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Bringing Reggio Emilia Home: An Innovative Approach to Early Childhood Education

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Bringing Reggio Emilia Home is the first book to integrate the experiences of one American teacher on a year-long internship in the preschools of Reggio, with a four-year adaptation effort in one American school. The lively text includes many mini-stories of preschool and kindergarten-age children, teachers, and parents who embark on journeys of learning together. These jo Bringing Reggio Emilia Home is the first book to integrate the experiences of one American teacher on a year-long internship in the preschools of Reggio, with a four-year adaptation effort in one American school. The lively text includes many mini-stories of preschool and kindergarten-age children, teachers, and parents who embark on journeys of learning together. These journeys take shape in language, in drawings, in tempera paint and clay, in outdoor excursions, and in the imaginations of both the children and adults. This informative and accessible work features photographs of the children (both in Italy and the United States) and samples of the children's work, including some in full color. During the past 10 years there has been a tremendous interest among early childhood educators and parents in the innovative approaches to teaching pioneered in the preschools of Reggio Emilia, Italy. This book is a must read for anyone interested in the Reggio Approach! Teachers, especially those in early childhood, teacher educators, policy makers, administrators, and parents will find it invaluable. Selected topics: The Fundamentals of the Reggio Approach - The Pleasure and Power of Playing with Materials - Plants in Relationships - Children and Spoken Language - Transforming Space, Time, and Relations - Turning the Preschool Classroom into a Greenhouse - Taking the Plant Project to Kindergarten


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Bringing Reggio Emilia Home is the first book to integrate the experiences of one American teacher on a year-long internship in the preschools of Reggio, with a four-year adaptation effort in one American school. The lively text includes many mini-stories of preschool and kindergarten-age children, teachers, and parents who embark on journeys of learning together. These jo Bringing Reggio Emilia Home is the first book to integrate the experiences of one American teacher on a year-long internship in the preschools of Reggio, with a four-year adaptation effort in one American school. The lively text includes many mini-stories of preschool and kindergarten-age children, teachers, and parents who embark on journeys of learning together. These journeys take shape in language, in drawings, in tempera paint and clay, in outdoor excursions, and in the imaginations of both the children and adults. This informative and accessible work features photographs of the children (both in Italy and the United States) and samples of the children's work, including some in full color. During the past 10 years there has been a tremendous interest among early childhood educators and parents in the innovative approaches to teaching pioneered in the preschools of Reggio Emilia, Italy. This book is a must read for anyone interested in the Reggio Approach! Teachers, especially those in early childhood, teacher educators, policy makers, administrators, and parents will find it invaluable. Selected topics: The Fundamentals of the Reggio Approach - The Pleasure and Power of Playing with Materials - Plants in Relationships - Children and Spoken Language - Transforming Space, Time, and Relations - Turning the Preschool Classroom into a Greenhouse - Taking the Plant Project to Kindergarten

30 review for Bringing Reggio Emilia Home: An Innovative Approach to Early Childhood Education

  1. 4 out of 5

    Nicole

    My negative review stems from wanting this book to be something it's not: a practical guide to bringing Reggio Emilia into the home or, at the least, a practical explanation of Reggio Emilia principles. Instead, it is a set of stories about experiences implementing these principles, set out in very flowery language. There might be some great activities and ideas hiding in this book, but I couldn't get past its style to find them. My negative review stems from wanting this book to be something it's not: a practical guide to bringing Reggio Emilia into the home or, at the least, a practical explanation of Reggio Emilia principles. Instead, it is a set of stories about experiences implementing these principles, set out in very flowery language. There might be some great activities and ideas hiding in this book, but I couldn't get past its style to find them.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Chrissy

