Bringing the Reggio Approach to your Early Years Practice by Linda Thornton

By Linda Thornton

Have you ever questioned what the Reggio process is all approximately, why it really works, and the way it may be used to profit the little ones on your setting?

This publication offers an obtainable advent to the values and rules underlying the Reggio method of early years care and schooling. It demonstrates how practitioners within the uk have drawn notion from the Reggio procedure and built their very own perform which will offer prime quality reviews for younger children.

This new version has been totally up to date to teach the connections among the Reggio process and the foundations and commitments of the EYFS framework. each one bankruptcy specializes in one vital point of the Reggio method and includes:

  • practical examples related to young children of other a long time in a large choice of settings, assisting the reader to determine the relationship among perform and theory
  • questions to let the reader to mirror on and advance his or her personal practice
  • references to resources of extra analyzing and information.

This handy consultant might help early years practitioners, scholars and fogeys to truly comprehend what the Reggio procedure can provide their environment and children.

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The toddler abandons the boxes and scarf and plays for some time with the cone and tube – discovering along the way what happens when you hit yourself on the head with a cardboard tube. The practitioner mimes peering down the tube and the toddler copies this. She then in turn mimes speaking into the tube and putting it to her ear. This game with the tube continues for some time until the adult pushes the chiffon scarf into the open end of the tube. The toddler pulls the scarf out, drops it over her head and collapses in a fit of giggles.

It stops us feeling cut off from children and staff in other rooms and from the outside world. When centres are being designed or refurbished it is possible to look at different ways of dividing off rooms and spaces. Walls can be halfheight, made partly of transparent materials or have internal windows. Porthole windows in doors, at child and adult height, can give glimpses of what is happening beyond the home base. Doors can be replaced by open archways or ‘saloon’ doors. As adults, we appreciate how being able to see out of windows is important for emotional well-being.

Photographs and descriptions on the walls tell the stories of children’s learning journeys. The overall impression is of a beautiful place to be. 47 The environment Every space has a purpose Some of the early childhood centres are purpose-built and others are found in refurbished buildings. They all include small spaces, large open spaces, thresholds between the inside and outside, and outdoor areas. In Reggio they look carefully at the use of space and use the expression ‘every space has a purpose’.

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