Friday, September 2, 2011

A classroom of a hundred languages

The child
is made of one hundred.
The child has
a hundred languages
a hundred hands
a hundred thoughts
a hundred ways of thinking
of playing, of speaking.

-Loris Malaguzzi (translated by Lella Gandini)
Founder of the Reggio Emilia Approach

This was the inspiration behind our classroom this year! I am excited for all the "hundred languages" that everyone will bring to the classroom! Thank you to all the families that came by the school today to visit the classroom and to meet me! The classroom was lit up by having children playing and exploring. Already, I noticed a child taking a liking to music by playing with the drum set. Another boy went to the dramatic play center and was making phone calls! Who was on the other end-his dad! I also noticed a girl take an immediate liking to the science center and picked up a rock and a magnifying glass. I wish I had my camera!

If you didn't get a closer look at the different centers in our classroom:

Dramatic play center

Block Center-I hung up photos of different architectural structures to inspire

The Classroom Library

The listening center-the canopy will hopefully help to create a quiet and peaceful space for everyone to listen to stories

The art "studio" - I provided students with various mixed media materials to express themselves with. Art will be a major component of our learning and it's best to have different materials-here we have a few out-beads, craft sticks, pom poms, tubes, different kinds of paper (plain, construction, tissue, patterned, scraps), and we have a collection of beautiful junk. This container has various items such as ribbon, packing peanuts, confetti, and other types of materials otherwise deemed "junk" that we can use for art!

Math Center-set up with puzzles, different manipulatives

Writing Center-with various writing materials

Science center-there are magnifying glasses, color paddles, mirrors, sorting and display trays, a variety of rocks and shells

Our fish tank which is currently home to 3 tetra fish, the eucalyptus in the vase adds a calming aroma to our room, and the mini plant is ivy

Computer Center-every student will be able to use the computer at least once a week

Our center schedule

I can't wait to see everyone on Tuesday!