    I read this book to prepare for a potential job and to get ready for the interview. The author gives an account of her experience as an intern observing a preschool in Reggio Emilia, Italy, and also her experience of trying to recreate the same learning environment in the United States at the College School in St. Louis. This style of teaching young children seems very fun and true to the nature of children. They are curious, notice the world around them with their senses fully engaged; this tea I read this book to prepare for a potential job and to get ready for the interview. The author gives an account of her experience as an intern observing a preschool in Reggio Emilia, Italy, and also her experience of trying to recreate the same learning environment in the United States at the College School in St. Louis. This style of teaching young children seems very fun and true to the nature of children. They are curious, notice the world around them with their senses fully engaged; this teaching approach seems to pounce on that mode of inquiry. I really appreciate that they author included the obstacles that they faced, such as architectural constraints of transforming an American style classroom (boring design, industrial paint) to a visually appealing, light-filled, multi-use space. Or, that there is simply a lack of time in most American teachers' day to sit and reflect on the conversations that happen in the classroom. As a teacher, the lack of time issue was the most frustrating component. It's refreshing to acknowledge that a teaching method as promising as this can have its logistical headaches at first. I think that by doing so the author gives a realistic idea of the benefits and challenges to bringing this style of preschool education to America. I would recommend this to my teacher friends, especially those in early education or those with small children.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Özge İnci Göksel

    Erken çocukluk eğitimi yaklaşımları arasında hem fikrime hem ruhuma en çok hitap eden Reggio Emilia yaklaşımı hakkında olan bu kitabı okurken çok etkilendim ve sayısız ilham alıp, günlük hayatımıza uyarlamaya çalıştım. Bu konuda bilgi sahibi olmak isteyen anne-babalar için harika bir kaynak. Ama bence çocuklarla doğada anlamlı vakit geçirmenin önemini kavrayabilmek adına her anne-babanın ve erken çocukluk eğitimi işinin okuması gereken bir kitap.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Alyssa

    A case-study description of the Reggio Emilia educational style. The author explores what defines the Reggio Emilia method through specific experiences during her internship in the Italian city of Reggio and then the process of applying what she learned of the Reggio Emilia style at an American preschool. I love the emphasis on children being creative, independent-thinkers and it reaffirms my husband's and my decision to start our daughter at a Reggio Emilia based preschool this fall. A case-study description of the Reggio Emilia educational style. The author explores what defines the Reggio Emilia method through specific experiences during her internship in the Italian city of Reggio and then the process of applying what she learned of the Reggio Emilia style at an American preschool. I love the emphasis on children being creative, independent-thinkers and it reaffirms my husband's and my decision to start our daughter at a Reggio Emilia based preschool this fall.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Julia

    This is a first person account of how Reggio Emilio was observed in Italy by the author and her challenges of bringing it to the United States. I enjoy the familiar tone of the book and all the examples she gives. My only problem with the book is it focuses primarily on preschool children and my interest is in a wide range of ages, but that is just a personal preference and there is many gems in this book.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Caroline

    This was my introduction to Reggio Emilia progressive education philosophy. The parents are the child's 1st teacher, then the child herself is 2nd and third is Nature. Nature vs nurture? Both are key, as is the self-directed child. This was my introduction to Reggio Emilia progressive education philosophy. The parents are the child's 1st teacher, then the child herself is 2nd and third is Nature. Nature vs nurture? Both are key, as is the self-directed child.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Alison Condliffe

    Honest, easy to read account of an American teachers experience at Reggio Emilia and then adopting the philosophy to American schools. Would have liked more practical day to day examples but a good introduction to the philosophy and projects.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Shannon

    It was tempting to give this one a five, because it gave me so many wonderful ideas. I love the Reggio Emilia approach, and anyone who wants to learn more about it should give this one a read.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Erin

    Learning about the Reggio Emilia approach to teach preschool age children.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Marlajan Katz

  11. 5 out of 5

    Sofia Adinolfi

  12. 5 out of 5

    Kathy Breton

  13. 5 out of 5

    Jenny Sammons

  14. 4 out of 5

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  16. 5 out of 5

    Rachel

  17. 4 out of 5

    Hannah Marie

  18. 4 out of 5

    Courtney

  19. 5 out of 5

    Ilman Saputra

  20. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

  21. 5 out of 5

    Neptune

  22. 5 out of 5

    Mitzi Sales

  23. 4 out of 5

    Kristin

  24. 5 out of 5

    Nikki Cecala

  25. 4 out of 5

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  26. 4 out of 5

    Andrea

  27. 4 out of 5

    Nicole Ricca

  28. 5 out of 5

    Elena

  29. 4 out of 5

    Bobby George

  30. 4 out of 5

    Seba Santi

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