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“How do you do what you do?” ….. Jill Buckey

Jill has been teaching at the Oakland school since we opened it some six years ago. She is one of the most authentic co-researchers I have ever watched engage with young children. She was good enough to go first in … Continue reading

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Its the process not the product.

What is more quintessential to preschool than paint? And crayons? And pastels, clay, wire, glue, buttons, paperĀ …. the list is endless and the answer is nothing. In the Reggio Emilia, art is elevated to be the chosen medium for young … Continue reading

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FAQ or “what kind of child does well at RTG?”

How old do they have to be to start? Children need to be three years old by September 1 of the year they begin preschool. This is not only because of developmental readiness, but also to be aligned with the … Continue reading

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Further inspiration for creating a space that supports kids on their individual journeys.

Your children are not your children. They are the sons and daughters of Life’s longing for itself. They come through you but not from you, And though they are with you yet they belong not to you. You may give … Continue reading

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IDEC : Wrapping up and moving forward.

Now that we’ve been home from the conference for a few days and have gotten some sleep, I can start to unpack what all I took away from this experience. I can’t begin to convey the depth and breadth of … Continue reading

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IDEC day four : We’ve never gone this way before.

We have walked miles and miles around this campus the last four days. In our daily back and forth, we’ve developed a habit of trying a new path when we come to one, saying to each other “We’ve never gone … Continue reading

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IDEC day three : Lessons in changing the world.

The thought that has a hold of me today is about context. Where you are in your family is context. Who you are in the school community is context, as is your neighborhood, your city, your region and, ultimately the … Continue reading

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IDEC day two : Overwhelmed and exhausted.

I guess it’s a good thing to hit the wall early on, it gives you plenty of time to regroup and finish strong. The workshops I attended today were interesting, frustrating and provocative …. undoubtedly a really strong combination for … Continue reading

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IDEC day one : Who are these AWESOME people?!

I just got back to my dorm room — kicked off my shoes and plugged in the phone. We will be heading to dinner in about an hour and then a full evening of Opening Ceremonies, presentations and an amazing … Continue reading

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It’s kind of like losing all the colors in your 64 pack of Crayolas until all you have is burnt umber.

The Hundred Languages The child is made of one hundred. The child has a hundred languages a hundred hands a hundred thoughts a hundred ways of thinking of playing, of speaking. A hundred. Always a hundred ways of listening of … Continue reading

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