Painting beyond paper: A Reggio-inspired provocation with tempera paint and plexiglass

This is like the red sun when it’s darker. When it is night time the red sun comes out and it’s just like the red sun. Althea, 3.5 We use tempera paint a lot, on paper, but mostly on bodies. After a ‘learning episode’ where A painted her little sisters hair red (and the catContinue reading “Painting beyond paper: A Reggio-inspired provocation with tempera paint and plexiglass”

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 onContinue reading “Children as researchers and theory builders: A Reggio-inspired perspective”

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’Continue reading “Reflecting on our Reggio-inspired, Inquiry-based Project approach at home”

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

Episodes of learning (at home): Iggy Peck the Architect builds a sofa fort

Althea has always built towers. It has been an enduring interest since she could stack two blocks on top of eachother. Ottilie is partial to a tower, usually when her sister is in the middle of a construction project. But mostly she likes to carry her baby dolly around, pushing him in the pram orContinue reading “Episodes of learning (at home): Iggy Peck the Architect builds a sofa fort”