sunshine bursting!

Heidi Scott has a Bachelors in Human Development with a Focus on Early Childhood Education and a Master’s In Teaching grades preK- Eighth.

Why is a healthy snack so important?

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Healthy food is not only important for the three main meals a day for growing bodies and minds.  Often times preschool aged children will attend programs that provide snacks, yet these snacks are usually high carb, simple sugar, low fiber and sometimes contain food coloring.  These types of snacks usually rate about a 5 on a scale of 1-10 because they do offer water, milk, fruit, veggies and nuts.  However, children feel the effects of these simple carbs too quickly and end up with a huge burst of energy and then they start to crash and become grumpy, tired, irritable etc. you get the picture.  Is this the child’s fault for eating the snack?  No!  We adults should be keeping up with what nutrition young bodies and minds need not just at home, but in every environment, children engage in.  When children are in preschool they are using a lot of cognitive and physical energy to get through their day.  They are learning and gaining new knowledge and let’s face it, that is not always easy work, it is demanding and challenging and requires the right kinds of fuel for children to keep the energy they need at a level appropriate for their growing minds and bodies.

101_3786 I like to provide organic, gluten free and dairy free snacks that consist of fruits, vegetables, gluten-free whole grain crackers, nuts, seeds and nut butter along with water.  The snacks I have planned are like mini meals because I want children to consume healthy foods for longer attention, steady and consistent energy and I want to expose them to foods they may not have tried at home before.  I have had students who enjoy eating carrots at school and not at home just because it was served differently, but sometimes I have introduced a fruit or vegetable that a child has not tried yet and sure enough they realize it tastes great and want more!

100_9153When we simply don’t have the sugary, food colored simple carb options available children don’t think about them or want them.  When children can be a part of making their snacks and serving themselves they learn how to eat healthily, how not to waste food and, how to read their body’s signals when they are full and satisfied.  The energy output is much more even-paced and moods improve and stay uplifted throughout their time at school.  This doesn’t mean that if children are exposed to all those sugary goodies once in a while that they will not want them, but not having them around can really curtail the desire for them.  And don’t we all want children to grow up healthy, strong and capable?  Let’s feed them organic healthy snacks without the sugar and food coloring. 

 

Heidi Scott is an experienced Teacher with a Master’s in Teaching.  Please walk, ride a bike or drive to The Marigold School of Early Learning! 🙂

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