There are tons of Reggio Emilia online resources. One of my interests lies in making the entry into RE a bit more user-friendly (as a newbie to the approach, I was scattered for the first year trying to build a foundation of understanding). Below is TeachReggio’s Top5Tuesday list of Reggio Emilia blogs.
Gleanings is the kindergarten blog site for Sabot at Stony Point School, a preschool through eighth grade progressive school in Richmond, Virginia. The Sabot School holds an open house each year and every two years, the school offers an amazing conference. I attended in 2015 and was lucky enough to hear Lella Gandini talk about her life with the Reggio Emilia approach. Sabot is one of the most authentic spaces I have ever had the pleasure to explore: every single staff member is an integral part of the community and the RE approach is wrestled with, investigated, experimented with and contextualized. A magical space and a magical blog!
Diane Kashin’s blog and website is fabulous! She is very involved in Canada’s Reggio Emilia community and spends a great deal of time teaching RE workshops and speaking at RE conferences. One thing that makes Diane’s contributions to the Reggio Emilia community unique and valuable is her commitment to using social media and other technology to grow awareness about the RE approach, pedagogical documentation and the “messing about” movement (including her interest in the Hawkin’s Center’s exhibit “Cultivate the Scientist in Every Child”. She is one of the folks that runs #ReggioPLC on twitter.
Jenny is an early childhood educator in Australia who has created an amazing website and blog. This is one place you want on your favorites list! She writes about her site, “Let the Children Play celebrates the importance of play in the lives and education of our children by sharing my own experiences in a play-based preschool and providing inspiration, tips and information to help parents and teachers alike put the play back into childhood.” She also publishes Play Outside, a gathering of online resources for outdoor play activities and spaces.
Kate is an Aussie homeschooling mom to two children. Her blog is a part of a well-stocked website offering started information about RE as well as ideas for play and learning, book lists, specific information on inquiry-based learning and homeschool ideas for RE families. Definitely one to bookmark and read regularly.
Peter Gray is research professor at Boston College and author of Free to Learn. Although Gray does not specifically address the Reggio Emilia approach, his research and theories on how children learn best integrates beautifully with the RE image of the child as competent, powerful and full of ideas and theories. I recently travelled to Charlotte, NC to hear him speak (sponsored by the Mosaic School, a democratic school with a Reggio-inspired preschool). He is as powerful and engaging a speaker as he is a writer. Gray writes about his blog, “Children come into the world with instinctive drives to educate themselves. These include the drives to play and explore. This blog is primarily about these drives and ways by which we could create learning environments that optimize rather than suppress them.”
©Shelley Welch 2016