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In this blog we are posting news from around the network, reflections on general news items and other broad-ranging items of interest. Current contributors are Sightlines Initiative directors Robin Duckett, Liz Elders, Debi Keyte Hartland and Chris Merrick.
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Seeing from other points of view: Learning Together at Home

This invitation - to look at things in new and unusual ways, or from someone else's perspective  - is a strong component of our  growing knapsack of suggestions at Learning Together at Home .

The same is true of Reggio Children's suggestions to children, which may also inspire you and  your children. Here are links two two such, and there are other light inspirations  to be found at At Home with The Reggio Approach.

Trees have wrinkles that make them more interesting. , Virginia, 5 years

Trees are family

Trees have developed an intelligent way of living that means even though they always stand still they can feed, reproduce, communicate with each other, defend themselves, and even play together. ...

We're proposing some suggestions for work, inviting adults to provide the practical support with materials, but not to intervene in the children's drawings.

We'd like to give them the freedom to investigate how trees are structured and organised, not only the formal structure, but trees as an incredibly interesting life form that we would like to understand more deeply


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Do share your children's creative investigations on our Learning Together at Home section..



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Trees are family | Reggio Children

Reggio Children protects and promotes children’s rights and potentials valorising and safeguarding the experience of Reggio Emilia Approach®.
The first thing to do is attach three sheets of paper together with sticky tape. The paper can be medium size, like A4 printer paper (21x30cm).

What if you were a…? 

When we all look at something, we think everyone is seeing what we see, but that isn't exactly what happens. This is a game for reflecting and thinking about how the same object can be seen and interpreted in different ways.

There are many eyes, many minds, many ways of perceiving.

Everyone has a table and a chair at home.

Let's try and draw them on the first sheet of paper the way we usually see them.

 ...  now let's try and make ourselves as small as small can be… as small as an ant.

    ... Now we're going to grow as big as big as big can be… as big as an elephant


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Do share your children's creative investigations on our Learning Together at Home section..

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What if you were a…? | Reggio Children

Reggio Children protects and promotes children’s rights and potentials valorising and safeguarding the experience of Reggio Emilia Approach®.
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Robots - Friends & Fixers: 'Learning Together at Home'

 Here is another in our suggestions series: Learning Together at Home (If you haven't already, click on the link to sign up for news and to participate.)

We would like to invite the children to design and make and robot and tell us what it is for? It will give them the opportunity to use their imagination, design ideas, making skills, to problem solve and share their thoughts and creative ideas. They could re-purpose household objects, use recycling material and other materials from around the home (with your agreement). Please send us photos of what the children have made or a photo of their drawing of what it could be; and the children's thoughts on it for us share.

" We would like to invite you to make a robot and to tell us what it is for? You could use recycling materials or re-purpose household objects or materials, but please do ask your parents first before using anything. We would love to see your imaginative ideas, your designs and what you've made. If you prefer to draw rather than make, you could draw you're design. Tell us about your thinking in designing and making and your ideas about what the robot would do?"

Here's a first example, from Edward and Thomas, in Penrith:

Edward (7) made his robot and has called him Robo Bob. “He would be a spy and also get me cake!”. Thomas (5) couldn’t decide how to make his robot so made a set of instructions that we used to build his robot together. “He would be a pet robot who would get chocolate for us to share together”.
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Through The Window: 'Learning Together at Home' feature

painting by Jaweria Sethi, director of Edopia School, Pakistan, April 2020


Look out of your window: - Draw a picture of what you can see – either the whole view or something in particular that you like. Tell us about your drawing: what can you see? How does it make you feel?

This is the first subject  in our new  series of blogs and exchanges which will help support families and children learning together at home. Through these blogs we aim to provide an inspiring resource to families, so that home learning can be an exciting and joyful experience.

Even over the Easter weekend, we have had some lovely early responses to the suggested first focus 'Out of the Window'.

You and your children can join in through signing up HERE.

If your are an educator in a centre or school you may like to include this in your recommendations and support in your regular communications with your families too.

Shared by children & their parents ...Through the Window (slideview)

Through Window slideview

  • Garden Picture, Claudia
  • Sunshade, Edward
  • Edward,  by Ruth Clough
  • James RuthClough
  • James2 RuthClough
  • Thomas RuthClough
  • Thomas2 RuthClough
  • Image1hettie
  • FromCathGrace
  • Fromcath1
  • Arvid   Tractor
  • Yannick    Tractor
  • 20200424   Claudia Fairy Garden Page 1
  • 20200424   Sebby Dinosaur Page 1
  • Ruth3a Space
  • Ruth2 Space
  • Evelyn
  • Felicity
  • Martha
  • Ollie
  • Penny
  • Thomas
  • William
  • Isaac1
  • Era
  • Freddie
  • Harriett
  • Louay
  • Louis
  • Oliver
  • Riley
  • Scarlett
  • Sienna1
  • Sienna
  • Thomas 2
  • Thor
  • Imogen
  • This is my garden. It makes me feel happy. Claudia, Kirkoswald
  • “I like the shape of the top bit” (of the umbrella) “Feel safe, protects us from the rain and hot sun”. Edward, Kirkoswald
  • Edward
  • “Red letter box. Me like postman and red”. James (3), Kirkoswald
  • James
  • “There is a tree and mountains”. “I can see the tree well and I like it”. Thomas (5), Kirkoswald
  • Thomas
  • "This is a drawing of outside of my window. I can see lots of houses and I feel happy knowing there are lots of nice people living around me."

