This class explores some of the most renowned preschools in the world, the preschools of Reggio Emilia in Italy. These preschools value the arts as an equal partner to the other academic subjects, provide rich interdisciplinary curriculum, and boast a full time art teacher who works in direct conjunction with the regular classroom teacher. Sound like a dream?
Too often, art teachers are unsure how to handle teaching kindergarten, especially when we teach such a wide range of age levels in one week. Did you notice kindergarten is becoming the next 1st grade? Should kindergarten students sit for 90 minutes at a time in their seats? Though this class, you will explore research findings from these famous schools. You will apply this knowledge to re-think the way you teach early childhood students in the kindergarten art room. This course will allow you to directly apply your learning by giving you time to revamp your kindergarten lessons to better-fit student developmental needs. Join us as we rethink kindergarten, the Reggio way!
Participants in this course will need a copy of the book “The Hundred Languages of Children: The Reggio Emilia Approach to Early Childhood Education” by Edwards, Gandini and Forman. 1st Edition (please note Edition, it’s important to the course to have the correct one). This book is out of print, but you can get some affordable used versions on Amazon right here. The new edition was not as good as the first, so I am holding onto this edition as long as I can for use in this course.
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