The environment as the third teacher

In order to act as an educator for the child, the environment needs to be flexible. It must undergo frequent modification by the children and the teachers in order to remain up-to-date and responsive to  to their needs to be protagonists in constructing their knowledge. -Lella Gandini

In keeping with our thinking about the environment as the third teacher, here is a quote from Lella Gandini. She is the U.S. Liaison for the Dissemination of the Reggio Emilia Approach on behalf of Reggio Children, Italy, and a correspondent for the Italian educational magazine Bambini.

What thoughts come to mind as you think about this quote?


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by | June 24, 2014 · 9:58 pm

Spring Break 2013

Spring Break 2013

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by | October 17, 2013 · 8:13 pm

Open House- September 20th

I would like to host an open house in September, to welcome new families as well as invite community members at large to drop in and see what we are all about…


Please contribute Your Ideas! We will have to get on this right away 🙂


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Father’s Day Tea

Father's Day Tea

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by | July 25, 2013 · 3:52 pm


So here it is “community”. What does it mean? What does it look like? Why is it important?

To me community is one of the most important things we should be striving to create here at the School House. It is so important! It gives support, not only to the children but also to the families, educators, and people we interact with (neighbours, city workers, doesn’t matter) When we feel supported we are able to do our best work. And we all deserve that opportunity.  I think the three musketeers said it best “All for one and one for all”


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Hello everyone.

As the time draws nearer for me to join you there at the Schoolhouse I thought that it was time that I introduce myself via this really cool blog. I am Tracy. I am quite excited to come and be a part of this team of educators.   In the realm of early learning I am very interested in project based learning, reggio approach and  most especially, nature based play, although I claim no expertise.  I love really watching the children and figuring out what gets them excited and then bringing that to them in some way so that we can all have fun with it. We have been playing alot in the mud and water at the centre I am at now as well as investigating worms, seeds and the garden.20130411_122159


I would love to know what you have been up to lately in the 3 1/2 to 5 program so that I have an idea of what I am coming into.

I can see I have a learning curve to  master this wordpress before I can get the pictures to look how I would like. I may have to enlist help from my teenager.

On that note I’ll fill you in on little bit about me more personally. I have three children ages 16, 13 and 10. I live in the Slocan Valley with the above mentioned children and my husband. We have recently moved into our house and hope to work on the yard this summer. We are also growing a vegetable garden for the first time in a few years. We jumped the gun when the weather was really warm and lucked out as our corn and potatoes are well under way. I am quite excited and I think we will have too many beans, so beware, I may be trying to give away beans… green beans, yellow beans, and purple beans.

Have a great day



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Getting Excited!!

Hello Everybody!

I am taking a few minutes here during my ‘planning time’ to share some thoughts and ideas with all of you 🙂

Today Roni and I chatted about the state of the kitchen. We feel that the heap of recycling in the corner of the kitchen needs to be dealt with. I had been thinking earlier in the week that it would be nice to have 2 or 3 recycling recepticals in that corner. I had imagined a laundry hamper style frame that you could put recycling bags in and have designated for glass, paper and plastic. But as I was talking with Roni I thought maybe the 3-5s would want to build it as a project. What do you think Hannah? Would the kids be into it? Roni felt that it would be good for the children to participate and thus feel proud of their school environment. 

Also later I was talking with Hannah and she and I both felt that the staff room space isn’t working. It’s attracting a lot of clutter on the table. Hannah pointed out that when we hold staff meetings we do not have them in the kitchen. So the table is not useful in that respect, since only two people would have a break at the same time in the kitchen anyways. We were thinking that a couch and maybe a coffee table would work better. The couch would create a space to sit/rest/sleep and you could still write or eat or do projects on the coffee table. Maybe a shelf to hold paperwork?

I am very excited about all the momentum and great ideas I hear being whispered here and there. I am also so excited for the new staff we are taking on. Ashley I am looking forward to working with you. And I’m stoked for Taffe to get here! 

Yeah team!! ❤


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