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Sightlines Initiative publications

Over the years, as we've conducted action-research work, we've sought to learn from them step by step. In our publications we seek to provide ongoing resources for other educators in their researches and creating of fit learning environments.

RFJ ArticlesList

Our ReFocus Journal, published bi-annually between 2004 and 2010, commissioned and collected a wide variety of articles from across the national and international network of educators inspired by the work of Reggio Emilia's preschools.  The journals are an excellent source of reference and learning: here is a compilation file of all the articles in numbers 1 - 10 which you can download for reference - click the image to download.


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Adventuring in Early Childhood Education

Robin Duckett and Mary Jane Drummond 

How do we translate our values and beliefs into practice?
Action-research narratives and reflections on establishing creative, reflective early childhood pedagogy: early childhood educators and creative enablers describe their collaborative work for others who want to explore and grow.

  • When we say we value children as competent, sociable, imaginative and expressive learners, what do we do about it in practice?
  • When we say we need to be critical, reflective and creative in our practice, how do we realise these aspirations?
  • When we try to create environments of enquiry, with space for children's fascinations, what will help - or hinder - us in doing so?

£20.00

Dogs, Bones & Dancing

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Are you looking for ways in which your children can explore their world through music and movement?

This slideshow/video summarises our 2-year project with a nursery and primary school in Kendal. Discover what we did, what we learned, what obstacles we faced and how the children engaged.

Production has been supported by Youth Music, and so we are able to make this free to download.

£0.00

Doing The Right Thing

Working with Children in a Natural Environment, Early Childhood Educators Re-evaluate their Theory and Practice

This film documents research undertaken by Walkergate Early Years Centre and Sightlines Initiative into the best way to support young children's learning.

The dvd also includes extra professional development material on downloadable pdf files.

£25.00

Feathers

This booklet tracks the development of one of the many ideas that the children conceived. Lots of theories and stories emerged through the inspiration the natural evviroment had of the children's creative and curious minds. An interplay between staff and children, the environment and the imagination.

£4.00

Learning to Learn in Nature

Have you ever wondered what would happen

  • if children were given day-long, year-long opportunities to be in nature and explore wildness?
  • if educators recognised how daring and imaginative children become in the wild outdoors?
  • if educators and children, working together, used their classroom as a studio for the exploration and exchange of fascinatig ideas and questions?

In this book you will find some answers to these questions - and to many more.  [ downloadable flyer

Robin Duckett & Mary Jane Drummond

£35.00

Movement Languages in Early Childhood Education

A collection of articles exploring movement and dance in early years education:

  • A Dancing Journey - Rachel Kurts, BareToed Dance Co.
  • Talking in Children's First Language -  Jasmine Pasch
  • A Tool to Liberate - Angela Kennedy
  • Expertise? Guy Dartnell, Oogly boogly
  • Footsteps to Exuberance - Maria Mernin
  • Making Moves - Ruth Nichols
  • Don't Move Just Sit - Ruth Spencer
  • Moving in Time; The Many Messages of a Body Dancing - Prof. Colwyn Trevarthen

£6.00

ReFocus Journal Issue 02

ReFocus is the UK network of early childhood educators, artists and others influenced in their practice by the preschools of Reggio Emilia

Articles include:

  • 'Woodland Kids' by Linda Lines
  • 'Making Learning Intriguing' by Ed Harker
  • 'Bilston Nursery School' by Catherine Webb
  • 'Practically speaking - Clay reigns supreme' by Elaine Mason
  • 'Creature Worlds' by Chris Holmes and Elaine Mason
  • 'The Life of an Idea' by Robin Dickett and Elaine Mason
  • 'A knowledge building project about birds' by Ann Aberg
  • 'In the Best Interests of Children' by Jenny Brain

£3.00

ReFocus Journal Issue 03

ReFocus is the UK network of early childhood educators, artists and others influenced in their practice by the preschools of Reggio Emilia

Articles include:

  • 'At the beginning of the beginning' by Sally Jaeckle
  • 'Teachers as researchers' by Carlina Rinaldi
  • 'The role and responsibility of documentation' by Elaine Mason
  • 'A new literacy for children and educators' by Christine Merrick
  • 'Risk and Trust' by Allenscroft Children's Centre
  • 'Practically Speaking' by Debi Keyte-Hartland
  • 'Crostini, tagliatelle, attachers, fixers and Joiners' by Ian Lakin. Madeley Nursery School
  • 'Focus on Manchester'  by Kathy Coates Mohammed
  • 'Memory, and peace for the future' by June Holmes

 

£3.00

ReFocus Journal Issue 04

ReFocus is the UK network of early childhood educators, artists and others influenced in their practice by the preschools of Reggio Emilia

Articles Include:

