Showing posts with label Europe 2011 Tour. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Europe 2011 Tour. Show all posts

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Wrapping up: Reggio Remembered

                   It's time to wrap up my Reggio images. My memory card is nearly emptied....

[Reminder: I took all of these photos last spring, during my amazing European Author Tour to four US Army bases as a portion of their "Month of the Military Child" celebrations. Two of the bases were in Italy, with one base just about 90 minutes away from the most amazing field trip of my life!!!! An entire day spent touring two brand new national ECE Centers in the province of Reggio Emilia, Italy. We were able to tour the two programs in exchange for my performing for the Italian children.]

There were drawings everywhere...... and I do mean everywhere. Hallways were filled to the brim with bulletin boards of every sort of artwork imaginable.

How cute are these 'numerals?'
A few more collages of one amazing day of observation!!

 Spring Easter Celebration: assemblage of snippets!

 It's time to conclude these flashbacks. Wrap it up.
 I want to share some random images from around the building.
Large motor room rocking horse parade + climbing block structures. 
An entire box of over a dozen 'play' irons.
Little napping bunks: like the Seven dwarfs in action.

One final set of images: ceilings, floors, recycle bins.

It was the day of a lifetime.
It's such a treasure to re-live it here with those of you reading along.

*****If you are interested in seeing all of my posts that show the various details of this amazing day, they are all catalogued under the label "Reggio" and you can click right here to bring all of the articles together at one time.... for your reference and inspiration.

I've added this post to the Thrifty Thursday link-up!

Friday, January 6, 2012

Yet More REGGIO!!!!

When you think Reggio, you think art materials, right?


What I LUV'd about being able to walk through the hallways + classrooms in Italy?

I LUV'd getting to see so many demonstrations of ideas!!

                    Everywhere you looked were yet more ideas.
Documented ideas!!!!!!!!!!!!

I attempted to translate the labeled words on the photographs of the encircled children.

Nido = Nest

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Reggio Observations Continued

My return-to-Reggio retro tour continues.

{I am making my way through my camera's memory card -- of images that never got shared here last year.... all from my one day visit to two childcare centers in Reggio Emilia, Italy last spring. If you want to see ALL of my Reggio articles and ideas, they are housed together under the Reggio Label -- you can get to them by clicking here.} 

I LUV these sculpural shape collages that were child-created from up-cycling various bits 'n bobs from the recycle bin. These 'shape-people' were actually fairly large scale. I'm not sure that the photos capture just how large they were in real life. I can just envision the smiles and cararderie and gales of laughter as the children worked together to create this cast of characters. This classroom was for the 'older' children and the work on the walls was much more sophisticated.

Seeing these shapes 'come-to-life' reminds me of the geometry paintings I captured here in the states on the easels. Click here to go back to that post.

I have a hypothesis that this next photo-capture is probably a 'homework' assignment.
Pretty clever concept on bringing the four triangles together to make a square.
Geometry at work in real life. Feels akin to a quilt making concept!

This collage is a delightful combination of media to portray the four seasons.
My thought that it may have been created at home with parental supervision is based on the premise of the inclusion of the family photographs. These were on display in the hallway -- outside of the classroom. Each child had a similar style project.... with the four triangles representing each season.

Another hypothesis on my part. I think this next one may be a sign-in attendance chart.

What I know for certain, is that this graph has taken much time + focus to create!!!
Everytime we introduce graphing, we are working on math skills.
Compare and contrast.

*****This post has been added to Deborah Stewart's continuing series at Teach Preschool.
This time her gloriously beautiful overview is Everyday Math.
There are dozens of math ideas already connected in a blog hop.

-- Debbie --

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Reggio Italy: Portfolios

While dashing through the ECE programs in Reggio Emilia, Italy last spring, it was all I could do to keep my camera clicking at the speed of sound -- with batteries and memory card cooperating. There were images in every possible direction that I wanted to document.

As we explored one of the "Art" rooms I was fortunate to stop and think to capture some images of the children's individual portfolios stacked neatly in a corner on the counter top.

As you can see, each child in the class had a delightful presentation of their first name and a painted work-of-art on the tag-board like front cover of their portfolio.

