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June 30, 2009


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I'm just starting to read more about Reggio Emilia, but I think that we're heading in the direction of project-based learning. There is a lot that I love about Montessori and we will continue to use some things from Montessori, but you're right- red rods= swords around here.



Thank you so much for this post. Still mulling myself, I may have to write in installments.

Tracey (Connections)

Thank you for your thoughtful post.

It seems I have taken a very similar journey through Montessori and Waldorf. Also, your list of what generally works in your family is exactly what works here.

However, I have been slower to realize the value of Reggio and the emergent curriculum. I am now revisiting the materials and reading more in earnest (I am lucky to have a Jr. College in our library system that has many of the Reggio books).

I love the glances into how learning works in your family- you have a very creative and intelligent bunch!


Dear Angela,
Wow what a post. I thank you for the time you have put into this and the thought provoking information. Just today and yesterday I was thinking about an Educational post I wanted to do. Talking about the mixture we use to Educate our children and the 'Bandwagon theme" you mentioned. I think I will still do this, even for my own clarity.
So another question about the books. I am in the process of FINALLY buying some books I have had my eye on for a long time. What I am looking for is a practical HOME based mixture (I don't want much do I?) of Montessori, which mainly is for little ones, practical life stuff, Waldorf - this to encourage imaginative play (but then our children do a lot of this anyway) and Reggio.
So the list I have is this Reggio the 2 books recommended by you above, what about Louise Boyd Cadwell: Bringing Reggio Emilia Home: An Innovative Approach to Early Childhood Education (Early Childhood Education Series)?
Montessori the books I am coveting are Mommy Teach me and Mommy teach me to read
Waldorf are Creative Play for your Baby, Creative Play for your Toddler and Waldorf Education- All these are by Christopher Cloud.
Any input on these?

I really do know how busy you are and when you can just a quick reply would be appreciated
I also was thankful for the post on fruit trees. My husband would love to buy a property with established fruit trees (first we must sell her though, sigh) but they are a rare thing in AUS. We planted over 100 here when we started building but we were a trifle neglectful in their care (due to actual house building) and we have very few left.
We still have big plans to be self sufficient for our family. That is a lot of meat, milk fruit and veg. Hopefully soon!
I do admire the way you do things with your children. We have a TNT and Dynamite team here too; though not Twins (one of my life’s great wishes is to have twins).
God Bless♥


hi angela — what a great post! :^)

those two books are the same ones i recommend to people as a great place to start.

re: taking what you can use and leaving the rest - that is exactly what reggio educators say they want other countries and cultures to do. and that is what we must do, right?

re: a reggio approach being similar to the way one already works with their children .. while the art and play and freedom aspects might be familiar, and even project-type learning, the thing that i find more rarely implemented is the observation, the reflection, and the gentle return of the ball over the net .. the parent slipping into a learning relationship with their child in which they treat the child's work seriously while also *doing their own work*.

the similarity, then, for me becomes a feeling of -- this resonates with me, this feels like something that i already know to be true. but it can be a beginning point -- with time and attention, you can take it so much deeper, and further.



It looks like Typepad is having a good day -- I can actually comment on my own blog! About the books... when I was looking into Waldorf, I broke down and bought Donna Simmons' Waldorf Overview from Christopherus. First I listened to some of her audio downloads, though -- particularly the one on kindergarten. I also bought the Learning Processes guide from Oak Meadow. I was looking at Waldorf for all age groups, though, and not just for little ones. I'd highly recommend the audio downloads from Christopherus, if you haven't already listened to them. I also have a Waldorf book called _Painting with Children_ which is more about Waldorf art theory. I wouldn't follow it exactly, but I haven't been able to find many really good books about the mechanics and logistics of doing art with kids.

I like both Louise Boyd Cadwell books, especially for the personal experience factor. You need to read them in order: Bringing Reggio Emilia Home, and then Bringing Learning to Life, because they're chronological.

I haven't read the Mommy Teach Me books, but I have heard lots of rave reviews.

(And I had to chuckle sympathetically at your fruit tree story... it sounds so familiar, and we didn't even have to build our own house! I'd love to be self-sufficient on pretty near everything, but it takes so much work. With a husband who travels a lot (and mine doesn't travel nearly as much as yours) and works a lot when he's home, and the family still weighted toward little ones, it's tough. We added meat chickens and turkeys to our layers this year, and even that has been rough. My older two do 90% of the work with them.)


Lori -- Exactly. I think that's what I was trying to say, except in more words!


Thank you for your advice Angela.
I have had time troubles in getting back to see if you were able to post a comment. I appreciate you taking the time.
I do have the down loads, and Donna's other books and I really like them
It is hard not to keep searching thinking you might get something better. The eternal being influenced by what is going around the trapps.

On a side note I have found leaving comments on yours and other typepad blogs harder and sometimes I give up altogether.
But I thought the problem was on my end.
I do hope you enjoy visiting on my blog. I am so new to blogging and I think there are so many good ones that it is hard for people to find time to look at new blogs.
I would welcome your input on what you think.
God Bless

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