Reggio Emilia: City of interaction

Thursday

It was with much pleasure that we visited MUNARI pre school for an evening tea party! What a joy this centre proved to be. The centre truly breathed homeliness and love. It also embodied every essence of Loris Mallaguzzi’s following words:

The wider the range of possibilities we offer children, the more intense will be their motivations and the richer their experiences. We must widen the range of topics and goals, the types of situations we offer and their degree of structure, the kinds and combinations of resources and materials, and the possible interactions with things, peers, and adults.

The centre is located on the first two floors of an apartment block! as you can see By the following images the centre has an outdoor area which seamlessly blends into the surrounding community building.

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Look carefully there is a kangaroo in the woods!

 

 

The absolute highlight of the visit was our “tea time” exchange of tea cups between the children and the tour group! We were asked to bring with us a cup from Australia to exchange with each child. Each of the children had left a lovely message for us in their cup which we replied to! The children had also left us the following questions to be answered!

What was your travel here like?

What is your job and do you like it?

What happens in Australia?

Fabulous experience!  Mirella Ruozzi (Atelierista)  and all the staff were amazing, the food was Bellissimo! Bravo!

The images below are of Mirella accepting our gift of an Emu hand puppet – I presented each school we visited with either a Cockatoo or Emu puppet as a small gift of appreciation for the children; A picture for Santiego (age 4) of me enjoying  tea in my new cup!

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Ciao, Karen

 

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