Our Outdoor Playscape: Gan Liran
Outdoor space and activities are just as important in a Reggio-inspired school as indoor activities. The Shir Hadash Early Childhood Center has an innovative outdoor play area designed by Planet Playscapes and endowed by the Grace-Rosenberg family. The playscape was built by the Shir Hadash community over Memorial Day weekend in 2009. Dedicated on October 7th, 2009, our playscape, named “Gan Liran” (Liran’s Garden), is in memory of Israeli soldier Liran Saadia. Liran was passionate about the outdoors and nature and our playscape is one way we wish to encourage such connections for our students.
Our playscape has:
- boulders to climb on
- sand and water elements to investigate
- a slide built into a child-sized hill
- a stage for impromptu performances
- stepping logs
- outdoor easels
- quiet spots for thinking and enjoying nature
The outdoor space includes a garden of flowers, trees and green plants. As the garden evolves, we will add planting, caring for and harvesting vegetables for our snacks. Investigation of nature and the enjoyment of the outdoors are essential elements of each day.
Our beautiful and modern preschool building was newly constructed and opened for its first students in the Fall of 2009. The preschool has modern amenities and updated classrooms and multipurpose rooms – come and tour our beautiful building and outdoor playscape today to see for yourself! Contact Janet at 408-358-1751 ext 115 or firstname.lastname@example.org with questions or to schedule your visit.