On a recent Saturday night one of the participants of the ETFO AQ in Italy trip invited the group to her house for a reunion. We had a blast looking at photos of our adventure, talking about what we learned, sipping, eating, and laughing. I brought a bouquet of sunflowers as a hostess gift. On the following Monday she took them into her K classroom and used them as an inspiration for an inquiry project. These pictures show the result.
A round table in the doorway of the Atelier, with the long reculangular table behind it. The round table would often have a painting provocation in the center of it, with paints in jars set around it, and no chairs... Children can stand and paint. Would be SO LOVELY for setting the tone of the room as people walk by. Great for tours walking by, too!
How ETFO AQ study can inspire classroom practice. One of the philosophies of the Reggio approach that the kindergarten AQ folks learned about in Italy this summer was bringing nature into the classroom and using it as an inspiration for inquiry. Art was embedded throughout as an important communication tool.