We recently had the privilege of participating in the REAIE Biannual Conference; this was a chance for REmida Perth to share, experience and grow with other passionate Reggio inspired educators from around the world. In the midst of the activities and conversations, we took some time to reflect on how REmida Perth translates the Reggio Emilia approach into its context: each REmida is encouraged to discover its own identity within the broader Reggio community. Somewhere in all that musing, we developed a story that - for us - helped to express why we are such passionate advocates of the Reggio Emilia approach.
Of Giants and Wonder
This world is full of giants, in which we all reside;
A place of light and wonder, adventures right outside.
Sometimes it may seem scary, this much we know is true;
For there was once a time, when we were small like you.
Sometimes my words are broken, I don’t know what to say;
But I can always find myself, when I’m lost in play.
You giants sure are funny things, you talk and talk all day;
Why are there so many words, in what you try to say?
Life can be a tricky mess, with walls and rules and things;
But it’s also full of stuff to learn, and wonder helps you sing.
Of mice and rice and magic shoes, but that is just the start,
There’s also math and science, literature and art.
So, this is why I spend some time, in places every day;
Where giants try to teach me things, with words and books and play?
I’m not sure that I’m convinced, by what you have to say;
But the giants that I have at home, said I had to stay.
Since were here and share this space, why don’t we make the best;
And partner in our wonder, and give the words a rest.
Learning is a circle, of which were both apart,
And sometimes what we miss with words, we capture with our hearts.