    Hettie (8)
  • Grace drawing outside
  • "This tree makes me think about: Billie the dog, think about the pigeons in their nest, swing on the branches like a monkey and smell the daffodils."

    Grace, Kirkoswald
  • He drew a tractor in the field opposite their window. It has a red trailer on. He said he likes tractors and he likes to watch them when they are working in the field.

    Arvid (5), Kirkoswald
  • Yannicks picture shows a tractor with a trailer in front of a nearby barn and on the trailer is a quad bike and a smaller tractor. Yannick loves everything to do with farming and wants to be a farmer when he has grown up.

    "Then I can drive all the big machines"

    Yannick, Kirkoswald
  • My window is looking into a fairy garden. I can see rainbow grass, spinning flowers, a magic door and a fairy with special magic wings.

    Claudia, age 6, Kirkoswald
  • This window is looking onto dinoasur land. I can see a T.Rex with his cubs and a mummy T.Rex who looks like a banana.

    Sebby, aged 3, Kirkoswald
  • "I am looking out of a space ship. I would feel funny because I would be looking into out of space."

    Edward, 7, Penrith
  • "I am travelling in a space rocket. I can see the moon and an alien."

    Tom (5), Penrith
  • "I am travelling in a space rocket. I can see the moon and an alien."

    Tom (5), Penrith
  • "Through my window"

    Felicity, Woolenwick
  • "Through my window"

    Marrtha, Woolenwick
  • "Through my window"

    Ollie, Woolenwick
  • "Through my window"

    Penny, Woolenwick
  • It makes me happy.

    Thamas, Woolenwick
  • Through my window ...

    William, Woolenwick
  • Green grass, brown fence, blue sky, green tree, yellow sun, black birds. The garden makes me feel good and happy

    Isaac, Woolenwick
  • Era, Woolenwick

    I can see trees and a walking path with people walking through with their dogs happy.

  • Freddie, Woolenwick

    Through my window

  • Harriett, Woolenwick

    Through my window

  • Louay, Woolenwick

    Through my window

  • Louis, Woolenwick

    Through my window

  • Oliver, Woolenwick

    Through my window

  • Riley, Woolenwick

    I can see my big fence, my footballs, clouds and rain on my swing. I feel sad when I can’t play outside.

  • Scarlett, Woolenwick

    I can see trees and a farm field. Sometimes I see the tractor. Sometimes I see the sunset. I feel happy when I look out of my window.

  • Sienna, Woolenwick

    When I feel sad, I go on the swing to play. I can see my swimming pool. It makes me feel happy because I get to jump in it and make a gigantic SPLASH!

  • Sienna, Woolenwick

    When I feel sad, I go on the swing to play. I can see my swimming pool. It makes me feel happy because I get to jump in it and make a gigantic SPLASH!

  • Thomas, Woolenwick

    I can see my garden from my window. It makes me feel happy. I feel happy when I look after my sunflower.

  • Thor, Woolenwick

    Through my window

  • Imogen, Woolenwick

    I see… mud kitchen, fence, trees, sun, grass, birds. I feel happy.

  • Garden Picture, Claudia
  • Sunshade, Edward
  • Edward,  by Ruth Clough
  • James RuthClough
  • James2 RuthClough
  • Thomas RuthClough
  • Thomas2 RuthClough
  • Image1hettie
  • FromCathGrace
  • Fromcath1
  • Arvid   Tractor
  • Yannick    Tractor
  • 20200424   Claudia Fairy Garden Page 1
  • 20200424   Sebby Dinosaur Page 1
  • Ruth3a Space
  • Ruth2 Space
  • Evelyn
  • Felicity
  • Martha
  • Ollie
  • Penny
  • Thomas
  • William
  • Isaac1
  • Era
  • Freddie
  • Harriett
  • Louay
  • Louis
  • Oliver
  • Riley
  • Scarlett
  • Sienna1
  • Sienna
  • Thomas 2
  • Thor
  • Imogen

Thank you for all your lovely pictures: they showed children's eye for detail and capacity to interpret what they see and how it makes them feel. Sorry we had to turn some round.

Do send us more and we'll add them. 

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