Vail preschoolers build indoor igloo |

Vail preschoolers build indoor igloo

Special to the Daily

VAIL — At the Children’s Garden of Learning in Vail, preschoolers regularly participate in fun projects, but one project in particular took on its own life during the past four months. What began as two separate investigations, estimating using an estimation jar and learning about different homes around the world, naturally merged into one grand culminating project: Constructing an igloo using recycled milk jugs.

“This project is truly an example of emergent curriculum and the Reggio Emilia philosophy at its finest,” said Nicky Teaver, Children’s Garden of Learning curriculum specialist. “The collaboration and learning that brought the igloo to life was amazing to witness.”

Children brought in empty milk jugs until there were finally enough to start constructing this grand project. Initiated by one classroom, the project soon became a school-wide project. As the igloo came to life in the lobby, the entire school joined together, bringing in milk jugs, offering ideas, support and encouragement.

The children were able to have their ideas realized and literally construct something as big as a house. Their pride and awe in what they accomplished could easily be measured by the gasps in amazement and looks of astonishment and wonder upon crawling inside the completed structure.

Inspired by the Reggio Emilia philosophy, Children’s Garden of Learning partners with children, families and the Vail Valley community to provide an inquiry-based education for young learners. Teachers and children co-construct their learning experience through observation, intentional planning, creative environments and active exploration of materials. The school’s goal is for each student to emerge as socially capable, creative citizens who love learning. For more information about the Children’s Garden of Learning, call 970-476-1420 or visit http://www.childrens

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