Begin with the end in mind, Right? But at Reggio Children they always save the best for last, so you leave completely bowled over, on the edge of joyful tears, ready to take on the world. We cannot wait tell you you the story of the perfume girl. This investigation made us question everything we do with children. The image of the child is so powerful, so positive and life affirming that this community project takes your breathe away. Hmmmm…maybe their goal is for us to begin anew, to make this our new end. Our children, families and teachers deserve so much more…let’s walk together and smell the perfume. Read about the project done by 5 & 6 year olds for the Reggio Community…..and see The Perfume Girl
Thursday we begin to delve more deeply into literacy and the Reggio elementary schools. The primary teachers prepared some rich documentation for the representation showcasing their literacy work with the children. Inherent in their image of the child is a strong belief in their capacity to be learn era, to be curious and creative. Have we forgotten this in our schools? Their documentation highlighted children’s ability to grapple with codes and why we need to have agreement so we can read each others writing and communicate to a wider audience.
Over wonderful food we have been planning how to document our experience and share it with the ESU community. We are also dreaming…the primary school was the most amazing learning environment I have ever seen! More to come on this. Tomorrow we begin at the market where the lions sit.
Today we were able to see the teachers and children in a typical day. We observed at the Diana school, situated in the park just off the piazza Della Vittoria. A hallmark of Reggio is transparency highlighting the relationship between the school and the community, the indoors and outdoors, the child and others. We observed in three classes, 3, 4, and 5 years and in the “piazza” and the atilier or art studio. The children where engaged in drawing, constructing, painting, and dramatic play as they investigated shapes, color, balance, technology, shadows, and story. In one art studio they were investigating smells and creating scents by combining various flowers, spices, and herbs. These ere placed on leaves or small tree stumps to mix together in small smell collages. The children then recorded, using symbols or drawings, the recipe for the new perfume.
We have begun investigating how we can fully document our varying experiences and perspectives when we return. Are you wondering about anything? Questions welcome…
Finally we are in Reggio and we have Internet! We have kept notes, photos and reflections throughout our time traveling, but have not been able to post yet. A dinner at Cavazzone with all 68 of the study tour participants allowed us some social time to meet people from South Carolina, Indiana, Ohio, India, Shanghi, and even PA. We begin our first session tomorrow at 9 so get ready for some exciting discoveries in our learning. Having a hard time inputting pictures with my ipad…. feel free to comment, question, wonder.
Here is an interesting investigations we found in Florence…enjoy!
Investigating in Florence!
Drs. Benson, Cavanagh, Pinciotti and Elise and Evan