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'Listen to the world' - game, concentration skills

on Sun, 26/06/2011 - 22:59

I believe that learning how to concentrate is a useful skill for children. It will give them the abillity to listen to the world around them AND to their own heart. In my playsessions I often do 'listen to the world' - games. So that children learn "to filter" the most important information for themselves. 

Here is an example that you can do as a cool down activity, at home or at school. I called it  "INDIANCHIEF" (from my Dutch movement and games - book "Spelend in beweging").

Wonderlijk leren in Reggio Emilia - verslag studieweek

on Wed, 01/06/2011 - 14:23

Van 17 tot 22 oktober 2010 nam ik deel aan een internationale studieweek “in depth studyweek Reggio Emilia Children” in Reggio Emilia (Italië). Er waren 29 verschillende landen aanwezig met professionals op het gebied van educatie van het jonge kind (onderwijzers & directeuren, vaak van internationale scholen, artiesten, pedagogen). 

Dit zijn mijn persoonlijke bevindingen van die intensieve en zeer inspirerende week, bekeken vanuit mijn invalshoek als expert op het gebied van spel, beweging en creativiteit.

Reggio Emilia Approach - the Wonder of early Learning

on Mon, 30/05/2011 - 23:14

Reggio Emilia is a town in Emilia Romagna, a province in the North of Italy. A famous food region, since they make the balsamico vinegar and the parmerggiano cheese. Besides the food, Reggio Emilia is visited every year by thousands of childhood experts, coming from all over the world. I was one of them last october 2010 when I got the wonderful oppurtunity to dive profound into the so called Reggio Emilia approach.

I visited several infant - toddler centers / asili nidi (0-3 years old) and preschools / asili (3-6 years old), talked to the educational staff and shared opinions with my collegues coming from 29 different countries! 

"Reggio Emilia’s in depth studyweek was a wonder of learning to me."