I believe that theory and practice are indeed the pedals on the bicycle and you need both to move forward. (Loris Malaguzzi coined this phrase)


It is a goal to share this belief within my blog. It is important.


Today, however, I want to show


gratitude through images.


beautiful moments,

small and large

private and public

hard earned through perseverance

spontaneous gestures


help from friends

help from family








the lit fire





Embrace this idea:

Without deep relationships developed with children, hand, mind and heart-

“this” would not be possible.


This is creativity.




The data gathered is called humanity.




It is the force that makes life remarkable.


Not always easy.


But remarkable.



In full gratitude,



Binoculars above and walkie talkie below

(Katy, PreK first self portrait)

The surprise of translucent transformation.

(BK Adams I AM ART exhibit at the Smithsonian Anacostia Museum) Both K classes got to view the exhibit and meet the artist. When I emailed BK the images he was just blown away. “Marla, wow, this is the reason I do what I do.”

Michael rummaged his hands through the jewels and held these two red ones up to me.

Me: You found two red ones. Your favorite color!

Michael faces me and presses them to my chest, “No, it’s your heart.”

I carried them in my pocket all day. Patting them. I took them home. They sit on my dresser.

Not always easy

but remarkable.

PS  I have made many connections through reading and commenting on visionary blogs especially ones in early childhood education.

One of my favorites is a West Coast PreK teacher who is nothing short of prolific. He is also passionate, committed and fearless. I am humbled and honored to be nominated by him for the best best individual blog through Edublog. Please take a look at  Teacher Tom .  His review of my blog warms my jewel red heart.(and while you are there, brew a pot of coffee and read his posts!)



calder wire make

“If aesthetics fosters sensibilities and the ability for connecting things far removed from each other, and if learning takes place through new connections between disparate elements, then aesthetics can be an important activator for learning.” Vea Vecchi

Since returning to school in January, the atelier has been filled with wire. Spending long periods of time with a type of material is essential in the studio. Not only does one gain a sense of mastery and ability to manipulate and craft, but one gains a deep relationship with the process. Habits of mind develop, and languages begin to emerge…






I wanted the children to view the work of artist Alexander Calder. Slowly, I have been taking groups of children to the National Gallery to truly experience Calder’s grand and intimate mobiles, stabiles and wire works. With the help of parents Paromita, Trin, Amy, and Laura M., each child had a bag of varied types of wire and beads to express the impact of Alexander Calder’s work, as we sat amongst it. Viewing his large work, we returned to ideas of perspective, and I introduced questions of balance, shadow, and movement.





Loris Malaguzzi used to say that the work of a teacher is for ‘professional marvelers.’ The definition is truly beautiful; a message of hope for such a delicate profession.” Vea Vecchi

May we all (teachers, parents, and citizens) aspire to be ‘professional marvelers’ in this complex world of ours.