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By Linda Kinney

The documentation of younger kid's studying performs an important position within the pre-schools of Reggio Emilia. This innovative method of bringing record-keeping and evaluation into the center of younger kid's studying is envied and emulated via educators world wide. This specific, available and encouraging e-book is predicated upon a documentary strategy effectively carried out through Stirling Council in Scotland, whose pre-school educators skilled dramatic advancements of their understandings approximately kids, how they study and the aptitude unleashed in effectively attractive households within the studying procedure. This technique, that is according to cautious hearing youngsters and statement in their pursuits and issues, centres round recording and commentating on kid's studying via images, wall screens, movies and a number of diverse media. The authors, either skilled educators comprise chapters right here on: why early years’ educators should still use documentation as a method to augment younger kid's studying the values, ideas and theories that underlie the 'Reggio' process the best way to enforce documentations into any early years surroundings, with real-life case reviews and tricks for averting universal pitfalls the best way to contain, encourage and enthuse households and the broader neighborhood

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This provided a continuity for the children and the encounters that the rabbit had during his time in the primary school have been recorded. The project continues. Significant traces of the work developed through the rabbit remain visible in the nursery in various media forms, and, in time, through revisiting these, the idea is that the children and educators may well develop the project further or integrate elements of it into a future project. A further important feature of this approach is not only its adaptability and flexibility but also that time is never really called on a project – it always has further possibilities for the same children or for a new generation of children to research.

This involved the children in a consultation process which gained momentum in its remit as it went along. For example, they began to think about the rabbit’s date of birth and address as well as its possible name, which eventually led them to developing a passport for it, which came in useful for the rabbit when it made the transition from the nursery to Primary 1 (reception class). The name they decided to give to the rabbit was Bouncer Hopper Shadow Rabbit. As the nursery year came to its close in June, the one-eyed rabbit went home to his owner for the summer holidays.

Documentation approach to early learning Key features made visible ◆ An adult-led stimulus was prompted by an early interest that some children were showing in caring for others. ’ – was clearly present at the outset of this project. 42 ◆ ◆ ◆ ◆ ◆ ◆ ◆ ◆ ◆ ◆ Documentation approach in practice It went beyond the episode stage because of the sustained interest of a core group of children initially, whose enthusiasm for it captured the interest of most of the children in the setting. Its capability to become a project was due to this as well as to the ability of the staff at times to introduce elements that they felt were particularly relevant for the children and the community.

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