November 22, 2017By Dina HurleyOur Community

Here we are –  that time of year when we talk about feeling thankful.  It is an important discussion & focus –  one we should think about all year. Life is not always easy but we can choose to embrace what makes us feel grateful – we can choose to be happy. Here are just … Read More

Everything is Learning

November 9, 2017By Dina HurleyReggio Emilia

  Today we were lucky to visit the most amazing school at the Loris Malaguzzi Institute. The mentor teacher that introduced us to the school said to us, “Everything is learning.” I realized, as I wrote those words in my journal, that the statement would stick with me for a long time. It is a … Read More

Embracing the Culture

November 8, 2017By Dina HurleyReggio Emilia

The sun came out today in Reggio & we were so happy to see & feel its warmth! We began the day with a lecture on finding the connections in the environment that will support children’s thinking – so much great information. I  We were then very happy to have the afternoon off to explore … Read More

Experience the Wonder!

November 7, 2017By Dina HurleyReggio Emilia

The last time I visited Reggio Emilia for the study tour, a statement I heard played over & over in my head – “As teachers we must experience the wonder with the children.” This sentiment or mantra is so important to our time with children. Today at the institute we were lucky to experience that … Read More

Freedom to Choose Opportunities

November 6, 2017By Dina HurleyReggio Emilia

Listening to the amazing women at the Loris Malaguzzi International Center speak with pride & passion about their work with children in Reggio Emilia is so inspiring! There is an incredible amount of  wisdom in their words & experiences. There is so much more I want to learn. One particular statement stood out for me … Read More

The Process Matters & can be delicious!

November 5, 2017By Dina HurleyReggio Emilia

Today we were delighted to tour the Cavazoine balsamic vinaigrette factory in the hills of Reggio Emilia Italy. We began the journey in the rain on a bus.  We later arrived at the top of the winding uphill roads to be blessed by parting clouds.! The beauty was clearly there for us to enjoy. We … Read More

Rainy Day Play

April 6, 2017By Dina HurleyOur Community

“When life throws you a rainy day, play in the puddles.” – Pooh Bear It is pretty simple – children NEED to play.  It does not matter what the temperature is or what the sky is unleashing.  Humidity, freezing cold, snow or rain – all very play worthy. Sometimes on rainy days, when we are … Read More