October 31, 2017

Our little friends have been very busy inventors, painters, and explorers!

*Leaf Collage Invitation*

Continuing our study of leaves and fall, we used our huge leaf collection to collage! Our Wednesday friends organized our leaves for us according to color which made it easier to choose which leaves we wanted to use for our masterpieces. This exercise was a great way for our minds to warm up in the morning as it took some good imagining and planning to foresee our leaf collage creation. We found that it was a little difficult for us to use the leave...

October 17, 2017

We have been a very busy group!

*Color Mixing & Absorption*

Our kiddos have fallen in LOVE with our watercolor mixing area! We brought it back out again for another week, but added sponges, cotton balls, and string. These simple objects furthered our discoveries and conversations about a variety of topics. The kiddos found out that the sponges and cotton balls would suck up all the color and liquid! But, when you squeezed the sponges you could get all the water back out again! This task was easier with the sponges than it was with the cotton balls....

September 19, 2017

What a fantastic start to our Monday group! The past two weeks have been filled with laughs, questions, discussions, and walks!

*Together Time*

After we all have physically arrived at the studio, we take a little bit of time together in the morning to fully arrive as individuals who are ready to learn! We began writing in our Whole Child floor book by brainstorming about how we felt on our first day.  

*Outdoor Creative Play*

We have been lucky to have BEAUTIFUL days to spend outside moving our bodies! 

*Hide & Seek*

Our Monday group is particularly f...

September 7, 2017

Today we kicked off our Whole Child Program with our Wednesday students! We couldn't be more excited to expand Side by Side Studio to include a nature preschool dedicated to child-led learning and exploration!

For our first weeks together, we will be learning about ourselves and each other. We will work with reflections and faces - practicing self portraits and recognizing facial features. Our main focus will be to establish our little community and figure out what interests us. Our daily rhythm will always include ample time for outdoor creative...

June 14, 2017

As one of our campers wrote, "Welcome to the best place to make new friends!" I couldn't agree more!

Day 3:

*Mindful Morning*

Relaxing in Child's Pose. 

Standing firm in Tree Pose. 

Together we are warriors of peace.

*Clay Creatures*

Using feathers, acorns, wood shapes, dried pasta, pinecones, googly eyes, and imagination the campers created clay animals, aliens, and food. 

After they were satisfied with their creations we set our clay  out to dry. Each camper made such a unique character! 

*Nature Walk*

The campers brought along some of their h...

June 13, 2017

Another wonderful day at camp! Today we spent a majority of our time in the sun - walking, playing, sketching, and printing!

Day 2: 

*Mindful Morning*

This morning we closed our eyes and shut ourselves off from the outside world - learning to be truly present in the moment. 

We had a room full of trees - some solid in their roots and some blowing softly in the wind. 

*Sun Printing Tapestries*

Our first step was to paint our fabric with special light sensitive paint in our makeshift bathroom turned *dark room*.

We quickly placed our nature material...

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