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Connecting With The Reggio-Inspired Network of Minnesota

Join us in the Twin Cities area for our Monthly Gatherings and Book Study groups.  All of our public events can be found on our Calendar.  Join our Mailing List to receive our quarterly e-mail newsletter. 

Past Newsletters

 
Sent August 2015
- The Power of Reflection
- Our Image of the Child as Capable
- The Network - How You Can Get Involved


RINM.Newsletter 8.7.2015

 
 
 Sent December 2014

- Scholarship Winner
- Reflection Seeing Everyday Places: Connecting Children and Their Communities
- Sometimes The Questions Are The Answers
- Questioning Protocol That Might Be Useful
- An Invitation - How Have You Explored Community?

RINM Newsletter 12.2014

 Sent August 2014

- Reflection on Self-Portraits
- Reflection on Leaving Traces and Environmental Tours
- Scholarship Application Deadline
- Next Year's Calendar of Events

RINM Newsletter 8.2014
 Sent April 2014
- Reflections on Enter, Encounter, Engage
- How Does One Become a Teacher
- Expansion, A Reflection
- Thinking About Reflection In A
Reggio-inspired Context
- The Network - How To Get Involved

RINM Newsletter 4.2014
 Sent December 2013
- Reflection on Saturday Gatherings
- Feature Reflection - Art 25
- Seeing Everyday Places
- Environmental Tours
- Carolyn Edwards


RINM Newsletter 12.2013
 
 
Sent September 2013

- Calendar of Events
- Community Conversation Reflection
- Local Voices - Marshall's Bees
- Professional Development Reflection
- Books Added To Library


RINM Newsletter 9.2013


Reggio Resources Available Through The Minnesota Library System
The Reggio-Inspired Network of Minnesota is thrilled to partner with the Debra S. Fish Early Childhood Resource Library to provide local access to literature about the Reggio Approach. Click on the below link for a list of Reggio-inspired resources available at the Debra S. Fish Library.

Fish Library Reggio.inspired Resources.as.of.8.2013.pdf

The resources available  at the Saint Paul Debra S. Fish Library are accessible through your local public library and MELSA system via interlibrary loan. This collection is part of the Saint Paul Public Library system’s catalog http://www.sppl.org/ and is available through the statewide virtual library, MnLINK at https://www.mnlinkgateway.org.


Resources - Organizations, ideas, and materials inspired by and in collaboration with the municipal preschools and infant toddler centers of Reggio Emilia

The links to professional resources below are avenues for connecting with organizations, ideas, and materials inspired by and in collaboration with the municipal preschools and infant toddler centers of Reggio Emilia, Italy. You will find resources that are significant, topical, and current in the Reggio-inspired community.

Reggio Children
North American Reggio Emilia Alliance (NAREA) 
Reggio Emilia Aotearoa New Zealand
Clearinghouse on Early Education and Parenting

Organizations offering Reggio-inspired conferences, institutes, coursework or research:
Project Zero, Harvard Graduate School of Education Making Learning Visible
Project Zero, Harvard Graduate School of Education Children Are Citizens                                                                                                  Boulder Journey School                                                                                                                                                                                               Opal Charter School                                                                                                                                                                                                     Opal School Blog                                                                                                                                                                                                          Lesley College, Cambridge, MA
Reggio Children Foundation
Malaguzzi Center YouTube videos


Books
Learning Materials Workshop
Routledge Education


Arts
Art Scraps
Leonardo’s Basement
Ax-Man, a surplus goods store with three Twin Cities locations
Continental Clay
Minnesota Clay

“Found” materials
“Found” and recycled materials surround us. These often-discarded and overlooked objects offer rich shapes, colors and textures that can stimulate active learning. Below are some lists of “found materials” compiled by experienced teachers. Feel free to use the lists with families and colleagues to collect materials that will inspire you and your children.
Materials List 1 (from the Blake School)
Materials List 2 (from Sandy Burwell)

One way to rediscover our own creative impulses is to see possibilities in materials. Children possess a natural openness to the potential of materials. When adults become aware of this process, they find ways to watch and listen to children. Children and adults become collaborators as they discover, collect, sort, arrange, experiment, create, construct and think with materials.” 

 Lella Gandini and Cathy Weisman Topal in "Beautiful Stuff!"

Monthly Gatherings Annual Scholarship

This scholarship, established by the Network’s Board, is in honor of Sandy Burwell, a founding member of the Reggio-Inspired Network of Minnesota.

It sponsors an individual to participate in the Saturday Gatherings for a school year.  Anyone with a deep curiosity about Reggio Emilia is encouraged to apply. If you are awarded the scholarship, you will be asked to write reflections on some of the Saturday Gatherings.
 
The application for the 2017-2018 deadline is May 25, 2017.

Application - Word version
Application - PDF version

To submit the application, you can:

  • Copy and paste the text from the PDF into a Word document and email your application answers to Dan Morlock daniel.morlock@isd623.org. Or...
  • Print the document, fill it out, scan it and email it to daniel.morlock@isd623.org. Or...
  • Print the application, complete it and fax it to 651-646-7183 attention Dan Morlock.

Essential Readings
Here is a list of books that members of the Reggio-Inspired Network of Minnesota have found to be useful, instructive and/or inspiring resources as we refine our own practices. Below the list, you will find annotated bibliographies of several books written by Network members who especially recommend them.

