The Reggio-Emilia approach developed in the Reggio-Emilia area in Northern Italy when educators, parents and children began working together to reconstruct society after World War II. It was under the leadership of philosopher and educator Loris Managuzzi that the Reggio Emilia approached evolved from a parent cooperative movement to a city-run system first, to today’s
Considering how unexceptional snow is around the northern hemisphere, we are left wondering why are winter paintings actually so rare and sparse in Western art. True enough, winter landscapes were virtually absent from the arts until the Late Middle Age. What may seem like a simple matter of taste is actually a fascinating and complex
Salt dough is a convenient and cheap alternative to clay: made with only three common ingredients (salt, flour, and water) it can be whipped up straight from the kitchen pantry. In this post, I am sharing the salt dough recipe I have used and perfected over the years; it has served me well in many years of teaching and crafting, and I genuinely hope you will enjoy it as well!
Winter is the perfect season to gather around a book under a cozy blanket as the snow falls outside.
Here is a collection of my favorite winter books for preschoolers and young readers.
Have you seen the rabbit on the moon? Many Chinese believe that you can see a hare on the moon, pounding in a pestle the Elixir of Long life for Chang’E, the Moon Goddess of Immortality.
The legend tells us about Chang’E, the faithful wife of Hou Yi the archer that saved humanity by shooting down all but one of the Ten Suns that were scorching earth and killing crops.
His brave actions were rewarded by The Queen Mother of the West (Xi Wang Mu) with one dose of the Elixir of Long Life she brewed in her heavenly orchard.
What is frottage? From the French frotter, to rub, frottage is an art technique popularized by surrealist artists at the beginning of the 20th century. At it simplest, frottage is done by lying a thin sheet of paper on a textured surface and gently “rubbing” over it with a soft pencil to highlight the embossed texture.
The Reggio Emilia classroom is designed to inspire relationships: we imagine children moving across different areas, interacting with each other, experimenting with different textures and tools, moving materials into different settings to explore new properties and characteristics.
I have been intrigued by the whimsical landscapes in Yellena James’s paintings for quite some time now. The imaginary ecosystem bursting with colorful flora and fauna seems to really resonate with younger audiences as well. Filled with textures, details, and colorful shading, James’s art is the perfect inspiration for today’s project. The art lesson is structured
Before fidget spinners became a thing, restless students used to torment pens with their fingers. There are some interesting studies that argue that fidgeting actually improves memory and learning tests scores, or at the very least recognizes it as a subconscious attempt to increase arousal in order to improve attention.