Children as researchers and theory builders: A Reggio-inspired perspective

Whilst hanging out the washing together, my eldest, hanging small items on the hanging pegs, noticed that the hanger was tipping to one side A: “Why is it tipping?” Me: “Hmm… it is tipping” A: “It’s going this way” Me: “I wonder why it’s tipping” A: “Because of the pants” Me: “The pants are on […]

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Co-constructing Reggio-inspired invitation’s and provocations at home with young children.

What are invitations and provocations? Reggio-inspired invitations and provocations come from our children’s ideas and theories, they are our response to what we have noticed in our children’s child-led play and inquiries. Although they are intentional they are still open-ended in nature with no prescribed outcome. They are an invitation to explore, discover, investigate and […]

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Reggio-inspired Documentation: How we make learning visible at home

The way we have documented and displayed artwork has evolved a lot over the last 3 years and will continue to do so as we find what works for us and our space. Initially we simply taped artwork to the wall above A’s little table. We rotated these out when new pieces were created. We […]

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Reflecting on our Reggio-inspired, Inquiry-based Project approach at home

“[If we] stand aside for a while and leave room for learning, observe carefully what children do, and then if you have understood well, perhaps teaching will be different from before”  Malaguzzi, 1998 Project based learning is one of the principles and pedagogical practices of the Reggio Emilia Approach feel very different to the ‘projects’ […]

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Exploring neighbourhood nature with young children: Clay flower prints

Today on our nature walk we collected fists full of wild flowers growing on patches of grass around our neighbourhood and brought them home to make prints. I pulled out a small block of grey air dry clay and a mat. Althea found the circle cookie cutters and the rolling pins. Ottilie busied herself with […]

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The Atelier of Light, Shadow & Reflection: documenting our reggio-inspired, inquiry-based exploration Pt 1.

“Learning is about being a researcher. The young child is a builder of theories. The young child learns by communicating and expressing their concepts and theories and by listening to others” Carlina Rinaldi This ‘episode of learning’ started in September 2019 (Althea, 2yrs 8m, Ottilie 11m) aged and lasted until the beginning of October when […]

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Documenting a Reggio-inspired first encounter with clay and water

In early childhood, materials are closely connected to making. They are often set out for children to make or create something with, frequently with the assumption that children are full of ideas just waiting to be expressed through these materials. Yet as Hillrvi Lenz Taguchi (2010) describes, ‘the material world acts on our thinking as […]

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