Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Be Reggio Inspired: Learning Experiences

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

Setting up experiences, Reggio style

Provocations: deliberate and thoughtful decisions made by the teacher to extend the ideas of children.  Teachers provide materials, media and general direction as needed but the children take the ideas where they want. 
- Journey into Early Childhood 

In Reggio-inspired preschools experiences are set up by teachers with attention to aesthetics, organisation, thoughtfulness, provocation, communication and interaction.

1.  Irresistible Ideas for Play Based Learning  2.  Let the Children Play
As in any play-based classroom, experiences are set up in response to children's interests and provide hands-on opportunities for children to explore, practice, stimulate thinking, test theories and take control of their own learning:

1.  Images of Learning Project  2. Blue House International School
The Reggio Emilia approach views children as capable, inquisitive learners and experiences are planned to spark creativity, thinking, planning and reflecting.  

Stomping in the mud
1.  Playfully Learning  2.  Marla McLean, Atelerista

Children are innately curious about the natural world.  

An experience using natural materials is not only aesthetically pleasing, it is also delightfully open-ended, engages the senses and supports valuable connections with the natural world.  

1.  Playing and Learning Begins at Home 2.  Growing in Pre K  3.  Irresistible Ideas for Play Based Learning 4.  Irresistible Ideas for Play Based Learning

The Opal School Blog

Sand and Water Tables
Reggio inspired activities aren't just for preschoolers.  The Reggio approach can be applied to babies and toddlers as well.
"...we put together a baby play space based on Reggio ideas of simplicity, light and real materials, and that included no plastic toys or electronic gizmos."
 - Anna, The Imagination Tree

The Imagination Tree
And finally, don't neglect the outdoors!

Inner Child Fun

Simply Natural Mom

Little Eco Footprints

If you'd like more information on setting up a Reggio inspired activity:

Or visit my Reggio Inspired Preschools Pinterest Board.


  1. Jenny, I love these! What great environments for children to explore and learn.

  2. Looking at the Reggio inspired pictures is certainly good for the soul!

    I'd love it if you'd share the posts with us at Eco-Kids Tuesday Link-Up

  3. As I was looking at your blog, I noticed that you had a series of blogs on the Reggio approach. You had the learning environment for the Reggio approach focused on preschoolers. When you refer to preschoolers, are you referring to 3 and 4 years old? What is your view on more academic pre-kindergarten programs? What approach is more developmentally appropriate? If you could recommend developmentally appropriate practices and play to the US Department of Education, what would you say?