DIANA FEDORA TUCCI
Thank you for stopping by! I am Diana Fedora Tucci. I work with children in their local nature space, I am the creator of SlowMaterials, I'm a tool maker, artist, and Atelierista.
Diana is a passionate educator that brings her diverse background, years of experience and excellence in working with children and their families, schools and colleagues to her current position as founder of the Tinder Forest Nature School.
Diana graduated from the University of Toronto with honours from the Fine Arts and Art History programs and has continued to place learning through the arts at the core of her teaching ethos. She is educated in the Reggio Emilia Project Approach to learning and finds connections from this approach to the architect, Simon Nicholson's theory of loose parts within her practice. She is a certified early years Montessori directress and a Forest School Practitioner currently completing her certification through Forest School Canada. Through continual research and theory building Diana's practice continues to be informed within and beyond these five pedagogical approaches .
Diana's keen interests remain in the domain of play and specifically over the years in the observation of how play and learning unfold through the peeling-back and shifting of the educational environment, the space of the studio, and the way in which educators and care givers collaborate to support children's learning.
Diana is a naturalist, an outdoor enthusiast, a champion of outdoor play, and an advocate for child-directed, place-based, inquiry-based, experiential learning environments where play is the vehicle to learning. She has established successful play-based programs in museums, for child and family programs, child care centres, privately owned school kindergartens, elementary schools, within community spaces, and continues her work outdoors on local, privately owned land in Ontario, Canada.