Showing posts from December, 2015

Beyond a nature shelf: Bringing the outside in

Teachers Elaine and Lisa (who teach 4 and 5 year old children) are interested in bringing the outside in to the classroom. Most classes at Sabot spend at least one day in the forest each week. The children in this classroom are taking care of some worms, snails, a turtle and an industrious tree frog that somehow scaled the building and wound up in their second floor sink. It's no wonder that the children have begun to talk about turning their classroom into a forest! Elaine and Lisa and I work hard to create a seamless flow between the studio and their classroom.
Here are some of the ways that I have tried to help with this project:

Making costumes and pretending to be worms, turtles, snails and frogs.

If you want to read more about nature and children in wild places, check out this new book by the great David Sobel that features some work by me and another teacher at Sabot, Mauren Campbell. This represents a wonderful cycle as Marty Gravett was the first teacher at Sabot that took …