Mindfulness & Introduction to Reggio Emilia Approach
All children are competent, curious and creative learners! This is an important message from our last workshop on April 13, 2019, about Learning in Early Years in the Perspective of Reggio Emilia Approach. We started the workshop with a short session about Mindfulness, facilitated by Daniel Yeo, and all teachers did the breathing exercise together. The Reggio Emilia workshop was presented by Hamidah Abdul and Robin Klymow. The event was attended by our Early Years homeroom teachers, specialists, some of our elementary teachers as well as our school leaders.
In the workshop, we learned about the importance of relationships, children’s questions as foundation of learning, learning environment and the documentation of children’s learning as a way to make their thinking visible and to allow children and adults to reflect on learning experiences. Another thing we learned about Reggio Emilia philosophy is the hundred languages, as beautifully written by Loris Malaguzzi, the founder of Reggio Emilia approach, in his poem “No Way. The Hundred is There.”
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
a hundred joys for singing
a hundred worlds to discover
a hundred worlds to invent
a hundred worlds to dream.
It was indeed a meaningful moment for us, teachers, to reflect about our learning experiences with our students. How do we build relationships with our students? How did we design our learning space to stimulate our students? Have we given enough materials for our students to explore? Did we give enough opportunities to our kids to express themselves using their own languages? These are some of the questions that came to our minds during our reflection time. Along with the enhanced PYP, as Early Years teachers, we are committed to improve our learning practices in the early years that serve as a foundation for all learning in the future.