Our Methods

interests, much like the Reggio Emilia pedagogy.   We observe and then document our findings in order to create invitations (also called provocations) for the children to explore.  Each of our explorations is rooted in the seasonal changes that we observe around us on the farm, which allows us to continually engage in scientific inquiry.  We also explore art through process.  We focus on the materials and a cultivating a creative spirit rather than the product.  We focus heavily on play as well as establishing (and maintaining) relationships within our school family.  As such, there is a strong focus on positive discipline (what we "can" do rather than what we "can't" do). Nurturing the social-emotional self is the "work" of early childhood!  We spend quality time outside daily, regardless of the weather.  Indeed, the outdoors is a vital part of our classroom!  

Below, we've included some links to a variety of articles examining the importance of the methods we incorporate into our daily rhythms.  

OUTDOOR PLAY:


Importance of outdoor play:

https://www.naeyc.org/resources/pubs/yc/jul2017/outdoor-play-child-development

Research based standards and guidelines for outdoor environments: 

https://files.eric.ed.gov/fulltext/EJ1108430.pdf

Importance of appropriate risky outdoor play:

 https://www.researchgate.net/publication/321793826_Outdoor_risky_play_and_healthy_child_development_in_the_shadow_of_the_'risk_society'_A_forest_and_nature_school_perspective

Outdoor play: 

https://files.eric.ed.gov/fulltext/EJ1108430.pdf

Benefits of connecting children with nature:

https://naturalearning.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/Benefits-of-Connecting-Children-with-Nature_InfoSheet.pdf

LEARNING THROUGH PLAY:

Play-based learning and school success:

http://theconversation.com/play-based-learning-can-set-your-child-up-for-success-at-school-and-beyond-91393

Play and the preschool brain: 

https://www.naeyc.org/resources/pubs/yc/may2017/case-brain-science-guided-play

 

Parents should know about play:

https://www.naeyc.org/our-work/families/10-things-every-parent-play

 

Learning through play:

https://www.unicef.org/sites/default/files/2018-12/UNICEF-Lego-Foundation-Learning-through-Play.pdf

 

Components of play: 

https://www.naeyc.org/our-work/families/five-essentials-meaningful-play

Pedagogy of play: 

http://pz.harvard.edu/sites/default/files/Towards%20a%20Pedagogy%20of%20Play.pdf

INQUIRY-BASED LEARNING/EMERGENT CURRICULUM:

Emergent Curriculum and Kindergarten Readiness:

https://www.researchgate.net/publication/237522190_Emergent_Curriculum_and_Kindergarten_Readiness

Science education in emergent curriculum (Reggio Emilia): 

https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Kathy_Trundle/publication/229901424_Understanding_natural_sciences_education_in_a_Regio_Emilia-inspired_school/links/5c3776c0299bf12be3bced53/Understanding-natural-sciences-education-in-a-Regio-Emilia-inspired-school.pdf

Child-led learning through play: 

https://www.naeyc.org/resources/pubs/yc/mar2018/observing-planning-guiding

CREATIVITY AND THE ARTS: 

Art-Process vs Product:

https://www.naeyc.org/our-work/families/supporting-development-creativity

How Music Supports Math Readiness:

https://www.naeyc.org/our-work/families/support-math-readiness-through-music

 

How Music,Drama, and Dance Help Children Learn:

https://www.naeyc.org/resources/pubs/tyc/apr2016/integrating-music-drama-and-dance-helps-children

 

Importance of Art in Early Childhood Development:

https://www.canr.msu.edu/news/the_art_of_creating_why_art_is_important_for_early_childhood_development

Importance of Art:

http://www.pbs.org/parents/education/music-arts/the-importance-of-art-in-child-development/

 

Social and Emotional Benefits of the Arts:

https://www.arts.gov/sites/default/files/arts-in-early-childhood-dec2015-rev.pdf

MIXED-AGE CLASSROOM

Mixed age classrooms and optimal learning:

https://bingschool.stanford.edu/news/mixed-age-classrooms-provide-optimal-learning-environment

Benefits of mixed-age classrooms:

http://www.uwyo.edu/ecec/_files/documents/multi-age-benefits.pdf

 

Importance of Mixed-Age Play:

https://www.psychologytoday.com/files/attachments/1195/ajp-age-mixing-published.pdf

include a focus on the child's