According to Garey Ramey and Valerie A. Ramey of the University of California at San Diego, since the 1990s, college educated parents are spending twice as much as time with their children than less-educated parents. Surely this can only be a positive change? And yet Ryan Avent, writing for The Economist’s 1843 magazine this month, … More The rug rat race
At a time when teachers, early years practitioners, parents and mental health experts are questioning the benefit of testing and benchmarking our children in their early years, these same competent and capable children continue to show an innate self belief in their own abilities. I would argue that it is this self belief which we … More An innate self belief
In a previous article, I highlighted the way we, as parents, all aspire for our children to succeed in life and how we are aware that success can be measured in an inordinate number of ways. In Reggio Emilia, children are encouraged to be themselves and to develop independently through their own language of expression. … More Is the education highway a path to potential?
As parents, we all aspire for our children to succeed in life and are aware that success can be measured in an inordinate number of ways. In Reggio Emilia, children are encouraged to be themselves and to develop independently through their own language of expression. From birth, children are regarded as being capable and competent, … More What can we learn from losing?
The concept and history of Forest School originates in Scandinavia; its ethos having been firmly established in the eighteenth century by western European educational theorists such as Rousseau, Froebel, Montessori and McMillan. In Scandinavia, children are not formally educated until they are seven and until then they learn through play. The forests are accessible to … More The lion in the forest
The subject of education is generally key to every political party’s manifesto and yet, more often than not, there is a failure by politicians to acknowledge its cultural or democratic nature. Instead, there is seemingly an unwillingness to recognise and respect differences in the early childhood field, with the focus being on standardisation. This raises … More Education is not a market place
In 2001, The Guardian launched a ground breaking competition called ‘The School I’d Like’, inviting young people to imagine their ideal school. A decade later, The Guardian relaunched the project giving a platform to children’s voices and posing questions about the reconstruction of teaching and learning for a new century. The book by the same … More ‘The School I’d Like’
The ancient Egyptians believed that a human soul was made up of five parts: the Ren (name), the Ba (personality), the Ka (vital spark), the lb (heart) and the Sheut (shadow) with the shadow comprising two distinct parts; two different persons. The first representing our physical, visible person which consists of all of the characteristics, … More Imagination at your finger tips
As the poet Wallace Stevens wrote “the imagination is the power of the mind over the possibilities of things”. Gianni Rodari in “The Grammar of Fantasy: an introduction to the Art of Inventing Stories” dedicated to the city of Reggio Emilia, suggests that “to neglect the imagination is also to impoverish children’s worlds and to … More Synopsis: The Grammar of Fantasy
A conference and seminar in dialogue with Reggio (supported by the University of Greenwich and Sightlines Initiative) introducing and exploring the Hundred Languages of Children. Professor Peter Moss introduces this ‘fantastic theory’ whilst Pedagogista Annalisa Rabotti illustrates how she works in these many languages of learning alongside children in Reggio Emilia. Peter Moss Peter Moss … More A tangled web: ‘the hundred languages’ – a provocation and a compass