Year: 2017 — Province: British Columbia
Certificate of Achievement Recipient
Mini Miracles Pre-school
4006 8th Avenue
Port Alberni, British Columbia V9Y 4S4
Type of setting: Child care centre-preschool; children aged 3 to 5 years
Innovation is not costly, prescriptive or complicated for this educator who takes inspiration from the world around her — or an artist of the month — to create endless opportunities to learn through play.
Philosophy of care
Inspired by accessible objects from the world around her and through extensive collaboration with community partners, Nahorney ensures that families from diverse economic, cultural and linguistic perspectives can participate equally.
Support of child development
- Selects a different artist each month and integrates their work into the classroom. When studying Picasso's Blue Nude, children determined that the subject had her back turned because she had had her feelings hurt and was feeling vulnerable. From here, students shared their own strategies for dealing with these complex feelings.
- Nahorney gets students outside to explore the local forest, the animals, how trees grow and the importance of caring for the environment.
Involvement with parents, families and the community
- Nahorney works with families, support workers and others to meet each student's special needs, where needed, ensuring everyone feels equally welcome within her classroom.
- To celebrate International Day of the Child, Nahorney's students worked with their grade 6 peers to create tracings of their bodies to tell the story of each article. The artwork was later displayed in schools, the public library and a First Nations band office.
"Nahorney gets excited for the children when they discover something new. She shares this joy with the parents through her miracle blog, through photos, and talking one to one with families."
"Carrie is constantly seeking new and innovative ways to expose her young students to a myriad of creative and intriguing experiences that allow them to construct meaning while exploring their own interests and talents."
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