The Reggio Approach. What is it and how does it affect what is happening at Brefne?. Reggio Emilia. A city in North Italy that is renowned worldwide for its high quality pre-school education.
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What is it and how does it affect what is happening at Brefne?
J and his daddy went for an autumn walk in the grounds of Belfast Castle. He brought back conkers to show everyone. We decided we would all go for an autumn walk around the nursery and see what we could find.
The children went into the quiet room in groups and Mrs Anderson showed them some things that she had found when she went on an autumn walk.
E. We need to bring a bag to put things in.
Acorns fall and twigs fall
down in autumn..
The children were asked about autumn to see how much they already knew. What is autumn? When is it? What happens in autumn? What makes it happen? Where are good places to go for an autumn walk? What might we see? What rules do we need to keep us safe on an autumn walk? We write down what the children say as this helps us to see what they already know and what they want to learn.
Most of the children had an idea that in autumn leaves fall off the trees. So we set off outside to see if we could see if this was happening.
C watched H and then she made a tree as well.
Children learn from each other and build on each other’s ideas.
H made an autumn tree in the playdough.
We tried rolling them in paint to see what happens.
We had lots of leaves of different shapes and sizes so we talked about what we could do with them. As adults we could decide what the children should do with their findings. We could have made 26 identical trees- but our children are not identical. They have their own views and ideas. We don’t want our children to feel that they must make an end-product that is pleasing to the adults. We value their individual abilities. We want them to experiment, to make mistakes, to have experiences, to learn.
B. I found a big leaf. It’s nearly all red with a bit of green. I could put paint on it.
C was still collecting leaves many days later when we were out playing in the playground.
E. We could put paint on the leaves and then we could get paper and we could press the leaves down and make a pattern. Then we could break the twigs off and make something with them.
An adult looking at the final result may not see anything very special- but that is because they are unaware of the hours of “work” and the learning experiences that went into making it.
Some of the children wanted to add circles to our autumn picture. It was not what I thought they would do but it showed independence and ability to make choices.