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  • Class Snapshot Examples

    Posted on November 13, 2015 by courtneyplatt in Uncategorized.

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  • The Evolution of Ramps

    Posted on January 19, 2015 by courtneyplatt in Uncategorized.

    Preschoolers are curious about the world and how it works.  They are budding scientists and engineers.  The children at The Ridge Preschool, and preschool classrooms around the globe, love to invent, design and solve problems.  They especially love to actively move materials and make something new and interesting happen. The ramp building process has been […]

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  • Color Mixing

    Posted on November 6, 2014 by courtneyplatt in Uncategorized.

    Since the start of the school year our preschoolers have been exploring colors in a variety of ways. We’ve spent time mixing colors, making our own paints, categorizing based on colors, and watching the colors of nature change as the seasons progress. This week we spent time exploring one of the children’s favorite activities, which […]

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  • Natural Materials

    Posted on March 20, 2014 by courtneyplatt in Uncategorized.

    Materials in the classroom (or playroom) have always been something that intrigues me.  They have the potential to inspire creativity and wonder or to sit on a shelf unnoticed.   In our child-centered environment, the materials are carefully selected for their potential to enhance learning and discovery. My playroom did not always look like this!  When […]

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  • The Benefits of a Multi-Age Preschool Environment

    Posted on March 7, 2014 by courtneyplatt in Uncategorized.

    I have always been a strong believer in multi-age classrooms for early childhood education.  Research shows that multi-age groupings benefit both younger and older students in the classroom. According to Dr. Lilian Katz, an international leader in early childhood education, “Mixed-age grouping resembles family and neighborhood groupings, which throughout history have informally provided much of […]

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