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Materials, Environments, and Small Group Work in a Reggio-Inspired School with Mark Weltner from Lincoln Nursery School

August 23, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm


What materials and environments might be found in the youngest (2.9 yrs) and oldest (5-6 yrs) classrooms in a Reggio-inspired school? How are materials chosen in the context of small group work? How is small group work made visible to the rest of the class, and what language do the teachers use in facilitating this? Are expensive and specialized materials necessary in a Reggio-inspired setting? Mark will address these questions, while inviting questions and discussion throughout this talk.

Mark has been in the field of early childhood education since 2002. In addition to his work in Studio Blue, Mark is also the music and movement teacher for all age groups at LNS. Volunteering to run a music program at his daughter’s nursery school inspired him to teach music and movement at preschools in the area. One thing led to another, and soon he became a teacher at LNS. Mark joyfully embraces the myriad ways that children express themselves – each day brings an explosion of ideas! When explored and shared, these ideas enrich the whole community. He has presented at the Eric Carle Picture Book Museum and at various workshops.