WE EXPLORE, WE PLAY, WE WORK
WE ALSO PROTECT OUR PLANET
We see children as: capable, curious learners with the desire to understand and be a part of the world around them. We believe that by honouring them through loving, respectful and nurturing relationships, children will explore their capacities as friends, problem solvers, critical thinkers, and become kind compassionate members of society.
Our programs are inspired by the Reggio Emilia philosophy and created in response to our children’s ever- changing interests. Our classrooms and outdoor spaces inspire exploration, discovery and creative thinking.
Children express themselves through open ended, imaginative, and multifaceted invitations and projects both indoors and outdoors. These projects focus on the use of mainly natural materials and utilizing the child’s innate desire to explore. The children play, touch, observe, and learn through hands on responsive curriculum.
Hazelwood practices daily recycling, composting and repurposing. We strive to minimize our impact on the environment by purchasing materials, equipment and furniture that is either repurposed or made from natural materials. When visiting our classrooms, it is clearly evident in the welcoming, warm and cozy natural feel of all of our beautiful and intriguing spaces.
“Each child is unique and the protagonist of his or her own growth. Children desire to acquire knowledge, have much capacity for curiosity and amazement, and yearn to create relationships with others and communicate.”
RESPONSIVE CURRICULUM- INVITING AND ENGAGING CHILDREN IN THEIR INTERESTS
The children observed some feathered friends busy in the pond. They were serenaded by a beautiful hummingbird close to the school. We decided to bring out the binoculars to have a closer look.
The children observed robins pecking at the ground. Some birds had berries and sticks in their mouths. Others kept flying away just as we got them in our sights. We practiced being still and keeping our voices low.
As part of this interest the educators invited the children to collect nesting materials and build a bird just like the birds do.The children eagerly collected moss, twigs, bark, cotton, and grass with their ideas already forming.
Once we got to the forest the groups of children explored their ideas and attempted their strategies. They thought about creating soft areas for the eggs and chicks, perches, patios and “bug traps” for a quick meal. Others thought about predators and built walls around their nests to keep them safe.
A child commented, ” How come it feels like this would be easier for the birds to do? Oh maybe they pollinate and use honey in the nest to glue it”. This started an intriguing discussion amongst the group and created a new found appreciation for the life of birds!
We wonder what extended learning and experiences might be further provoked through this invitation? Might the educators introduce a variety of books related to birds and nests? Might there be invitations through art? Might there be props or dramatic play, how about games. The possibilities for extended learning are limitless and the children will lead the way!