A couple of weeks ago I mentioned that something special was on the way regarding natural play, Reggio and hands on learning. Today I am so happy to be launching a new collaborative series – Exploring Reggio.
I first discovered Reggio a couple of years ago, after watching this video. The film is in Italian but there are subtitles. From the very first scenes I was in awe. There were mirrors, then water, and then mirrors IN water. There were light tables and overhead projectors. These things are all over the blogosphere now, but back then, I had never seen anything like it. The children were so curious and excited. They were filled with wonder and joy. There was a passion for learning and discovery. My favourite quote from that video is this (to give you some context it is in reference to light table explorations):
“In this way, they develop theories and ideas about light, and it often turns out that many of their theories are remarkably similar to those of modern physics. However, these theories are a creative response to the experiences that they are living, not a passive memorization and recitation of facts gleaned from worksheets.”
I fell in love with the Reggio approach right then and there and the more I have learned about this philosophy, the more I love it.
I am certainly no expert when it come to Reggio. I still have so much to learn, but I am finding ways to bring this style of learning into our home. I want to do everything I can to encourage R to be passionately curious. To want to learn and discover. To want to investigate. To be inventive. Reggio seems beautifully aligned with those goals and I am excited to learn more about this approach.
That is what our new series, Exploring Reggio, is all about. Learning and discovering together. Together with Anna (The Imagination Tree), Kate (An Everyday Story), Stephanie (Twodaloo) and Debs (Learn with Play at Home), we will come together every second week and share our experiences of the Reggio approach. We are all at different stages in our understanding of Reggio but we are united in our passion for child-led natural learning. I’m so happy to be learning about this approach alongside such lovely blogging friends. Will you join us? Let’s learn and discover together.
The next installment in the series will be published in two weeks’ time, on Thursday October 10. To follow the series, you can: