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Bear Park
toddler learning, early childhood education auckland
Inspired by the Reggio Emilia approach, we place high value on children’s communication, learning, and self-expression through their hundred languages. Loris Malaguzzi (the founder of the Reggio Approach) describes the hundred languages as “infinite ways that children can express, explore, and connect their thoughts, feelings and imaginings”. Within the Fantail room (ages 1-2 years) at...
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language of clay
Clay is a natural resource from Papatūānuku (mother earth) and gives multiple opportunities for learning. Katja, our Bear Park atelierista, expresses that “one of the greatest joys comes when we can engage both our brains and our hands simultaneously. Being creative with natural materials connects us holistically—in mind, body and spirit—with who we are, what we...
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teacher spotlight
This month, we’re featuring Emma Hulls—one of our dedicated teachers from Bear Park Dunedin as our teacher spotlight! Emma is truly immersed in our culture here at Bear Park, inspired by the Reggio Approach. She’s a vital member of our teaching team and fosters a culture of curiosity and empowered learning in children. She shares some...
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Outdoor classroom
Our tamariki have recently embarked on a new investigation to form rich connections with our community: “In connecting with our bi-cultural identity, we enrich our ecological and sustainable journey.” During this investigation, we took opportunities to form connections and develop relationships with our natural world and its special treasures in the outdoor classroom. To further...
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open-ended learning
Incorporating parents as part of our learning community is an important aspect of our educational programme. What better way to involve parents than by inviting our families to help us source interesting open-ended recycled materials from their homes. The sourced materials were set up in an unplanned order of materials to allow the children to...
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teacher spotlight
This months teacher spotlight mt eden, features Paloma Reyes-Poliko, one of our dedicated teachers from our Mt Eden Centre. Paloma is committed to empowering young minds to be curious and learn through creative expression. She spares a few moments this month to discuss her experience as a Bear Park teacher for this our July teacher...
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Working together
Working together as a community of learners. Bear Park recently invited parents into our centre to experience and gain a deeper understanding of our current investigation: “Nurturing our Ecological Future”.  This was an opportunity for parents to explore their child’s learning environment, to deepen their involvement and interest in their child’s work, and to provide a...
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Matariki
“The image of the child in Reggio Emilia is one that places the child within the context of history—both personal, lived history, and the heritage of one’s culture and society.” —Loris Malaguzzi Building an awareness of our bicultural reality encourages our tamariki to explore and see the world from multiple lenses. Over the past month,...
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teacher spotlight
Bear Park teachers embody the Reggio philosophy and are vital to creating a nurturing environment that supports young minds through the powers of curiosity and creative expression. This month, we feature one of our dedicated teachers from Bear Park Epsom. Juliet Smith walks us through her experience as a Bear Park teacher. Choosing a career...
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sustainable journey
Creativity inspired by our sustainable journey At Bear Park, we are proud to be working alongside the next generation as kaitaki (guardians) of our nurturing, inspiring, and beautiful natural surroundings. Part of taking on this responsibility has meant that we have become more aware of the waste that we—as humans—create and then discard. Therefore, we...
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