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COVID Disruptions Make September Now

COVID Disruptions Make September Now 0

Daring to imagine a school year that might be a lot closer to normal?  Planning a new or refreshed learning environment, indoors or out?  
Plan on ordering furnishings and resources as soon as you possibly can as global pandemic supply chains are expected to remain extremely slow.

Outdoor Classroom Planning Guide

Outdoor Classroom Planning Guide 0

Over 50 pages of great ideas, real world examples,strategies, inspirations and tips for realizing an Outdoor Classroom. Broken out by different learning areas, this guide will help you create a new quality outdoor learning area or ready your existing space for STEM, literacy, creative arts, construction as well energetic play. 
A Process Focussed Arts Centre: Furniture and Paint

A Process Focussed Arts Centre: Furniture and Paint 0

Taking their inspiration from Reggio Emilia and other child directed early years curricula, many classrooms are modeling their creative arts learning areas around an atelier approach.

In this post we’ll offer some suggestions of furnishings and materials that may compliment a process focussed rather than a product focussed art centre. 

SWIR:  Strategies for Keeping Instructional Tools and Toys Safe

SWIR: Strategies for Keeping Instructional Tools and Toys Safe 0

With new stringent sanitation standards in schools and child care centres, is the only safe option, plastic toys?  Do we have to walk back the naturalization (wood pebbles, feathers, fabrics etc) of our classrooms? 

In this third in a series of blog posts on how child care centres and classrooms are re-opening while keeping both children and staff safe in a COVID world, we've organized some hygiene strategies for instructional materials and toys:  Sanitizing/Washing, Individualizing and Rotating (SWIR).

How the Third Teacher can Teach Hygiene

How the Third Teacher can Teach Hygiene 0

Across Canada child care centres are re-opening, facing many decisions on how to keep both children and staff safe in a world reshaped by COVID-19. Ready access to sanitation options can make it easier for children to self-regulate and incorporate enhanced hygiene practices. In this first of a series of blog posts we’ll look at furnishings that help centres adapt to heightened sanitation and hygiene standards.

Quality Cubbies in Nova Scotia:  the Reggio Emilia approach illustrated

Quality Cubbies in Nova Scotia: the Reggio Emilia approach illustrated 0

In a recent trip to Nova Scotia we saw how in their province wide deployment of pre-primary classrooms their cubbies were put to work in multiple roles, illustrating a Reggio Emilia approach.