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Connecting Professional Development Experiences with Our Day-to-Day Work with Children

by Kristi Cameron on October 6th, 2012

Educators at The Nest are very busy preparing for next month’s NAEYC (National Association for the Education of Young Children) annual conference in Atlanta, as well as the pre-conference, Project Infinity-sponsored “Tour of Schools” in which we will participate. The pre-conference “Tour of Schools” is designed especially for educators who are interested in learning more about how the schools of […]

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Inspiring Parents and Teachers to Work Together to Enrich Our Outdoor Environment

by Kristi Cameron on August 21st, 2012

For our Parent Meeting on August 23, 2012, we are planning for educators and parents to work together to construct two new and exciting additions to The Nest’s outdoor space: a water wall and a sound wall. The photographs below have been inspiring to us as we consider adding these aspects to enrich our outdoor […]

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Reflections on Creating a Strong Environment at The Nest

by Kristi Cameron on June 26th, 2012

As members of Project Infinity, Kristi and Teresa are participants in the Project Infinity steering committee. The steering committee meets quarterly to reflect on the meaning of the project for the participating schools while simultaneously anticipating and projecting actions for the upcoming school year. Project Infinity is invaluable for us as a school. Through the […]

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Why you won’t see flashcards at The Nest…

by Kristi Cameron on March 3rd, 2012

When it comes to materials, what you see and what you don’t see at The Nest is based on intentional choices that reflect the school’s educational philosophy as well as our beliefs about how children learn.  You won’t see flashcards or workbooks or computer software for children at The Nest. You won’t see toys that light-up or make electronic […]

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What does Professional Development Look Like for a Reggio Inspired Educator of Young Children?

by Mandy Palmer on February 29th, 2012

PROFESSIONAL…Whenever people ask me what I do, there is always a little part of me that is embarrassed to say, “I am a preschool teacher.”  I am also hyper-aware of their reaction to my answer.  Please don’t misunderstand; I wouldn’t want to do anything else with my life.  I feel so lucky to have found […]

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Striving to Be a School of Excellence: Profit vs. Non-Profit

by Teresa Cole on January 26th, 2012

During the process of opening The Nest, one question that was asked more often than just about any other was, “Why do you want to operate as a non-profit?”  I’ve always struggled with the answer.  While Mandy, Kristi and I were planning and dreaming about the school, we discussed this topic many times.  We went […]

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Investigating Light

by Lindsay Rigling Smith on January 6th, 2012

 “Light! Dark! Light! Dark!” – Henry (age 2) [experimenting with the on/off switch on the overhead projector] The essential dichotomy of light and dark is a constant rhythm of existence. A deep fascination for it is embedded within the core of every child. As their innate affinity for all forms of this universally played game of […]

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