CoursesOnline WorkshopsCurriculum“Pop Up” Nature Based Curriculum Using Loose Parts Welcome to Pop-Up Nature Based Curriculum Using Loose Parts 2 Lecture1.1 Recording of the Workshop Lecture1.2 Certificate of Participation 0 No items in this section This content is protected, please login and enroll course to view this content! Next Certificate of Participation 9 Comments Claire Hurwitz June 21, 2021 Log in to Reply The biggest takeaway from this workshop was starting to see loose parts in my every day life. As I was listening to this workshop, I often looked around my home and came up with ideas that were also shared with in the video as well as some of my own that I can’t wait to implement. Unfortunately, where I work does not have much of a nature-based yard (primarily cement with fake grass), but I find this to be such a wonderful challenge to incorporate as much nature onto the yard using nature-based loose parts and more. I find the miniature gardens to be a great takeaway for children to fully connect with gardening other than just planting seeds. The other takeaway that I enjoyed was the music wall which can be brainstormed with more than just pots and pans. Melissa Laws September 9, 2020 Log in to Reply There were a lot of great ideas in this workshop! I really liked the idea of creating an outdoor workshop area. This workshop also really helped me visualize how I might apply multiple areas of the curriculum as well as, find tools in nature for an outdoor classroom. Going through a variety of ideas using a stick really was useful in getting a bigger picture of how one could turn nature into a classroom. Thank you! Victoria Hackett September 10, 2020 Log in to Reply Terrific! Collette Doyle August 24, 2020 Log in to Reply I too love the idea of introducing the loose parts one at a time and linking their introduction with a story and or special related challenge. I can’t wait to set up a little outdoor library Recently I made a catalogue of our loose parts that includes pictures so that the children can see what loose parts we have available as some are stored in the storerooms at different times so we don’t have everything out at the same time. Victoria Hackett August 24, 2020 Log in to Reply I love the idea of creating a catalogue. Brilliant! Renee Schwartz May 21, 2020 Log in to Reply Loved the quotes from Reggio Emilia and Waldorf; it would be nice if you gave a little shout-out to those methodologies. Steiner talked a hundred years ago about giving children baskets of shells, pine cones, stones, etc. in the early childhood classroom instead of fully formed toys. Regarding the idea of having kids bring in loose parts from home to contribute to a classroom collection, I highly recommend the Reggio book Beautiful Stuff! Learning with Found Materials by Cathy Weisman Topal and Lella Gandini. It is about working with parents and students to create the foundation of the school’s atelier. This is for Fort Hill, on the campus of Smith College in Northampton MA. During the coronavirus, I’m doing a virtual Book Share each week with my class, where children share on Zoom what they’re reading and if they would recommend it to others. I love the idea of adding a loose parts element to it… have them make up a box of loose parts and then create (and share) something inspired by their book. We could do this next week! One of my students is reading a time travel book back into the age of dinosaurs. I can’t wait to see what kind of dinosaur sculpture he might create! Thanks, as always, for all of your fabulous ideas. I’m finding this set of workshops very inspirational, and I’m definitely recommending them to parents as well as on my blog and website. Renee Victoria Hackett May 22, 2020 Log in to Reply Thank you for the additional resources! Fabulous! Carole McCurry May 20, 2020 Log in to Reply I loved the outdoor library in the mailbox I am going to think about a box of loose parts to deliver to my kindergarten kids while we are a way from school I loved the music wall. Want one in my outdoor classroom Victoria Hackett May 22, 2020 Log in to Reply Terrific! Leave A Reply Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.