I wanted to spend all morning pouring over the specific pieces inside each portfolio, but time was of the essence and all I could do was swoop into one collection and snap a picture of the pieces on the top. BEHOLD!!! The work of Alessia.

Monday, January 2, 2012

Reggio Emilia Tour Continues

photo of: Handwriting benefits, fine motor development in children, early literacy, Italy

Welcome back to my 'retro-Reggio-tour'
Join me as we take a quick look through two different, brand-new, nationally run programs in Reggio Italy.

I was fortunate enough to have one day to 'tour' two different programs in Reggio. They were nearly an hour's drive apart. An ocean away from the programs I consider home. It's awesome to contemplate the similarities between the programs I visited on this spring day In Reggio and US sites where I am invited. It's awesome to see the similarities!!!

Isn't it fun to see how we all use hand-print and handprint art as a foundational springboard for Arts exploration? This time the handprints are collaborating to make a map of Italy! The map is obviously a cooperative project of 'mature' hands.

Here's a look at wee little Italian finger-paintings. I dare say, you'd be hard pressed to identify children's finger painting in the USA versus those in Italy or those in Australia or Chile. I know that these are 'reggio-finger-painting' explorations because of the Italian labels above the finished work.

If you're on a scavenger hunt searching for handprint projects, click here for my recent post on COLOR THEORY --  the coolest idea since sliced bread from NY.

Or this click will take you to my Top 10 viewed idea on handprint snowflakes.

Tomorrow I've got a peak at some of the Reggio children's Art portfolios.
Must pull them together. Sweet covers with just a quick glimmer inside.

Monday, July 4, 2011

Freedom Isn't Free

"America was not built on fear. America was built on courage, on imagination, and unbeatable determination to do the job at hand." --Harry S. Truman
"We know what honor is. It is what enables the individual to do right in the face of complacency and cowardice. It is what enables the soldier to die alone, the political prisoner to resist, the singer to sing her song, hardly appreciated, on a side street." -- Mark HelprinHappy Fourth-of-July!!!! Raise the flag!! Today is a blue-sky day up here, in real-time where we have landed for the summer -- in northern WI, Door County to be exact, Sister Bay to be very specific. Timber Ridge Circle if ya wanna check your Google map. That puts us one block from the shore's edge of the big deep water of Green Bay and our village marina. Anyhow, back to my morning contemplation of all things Fourth-worthy: fireworks, fun and festivities!! Before we take off for the village parade and strawberry shortcake festival I just want to pause long enough to contemplate these pictures from a mere few weeks back. It turns out that freedom isn't free.

These photos are of our son-in-law Scott, returning back to his little family, having been in Iraq for just over five months at the start of the year. He serves as a pilot with the Ohio Air guard and is periodically assigned to back up our troops amidst other responsibilities on the home front. Five months is one of his longest deployments into the middle of strife since his being a daddy. No. Freedom isn't free.

Scott returned to Ohio the week of the "Ace of Spades" raid so we were particularly concerned about his travel home at that taunt moment in time. Security was at its all time highest. Imagine Sarah's extreme excitement to pick him up, only to be met at the base's check-point gate with the news that their family mini-van's security tags had expired in Scott's absence and she wouldn't be allowed to drive on the base to get him.

They were able to sort thru that delaying detail and these are the pictures of their reunion. I think what strikes me the most is seeing Trevor's expression (he'd just barely turned three and is the one wearing the striped shirt.) It's quite clear that he has no intention of having his hug get interrupted. He's really holding on and on and on. What is five months in the life of a brand new three year old? You do the math. It's a whole, big, huge chunk. In the life of a brand new three year old, five months is basically all of recorded history. No, freedom isn't free. It involves missing birthday parties for one thing.

As we get ready to head to the parade this morning my heart is full remembering all the recent hugs of the children of our troops, that I met in Europe earlier this spring. Children with a parent not at the dinner table, children with a parent preparing to depart. Children who have heavy hearts periodically. Then I think of the amazing encounter that we had in Verona Italy, where we were hugged as Americans on the day of the enactment of America liberating Verona at the end of the war. Freedom isn't free. It never has been. It never will be.

