Celebrating Landscapes of Imagination

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Last week Melbourne welcomed more than 1100 early childhood educators and professionals from all over the country. During the Reggio Emilia Australia Information Exchange (REAIE) event we had the distinct pleasure of receiving presentations from some of the most influential experts in Italy. This conference was a true celebration; an exchange of knowledge, passion, and a powerful message for childhood education participants. For some participants, some services are already being implemented. The conference was a real introduction as well as an eye-opener into the capabilities of children. The understanding that a child is a capable individual with a strong voice is inspired.
After the conference many people walked away with the feeling of a new beginning. The educators are now able to look at the child using this approach. The approach centers on talking to the child as well as actively listening to the child.
This conference sends an important message about how much we should listen to the children as well as help us to understand the true magnitude of the child’s ability to comprehend. The conference showed us how much we don’t know about the full magic and power of the child.
Celebrating landscapes of imagination early childhood educators believe that the child will continue to develop and progress and this fact is inevitable. By taking a proactive approach in making ensuring that all educators understand that education is not a destination, rather it’s a process; they are better prepared to enhance the growth capabilities for the children.
As educators we need to constantly learn and grow and truly enhance our knowledge of early childhood education. Now is time where we look into our approaches for early childhood education and start to understand our “approach” and our “sensors” philosophy.
If you would like to investigate and learn more about different approaches to teaching, follow the links below:
Different Approaches to Teaching
www.reaie.org.au
Reggio Emilia
Howard Gardner
Dr Maria Montessori
Rudolf Steiner
Lev Vygotsky
Jean Piaget
It is important to study and investigate to see how powerful messages can be absorbed and reach deep into our child’s comprehension.
Early childhood educators are in for an exciting journey. We need to help children grow, and develop. Children already know so much more than we tend to believe. They know how to listen, ask questions, and have meaningful conversations. As early childhood educators the focus should be on encouraging creativity, developing children, and helping them to become the future leaders.
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