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

By Linda Kinney

The documentation of younger kid's studying performs an essential position within the pre-schools of Reggio Emilia. This innovative method of bringing record-keeping and evaluation into the guts of younger kid's studying is envied and emulated by way of educators world wide. This targeted, obtainable and encouraging ebook is predicated upon a documentary process effectively carried out by way of Stirling Council in Scotland, whose pre-school educators skilled dramatic advancements of their understandings approximately youngsters, how they examine and the capability unleashed in effectively attractive households within the studying technique. This procedure, that is according to cautious hearing teenagers and commentary in their pursuits and issues, centres round recording and commentating on kid's studying via photographs, wall screens, video clips and a number of diversified media. The authors, either skilled educators contain chapters right here on: why early years’ educators may still use documentation as a method to augment younger kid's studying the values, rules and theories that underlie the 'Reggio' process the way to enforce documentations into any early years atmosphere, with real-life case experiences and tricks for warding off universal pitfalls the way to contain, motivate and enthuse households and the broader group

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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.

What would happen if he got all his legs knocked off? He could run on his tail! I think he could do a handstand on his tail. ] He could have a walking stick. Wheels. He could have wheels! You could put them on his tummy. Have you seen a person with wheels? Some people have legs, but they can’t walk. A wheelchair. What is a wheelchair? It’s a chair that has wheels. Someone needs to push them. If their arms work, then they can push themselves with the wheels. ] It’s hard only using one leg. My papa has got a wheelchair cause he can’t walk.

Documenting children’s learning processes (within a learning group) helps to make learning visible and shapes the learning that takes place. ◆ Members of learning groups are engaged in the emotional and aesthetic as well as the intellectual dimensions of learning. ◆ The focus of learning in learning groups extends beyond the learning of individuals to create a collective body of knowledge. When using the term ‘learning group’ within this section, we are usually referring to a core group of children who are developing their interest together through hypothesising about and trying out their theories according to a co-researching model with the educators and, increasingly, families.

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