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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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Learning Together at Home

from 'Traps & Tenderness': Viviana & Federico

Dear parents/ carers, and educators

We are beginning a  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. The blogs will appear once a week on our website and on social media, and will include some ideas for you and your children to explore at home.We would like to share experiences of children and families in the blogs and invite you to participate by sending us your photographs, videos, notes from your family explorations. We'd be able to share some of your experiences on our blogs and on our social media pages – this will all help build a lively picture of parents and children around the country imaginatively exploring, learning and being together. We are in an enforced situation, but we can maximise the joy and playfulness and new perspectives which are hidden in our everydays. 

Some of the things we anticipate that the explorations will include are:

- working with different learning spaces at home (including the kitchen)

- materials and imagination

- story telling

- den building

- dressing up

- working with children's questions and ideas. 


Click HERE  to go to the page on our website where you can subscribe to our blogs post and also sign up to participate in sharing your s and your children's' experiences. 

Even over the Easter weekend, we have had some lovely early responses to the suggested first focus 'Out of the Window' and will be sharing these soon.


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

Out of the Window

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? 

We plan to share and develop this theme,, as the responses to this open invitation come in, and to offer - and to get - further suggestions. 

Traps & Tenderness

Here's an example of a mother and son exploring, reflecting and learning together: a holiday occasion brought  back and built upon at home, which gave everyone much  intrigue,  learning. and satisfaction.

You can read it on our website HERE.

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Imagine a forest


"Trees give the earth life and beauty." (Laura, 5 years old)

Children and educators of the city of Reggio Emilia's preschools and infant-toddler centres  have been celebrating the centenary of the birth of Professor Loris Malaguzzi , father of the Reggio Emilia Approach, with  an imaginative and insightful study on trees. It is on display in 77 shops in the town centre - here is a video presentation for those of us who are not yet visiting the centre and appreciating it first-hand:


The future of the planet and the defence of the environment are among the themes of a true world emergency and among the most "felt" by children and young people.

The children relate with innate empathy to the natural world, they wonder about what can be considered "living" and what are the elements that unite and distinguish all living beings.
The "Imagine a forest" project was born out of these children's questions and their desire to understand the natural world.
The protagonists are children, trees and the language of graphics.
The trees representing the vast world of living subjects who inhabit the Earth together with us. Trees, which children and humanity must learn to respect, love, perceive as plant brothers, recognising them as fundamental for the survival of the planet.

© Preschools and kindergartens - Institution of the Municipality of Reggio Emilia and Reggio Children 

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