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>Date: Thu, 11 Sep 1997 13:35:21 +0000
>From: Bob Greaves <Robert.Greaves.au>
>Subject: Re: First grade
> Firstly, what on earth are the kindergartens doing
>working to a time table?
Probably because the Kindergarten teachers need their plan time and so the
children are sent off to 'specials' (art, music, p.e.). That these
specialists are teaching other grade levels as well means every group gets
a time table.
>and secondly, the Arts should be the focal point
> of the child's kindergarten experience!
Don't forget social skills.
>It seems that the kindergarten teachers need some exposure to the Reggio
>Emelia and Scandanavian early childhood practices.
'Exposure' to the Reggio approach may not be enough. It requires a total,
intense, commitment by the teachers, "atelierista" (art teacher), parents,
and community. This project based approach to learning appears to be very
effective in Reggio Emilia where they have had 25yrs or so of
implementation and support.
On the other hand, by taking the Reggio approach out of context (it's
cultural environment and commitment by ALL individuals), it can become a
hyped watered down version that uses the materials of art without advancing
the knowledge of art. Research has also proven that small groups of young
children learn more effectively than large groups -- yet 19 - 25+ is not an
unusual class size for US elementary schools.
>Good luck in trying to undo the damage.