About the Reggio Emilia Approach (by Italian authors from Reggio Emilia, in English)

  • Art and Creativity in Reggio Emilia by Vea Vecchi, published by Routledge (Contesting Early Childhood series)
  • Brick by Brick, published by Reggio Children
  • Children, Art and Artists, published by Reggio Children
  • Children, Spaces and Relations, published by Reggio Children
  • Dialogues with Places, published by Reggio Children
  • Everything Has a Shadow Except Ants: an exploration of a project about shadows, published by Reggio Children
  • In Dialogue with Reggio Emilia: Listening, Researching and Learning, by Carlina Rinaldi, published by Routledge (Contesting Early Childhood series)
  • Making Learning Visible: Children as Individual and Group Learners, a joint volume produced by Project Zero of the Harvard Graduate School of Education and Reggio Children
  • Reggio Tutta: A Guide to the City by the Children, published by Reggio Children
  • The Grammar of Fantasy, by Gianni Rodari
  • The Hundred Languages of Children, edited by Carolyn Edwards, Lella Gandini and George Forman
  • The Languages Of Food: Recipes, Experiences, Thoughts, published by Reggio Children (Read Annotated Bibliography)

Reflections on the Reggio Experience by Others

  • Authentic Childhood, by Susan Fraser and Carol Gestwicki
  • Beyond Quality in Early Childhood, by Gunilla Dahlberg, Peter Moss and Alan Pence
  • Bringing Learning to Life, by Louise Boyd Cadwell
  • Bringing Reggio Emilia Home, by Louise Boyd Cadwell
  • Ethics and Politics in Early Childhood Education, by Gunilla Dahlberg and Peter Moss
  • First Steps Toward Teaching the Reggio Way, by Joanne Hendrick.
  • The Art of Awareness: How Observation Can Transform Your Teaching, by Deb Curtis and Margie Carter (Read Annotated Bibliography)
  • The Hundred Languages of Children, edited by Carolyn Edwards, Lella Gandini and George Forman

Environment and Materials

  • Beautiful Stuff! Learning With Found Materials by Cathy Weisman Topal and Lella Gandini (Read Annotated Bibliography)
  • In the Spirit of the Studio, by Lella Gandini, Lynn Hill, Louise Cadwell, and Charles Schwall
  • Rapunzel’s Supermarket: All About Young Children and Their Art, by Ursula Kolbe (Read Annotated Bibliography)
  • It’s Not a Bird Yet, by Ursula Kolbe

Annotated Bibliography

The Languages of Food: Recipes, Experiences, Thoughts. Edited by Ilaria Cavalinni and Maddalena Tedeschi. © 2008. Reggio Children srl, Via Bligny 1/a – C.P. 91 Succursale 2 42100 Reggio Emilia, Italy: Reggio Children. 111 pgs. ISBN 978-88-87960-48-8.
Much more than an Italian recipe and cookbook, The Languages of Food brings us into the culture and history of the culinary arts of Italy as well as the classrooms of the Infant-Toddler Centers and Pre-schools of Reggio Emilia, Italy. While giving menus, recipes and nutrition information, it also offers the flavor of the children’s dining experiences. It is filled with images of children arranging flowers, smelling herbs, setting tables and helping in the kitchen. There are drawings by the children of table setting and garden arrangements. Beginning with an introduction by Sergio Spaggiari and ending with “A Fragrant Future,” this book will inspire all who wish to enjoy food with children. (by Sandy Burwell)

Beautiful Stuff! Learning with Found Materials. Cathy Weisman Topal and Lella Gandini. 1999. Davis Publications, Inc. Worchester, Massachusetts. 107 pgs. ISBN: 0-87192-388-2
Beautiful Stuff is a wonderful hands-on book for teachers and those interested in working with young children using aspects of the Reggio Emilia approach. Focusing on observation and recordings of children’s and teachers’ processes, this book offers a variety of ideas and uses for “found materials.” Beginning with collecting, discovering and organizing common materials found at home, the teachers and students go on to show us ideas for setting up a studio, creating collage, self-portraits, puppets and wood sculptures. This book is full of pictures showing children involved in their discovery and exploration. Each chapter includes a chapter summary called “What We Learned” that gives insights about what the teachers and children figured out along the way as they used their “found materials.” (by Terry Schroeder)

Rapunzel’s Supermarket: All About Young Children and their Art. Kolbe, Ursula. ©2001. PO Box 280, Paddington NSW 2021 Australia: Peppinot Press. 128 pgs. ISBN 0646416553.
Rapunzel’s Supermarket celebrates the magic of looking at the world through the eyes of children. It offers inspiration, advice and examples of ways to look at everyday things such as textures, patterns, marks, and lines. It also explains kinds of image making—for example, bookmaking, clay work, collage, and construction—that are useful in helping children explore, communicate, and represent their ideas. Suggestions for materials, tools, strategies, and stories assist adults in challenging children. There are pointers for creating special spaces and for documenting and displaying children’s work. Color illustrations of displays and materials and reprints of art masters inspire exploration and discovery. (by Ethel Beuch)


The Art of Awareness: How Observation Can Transform Your Teaching. Curtis, Deb and Carter, Margie. c. 2000. St. Paul, Minnesota: Redleaf Press. 173 pgs. ISBN 1-884834-84-1.
One of the most important skills an early childhood teacher must have is being a good observer. In the preschools of Reggio Emilia, observation of children that is thorough, detailed, descriptive and reflective, is the basis of the teachers’ planning and curriculum. This workbook-style book takes readers through activities and questions designed to heighten teachers’ awareness and improve their observation skills. Each of the “study sessions” emphasizes an aspect of observation, asking teachers to focus on, for example, children’s perspectives, how children use their senses, how they explore, invent and construct or how they connect with the natural world. It includes plenty of photographs and specific examples of children’s interactions for reflection. The book would be ideal for use with a team of colleagues or at staff trainings to improve teachers’ observation skills step-by-step. (by Joanne Esser)

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