Each fortnight these talented bloggers have been exploring aspects of the Reggio Emilia approach to inspire, share and learn about using Reggio principles with their children at home.
If you’re new to the series, you really must see the incredible posts that have been shared thus far: These introductions give great insight into what this series is all about. (1) The Imagination Tree, (2) Twodaloo, (3) An Everyday Story, (4) One Perfect Day, and (5) Learn with Play at Home.
The first topic covered was mirror play. (1) Exploring Paint on a Mirror with Learn with Play at Home, (2) Discovering Shapes and Symmetry with One Perfect Day, (3) Painting the Night with Twodaloo, (4) Play Dough Self Portraits with An Everyday Story, and (5) Exploring Shapes and Patterns with The Imagination Tree.
Next was Reggio inspired literacy environments and experiences. (1) Library Role Play with The Imagination Tree, (2) Enticing Literacy with Learn with Play at Home, (3) Creating a Literacy Rich Environment with An Everyday Story, (4) Playful Learning Literacy Table with One Perfect Day, and (5) Meaningful Literacy with Twodaloo.
Finally, this week in the exploring Reggio series, we explored paint and art experiences. (1) Invitation to Paint Big with Learn with Play at Home, (2) Creating Colours with An Everyday Story, (3) Painting a Rainbow with Twodaloo, (4) Process Art with One Perfect Day, and (5) Mixing Textures into Paint with The Imagination Tree.
What Reggio is really about is advancing the child’s thinking and learning, and presenting unique challenges. These experiences with art of all forms provide a multitude of ways for the child to express, explore, and develop their learning and thinking. This isn’t just centered around academics either, this notion can apply to emotional intelligence, physical development, and understanding of abstract concepts.
These artistic expressions make the learning experience visible. Kids can use these artistic representations to share with others what they are thinking, doing, feeling, learning, and experiencing. Art is the medium through which we can ‘listen’ to our little ones.
Cameron adored being free to add paint and work with the paint however he wanted. He mixed, described colours and changes, described the feel of the paint and talked about painting hard and soft, slow and fast. While he slipped and slid and felt the paint, he continued to play and create.
While Cameron gets many opportunities to explore art materials, this time Lucy was asleep and he had limitless paper. It was great to see what that freedom did to his creative expression.
I hope you enjoy the Exploring Reggio series as much as I have been. It’s such a privilege to be collaborating with such lovely bloggers and discovering more about something that I’m passionate about. Join us in a fortnight when we discuss another topic.