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.

Artwork secured with washi tape alongside DIY artist cards

We eventually decided that a designated “playroom” wasn’t working for us and integrated toys and materials into the rest of the home. This meant that a lot of art exploration happened in our dining room so we attached a piece of string to hang art work as it happened.

Art displayed on a piece of string with wooden pegs

About 6 months ago we decided to make an official gallery wall. We had a stack of artwork that we keep in a large tray in the cupboard and as a family we went through and chose some to put in frames. This was a great opportunity for my eldest to revisit and reflect on her work through dialogue with us. As of yet we haven’t rotated these pictures out, but we continue to collect new pieces in the tray and we will repeat this process of revisiting and reflecting when we feel there is something new to add (i.e. working with a new art medium or working with them in a different way) or if A or O ask to display a particular piece she is proud of.

Artwork framed and hung up in our dining area

Pieces that do not make it on to the wall are either added to our Floorbook or scanned and kept in digital format and the original is reused or recycled.

Documenting our first encounter with oil pastels in our Floorbook

I really do try and make this into a process that involves reflection and agency, but I am also only human and sometimes work that has been discarded and uncared for makes it into the recycling bin without discussion.

Artwork scanned into Ipad and used in a free paint app to explore digital languages

We use a free scanner app on our Ipad to create a digital version of the art but it is my ambition this year to set up our old laptop with a document scanner like this one so that it is a process of documentation my eldest can engage in with more independence.

You can learn more about Claire Wardens Floorbook approach here, she runs an introductory course on how to use Floorbook’s with young children and she also has a wonderful book.

How do you make learning visible at home?

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