Thursday, March 14, 2013

Be Reggio Inspired: Indoor Learning Environments


Welcome to the second of the series Reggio-Inspired Preschool Environments.

Over the next week we will have a little wander through:

  1.   Top Reggio inspired blogs
  2.   Reggio inspired indoor environments
  3.   Reggio inspired outdoor environments
  4.   Reggio inspired learning materials
  5.   Reggio inspired learning experiences
  6.   Reggio inspired displays
  7.   Reggio inspired Facebook and Pinterst


Reggio-Inspired Learning Environments

Space has to be a sort of aquarium that mirrors the ideas, values, attititudes, and culture of the people who live within it.- Loris Malaguzzi

Paying thoughtful attention to creating an environment that enables children to develop relationships with the world around them, themselves and each other is an important aspect of any early childhood program.

The Reggio Emilia approach is known for regarding the environment as the third teacher, and for good reason as these images show:

My Classroom Transformation



Early childhood environments should 
be inviting and cultivate children’s 
curiosity, wonder and imagination. 
- Curtis and Carter
Journey into Early Childhood

Children are miracles.
  We must remember it is our job;

 To create, 

With reverence and gratitude,
 A space that is 
worthy of a miracle.  

-Anita Rui Olds

Irresistible Ideas for Play Based Learning


Materials are easily accessible and uncluttered and inviting.  Every resource is carefully considered for it's purpose.



1.  Journey into Early Childhood  2. Beyond the Classroom

Journey into Early Childhood

Reggio inspired preschools aim to create a welcoming, nurturing, home like environment.  This  doesn't have to be expensive, or require new resources.  Little touches, like framed pictures or a vase of flowers can make all the difference.




Irresistible Ideas for Play Based Learning

Reggio inspired environments respect the need for comfort and a place to pause, for both children and adults alike.


Journey into Early Childhood
Irresistible Ideas for Play Based Learning

Natural materials provides an infinite number of possiblities, and convey a sense of 
calmness and tranquility for both children and adults


Pre K Teacher
My Classroom Transformation
My Classroom Transformation

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Over to you.
Do you have any images of Reggio Inspired spaces that you would like to share?




16 comments:

  1. Gorgeous Jenny! And such a wonderful series overall. I am watching avidly because I love Reggio and we set up our classrooms along those principles while I was teaching. I have a post about making a Reggio inspired play space for tiny babies http://www.theimaginationtree.com/2012/08/reggio-inspired-baby-play-space.html here, and one for slightly older babies aged 6-18 months, which could be good for people with infants in their settings http://www.theimaginationtree.com/2012/10/baby-place-space-for-6-18-months.html

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    1. Oooh thanks Anna. I'll go and have a look now.

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  2. I'm so excited to see this! My boys are starting at a reggio-inspired preschool this spring and I can't wait to learn more. I'm trying to incorporate more of it at home and have been researching online. Thanks for bringing all the info right here!

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    1. I'm happy you are finding it useful Lindsay. I hope your boys love their new preschool!

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  3. I love seeing Reggio inspired play spaces. I adore the last photo of all the natural products in the basket boxes. That looks so inviting for children (and myself!)

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  4. I'm loving this series and can't wait to see what else you share. I'm new to Reggio and am feeling so inspired to incorporate it into my home and small home daycare.

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    1. I love incorporating elements of the Reggio approach Ann. It just makes sense to me to take care of, and respect the way you present things to kids. I'm happy you are finding the information helpful.

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  5. The "Capacity of Children to Connect With Nature" photo is from Opal School in Portland, Oregon, a Reggio-Inspired preschool and public charter school serving children ages 3-11. Our blog is www.opalschoolblog.typepad.com. We hope you'll visit!

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  6. Thanks for sharing Susan - I'm off to visit now! You know how much I love blogs :)

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  7. I love your idea. Those are very useful for my home daycare. Thanks a lot.

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  8. Thanks Jenny for including our work on this post!

    It is a real honour to have our work followed and featured.

    Your blog is very inspiring!

    ~Joanne Babalis

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  9. Love these pictures! We are currently adding more Reggio-inspired ideas in our classrooms. I just blogged about it at my website.

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  10. I'm getting so much inspiration from this series! Thank you, thank you!

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  11. I'm going to start full research into this after seeing your wonderful blog. I've studied Waldorf and Montessori and I can't believe I missed this one:) You've inspired me. Have a wonderful day.

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  12. Thank you for creating your blog! I am going to teach kindergarten in a charter school that uses a Charlotte Mason approach and I was told to look up Reggio Emelia as well because it goes along with the same philosophy. Going from teaching 5th grade at public school to kindergarten at a charter school is going to be difficult. I am having a hard time wrapping my head around these new approaching to learning. I feel that your blog helped me get a better idea of what my school is going to expect of me, what my classroom should look like, and what materials I should have available. Your blog also has a lot of great resources that I can use to help me in this new journey I am on. Thank you! I will be spending a lot on your blog in the future!

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