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“Stand aside for a while and leave room for learning, observe carefully what children do, and then, if you have understood well, perhaps teaching will be different from before.” -Loris Malaguzzi Observing carefully at Garden Gate Child Development Center.
Clay and three-five year olds.
On Wednesday mornings our group of eleven 3-5 year olds gets divided into two groups - one group is working in the Blue Room (movement) where we are experimenting with how philsophy can be done in motion... and the other half is in the atelier with me where we are reflecting together about clay. This was the first time this group have come in contact with REAL clay. I cut square slabs for each and placed them on a tile... suddenly realising that I left my camera in my bag... so I wondered if…
Our first Open Studio of the year was (I feel) a great success! Nearly every classroom was represented, and many children were able to share their knowledge of clay not only with parents, but also with siblings and with classmates who they don't usually encounter in the Studio. In preparing for this Open Studio time for families I thought a lot about some of the tendencies that we have when we work with clay around our children, and how they fit in with our work as a Reggio Emilia inspired…
A Community of Dance
We have noticed this group of children responding very positively to musical experiences. The languages of music and dance seem to draw these children together as a group and provide a contagious spirit of camaraderie and playfulness. Through dance experiences, spontaneous and structured, play with musical instruments and experiences with professional musicians, and lots and lots of singing, we will continue to celebrate the community that comes together when the music starts to play.
Create learning stories using LIFT
A very popular observation technique: learning stories are illustrative narratives about children's learning which involves all the stakeholder who are involved and/or support children's learning, including children, educators & families. "Learning stories shows a child’s progress over time and tend to be a more en