What wowed so many parents and educators were the interactive ateliers created by Robin Koo of Beginnings Nursery/Teaching Beyond the Square, and a team of volunteer artists and teachers. The Natural Materials Atelier on the 7th floor of the show, and the Light and Shadow Atelier on the 6th floor, were rooms that many NYC children enjoyed with their parents.
Some BNS teachers were even able to take groups experience the ateliers: Jacqueline and Amy took their PreKs, facilitated by PreK art teacher Rachel Schwartzman.
Some BNS parents enjoyed the space on a field trip one day in February. Here are some images and thoughts from that day:
|Anna Catherine, mom of K student|
|AnnMarie, mom of BNS K and 3rd grade children, with young sister of another K student|
Various teams of BNS teachers went to the Wonder of Learning, and all PreK through 2nd grade teachers experienced the show.
|Greta and Amy became entranced with smooth stones and their possibilities.|
|Bill and Doug enjoyed the Light and Shadow atelier.|
"I showed them the pictures of the space and asked them what they thought. We discussed the white walls and the gauzy draped fabrics in the cozy corner. We had a conversation about our class bears. The children decided that they would like to recreate our closet as a Bear Den. So we got out the white paint and got to work!"