3D Work and Third Level Thinking
This book documents a focus on three-dimensional work carried out by the children at Reflections Nursery & Forest School in 2011. Using 3D materials children were supported to make the connection between thinking and action, thinking using their hands.
Originally intended as internal documentation to be shared between Reflections’ Educators and with parents of children attending Reflections, this book is now available for anyone working with children in the early years.
A collection of postcards featuring the sculpture work of children at Reflections Nursery & Forest School during the scholatic year 2013/2014.
During this project children explored a wide range of sculptural materials including terracotta, wire, plasticine, clay, soap, wax, wood, ice and chalk boards.
Photography is by Reflections’ Atelieristas: Teresa Grimaldi & Laura Magnavacchi.
Light Everywhere (Out Of Stock)
Between Autumn 2010 and March 2011 children investigated the properties of light in the pre-school Atelier. Their work involved creating sculptures in the dark with glowsticks; drawing with torches; mapping light as it travelled and investigating the colours of light. They discovered that light is everywhere.
In September 2014 Reflections Nursery & Forest School began a focus on Storying as a language of expression across the whole nursery. The concept was to understand how young children use narrative and fantasy to explore the world around them. By listening more accurately to the children’s stories, their words, gestures and conversations each day the more there was to hear. Children use stories to initiate play, to build worlds, to travel to fantastical lands, to make each other laugh, to explore the biggest questions of life, death and everything in between.
The stories in this book are a bare handful of those told by the oldest children in the nursery, but the handful is a rich one, well worth taking the time to explore.
So begin at the beginning, turn the pages, but know that what we have called Endings are really nothing of the sort.
Comprising images and quotes from children the book documents a year-long fascination with birds, eggs, chicks and nests. It shows some of the children’s extraordinary collections and creations from an immersive project which involved over eighty 4 year olds.
The Revolutionary Baby
Enter the world of two year old children as a year of ‘Storying’ begins. They are already telling stories of big scary monsters and powerful elemental forces. They are also telling stories of tiny babies who need rescuing. But one baby is about to arrive, no more than an inch long, who will turn conventional worlds upside down.
The Revolutionary Baby was published in 2015 and documents a year of story-making in the two year olds’ Atelier at Reflections Nursery & Forest School, West Sussex, UK. It traces the educational practice of listening for, interpreting and re-visiting children’s narratives. It offers powerful proof that children as young as two are fluent story-makers, vivid illustrators and exciting makers of new meaning.
The Line Creature
A surprising drawing was discovered in the 2 year olds’ Atelier within a mass of abstract marks. Millie called her tiny figure ‘the line creature’ and adults shared her image amongst the other children. The book documents how more figurative drawings appeared and were treated as friends, story characters and animations which multiplied through the Atelier.
I Love Forest School
While the concept of children playing outdoors is nothing new, the rebalancing of our attitudes towards riskier play and enthusiasm for getting children outside into the fresh air is crucial to their development.
Throughout I Love Forest School, Martin shows the deep connection between projects in the nursery and the forest and how these projects have contributed to learning. Topics covered include:
- How to support children’s risky play.
- Supporting children theorising through provocations.
- Lessons learned from Danish forest nurseries.
- Transforming environments and practice.
If you work with young children and are keen to support their learning in an environment that inspires enquiry, resourcefulness and discovery, then I Love Forest School is for you.
From Space to Space
Enter a world of one year olds. Like many young children, they are fascinated by ‘posting’. Their experiments with ping pong balls, tubes and containers have continued for many weeks, so we offer large cardboard boxes with circular holes to increase the scale of their explorations… From space to space follows a single group of children as their interest in the physical and narrative possibilities of spaces evolves.
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