The first workshop was about how children learn math, and even though this was a workshop about children and how they learn, Charlotte was the only child there. She made a great natural "prop" for the presenter. He loved asking Charlotte questions, and of course, Charlotte loved to be in the spotlight. The second workshop about the Reggio Emilia approach to teaching and learning really resonated with me. It is an artistic approach that seems to fit so well with homeschooling and Project Based Learning. Again, a workshop about children and how they learn was appropriate for my daughter. An arts and craft table was set up, and Charlotte was free to sit and create while the workshop went forward.
Here she is creating a crown out of sparkly wires while Leslie Siegrist presents "A Narrative Journey Through the Landscape of Reggio Emilia: A Landscape of Possibilities." The whole point of Reggio is to let the child guide their own learning. Children can learn through play, through art, through their senses, and creativity. Adults have to trust our little learners - to follow their lead and catch the spark when it ignites and then fan that flame. This is when the true learning occurs. When the inspiration comes from within.