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Visiting the Museum With Your Child

Every day is a good day to visit the museum! The LNS faculty and the deCordova Department of Learning and Engagement gathered recently to discuss the children’s experiences with and reactions to the current Sheila Pepe exhibit. Over the course of our discussion, we found ourselves considering the museum through the lens of a parent. Here is what we have learned, collectively, through years of experience in bringing preschoolers to the museum. Each visit can be very brief – quick

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Mark Weltner Gives Talk at Wonder of Learning

Mark gave a talk on “Materials, Environments, and Small Group Work in a Reggio-Inspired School” on August 23rd and 28th at the Wonder of Learning, Wheelock College, 180 Riverway, Boston.

Publication:
Opening the World from Me to We

Mark has published a short book on how the theme of storytelling impacted all classrooms during the 2016-17 school year at LNS. Click here to read it or buy a copy!

LNS Meets Ashley Bryan

On October 7, 2016, Ashley Bryan, whose work was featured in a fall museum exhibit, met with Studios Purple and Red in a dynamic and interactive experience. He enthralled the children with call and response poems, songs, and a reading of Beautiful Blackbird. You can find this 93-year-old man’s extraordinary bio here.

Mark Weltner on Listening at Eric Carle Museum

Mark Weltner gave a talk on “The Importance of Listening In Play” at the Eric Carle Museum’s Summer Teacher Workshop, “Make Way for Play,” on July 18, 2016. Mark’s presentation followed a talk by Lella Gandini!

Read on for a sampling of recent blog posts from inside the studios…

A Senior Moment

A group of senior citizens from The Commons came to school today to read to the children (One Snowy Night and Emily’s Snails). Studio Purple

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Arguing!!!

Each year around this time children seem to engage in arguments that require facilitation. It becomes a power struggle that may evolve into arguing for

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A Letter of Thanks

Dear Parents and Teachers, I am grateful we share the beautiful drive through deCordova’s Sculpture Park.  The composition of sculptures in a natural setting offers

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Story Stones

Planning for the Woodland Walk is a joyful agenda item at a faculty meeting. Teachers suggest animals, insects, birds, fungus, elements in nature that the

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International Visitors

On January 23, 2018, sixteen kindergarten teachers and administrators from Nanjing China, participating in Early Childhood Education Professional Development: STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and

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What does the imagination look like?

Learn more about how LNS and deCordova made children’s thinking visible: download the article “What does the imagination look like? Written by Emily Silet, deCordova’s Head of Educational Exhibits, this article first appeared in Exhibition (Fall 2016) Vol. 35 No. 2, and is reproduced with permission.

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Collaboration with Artist Stephanie Cardon

“What you’ll see today is the culmination of this collaborative effort. It’s really a one-to-one representation of the school, because each child painted a screen that’s roughly their size, and so you’ll see them stand together as a community, and then we’ll populate it…” – Stephanie Cardon

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