As 'work wives,' Melanie and I value the blog. We use it as a form of documentation so that families have insight into our days. However, we are making a shift. Though we will continue to post the blog Tuesday - Friday, we are making a more concerted effort to change and expand the documentation in the Brown Room. As articulated (in the recently shared article) by Carlina Rinaldi in Malaguzzi and the Teachers (1996), documentation, "is a process of reciprocal learning. It makes possible for teachers to sustain the children's learning, while at the same time the teacher learns (learns to teach) from the knowledge building process with the children." This tool is important for children, "documentation supports the memory, offering the child the opportunity to re-read her own process, to find confirmations and denials, and especially to make comparisons with the processes of others." It also provides an opportunity for parents, "to know what not only what their child is doing, but also the how and why, the meaning the child gives to what he does, and the shared meanings with other children." So this afternoon, instead of spending 1-2 hours creating the blog, we have devoted our time to working with Jen and Molly to start some new documentation for the classroom. Reviewing content, printing and creating takes quite a long time!
But we also had a great day with the children!
There was a lot of kitchen/restaurant play in the classroom:
In the studio, the children used sand for baking. They made everything from pizza, ice cream, cake, zucchini, marshmallows and even some imaginary food: topiary grik rumbah seeds.