Just Let Me Play
Reggio Emilia inspired? Consider the Waldorf practice as well...
My daughter and I are new members of the Waldorf community. As my family and I continue to learn how to become more connected to our spiritual family rhythms and use our daily activities as a foundation for learning and sharing traditions and values, we learn how to educate the whole child and family.
Waldorf classrooms are home-like, they are inviting and often welcome learners and their families with the smell of fresh baked goods (like the Waldorf banana muffins) or the sound of music. The classrooms are filled with natural light and are minimalistic. We were welcomed to sit around a beautiful handmade carpet with sheepskin rugs for the children on the floor. Materials are open ended and made of holistic natural materials. The space is limited in toys because of the importance of fostering the imagination of the child. The walls are dreamy - the walls are beautifully painted using soft watercolour. Silks, hand made puppets, poems and verses transition the group from one activity to the next.
As a kindergarten educator, I am inspired by these magical learning spaces and the simplistic nature of following a daily rhythm, which can also be referred to as The Flow of the Day. These spaces allow all learners to feel safe, calm and provide all to adapt to their learning at their own pace and need. I continue to research the great balance of these wonderful teaching practices.
Please continue to look back and follow our journey and our inspiration from Waldorf.