A Window into Children's Thinking

Posted on March 6, 2014

A reflection by Elizabeth Battersby

It was a delight to become reacquainted with some of the famous stories of Reggio Emilia through the perceptive eyes of Di Chilvers, a UK-based Advisory Consultant in Early Childhood. Weaving a captivating Reggio “thread” through her presentation, Di shared her beliefs on how young children make sense of their world, follow their own ideas, extend their understandings, and deepen and sustain their creative and critical thinking. She discussed how teachers become attuned to children’s ideas and thinking and how they make children’s creative thinking visible through ‘telling the story’. Developing a sense of narrative in children is fundamental to their wellbeing, helping to sensitize their emotions. Di understands this and is a natural storyteller. Her exploration and revisiting of the familiar Reggio stories of the lion statues, Laura and the Watch, and Ring-a-Rosy reminded me of visiting Martiri di Sesso pre-school on its new site on the outskirts of Reggio Emilia. While there, I was particularly struck by the documentation of the children’s exploration of their new school and its environment indoor, outdoor, man-made and natural, which included these words: 

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