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Monthly Archives: August 2013

Meet the Teacher Freebie

It’s back to school time, which means it’s time for everyone to get to know the teacher.  Here is the printable that we will be using on our bulletin board, feel free to use it in your classroom! All graphics are from Erin Bradley Designs.

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Mark Your Calendar

We’ve been working really hard to get our new space ready and we can’t wait to share it with you! Please make plans to stop in during our open house!open house invite

Art in the Park

We had a great time making art in the park with all of you last night, and we captured some great photos! Please mark your calendars for our upcoming events, we hope to see you there!

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The Hundred Languages of Children Printable

Hundred languages printable

Here is a printable version of the Hundred Languages of Children poem from today’s Reggio Monday post.  Click the link below to open the file.

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Reggio Mondays: The Hundred Languages

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What exactly does the phrase “One hundred languages of children” actually mean?  This phrase is used quite often in the Reggio Emilia philosophy to express the many different ways that children express their thinking, theories, ideas, learning, and emotions.  No two children learn the same way and the Reggio Emilia approach understands this and provides different ways to reach children and help them succeed to their upmost potential.

Reggio Emilia teachers provide children with a wide range of materials and experiences so that children are able to think, construct, negotiate, develop and symbolically express their thoughts and feelings in ways that they are most comfortable doing. By providing these many different materials and experiences, teachers, parents and children can better understand each other. These different languages can include drawing, paint, clay, wire, natural and recycled materials, light and shadow, dramatic play, music and dance. They can also include expression with words through stories, poems, or drawings. All of these different ways are considered part of the one hundred and more languages of learning. Teachers often encourage children to represent their ideas on a particular topic in multiple languages and find that when they do this they are best able to support children in their understanding and learning.

The following is a poem created by Loris Malaguzzi that sums up what the Hundred Languages of Children really means to educators that follow the Reggio Emilia approach.

 

The child

 

is made of one hundred.

The child has

A hundred languages

A hundred hands

A hundred thoughts

A hundred ways of thinking

Of playing, of speaking.

A hundred always a hundred

Ways of listening of marveling of loving

A hundred joys

For singing and understanding

A hundred worlds

To discover

A hundred worlds

To invent

A hundred worlds

To dream

The child has

A hundred languages

(and a hundred hundred hundred more)

But they steal ninety-nine.

The school and the culture

Separate the head from the body.

They tell the child;

To think without hands

To do without head

To listen and not to speak

To understand without joy

To love and to marvel

Only at Easter and Christmas

They tell the child:

To discover the world already there

And of the hundred

They steal ninety-nine.

They tell the child:

That work and play

Reality and fantasy

Science and imagination

Sky and earth

Reason and dream

Are things

That do not belong together

And thus they tell the child

That the hundred is not there

The child says: NO WAY the hundred is there–

Loris Malaguzzi

Chalk It Up!

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There are SO many ideas for chalk these days other than just drawing with sidewalk chalk.  You may need to think outside the box and bit or search the internet, Pinterest is my favorite way to do this!  Inside projects can be done with chalk paint to make chalk walls, boards or even turn old board books into mini chalk board books.  You can always practice writing or just draw with chalk on dark construction paper too.DSCN0444

We decided to take some chalk ideas outside and see what happened.  Not all the ideas worked quite like I thought, but the girls had a great time exploring anyway.  Here are a few ideas we tried:

– Paint Chalk: just crush broken chalk pieces and add water (lots of chalk and not too much water or it softens the colors)

– Playing Games with sidewalk chalk

-Drawing on objects other than sidewalk such as rocks, tree bark, etc

– Spray chalk: combine flour, color and warm water in a squirt bottle ( I recommend using liquid watercolors or a lot of food coloring.  We used neon with about 10 drops, but it was not as bright as we hoped.)

– Exploding Chalk Bags: combine cornstarch, vinegar and color in Ziplock bag.  Once outside add a paper towel folded up with baking soda inside the bag and close.  Stand back and watch!  (our first attempt leaked through tiny hole and didn’t pop bag)DSCN0459

When you run out of cute tubs…

We have been working hard to get our space ready, and though we were lucky to find a place with a wonderful amount of storage, there is never ENOUGH storage space.  If you are a little crazy like me, then you prefer all of the tubs, buckets, random storage containers to at least coordinate, it just looks so much neater!

most parents and teacher will tell you that kids’ stuff is not made to fit nicely into small spaces, so as we put our materials away in their new homes, we quickly ran out of containers in which to store them.  Here is our solution – cardboard boxes covered in fabric – this was so easy that I will be doing this ALL THE TIME!

Start by choosing a sturdy box, look for one that is easy to lift when it’s full. Cut off the top flaps.

Then choose your fabric, the size of your fabric will depend on the size of your box.  If you can set the box in the middle of the fabric and lift each edge of the fabric up the corresponding side of the box, with extra left to fold into the inside of the box, then your fabric is big enough.  I have a bunch of upholstery scraps that had been donated, so that is what I used, you can use any kind of material, the only rule is to make sure that any wording on the box does not show through the fabric. 

To start, lay the fabric flat on the floor or a large work space, place the box in the middle.

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Use a yard stick (or quilting ruler in my case) to make a straight line from the box to the edge of the fabric.  You want to place the outside edge of the ruler approximately 1/4 of an inch past the edge of the box to leave space for a seam allowance. 

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Do this for each corner of the box, until your fabric looks like a large plus sign or cross.  cut on the lines.

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Sew the sides together (right sides of the fabric together), to create a fabric box (it should be inside out)

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Flip the fabric cover right side out and slide the box inside.  Then fold any extra fabric over the top of the box, into the middle, and attach to the edges with hot glue!

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these are perfect for any space because you get to customize everything – the size of the box and the way that you want it to look, and they are perfect for kids spaces, or spaces that don’t get used often because they are very inexpensive!