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 very quickly…

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 Projects or Progettazione that form one of the principles and pedagogical practices of the Reggio Emilia Approach feel very different to the 'projects'…

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…

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 its…