What Does “Reggio-Inspired” Mean?

What Does “Reggio-Inspired” Mean?

Allie is three years old. She is highly verbal. She amazes her parents, Paul and Michelle, with her language, her insightful questions and her observations on a daily basis. Paul and Michelle are pretty sure she’s smart, and creative, too. They are looking for a...

Puddles Part II

Over the next several days the children continued to think about where the puddle goes when it evaporates. G articulated her theory in drawing. She explained: The puddles don’t go up in the air. They vibrate, and then they go back to the  cloud, and then it rains....

Puddles Part I

It did not rain for the entire month of September and into October. “Why do we have boots here if it doesn’t rain?” one of the children asked. “So we can go puddle stomping if it rains,” I replied. Apparently the children kept my response...

The Nature Of Good And Evil

  For months the children have invented games of  good vs. evil in the outdoor classroom. The “evil” may emerge as witches or pirates; it matters not, as the characters seem to exist in order to facilitate dialogue in this highly symbolic play. The...

Scarcity As Inspiration For Invention

Twice in one morning wonderful things happened because of children’s frustration with too few of something. In cubby house (a little space for dramatic play), some children were playing a story in which pet dogs played a part. By the time Lydia arrived in the cubby...