Yesterday marked the grand opening of Heschel’s Early Years Natural Playground! This all-season space was thoughtfully designed to help our students develop socially, emotionally and physically, to build ecological awareness, to enhance problem solving skills, and to inspire joy, creativity, and wonder.
Did you know that:
The name we have given to our playground is Gan Tzimchah גן צמיחה. Tzimchah צמיחה means growing – it is our hope that children at The Toronto Heschel School will grow and blossom in this beautiful space. We want to thank a Heschel family for their incredible generosity in making this playground possible. Thank you also to Bienenstock Natural Playgrounds for bringing our vision to life.
[i] Nancy Wells: http://eab.sagepub.com/content/32/6/775.short
[ii] Active Healthy Kids Canada: http://www.activehealthykids.ca
[iii] Mary Ruebusch, Dirt is Good: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/01/27/health/27brod.html?_r=0
[iv] Adam Bienenstock www.adambienenstock.com, Rusty Keeler, Author – Natural Playscapes, Robin Christie Childspace Inc. NZ.