Inspired by the Reggio Emilia Philosophy

Our school is inspired by the Reggio Emilia philosophy, which allows for the children to have their ideas, interests, and theories incorporated into our daily lesson plans and project work.  Projects may begin with the interest of children, or by provocations provided by the teachers.  We use their interests, conversations, and inquiries to help develop the lesson plans.

The following are some examples of our current projects……….

Many of the boys in the class have been drawing maps everyday.  There is so much energy and interest in these maps that the teachers thought it was a topic worth exploring.  We sent home a homework assignment for the parents to help the children write their address for an address book.  We used the homework assignment as a reference to help us type in the address in the Google search.

“Map” By: Noah

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Oh how we LOVE Google maps! After all the children brought their homework back, they were able to type their address into the search bar and locate their house! First it pinpointed the house on a BIG map and then we were able to zoom in closer!!

Seeing images of our house and being able to view the street was very exciting for us!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

All the children were able to show their friends their house and tell them all about the area surrounding them… One of our students even went through the map for  a very long time to find his big sisters high school ;-D

Learning Goals Achieved:

All children have opportunities to access technology (e.g., tape recorders, microscopes, and computers) that they can use:

a)    By themselves

b)    Collaboratively with their peers

c)    With teaching staff or parent

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Technology is used to:

A)   Extend learning within the classroom

B)   ‘integrate and enrich the curriculum

The teachers, along with the help of one of our wonderful parents, have put together a binder with all of our blog posts on cooking.  This allows the children to see past pictures of their cooking projects.  We keep it in our “home” area so that as the children pretend to cook and play house, it is there as a resource for them to revisit past projects.

The children are able to revisit different recipes they have made, and see pictures of themselves as well as the dishes.  They like to sit around the table and talk about what they were making and if they were counting something or measuring! We are excited that the topic of conversation is revolving around these subjects.  It is helping us understand the concept of measuring, but it also helps us think of new recipes to make on Fridays!

“Wonderland’s Cook Book”

We encourage parents to help their child come up with simple recipe ideas they can make at school with their friends.

Learning Goals Achieved:

  • Measurement. The student directly compares the attributes of length, area, weight/mass, capacity, and/or relative temperature. The student uses comparative language to solve problems and answer questions.

 

We love to spend time in the “light room” everyday.  There are so many different materials for us to use, and different types of light for us to explore with……….

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We are finding different ways to use the new materials at our light table!  The children are making different things like houses and pyramids.

As they were building in the morning, the girls came up with a song where they all sang, “WE LIKE TO DECORATE”. They repeated this many times and were in tune!  We believe in allowing for the children to “be” children in situations like these, and enjoy the experiences they have by being creative.  They enjoyed so much the new song that they created, and had fun staying on beat and in tune with each other.

“Look at my different colored eyes.”

They had time to explore the materials, building freely, and coming up with creative ideas about what they were using the materials for…….

Learning Goals Achieved:

  • Creative expression/performance. The student expresses ideas through original artworks, using variety of media with appropriate skill.
  • Develop manipulative skills when drawing, painting, printmaking, and constructing artworks, using a variety of materials.
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