Message from Tamara: Reggio Inspired
written byTamara Clark, Preschool Program Coordinator
Delving Deeper into Reggio Inspirations
Each year, PIC teachers gather for two sweet days of community, collaboration, and professional development. With such a large staff (nearly 90), we like to begin our days together with team-building and get-to-know you excercises.
We also take a moment to celebrate our staff for their years of service. This year, Caterpillars teacher Jameelah Jones and Starfish teacher Meghan Fraatz were honored for 5 years. Doodlebugs teacher Marcella Handy was honored for 15 years and Fireflies teacher Joann Schock was honored for 20 years. We are grateful to have teachers that are dedicated to children and families every day and who are dedicated to our profession. Congratulations to you all!
This year, our workshops had a special focus on inspirations from Reggio Emilia, a philosophy of learning for young children. Teachers explored ideas of deepening child-centered curriculum and new ways to introduce concepts to children, including light play with projectors.
The poem, The Hundred Languages of Children, written by the founder of the Reggio Emilia approach offers us much inspiration. It helps us understand that children express their thoughts and learnings in a multitude of ways.
The Hundred Languages