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'…

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…

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…

How to extend a first encounter with charcoal through reggio-inspired provocations

Over the course of a few weeks I noticed that whenever I found Althea (3.5) at the art table she had a black crayon in her hand. She always asked for the black tempera paint and was intent on mixing her watercolours until they transformed into a dark muddy shade. I reflected on how I…

Documenting our Reggio-inspired Invitation to ‘Clay’

I believe that clay's properties make it a much more versatile and sustainable media than the more popular alternative, playdough. The surface of clay is smooth and cool, its mass is weighty and dense. I appreciate it's need for greater exertion, more pressure, more time, more care and its ability to take shape and transform.…

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 or…

Reggio at home: 7 books to download and inspire whilst you stay home during the global pandemic

I know that many of you around the world are adjusting to the new 'normal', which is staying home. If your children usually attend nursery or school then this can be a huge adjustment for the whole family, especially with many parents continuing to work from home. So I have put together a list of…