South Austin's Reggio Emilia
Welcome to Bloom!
With all of my experiences & different programs I have been a part of, I find that watching a child play can guide adults more than any book ever written.
By watching we can peek into this little person’s world and gain so much insight.
By watching we can see the way a child feels, the way he interacts with tools offered, the way she utilizes her previous information & builds new ideas.
I am drawn to the Reggio Emilia theories of teaching because it honors every part of a child’s natural curiosity & their world of play. It lets a child be the leader & guide to what the subject will be . . . And I, as a teacher, get to foster that wonder and help guide children through deeper questioning & the cycles of learning & understanding of our world.
looking forward to creative fun!
Bloom is based out of our home creating a comfortable and nurturing environment for children as they transition into a school experience.
100 languages of children
Children express themselves and exploring their environment through many modes of expression known in the Reggio Emilia philosophy as the 100 languages of children.
We find a child’s creativity flowing out of them through the ‘languages’ of MOVEMENT, DRAWING, PAINTING, BUILDING, SCULPTURE, SHADOW PLAY, COLLAGE, WORDS, MUSIC, DRAMATIC PLAY. We encourage all of it! We use these ‘languages’ to further our exploration, to communicate with each other, to learn and to grow!
self discovery & social interaction
At Bloom preschool children are supported in feeling & understand their own emotions, expressing their feelings, and learning how to communicate their needs with each other and with adults in their lives.
We use communication tools from the book How to Talk so Kids will Listen & Listen so Kids will Talk. This allows your child the opportunity to learn valuable communication skills that will support them as they grow and develop!
We will be outside a lot of the time when weather permits so that your child can experience the wonders of nature. Our Austin weather allows for a lot of outdoor time! Our outdoor space is an extension of the classroom. Fresh air, digging in the dirt and sand, gardening, sunshine (w/sunscreen applied & reapplied of course!), playing in the water, scooping, pouring, nature, and movement are so very important for our children!!!
We do a lot of documentation, taking photos and using them with children as tools in the learning & growing process, so that you and your child can engage in their fun and exciting days! Pictures of our day’s activities, projects, and the children’s classroom world will be posted on a blog. We will also have a printed copy of the blog posts for children to see at school. Families can bring a bit of school home by visiting our blog, reviewing and reflecting about our day with your child. Together we are the village raising these beautiful, creative, imaginative, artsy children!