Handwriting: Reggio Emilia Style

Multisensory approach to handwriting Teaching handwriting to young children can seem like a larger than life task both for the teacher and the parent. The Reggio Emilia approach recognizes that every child is capable, independent, and full of imagination.  It is imperative that each child be encouraged and motivated to question, investigate, and explore the

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Reducing Children’s Stress by Using the “Third Teacher”

The Reggio Emilia approach to education views the classroom environment as the third teacher which should be a reflection of the children, parents, and teachers.  It is imperative the environment is thoughtful, imaginative, and enticing to the child.  Research has long shown a correlation between the classroom environment and children’s behavior. In the article, Creating Environments that Reduce Children’s Stress, Sony Vasandini specifically focuses

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Clay Play!

Most of us remember playing with clay as children. We remember creating a variety of objects such as balls, snakes, bowls, and mugs.  Clay is a wonderful medium, which allows for exploration that builds over time based on individual needs and interests, which is very supportive of the Reggio Emilia philosophy.  Clay is an extremely

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An Educator’s Reflective Practice

In the article, Going Deeper: Exploring Reflective Practices with Inspiration from Reggio Emilia, Sarah Adams-Kollitz’s discusses her personal experience when the Reggio Emilia approach was incorporated into her early childhood program.  The article focuses specifically on the area of reflective practices beginning with the teachers and eventually spanning out to the children, parents, and surrounding community.  While the

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Being Thankful

At some point in our lives, we learn about the history behind the Thanksgiving holiday. We learn about who was involved and, of course, all about the feast.  What should the holiday represent in today’s society?  We are taught to give thanks during this time but do we really understand the benefits of being thankful,

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Learning from Dr.Lilian Katz

Lilian Katz, Ph.D., is a professor emerita of early childhood education at the University of Illinois (Urbana Champaign), and is also the co-director of the ERIC Clearinghouse on Elementary and Early Childhood Education. She is the author of more than 100 publications that focus on many different subjects regarding childhood education. What Dr. Katz seems

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The Importance of Parent-Teacher Communication

A child’s educational journey begins the moment he or she is born.  Learning is constantly occurring in every day life events but as soon as a child steps foot into a classroom, this journey really takes off in a more formal way.  In order for this journey to be as successful as possible, the communication

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A Conversation with Amelia Gambetti

The Reggio Emilia approach to learning was developed in Reggio Emilia, Italy through a city-sponsored educational system developed by Loris Malaguzzi.  Because it is commonly recognized as one of the best programs for young children, many educators from around the world travel to Italy annually to become immersed in this teaching philosophy.  Lella Gandini, author of

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Challenging Behaviors in Young Children

All young children, from infants to kindergarten, exhibit a variety of behaviors throughout each day.  Some days your child may be smiling and full of energy one minute and the next minute nothing seems to satisfy him. This is normal behavior and is a way children express themselves at an early age.  Some children, however,

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National Grandparents Day-Sunday, Sept. 11, 2016

 “The reason grandparents and grandchildren get along so well is that they have a common enemy.”- Sam Levenson National Grandparents Day 2016 It seems as though there are holidays for everything.  Some of these holidays are pretty humorous like National Donut Day and National Dog Day; others have more significant meanings and deeper traditions.  One

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