  • Learning from Laos: Children and environments' by Architect John Waldron
  •  'ReMida Denmark: The function of materials in places of imagination' by  Karen Eskesen
  • 'Danish Preschools UK Study Week reviews' by Sarah McGahern, Sue Cleaver and Tricia Yates
  • 'Focus on Herefordshire' by Sue Peasgood
  • 'Elemental materials'  by Robin Duckett 
  • The Drama of Clay'  by artist Sally Brown
  • 'Open Space, Open Air, Open Minds' by (Kingswood Centre) by Rachel Wells
  • 'Sophie's Story' by Trish Prescott and Wendy Lowe

£3.00

ReFocus Journal Issue 05

ReFocus is the UK network of early childhood educators, artists and others influenced in their practice by the preschools of Reggio Emilia

 Articles include:

  • 'The House of Objects' by  Elaine Mason
  • The 'Inside-Out' Project: Can the physical environment be a 'teacher' in itself?' by Mary Featherstone
  • 'Focus on Buckinghamshire' by  Yvonne Davies
  • 'Learning Journeys: Green Croft Children's Centre'  by Catherine Davenport
  • 'Uncertainty and Knowing' by Annette Poulson and Cath Dennis
  • 'Placing and Arranging, No Glue' by Solveig Morris
  • 'The Role of the Educator is to Stir Things Up'  by Marika Gedin
  • 'Threads: The Real and Hidden World of Nature' by Linda Lines

£3.00

ReFocus Journal Issue 06

ReFocus is the UK network of early childhood educators, artists and others influenced in their practice by the preschools of Reggio Emilia

Articles include:

  • 'Professional Amnesia: A suitable case for treatment'  by  Mary Jane Drummond
  • 'Acting Up: Leadership and responsibility'  by Peter Dixon
  • 'Playing and Learning Outdoors'  by Jan White
  • 'Pedagogical Documentation' by Chris Holmes and Chris Merrick
  • 'Community of Enquiry: Do hedgehogs dream?' by Adam Turner
  • 'The Energy of Conviviality and Imagination: Exploring and developing ideas through dance and music' by Maria Mernin and Cath Reding
  • 'Acting up: Leadership and Responsibility' by Peter Dixon

£3.00

ReFocus Journal Issue 07

ReFocus is the UK network of early childhood educators, artists and others influenced in their practice by the preschools of Reggio Emilia

Articles Include:

  • 'When Pedagogy and Atelier Meet'  by Claudia Guidici 
  • 'From Display to Visable Thinking' by  Debi Keyte Hartland
  • 'Making Art: Beauty, Metaphor and Relationships'  by Jess Tomlinson
  • 'Rethinking Resources'  by  Emma Pace
  • 'Non-Verbal Storytelling' by Mike Akers and Sandra Barefoot
  • 'Everyday Creativity''  by  Melodie Glass and Eloise Robinson
  • 'With Inclusion and Creativity in Mind'  by Louise Jackson

£3.00

ReFocus Journal Issue 08

ReFocus is the UK network of early childhood educators, artists and others influenced in their practice by the preschools of Reggio Emilia

Articles Include:

  • The Fascinator Trap - Jane Bravery
  • Exploring in a Cambridge Forest - Ruth Sapsed and Filipa Pereira-Stubbs
  • What's the problem, guys? - Mariette Heaney
  • Exchange and dialogue with Sweden - Emma Pace
  • Ready-packaged or well-rooted? - Annica Wennstrom
  • The Wonder of Learning: The Cultural Challenge from Reggio - Speech by Harold Gothson
  • Interview with Jan Millikan - Lella Gandini, Elin Swedenmark and Judith Allen Kaminsky
  • Spirals - Kirsty Liljegren

£3.00

ReFocus Journal Issue 09

ReFocus is the UK network of early childhood educators, artists and others influenced in their practice by the preschools of Reggio Emilia

Articles Include:

  • Conversations with Loris Malaguzzi - Jorn Moestrup and Karin Eskesen 
  • A Generous Environment - Diane Rich, Mary Jane Drummond and Cathy Myer
  • On an education for being -Jacqui Cousins
  • A Place to Be - Review - Emma Pace
  • Reflecting on the Refelective Cycle - Deborah Aguirre Jones and Liz Elders
  • Careless talk costs lives - Robin Duckett
  • What's in a name ? - Mick Waters

£3.00

ReFocus Journal Issue 10

ReFocus is the UK network of early childhood educators, artists and others influenced in their practice by the preschools of Reggio Emilia

Articles include:

  • Ways into the Woods by Deb Wilenski
  • Inspiring Creativity by Johanna Scott
  • Reggio Children International Network by Debi Kyte Hartland/Emma Pace
  • Traces from Reggio by Margot Meuwig and Tienke Van Der Werf
  • Venturing out by Chris Holmes
  • Opening up to ideas by Tracey Hutchinson
  • Focus on North Yorkshire by Paula Willis
  • Artists' Interventions by Penny Hay
  • Materials and Imagination by Gail Alder
  • Watch the Ripples Spread by Andrea Gray
  • A Community of Learners by Nicki O'Brien and Vicki Whittaker
  • The Developing Brains and Minds of Young Children by Mary Fawcett

£3.00