Is there anyone else out there blogging about implementing Reggio-inspired principles at home? I’ve searched and searched and haven’t really come up with much. There are plenty of Reggio-inspired preschools but what about at home? There has to be….
** UPDATED 16/08: Ok major omission folks! (that’s what I get for blogging past midnight while I wait for the painting smocks to wash).
How could I forget about Lori?!? She is my absolute go-to person for all things project-based learning. She is very welcoming and loves a good discussion, plus no question is too silly or too difficult, she’ll help you out. She also has a great forum, not a boring old ‘look how wonderful we are’ forum, but a really inspiring one full of practical ideas for implementing project-based learning. Definitely pop on over.
I’m reading (and loving) her book at the moment: Project-based Homeschooling. It is the BEST book I have read for practical ideas and inspiring thoughts for homeschooling, and anyone who knows me knows I read a LOT of homeschooling books. I think I may do a review of it when I finish. **
So please, introduce yourself so we can all share and learn together. In the meantime, I’ve organised my Pinterest boards to include Reggio activities / spaces / ideas that I think can be easily transferred to the home. So if you wanted to pop over and have a look, please do. I have a Reggio Materials board which I’m adding materials as I get them and recommend. I have a package arriving tomorrow with some magnets and prisms which I’m looking forward to.
Also I have been speaking with a friend recently about how to go about recognising a potential project and the difference between a project and a theme. It was a really interesting discussion, I love geeky-educational discussions. I think I’ll put my thoughts together and post something; especially about starting a project at home with young (3-5yr olds) children. I should have that up by the end of the week. If you have any thoughts please leave a comment and we can discuss.
‘Til then, night all. I have ‘work’ tomorrow, well if you can call facilitating our Reggio-inspired playgroup ‘work’. I have glittery ‘space’ playdough, nuts & bolts, large-scale drawing and large-scale bubble wrap painting (outside of course) planned. Should get very messy and very fun. Nothing like the joy of exploring different materials. Hope the parents packed a change of clothes!