How I support schematic play at home.

As I sit down to drink my coffee and write up this post my two-year-old daughter is pushing a dolls pram filled with onions around the kitchen. Meanwhile my eldest daughter at 3.5 year old is carrying an armful of spice jars leaving a trail of yellow powdery turmeric in her wake. She adds themContinue reading “How I support schematic play at home.”

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”

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

How can we make water play and inquiry with young children more sustainable?Thinking with drips and drops

Because we live in such a hot and humid climate, water play is a huge part of our days at home. We usually fill the water tray up in the morning and in the afternoon we sometimes fill up our paddling pool. The girls get so much out of it but the amount of waterContinue reading “How can we make water play and inquiry with young children more sustainable?Thinking with drips and drops”

Inquiry-based tempera paint provocation for young children: All the shades of blue

“Encounters between children and materials are generally extremely rich in suggestive qualities, memories and meanings, without much intervention on part of the teacher” Vea Vecchi When I first introduce liquid tempera paint to young children I usually offer just one or two primary colours and white. If I provide all three primary colours we veryContinue reading “Inquiry-based tempera paint provocation for young children: All the shades of blue”

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”

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 withContinue reading “Exploring neighbourhood nature with young children: Clay flower prints”

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.”

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 asContinue reading “Documenting a Reggio-inspired first encounter with clay and water”