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The 100 Languages is a pivotal part of the Bear Park experience, as the Reggio Emilia metaphor for a child’s learning potential.
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At Bear Park, family involvement is crucial to our community of young learners. Together, parent and teacher can be a child’s biggest champion in the early stages of life. When all are involved and understood, we can build powerful environments to learn, connect and feel secure in. We believe that parents can be active, not...
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What does development look like for a Reggio-inspired educator? At Bear Park, an ongoing commitment to our teachers and their fulfillment as professionals is essential in order to provide the highest experience for our children and their whānau. On an individual level, it’s an opportunity for our staff to stay inspired and put new concepts...
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Throughout the month of May the teachers at Bear Park Kohimarama organized an art exhibition to raise money in support of “KidsCan”. Prior to inviting the children to contribute art works to the exhibition, we shared with them the vision of KidsCan and the concept of fundraising. By enlightening the children on what “KidsCan” is,...
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Like many in New Zealand our community at Bear Park was shocked by the devastation caused by the 7.9 magnitude earthquake which crashed through Nepal in April. Although geographically many miles away from us, our connection through the Maharjan family from Bear Park Henderson, Ranu and Raj and their children Riya and Ruben, originally from...
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Watch a child under the age of two and you will ultimately observe their wide-eyed wonder of the world. Each experience holds new impressions, as they absorb sights, smells, tastes and sounds. All senses are open; all motors are on. It’s time to start deciphering a new, confusing environment. To accommodate this crucial period, we...
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In the early years of a child’s life, it can be easy to dismiss mathematical learning, leaving the focus for future classroom years in primary and secondary school. Ironically, it is during these first crucial years that children demonstrate a fascinating natural ability and interest in mathematical concepts. They have a tendency to incorporate these...
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At Bear Park we strongly believe that the environment, often referred as the “Third Teacher” plays an integral role in our children’s education. We continuously discuss, modify and reflect upon our understandings as we view the environment as a living space, a space for the ongoing education of the community. We aspire to ensure our...
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Building resilient, creative and critical thinkers in an age of change is one of Bear Park’s greatest interests. This is not just a matter of teaching letters and numbers, or filling a young mind with facts. The future of literacy is acknowledging multiple types of intelligence and self-expression is an everyday adventure for our teachers...
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It’s perfectly acceptable to be particular. Especially when it comes to learning environments. The right space should be comfortable and welcoming, just as it is aesthetically stimulating, offering up challenges, places to test out theories or to further explore a newfound curiosity.
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