David Sobel visits Mariposa

In October, David Sobel, renowned author, veteran educator and play-based education advocate visited our classroom to learn more about the work that Mariposa is doing with eco-literacy and our nature-based curriculum. He has asked Mariposa to participate in and collaborate on several exciting educational and professional development events in conjunction with Antioch University.

Over the course of the next several years, Mariposa will be a host site for teaching fellows that are participating in a Nature-Based Early Childhood Education Certificate Program at Antioch. We will collaborate and facilitate training for an urban-sited, nature-based curriculum conference, and we will participate in leadership events to shape and design future conferences, trainings and course offerings, and events in Providence, New Haven, and Boston.

We are thrilled to be included in this process with David Sobel and Antioch University and to be sharing the amazing work and research being done each and every day at Mariposa. Thank you for being a part of this adventure as Mariposa spreads its wings to provide quality early childhood education and family services to more children and families in Rhode Island.

A New School Year Begins

NewSchoolYearWe were so excited to open our doors in September and see the eager and smiling faces of our new students and their families. This is Mariposa’s fifth year offering Providence children and their families a unique and exceptional Pre-Kindergarten program, and we are looking forward to an amazing year filled with friends, fun, learning, discovery and exploration!

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Mayor Taveras visits Mariposa

The children of Mariposa were excited to welcome Mayor Angel Taveras to our Wanskuck classroom  one morning in June. He read his book, How to Do Well in School, to the children and gave each of them a copy to take home. The children had many interesting comments and questions, and the Mayor happily signed the books for the enthusiastic children.

Thanks to Kabob & Curry

We would like to thank Kabob and Curry for providing us with a delicious meal during our fundraising event in April. The room was filled with sweet and savory aromas that excited our taste buds immediately! From the samosas to the Aloo Tikka, everything was delectable. Not a crumb could be found by the end of the night!

A Pre-School Success Story in Providence

GoLocalProv article by Julia Steiny

Today, a 4-year-old charmer we’ll call Jason will tell a story all by himself. When Mariposa Pre-School’s Head Teacher, Meghan McDermott asks if I can listen in too, his face lights up like post-rain sunshine. I double his captive audience. He likes attention. For two weeks, Mariposa Pre-school, in Providence, immerses their class of core-urban 4-year-olds in a story. They read and discuss it for a little over a week. Then they give it a rest for a day. McDermott collects props from Mariposa’s wealth of toys available for fantasy play, and assembles the story’s scene on a special table. Over two days, each child tells the story in his or her own words. They can fetch another prop if they feel it’s necessary. The story is now their own.

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