In Search of Reggio
Montessori instruction has been in my blood since 1976. I have been in the classroom all of these years. Being somewhat rebellious, I have done my best work alone in my own school where I can manage my time and follow my own lead minute to minute. Tired of the Pink Tower? We will do art all summer. It has worked well. But, each year I need a new theme to keep things fresh. One year it was setting up my two You Tube channels.
Last year it was going full tilt on Pinterest, which has opened a huge window for all of us teachers.
Wanting more open creativity in my classroom I started doing free form design using materials in a more flexible way. As I saw similar posts on Pinterest I came to understand this has been done for a long time using “loose parts” in Reggio.
I am awe struck by the way Reggio beautifully presents natural objects for creative exploration.
They have won me over and I will be studying the method and incorporating Reggio’s style and free manner of handling classroom arrangement.
I am excited!