Over time I will be sharing some of the images and my reflections of those visits, but as I head to Palestine and Israel next week my focus after this blogpost will be on my preparations for there.
Last Monday afternoon we went to Förskolan Tjädern in Haninge.
Since I had been to the Border Crossing exhibition it was very clear that this exhibition had influenced them. The preschool was spiced with nature and technology working together for the children to explore and play with.
The other main thing that struck me as I walked around the setting was the energy of the staff working there. They seemed happy and eager to share their important work with us... it is always an absolute joy to see educators being proud of their work. And so they should be. The children were all busily engaged in an array of activities.
The photos I share below may look like the preschool was empty, but I was cleverly trying to avoid having children in the frame...
|as you can see in just about every room the children had access to natural materials to explore and play with, and in different ways... you felt the hundred languages... not one way to explore nature|
|space to explore nature with digital media... microscope egg to see details... using the i-pad to make films and take phtos of the close-ups|
|getting the children involved in making learning materials.|
|another construction area... this time for the youngest children and with wheels and movement as a focus|
|instead of just a flat surface to drive vehicles on blocks had been put underneath to create a variety of heights... small hills for the vehicles... and to strengthen small hands as they drive up them, and wonder as they roll down...|
|here the youngest children have a small patch of living grass to play around and with|
|different phenomenas to explore... not just natural, but man-made too|
|a homemade light table to construct on|
|another version of a home-made light table... this time more like a light-bin, so all sorts of sensory materials can be used in it.|
|a small world area for play|
|art studio for the older children with lots of materials easily accessible|
|severla rooms use projectors to inspire.|
|the absolute joy of dry rustling leaves to play with inside... sounds, smell, touch... and to observe how the leaves with eventually crumble... This room had a board across the doorway so that the leaves did not escape and end up everywhere.|
|digital and analogue crossing borders...|
|the simplicity of the younger rooms to allow them to develop relationships with the materials at their own pace|
|a rich variety of loose-parts to construct with.|
|a mini-atelier, using the natural light to its fullest|