So this week has been a busy one, developing one of our Pre-School rooms into the Reggio Emilia Approach! The room in question was at Little Achievers @ Ribbleton Children’s Centre.
When developing our rooms or areas, we always think of the children first. Put ourselves in the mind of the child and ask what can they learn, what are their interests, what do they enjoy exploring, what excites them???? It is through asking these questions that we can begin to create an environment that is suited to the individual needs of the children in each of our settings. So if you visited each of our settings you would notice that none are the same!
Throughout the week I have worked closely with the nursery team in the development and have already seen the impact of this. As any child would want to explore they found themselves sneaking in to have a peak and the comments of one child were “oh wow!” followed by lots of touching, staring and awe. If this doesn’t mean we are doing something right, then I don’t know what would. Seeing the look on the children’s faces and the way they explore, behave and the curiosity they show makes it all worth while and reminds us why we do this amazingly important job!
So back on to lighting…
Along the way we had some new lighting delivered in the form of……..disco lights! I was wowed and got to thinking about lighting in all our nurseries and the impact it can have. We now also have projectors in all our settings so as I introduced this I started to observe the children with them. Its safe to say the projector was never left alone for the duration of the day. Children putting different items on it to see what would happen, the exploration and concentration was amazing. After putting out our disco lights we found one child sat and stared in awe and wonder! By exploring with different light sources, we are able to make the whole atmosphere in the settings change, making it cosy, bright, open etc. This then has an impact on the children. There is something magical and intriguing about light and dark, and by being naturally curious, the children cant wait to explore the sensory experience. We also have light boxes/ tables in all our settings to again create interest and exploration through patterns, colours, shadows, shapes and many more. The possibilities are endless!
I have posted some photos of our newly transformed room on our gallery to take a look