Discovery Work in the Studio

Studio Coordinator Nora Faber is busy introducing materials or languages as we call them.  By the end of November all children will have had introductions and explorations with drawing materials (oil pastels, chalk, graphite, pencil, marker), clay and wire.  Classroom teaching teams are introducing paint and paper.  We intend to offer children the skills to… 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

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

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