GPCP is featured in "Innovations in Early Education: The International Reggio Emilia Exchange”


“Strengthening Relationships with the Natural World in A Reggio Emilia Inspired Preschool in Atlanta, Georgia,”

For a second time, our school has been featured in an international publication published by NAREA, the North America Reggio Emilia Alliance. The article, “Strengthening Relationships with the Natural World in A Reggio Emilia Inspired Preschool in Atlanta, Georgia,” describes our school’s approach and our strong connections with the natural world. This article is the result of a strong collaboration between Susan Edwards –GP Campus Naturalist- and I during the 2011-2012 school year.

If a child learns about a plant, an animal or any of the myriad aspects of nature through exploration and investigation with other children and adults, he or she creates such a bond. The child knows not only its color, but how it behaves and its relation with other elements, which establishes a relationship that will last forever. Instead, if adults “teach” the child about the animal or plant, often times that is the end of the relationship. The interest can be stunted and the child moves on to something else. If nature is experienced with the children at their pace, the pace of nature can be found as well. Listening to children in the style a naturalist learns to listen to nature is a complementary dialogue, and affords learning in ways and intensities than can be reasonably imagined. Just as the great naturalist John Muir once said, ‘In every walk with nature, one receives far more than he seeks.’”  

Please link to the entire article below:

Page1
Page2
Page3