Jan 26, 2024 • 40 Mins min read
Join us as we explore the intricacies of how little ones develop their gross and fine motor skills, coordination, and spatial awareness.
Jan 15, 2024 • 55 mins min read
With several 'low key' but significant and impactful amendments to the EYFS coming into play as of last week (the 4th Jan 2023) it's crucial everyone within the industry is up to date and has a plan of action to swiftly tick the boxes necessary to comply with the changes.
Fancy a quick trip to Northern Italy? Well in this class Ben explores the work of Loris Malaguzzi and the world famous and inspirational Reggio Emilia approach to Early Years education. Born out of the grip of war, poverty and extremism rose an approach to early years education with so much beauty and immense individual creativity. "The Reggio Emilia Approach® is an educational philosophy based on the image of a child with strong potentialities for development and a subject with rights, who learns through the hundred languages belonging to all human beings, and grows in relations with others." In this class Ben takes you on an incredible journey exploring the context that surrounded the creation of Reggio Emilia, the fundamental principles of the approach that make it so unique, how you can build a Reggio Emilia curriculum, the important role of the adult and the special role your environment plays!
1. A Quick History Lesson05:44
Let's jump back in time and visit Northern Italy during the early 1940's, which had be left devastated in the wake of the destruction caused by World War II. In order to truly understand and appreciate the unique magic at the very heart of the Reggio Emilia Approach you need to understand the where, and why, behind the context it was born. In this lesson Ben takes you on this journey of discovery as we revisit the creation of the Reggio Emilia Approach.
2. An Image Of A Child08:04
In this lesson Ben explores the idea behind our 'image of a child' and what we think children can and can't do. Our constructed perspective of children's capabilities, method of learning and overall competence greatly impacts our methodology towards teaching, and ultimately the type and quality of education children receive. Everything we do stems from our 'image of a child' which is why this is a natural topic to begin our Reggio Emilia journey.
3. The Hundred Languages Of Children14:32
Lesson 3 presents the core principle of the Reggio Emilia Approach as Ben delves into the idea of children having '100 languages' and the ability to express themselves in an endless number of ways. The purpose of this class is to explore the fundamental cornerstones of the approach, as well as highlighting your role as a facilitator for their curiosity and exploration.
4. The Environment As The 3rd Teacher09:09
The environment is a fundamental aspect of the Reggio Emilia Approach and was famously labeled as the 3rd Teacher by Loris Malaguzzi. Within this lesson you'll explore why our environments are so important for children, and how we can ensure that we're providing children with the environments and resources they require to freely explore and express themselves through their 100 languages.
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