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Bringing Reggio Emilia Home: An Innovative Approach to Early Childhood Education
Integrating the experiences of one American teacher on a year-long internship in the preschools of Reggio, with a four-year adaptation effort in one American school, this text includes many mini-stories of journeys of learning.
Paperback, 158 pages
Published September 19th 1997 by Teachers College Press
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My negative review stems from wanting this book to be something it's not: a practical guide to bringing Reggio Emilia into the home or, at the least, a practical explanation of Reggio Emilia principles. Instead, it is a set of stories about experiences implementing these principles, set out in very flowery language. There might be some great activities and ideas hiding in this book, but I couldn't get past its style to find them.
I read this book to prepare for a potential job and to get ready for the interview. The author gives an account of her experience as an intern observing a preschool in Reggio Emilia, Italy, and also her experience of trying to recreate the same learning environment in the United States at the College School in St. Louis. This style of teaching young children seems very fun and true to the nature of children. They are curious, notice the world around them with their senses fully engaged; this tea ...more
A case-study description of the Reggio Emilia educational style. The author explores what defines the Reggio Emilia method through specific experiences during her internship in the Italian city of Reggio and then the process of applying what she learned of the Reggio Emilia style at an American preschool. I love the emphasis on children being creative, independent-thinkers and it reaffirms my husband's and my decision to start our daughter at a Reggio Emilia based preschool this fall.
This is a first person account of how Reggio Emilio was observed in Italy by the author and her challenges of bringing it to the United States. I enjoy the familiar tone of the book and all the examples she gives. My only problem with the book is it focuses primarily on preschool children and my interest is in a wide range of ages, but that is just a personal preference and there is many gems in this book.
Honest, easy to read account of an American teachers experience at Reggio Emilia and then adopting the philosophy to American schools. Would have liked more practical day to day examples but a good introduction to the philosophy and projects.
I first read this book when my mother had gone back to school for her degree in early childhood education. For someone young who wasn't going to go into that field herself this book is a perfect "holiday" into that world. It isn't a practical guide or anything like that. It's far more informal, but there are still grains of thought to pick out. And it's certainly a book I want to come back to and read again someday.