Educational Literature

Our philosophy and educational pedagogy is based on the strong research of Social constructivism, Brain and neurological research and the educators of Reggio Emilia, Italy. They include: Jean Piaget, John Dewey, Z. Vygotsky, Jerome Bruner, Ellen Galinsky, Daniel Siegel, Howard Gardner, Loris Malaguzzi, Howard Gardiner, Richard Louv, Louise Derman Sparks and Bev Bos.

We believe the best learning takes place when based on the belief that children come to us powerful, full of desire and abilities. They grow to construct their own knowledge and not only need, but have the right to be co-researchers and co-learners with their teachers. Learning occurs as learners are actively involved in the process of meaning and knowledge construction as opposed to passively receiving information. Deeper learning scaffolds upon what the child already knows and is interested in. Questioning and experimentation lead to collaborative learning, seeking consensus and reflecting on learning as something dynamic that can change with experiences. Ideas are reshaped as their evidence finds original theories need reworking or a different perspective. Social/Emotional Intelligence is as valued as Academic Intelligence. Building character with respect,resiliency, empathy and the desire to hear all voices will serve them well as they develop higher levels of critical thinking.

The following resource list and links are books, agencies, sources we find useful and promote our vision of the best practices for children, educators and families.

Some Recommended Books

  • First steps Toward Teaching The Reggio Way - Joanne Hendrick
  • Working In The Reggio Way / More Working in The Reggio Way - Julianne Wurm
  • Mind in The Making - Ellen Galinsky (and her Work & Family Institute)
  • The Last Child In The Woods, Saving Our Children from Nature Deficit Disorder - Richard Louv
  • Multiple Intelligences - Howard Gardner
  • P.E.T., Parent Effectiveness Training - Thomas Gordon
  • Teaching Community, A Pedogogy of Hope-Bell Hooks
  • Einstein Never Used Flashcards - Kathy Hirsh
  • Endangered Minds - Dr. Jane Healy
  • In The Spirit of the Studio - Leila Gandini & others
  • The Language of Food, recipes, Experiences, thoughts - Reggio Children
  • The Whole Brained Child - Daniel Siegel
  • Authentic Childhood, Exploring Reggio Emilia in the Classroom - Susan Fraser/Carol Gestwicki
  • The Language of Art - Ann Pelo
  • The Goodness of Rain - Ann Pelo
  • Mindful Discipline - Shauna Shapiro/Chris While
  • No Bad Kids - Janet Lansbury
  • Your Self-Confident Baby - Magda Gerber
  • Bad Guys Don't Have Birthdays - Vivian Gussin Paley
  • Punished by Rewards - Alfie Kohn
  • Unconditional Parenting - In book and DVD - Alfie Kohn
  • Becoming The Parent You Want To Be - Laura Davis/Janis Keyser
  • Loris Malaguzzi and the Reggio Emilia Experience - Kathy Hall
  • Social Emotional Tools for Life - Michelle Forrester/Kay Albrecht
  • Edible Scholyard - Alice Waters
  • Rapunzel's Supermarket, All about young children and their art - Ursula Kolbe
  • Heart-Centered Teaching Inspired by Nature, using nature's wisdmon to bring more joy and effectiveness to our work with children - Nancy Rosenow
  • Beautiful Stuff - Cathy Topal/Leila Gandini
  • How To Be An Explorer of the World, Portable Life Museum - Keri Smith
  • Cultivating Outdoor Classrooms - Eric M. Nelson