In the most recent Innovations periodical published by the North American Reggio Emilia Alliance, Tiziana Filippini discusses the process involved to complete final documentation; perhaps more importantly, however, is the assertion that final documentation is how we communicate our philosophy. The communication is not just for our immediate audience. She writes:
“Our goal is to make the culture of childhood visible, not just for the school – the children and the families – but also to create dialogue inside the community with other colleagues and other citizens in order to strengthen and ensure the rights of the children.”
This statement challenges me to think about elevating the documentation by relocating it. To exhibit the work in a public space, for instance, answers Filippini’s call to “ensure the rights of the children.” Discovery D’s plan to perform their historical timeline plays at the Grand Rapids Public Museum elevates the children’s work and highlights the philosophy in a public place. But what about the other Discoveries?
Could Discovery A’s discussion of community and relationships be posted at City Hall?
Could Discovery B’s writing process artifact be displayed in a Grand Valley State University’s building?
Could Discovery C’s genre plays be performed for the Grand Rapids Early Discovery Center?
Could Discovery E display their habitat paintings outside the GRAM?
Could Discovery F share their movement proposal documentation inside the Kent Intermediate School District or the YMCA? Maybe Gazelle Sports would allow us to place a small panel in their store.