Exploring Reggio

Exploring Reggio Series - An Everyday StoryI am really happy toΒ join with four of my lovely blogging friends for a new ongoing fortnightly series: Exploring Reggio.

The Reggio Emilia Approach has principlesΒ which can guide our (the parents/ mentors/ teachers) practice as well as the way we respond to and interact with children. But as you know, it’s not a method. There isn’t a scope or sequence of skills and activities. What we do, the experiences we prepare for our children and the materials we provide for them are guided by our children’s interests and curiosities.

Understanding and implementing these principles is an ongoing process deeply rooted in observation, collaboration and reflection.

Painting with Toddlers {An Everyday Story}In the schools of Reggio Emilia, collaboration between children, teachers, parents and community is considered essential to the child’s learning experience. Teachers work in partnership with each other and with families, engaging in on-going discussion, reflection and exchange of ideas; continually learning.

This is what we hope to achieve with this series; a sense of collegiality as together we explore these inspiring child-led principles for learning.

Along with Anna (The Imagination Tree), Debs (Learn with Play at Home), Ness (One Perfect Day) and Stephanie (Twodaloo), each fortnight we’ll be exploring different aspects of the Reggio Emilia Approach, discussing ideas and sharing (and reflecting on) some of the activities/explorations we are implementing at home; learning together.

Human Body Project - drawing - An Everyday StorySo come and join us. Come and sit around the table as we explore Reggio together.


And if you are just popping in for the first time,Β Hi, lovely to have you here.Β 

Here’s a few things you might enjoy:

Reggio Emilia Blog - An Everyday Story

18 comments on “Exploring Reggio”

    • Kate

      Thank you Ann πŸ™‚ I think Reggio is awe-inspiring. There is still so much to learn but I think I am finding how these truly wonderful attitudes and approaches to child development and early education can fit into our family. I love it πŸ™‚

    • Kate

      Thanks Shaunna πŸ™‚ We are really excited to be reading and trying out different things and learning along the way too.

    • Kate

      Thanks Rach πŸ™‚ It’s exciting for us too. Particularly because we are all seeing how this approach can be used in a home rather than in a preschool. It is fun learning and I’m really enjoying thinking about how a particular idea will fit with our family and our community.

  1. Megan Schiller

    What a great series! It will be wonderful info to share with parents in the next month when I host a 30 day Invitations to Create challenge. I’m hoping to inspire parents to bring a little of the Reggio approach into their home!

    • Kate

      That sounds wonderful Megan. Really wonderful. I see the challenge started on October 1. How did it go?

  2. Penny

    This is wonderful. I’ll be looking forward to more posts from you all in future. I’m looking forward to exploring Reggio!

  3. juliemeseha

    Very much looking forward to these series of posts where and seeing the collaboration. I would particularly like to hear about your ideas of starting off a Reggio home schooling situation as I am just entering parenthood for the first time (three weeks to go!). I have worked as a teacher in a Reggio school but have only a few ideas of how to start incorporating these principles from the very beginning of a child’s life. Any ideas from this very early childhood would be appreciated.

    • Kate

      Hi Julie πŸ™‚ Has your little one made their way into the world yet? Such an exciting time for you. As we become more connected with our homeschool community here I am hoping to meet a few families who are interested in working together on long-term projects. Do you know of RIE? I first came across it when Jack was about a year old. It completely changed my view of parenting. Then when Sarah came along a year later, RIE taught me how to interact with infants, how to speak and how to play with them in a respectful, nurturing way. I highly recommend it. Janet Lansbury’s blog is so inspiring and really helpful.

  4. Renee

    I’m in such a learning adventure, this has come at just the right time! Thank you! You and I seem very similar, I’m a teacher and the more I learn about Reggio and Montessori the harder it is to go back…

    • Kate

      Once I came across Montessori and Reggio my teaching practice changed forever. I saw schools in a completely different way. I noticed things that I think I had realised before but couldn’t quite articulate. My view of children and children as learners changed completely. You are so right, it is very hard to go back.

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