I believe this is true.
Carrying around a part of ‘home’ allows us to wander far and wide and live among strangers, but we need to find physical places where we feel safe enough to unpack those dragons, rearrange the shadows and dreams and add to that home in our heart.
As I tour families and friends through the classrooms of Pacific Sage Preschool, common remarks are, “ It’s really beautiful!” (Thank you) and “It doesn’t look like a preschool”. (Thank you, again!) Our Reggio philosophy places great importance on the environment as the 3rd teacher, along with the children and the adults who work with them. The environment should be filled with engaging, beautiful and interesting materials. It should be flexible and evolving as the children’s interests change and evolve. It should say to a child…”You belong here”. It should feel like home.
I would say we are well on our way, but we can only go so far without the children. So I wander through the classrooms moving materials, adding treasures and tending plants and animals…waiting (And wishing the little voices in my head came with little bodies).
I have to believe that like flowers and children, Pacific Sage Preschool will open in due and proper time…and be amazing!
Speaking of home, the little blue house is back on the yard and lovely. It will be a wonderful home for mommies and daddies or fairies and pirates. Thank you Gary Hart, John Einhorn and Andy Kissner for the restoration work and Andy for helping John Tyrrell and Randy Ripley provide adult supervision (and major muscle) with the YRUUs ---Henry, Jake, Ben, Kate, Avy, Willow, Patrick, and Mia providing the rest of the muscle and fun. I am sad no one took pictures for the archives (And I will be sadder if I forgot anyone). But the work is done and it’s time for fun!
Pacific Sage Preschool