Materials Needed

The HIVE, our room dedicated to reusing man-made materials, is in need of supplies.  Please consider looking around your house for materials you may no longer be using. No purchases are necessary.  The school is looking for donations of specific items in large quantities.  For instance, a box of paper or a lunch bag full… continue reading

Discovery B Meets Stripes

Friends from Discovery B visited Stripes in his home on the third floor last week.  The children observed him, learned to pet him in ways that are comfortable for Stripes.  They learned about his food, water and treats.  Children took photographs, drew pictures and developed procedures for taking care of Stripes.  They also started wondering… continue reading

Image of the Child

The Reggio Emilia approach to education is based on nine principles that inspire and guide teaching practices.  Of the nine, the image of the child, I would argue, is the most important.  Reggio educator Carlina Rinaldi defines it by stating that “the child is a producer of culture, values, and rights, competent in learning and… continue reading

School Wide Study Kicks Off

Teachers and children started sharing their summer provocations on the very first day of school!  Peers are making connections  and asking questions. Teachers are noting interests, hobbies and ways to connect learning in and out of the classroom.  The study topic, “The Relationship between the Inside and the Outside,” has led children to connect with… continue reading

Register Now for a Reggio Inspired Workshop

Join us at the Grand Rapids Child Discovery Center on August 19.  Our “Learning with Materials Workshop” is a chance for educators and parents to learn about our Reggio Emilia inspired practices.  Information and online registration can be found here.  Hope to see you there!  If you have questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Sarah… continue reading

Final Documentation

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… continue reading

Inspiration from Other Reggio Emilia Inspired Schools

Two weeks ago I visited three Reggio Emilia inspired schools in Indiana. I toured and talked with leaders at two public programs in Indianapolis and a private program in South Bend.  My intentions behind the visits included understanding constructs schools create to support their interpretation of the approach, the environments and networking with other Reggio… continue reading

What is a portfolio?

Scheduling forms have recently come home inviting you to attend your child’s Portfolio Day.  For new and returning families alike, I wanted to share our work to develop and use portfolios.  The portfolio is a collection of student work.  By the end of your child’s time at the GRCDC, you will leave with work from kindergarten – fifth grade that… continue reading

Reggio Inspiration on Pinterest

I had the pleasure to meet another educator inspired by the Reggio Emilia approach. She is a community college professor in teacher education. Lehigh Community College is located in Pennsylvania. Search for Melanie Wursta on Pinterest for photographed examples of their interpretation of the Reggio approach. Images and thinking about Reggio connections to he Common… continue reading

North American Reggio Emilia Alliance Winter Conference

The conference opens this morning with historical and current contexts that support the work of Reggio Emilia infant, toddler and preschool centers. Lella Gandini and Amelia Gambetti share that the Reggio “excellence” is possible because of the system of supports within their communities. Foundations, research and publishing offers a meaningful way to extend the learning… continue reading