The Early Birds Journal

27 May 2021

Everything is a learning opportunity

Aside from the Project-Based Learning approach to education, the Early Birds nest offers students a unique and flexible way to acquire new skills, ...

24 April 2021

Planting a seed

What does it mean to plant a seed? Whether literally or figuratively, this small, seemingly innocuous act is our greatest commitment in believing that tomorrow matters.

2 April 2021

Project Based Learning with children

What happens when you give a bunch of preschoolers an empty school, some tools, and totally free reign on what they want – and need – out of their day?

1 February 2021

The Creative Chaos

Unexpected changes will always be issues in our children’s futures and will require the need to be flexible and creative in order to find immediate, effective and efficient solutions.

30 January 2021

Inspired by a tree

Do you have trees in your playground?
At some point they need to be trimmed. Don’t forget to cut some of the removed branches into slices!

16 December 2020

“Open-ended” play materials

Huge pipes, wooden slats and ladders - items without a specific purpose - are an integral component of our playground.

28 September 2020

Nature is not taking a Corona break, and neither are our children!

The vegetables needed harvesting and seeds collecting. The hen had chicks and we needed to expand our chicken run...

6 July 2020

EBI Team and Children Back to their Nest!

After almost 3 months, EBI’s children and teachers were finally allowed to return to their preschool...

16 May 2020

The Importance of Outdoor Education in Preschools

Visitors to Early Birds Istanbul often first remark on the preschool’s generous garden. The school’s founder and director, Regina Kruse-Özçelik, has long been...

4 May 2020

When children can’t come to school, the school comes to the children

Bright pink, orange and red paper bags waiting on the seats of the mini bus, which, until a few weeks ago, was driving...