ECRP. Vol 1 No 2. What Should Children Learn? Making Choices and Taking Chances.

The purpose of this paper is to consider the concept of children’s potential as it is interpreted and supported by an early childhood curriculum. This discussion represents a first step in responding to the question—What should preschool children learn?—recently posed to me by the Committee on Early Childhood Pedagogy, a group of scholars convened by the National Academy of Sciences and the National Research Council to address issues of educational goals and content in the preschool age period.

This is well worth any early childhood educator’s time! Read it before school begins in the fall.  Research based.  How can this support your work with children and families?


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As part of Project Infinity, a collaboration of 7 Reggio Inspired Schools, the school I work at has taken up the challenge of crafting story for and with children.  This was based on the experience of Reggionarra held in Reggio Emilia, Italy.  Through this study, it has opened new ways of working with children in addition to giving us a focus on stories, found all around us.  I found the following website, which highlights incredible stories of incredible people.  I hope that you find it inspiring and can find a way to use that inspiration in your work with children!

Blind/Sight, Conversations with the Visually Impaired, is a collection of photographs of people with vision loss, a biography of each person, a description of their vision (both in audio format as well as print), and an illustration of what they see. Created by photographer Billy Howard and illustrator Laurie Shock, whose lives and work are both collaborations, Blind/Sight premiered at the VSA Arts of Georgia gallery and the Fernbank Museum of Natural History in Atlanta

 

Blind Sight – Welcome.

I met Stephanie Jones from UGA on a Literacy Study Tour to Reggio Emilia, Italy. Inspired by her passion for children and change in education, I checked out her blog.  I encourage you to do the same!

The Teaching Georgia Writing Collective – check it out!.

 

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Educators from the Preschools in Reggio Emilia speak on their experiences with documentation.  I plan on using this video for new teachers as well as those more experienced to further our understanding of the process in documentation.

“If we know how to listen to children, children can give back to us the pleasure of amazement, marvel, doubt…the ability to look at life as a process of searching for meaning.”

                                                        ~Carla Rinaldi
This implies that the teacher would be quiet at times to be able to listen to children.  What strategies could you employ to find out “Whose voice you hear” in the classroom? Have you ever asked the children, ” In the classroom, who talks more- the teacher or the children?”  It would be an interesting conversation!
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Creative Educator – A Good Prompt is Worth 1,000 Words. Gary S. Stager, Ph.D shares his views on curriculum and the teacher’s role in learning. Read the article and think about the implications. In a Reggio Inspired School we tend to use the word “provocation” instead of “prompt”.  To “provoke” gives a sense of discord or struggle.  It is often said that in the struggle, the learning occurs.  What do you think?

Working in a Reggio Emilia Inspired Preschool, we are trying to use reflection as a tool to better our practices. Maybe you could spend some time this summer reflecting on the past year…