Presenters: Kelly Boucher, Kirsty Liljegren, Jan Millikan, Sarah Denholm, Kristen Myers-Tapim, Leanne Mits, Hanna Daniel, Andrea Elliott, Heather Conroy, Pauline Tepelis, Ruth Wallbridge, Jody Kingston and Libby Cumming
Date: Saturday 8 September, 2018
Time: 9:00am - 4:00pm
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A marketplace of possibilities offers a full day of practical workshops and presentations, inviting participants to engage with the principles of Reggio Emilia through an exploration of materials, ideas and techniques. Further sessions will offer opportunities for collaborative reflection on documentation, projects, and the Hundred Languages of children and educators.
Participants will be invited to choose 4 sessions across the day from the following:
Please read the session details below and indicate your preferred sessions on the registration form.
How do materials activate spaces, respond to ideas, offer us questions?
This session engages materials as pedagogical questions and describes how materials and children are co-participants and co-researchers with each other in experiences. Participants will be challenged to re-think current ideas about sustainability and be prompted to look at ways to develop ethical practice by questioning the typical use of materials in early childhood settings. By thinking with materials as active and lively, we ask how we might open up to other ways of seeing, doing, playing and experimenting with the more-than-human objects co-inhabiting early learning spaces.
We will look at:
Through engaging with this material, participants will experience and be in dialogue about:
Early Childhood educators Sarah Denholm and Kristen Myers-Tapim invite you to journey with them to explore the possibilities of digital landscapes.
Sarah and Kristen recently visited Reggio Emilia where they encountered the digital atelier. They will share their experiences of this space and talk about how it has impacted their thinking and practice.
Participants are invited to:
Pope Road Kindergarten, Blackburn
Developing a Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) is an important journey of thought, research and dialogue; a process of encountering deeply held beliefs and values and making a commitment to relationships, respect and opportunities.
Join Leanne Mits from Pope Road Kindergarten, Blackburn, to hear about the journey of this kindergarten team’s experience in developing their formal statement of commitment to reconciliation; a Reconciliation Action Plan. This session will unpack some of the strategies that were used to introduce the idea to the kindergarten staff and community, from beginning steps and through a process of development; sharing the delights, challenges and triumphs of their journey and work.
Participants will hear how the team at Pope Road Kindergarten have engaged with the Reconciliation Australia, Narragunnawali (pronounced narra-gunna-wally) platform and required sections of a RAP (Relationships, Respect and Opportunities), in relation to the classroom, school and community. Pope Road Kindergarten’s RAP story articulates some of the possibilities that lie between the development and implementation of a RAP and the principles of Reggio Emilia.
Educator, Amici, Westbourne Early Learning Centre
Children are capable and confident learners, full of desire and curiosity. It therefore becomes our responsibility to provide them with rich and meaningful experiences that enhance their sense of wonder and imagination and acknowledges their right to learn and grow in an inspiring environment.
In this presentation Hanna will share some of the clay project work she has undertaken with infants and very young children (under the age 2).
Participants will be invited to consider:
Andrea Elliott – Head of Campus, Amici Westbourne ELC and Winjeel Junior School,
Heather Conroy – Pedagogical Leader Amici Westbourne ELC and Winjeel Junior School, and
Pauline Tepelis – Educator Amici Westbourne ELC
To understand how children might begin to interpret a material, adults need first to explore what Forman spoke of as ‘the affordances’ of a material… the properties of the material and how it responds.
This is a hands-on workshop providing opportunities for participants to work directly with the medium of clay. Participants will be invited to reflect on how clay might be offered to children to support them in both building and communicating what they are coming to understand.
The session will provide opportunities to:
These sessions will include an introduction to two videos produced by Reggio Children (Reggio Emilia, Italy). In the first session, we will viewThe Morning Assembly; in the second, Shadow Stories. Jan will then facilitate a dialogue related to the interaction between key values and principles of the educational project of Reggio Emilia including listening, collaboration, the Hundred Languages of children and educators, and documentation.
In this workshop we will explore the possibilities that light provides as an expressive tool. We will discover some of the science behind light and ways to make light accessible to children. The presenters will share projects they have done with preschool children working with light. This will be a hands on workshop and participants will be encouraged to experiment and share their findings with the group. Participants will be encouraged to discover the joy that engaging with light can provide. They can expect to leave excited by the possibilities light provides and many ideas that can be used as provocations in introducing the wonder of light to children.
Taking experiments from R.Murray Schaffer’s A Sound Education as a starting point, participants will be invited to give attention to sound, exploring the differences between passive and active listening. Then in a series of group exercises, participants will experiment with the materiality of sound, and its relationship to space and the body. Beyond this, small groups will explore connections between sound and speech, as we play with the basic principles of organising sound (composition). This workshop is designed for anyone who is curious about listening more deeply to the (everyday) sounds that surround us.
Feature image: from Kelly Boucher’s very successful workshop Dialogues with Materials, presented in Launceston and Melbourne as part of REAIE’s 2016 Invited Speaker Series.