We are often asked by other educators to recommend a professional text to read. There are countless books that we have been inspired by and it is often difficult to pick our favourites.
This being said, a few standout and are often the ones we suggest as”first reads”.
Here are our top three:
Bringing Reggio Home highlights an american educator’s experience on an year long internship with the preschools of Reggio Emilia. A variety of projects are described, highlighting the guiding principles of the approach. We feel that this is an accessible entry text when beginning your own journey with the Reggio Emilia approach.
Beautiful Stuff is a must read for any early childhood educator! A fantastic text with beautiful colour photographs and stories guiding you through an engaging and emergent project. We feel that this project acts as a beautiful provocation to begin your school year with young children.
A Place for Wonder: Reading and Writing Fiction in the Primary Years has been an excellent resource as we transition into the grade one setting. Heard and McDonough share with the reader how reading and writing development can be inspired by children’s natural curiosity and wonder about the world around them. Practical ways to nurture this development are outlined and excellent open ended graphic organizers are included.