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Reggio Resources Available Through The Minnesota Library System
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.
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.
Organizations offering Reggio-inspired conferences, institutes, coursework or research:
“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!"
The Monthly Gatherings Scholarship sponsors an individual to participate in the Saturday Gatherings for one calendar 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. This scholarship, established by the Network's Board, is in honor of Sandy Burwell, a founding member of the Reggio-Inspired Network of Minnesota. Sandy has been particularly devoted to the Saturday Gatherings.
The dates for this scholarship now cover a full calendar year rather than a school year. Scholarships run from January to December each year, with a December 1st application deadline.
The deadline for the 2023 application is December 1, 2022, 5:00PM.
The RINM Education Scholarship
The RINM Education Scholarship is a new opportunity available to those interested in learning more about the Reggio Approach. Network members are invited to apply at any time of the year (a minimum of 6 weeks before an event you plan to attend). This scholarship may be used for registration costs to local, national or international Reggio-inspired workshops and conferences. Preference will be given to professional development opportunities where educators from the schools of Reggio Emilia, Italy are presenting. Funds are limited and awards are made at the discretion of the Reggio-Inspired Network of Minnesota Board.
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)
Reflections on the Reggio Experience by Others
Environment and Materials
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)
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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)