There are people, families, yes and children who today are in the midst of sacrificing so that we might be nearer to a sense of freedom for all, a freedom being shared by a wider percentage of this world's people. It isn't free, but ask the people of Verona Italy what it tastes like. They are still celebrating all these many decades later -- to keep the truth alive.

A special thanks and many hugs today to Scott for all his training and efforts and especially to Sarah who steps up in his absence(s) and juggles the entire household, because that's what it takes. They are a team in his service. It takes both of them, that he might serve others. Freedom isn't free.

FWIW (For what it's worth)..... if you happen to know of a family, where one of the members is off in the service of our country, consider stepping up. Step up and do the right thing. Step up and ask the "single-parent on the home-front" if there's an errand you can run or a chore that you can attend to or some other meaningful manner that you can show your care and concern. It takes all of us together to work toward freedom. Michelle Obama gets it. She's launched "Joining Forces USO" in an effort to knit communities more tightly around our families who serve. Learn what you can do. Learn how you can help. Learn how you can support. Make this your pledge on the Fourth-of-July. Freedom isn't free, but you can be a contributor of the process.

****While we're hugging people, another hug goes to our other son-in-law, Zac, who currently serves full-time in the Navy, stationed in Annapolis. While we think of him as being out of harm's way, that in no way undermines our pride in his work and dedication. Thanks Zac & Noelle, you're another great team. And one final hug to my hubby for his four years of service in the Navy, aboard the John F. Kennedy Aircraft carrier year's ago. I'm proud of all of you! Now on toward the fireworks... from my vantage point I will have a heart-filled with pride tonight. Freedom isn't free, but the people of Verona impressed upon me that it is indeed priceless.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Final Alps Images

This is my final post on our great European Adventure of 2011...... at least until I get the great backlog of activity waiting in the wings chronicled. Someone remind me that I must post the 'Venetian Laundry' pictures at the very least, but I have so many state-side spring classrooms, events, concerts and end-of-the-year joy to share that the remaining gazillions of European tourist pictures can wait their turn. The laundry can wait till there's a lull in my regular fun 'n' games. So regular readers and occaisional drop-in visitors, I wave good-by from Switzerland, reluctantly departing the glorious Alps and get back into my suitcase and to return to the colonies.

I've realized anew how very little I know. How little I know about world history, world geography, world languages, world customs, world religions, world politics, world economy, world literature, world architecture, but I'm willing to learn. It's been a thrill. An adventure. A delight. To say that this trip is the blessing of a lifetime is quite an understatement. Episode after episode of the Amazing Race. Yet, alas. Now it's time to return to our previously scheduled program, "Music Lady and the Children -- plus the Adults who Love Them" -- subtitled "Author/Illustrator/Keynote Woman on a Mission."

Arlana, thank you for making the whole dream come to fruition. Renee, thank you for introducing me to Arlana. Europe thanks for the memories. Weather sprites and fairies thank you for all of the blue skies and unseasonably warm weather. Elsa, thank you for guiding us to every destination through all four countries -- you served us well dear Garmin GPS -- we both agree, it would have been an impossibility without your technological trustiness.
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Thursday, May 19, 2011

Alps with Sheep & Cows!!!!

I'm squealing. I'm taking dozens and dozens and dozens of pictures. Every curve in the road reveals yet more splendor. From the man-made stupendous Gothic spires to the Heaven made snow capped spires..... all in under twenty four hours. The water fall was just behind the pull off where we filled the gas tank. We got those views all while filling up. Then just further up the road through a series of tunnels drilled right through the mountains we glimpsed a lake off in the distance. I was literally bouncing up & down. I convinced my convivial driver to pull off so I could take pictures of the lake on foot, rather than while driving past.

Imagine my heartbeat as we pulled off and I saw sheep!! Swiss sheep!!! on the side of the mountain!!!! With a village clock tower spire. The lake on one side of the road and the sheep on the other! How good can it get?? Was that a cow bell I heard? A really big cow bell?? Sheep. Mountains. A cow with a big bell? Snow-capped mountains. Water-falls. What an afternoon!!!!
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