Play With Mud - Pre-Kindergarten

Play with Mud curriculum follows the Reggio Emilia approach which allows the children to create their education experience through experimentation. Each lesson meets indicators from New Mexico Early Learning Guidelines: Birth through Kindergarten.

The curriculum is a series of five lessons with each lesson building on the previous one. Youth begin with the first lesson by exploring the four elements of adobe: adobe dirt, sand, straw, and water. The youth experience building with miniature bricks, finding adobe in their lives through a field trip or an adobero visit, and making their own bricks. The curriculum is flexible so educators can stretch the materials during a long period of time or can condense it into a 1 day experience.

Some of the educator feedback during the development phases are:

“Sand, water, straw, ‘dirt’ – all perfect for preschoolers.”

“We stretched the lesson over 3 weeks and found it to be perfect for preschoolers.”

“Kids love mud! They loved mixing the materials and experimenting with them.”

“It was nice to have a prepared curriculum delivered to us. The provocation printouts were very clear, simple and to the point.”

The curriculum was developed with the educator in mind. The curriculum can be downloaded from the web and all supplies can be picked up from one location in Santa Fe for a nominal fee.

This project was partially funded through grants from the Historic Preservation Division, State of New Mexico, 407 Galisteo Street, Suite 236, Santa Fe, NM 87501, by Santa Fe Community Foundation, and Brindle Foundation.

The activity that is the subject of this project has been financed in part with federal funds from the National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior. However, the contents and opinions do not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the Department of the Interior, [nor does the mention of trade names or commercial products constitute endorsement or recommendation by the Department of the Interior].

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