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Eleanor’s Birthday Party January 18th

by Jess Reilly on January 25th, 2017

Eleanor’s Birthday January 18th

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Encounters with Ideas in Reggio Emilia, Pt 1: The Importance of Context

by Kristi Cameron on July 6th, 2016

Since its founding, The Nest has been a participant in Project Infinity, an educational project composed of 7 schools in Atlanta and Greenville, SC who have chosen to study together with depth the experiences of Reggio Emilia. In May 2016, seven educators from The Nest (Caroline Berney, Leah Cabrera, Kristi Cameron, Kalei Fowkes, Mandy Palmer, […]

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The Nest is Expanding!

by Kristi Cameron on January 25th, 2016

The Nest is relocating and expanding for the 2016-2017 school year! Since opening in August 2011, we have grown from a tiny little program with 18 families to a busting-at-the-seams community of 29 families. Quite simply, over the years our 1,500sf house has become too tight. While we are sad to leave our lovely little home on […]

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2016-2017 Educator Exchange Days

by Kristi Cameron on August 18th, 2015

As a member of Project Infinity, The Nest participates in Educator Exchange Days. During the 2015-2016 school year, The Nest will offer two Educator Exchange Days: Saturday, September 24, 2016 from 9:00am-12:00pm Monday, February 20, 2017 from 2:00-5:00 In order to register for a 2016-2017 Educator Exchange Days, please complete a registration form. Please note […]

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Exploring the Value of the Basic Block

by Kalei Fowkes on May 11th, 2015

Although the basic wooden block has been a classic childhood material since Friedrich Froebel founded the first kindergarten in the early 19th century, modern testing culture has forced schools to push out open-ended materials like blocks from their rightful place in the classroom. At a play-based school like The Nest, however, educators seek to honor […]

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Creating a Tranquil, Open, Organized School Environment: Reflections from The Nest’s Second Annual Educator Retreat

by Kristi Cameron on August 22nd, 2014

The Nest Educator Retreat has become an annual event that kicks off each new school year. During pre-planning, all educators travel together for an overnight experience of hard work and good fun! This year we traveled to Dahlonega where we shared a lovely house in the woods and dinner together in charming downtown Dahlonega. We […]

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Reflections and Inspirations from NAREA Conference, “The Pleasure of Learning: Reimagining School as a Place of Inspiration, Innovation and Collaboration”

by Mandy Palmer on June 24th, 2014

March, 2014 “The pleasure of learning” (a phrase that was coined by Loris Malaguzzi, the founder of the Reggio Emilia approach) seems to be the foundation of much of the thinking done by the educators in Reggio. Everything is connected to the idea of creating pleasure in learning—parent participation, fields of knowledge, a rich environment, […]

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