An Encounter with Reggio Emilia: Children's Early Learning by Linda Kinney

By Linda Kinney

The documentation of younger kid's studying performs an important position within the pre-schools of Reggio Emilia. This innovative method of bringing record-keeping and evaluate into the center of younger kid's studying is envied and emulated via educators all over the world.

This exact, obtainable and encouraging ebook relies upon a documentary process effectively applied by way of Stirling Council in Scotland, whose pre-school educators skilled dramatic advancements of their understandings approximately childrens, how they study and the aptitude unleashed in effectively enticing households within the studying technique.

This process, that is in accordance with cautious hearing young ones and statement in their pursuits and issues, centres round recording and commentating on kid's studying via pictures, wall screens, video clips and a number of various media. The authors, either skilled educators comprise chapters the following on:

    • why early years’ educators should still use documentation as a way to augment younger kid's studying
    • the values, ideas and theories that underlie the 'Reggio' strategy
    • how to enforce documentations into any early years environment, with real-life case reviews and tricks for fending off universal pitfalls
    • how to contain, motivate and enthuse households and the broader community

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Provocation for learning: how do we keep Rabbit alive? In the search for ways of keeping Rabbit alive, the children came up with a number of suggestions. First, they thought it might be a good idea if the member of staff who brought Rabbit to nursery took him home to be nursed by his owner, her daughter. Then, after a good deal of consultation amongst themselves, they felt that since Rabbit could not be left on his own in the nursery overnight and at weekends, it would be a much better idea for each one of them to take it home each night on a rota basis.

Annie: You would like to help them? How can we do this? James: I know, I have a good idea. Thunderbirds could help. Annie: That sounds like a good idea. How can we do this? James: I know. I have Thunderbirds at my house, it’s 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, Thunderbirds are go! Annie: Good. How can they help us? James: Well, they’re not real, Annie. Annie: Oh! So that won’t work then? James: No, but I have another good idea. I could take some money from my piggy bank and send it to them. Annie: Well, James, I think that is a very kind thing to do, and if you take some money from your piggy bank, I’ll give you some money from my purse to send also.

Documentation approach to early learning Key features made visible ◆ An adult-led stimulus was prompted by an early interest that some children were showing in caring for others. ’ – was clearly present at the outset of this project. 42 ◆ ◆ ◆ ◆ ◆ ◆ ◆ ◆ ◆ ◆ Documentation approach in practice It went beyond the episode stage because of the sustained interest of a core group of children initially, whose enthusiasm for it captured the interest of most of the children in the setting. Its capability to become a project was due to this as well as to the ability of the staff at times to introduce elements that they felt were particularly relevant for the children and the community.

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