Il diario al nido per
Memory books
Half the Sky Welfare
Institutions, China

Asilo Nido Arcobaleno, 1983

For whom is the diary?
For the educators, it is certainly a way to refine their
abilities to see the events when and where...
“Difficulties during Diaper Change”

   Why did the teacher put so much
   time and energy into changing Laura’s
Epilogue: Reggio Emilia, 2007
                                                           The Reunion at Arcobaleno
Who is Kya Branch?                                          Diary Pages in Head Start
“Who is Katelyn                                         “Who Am I?” by Katelyn
                                as a Reader...
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Documentation Diaries: A Creative Strategy for Early Years Practitioners - Carolyn Pope Edwards


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Professor Carolyn Pope Edwards, University of Nebraska.

Curriculum for Excellence - A Creative Curriculum, Friday 24th & Saturday 25th April 2009, Crawfurd Theatre, Glasgow.

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Documentation Diaries: A Creative Strategy for Early Years Practitioners - Carolyn Pope Edwards

  1. 1. Il diario al nido per fermare la storia dei The Diary of Laura bambini: Storia di Laura What is an infant educational diary? Who is it for? What kind of stories does it tell? What Introduction by Carla Rinaldi. questions does it raise about infant-toddler Contents by Giuliana Campani, care and education? Ivetta Fornaciari, Eluccia Carolyn Pope Edwards, University of Nebraska--Lincoln Forghieri, of the Asilo Nido Arcobaleno. Published by the Municipio di Reggio Emilia, March,1983. Translated into English by Silvia Betta, University of Nebraska— Lincoln, 2006. Reggio Emilia, 1983 Asilo Nido Arcobaleno, 1983 Traces of Childhood: A Child’s Diary by Donatella Giovannini Constructing a diary requires a great deal of time, continuity and determination in gathering the materials for such a document, which is made of words, images, and texts. The work begins the day the child enters the infant-toddler center with his parents, and ends with his passage to preschool. --Bambini: Italian Approaches to Infant/Toddler Caregiving, by Lella Gandini and Carolyn Edwards, Teachers College Press, 2001 Lella Gandini and Donatella Giovannini, University of Nebraska, 1998 Diario from Pistoia, Italy The diario is a parting gift to each family who uses the infant/toddler services… …treasured for years to come 1
  2. 2. Memory books Half the Sky Welfare Institutions, China Asilo Nido Arcobaleno, 1983 2
  3. 3. For whom is the diary? For the educators, it is certainly a way to refine their abilities to see the events when and where they happen, to analyze and self reflect… . For the parents, it is an opportunity to get closer to the child and to study him or her through the eye of the educators … to know more about how the child is while away from home For the child, awareness is gained through a higher communication, attention, and sensitivity of the environment around him or her, and from being a ‘subject of love’; the diary documents a personalized educational intervention, a document that when he or she is grown up will enable him or her to read fragments of his or her own story.” (Edwards & Rinaldi, 2008, pp.25-27). “Who is Laura?” Why is there a picture of teachers on the page introducing Laura? What is the purpose of asking parents about Laura’s birth, eating, sleeping habits, and so on? Is this similar to information you gather? “Help from the Mobiles” What happens when the mother and grandmother slip out of the room without telling Laura? What does Eluccia do when Laura cries, and do you think it was a good strategy? Would you say Laura is “adjusted” yet? 3
  4. 4. “Difficulties during Diaper Change” Why did the teacher put so much time and energy into changing Laura’s diaper? What is going on from Laura’s perspective? What do you think Laura’s mother might feel about this diaper change? Perspectives from around the world In the footsteps of Laura’s teachers, by Pat Wharton, Stirling, Scotland: Use this book as a model of how to do an educational diary • Decide on a purpose • With whom and how you will share it • What kinds of things and when you will record • Keep it uncomplicated • Make visible the parents and yourselves, the educators Jan Millikan of Australia: “Listen with the eyes, the heart, and the intellect.” 4
  5. 5. Epilogue: Reggio Emilia, 2007 The Reunion at Arcobaleno Remarks What did the diary mean to Laura and her teachers? This is a simple story, but it conveys the whole Reggio Emilia philosophy. It illustrates the principles of relationship-based care. It illustrates the use of the educational diary as a tool for observation, reflection, and sharing. Laura and her son, Davide Eluccia Forghieri, teacher Laura’s mother, Filomena Giuliana Campani, teacher Diary Pages with Student Teachers at the University of Nebraska Child Development Laboratory “Laura contributed to a more defined image of the child who knows and is able to do…” 5
  6. 6. Who is Kya Branch? Diary Pages in Head Start Page 1: Introduction to the child as a whole person. Provide vivid, process-oriented photos of child with labels and descriptions that focus on strengths and suggest who the child is a unique personality: (1) cognitively; (2) social-emotionally; and (3) expressively. Page 2: The child as a reader and writer. Provide vivid, process- oriented photos of the child with descriptions that suggest who Kya is a bookworm. the child is along three literacy dimensions: (1) as a “reader” Kya enjoys reading (interacting with books and print; (2) as a “writer” (with books and looking at emerging skills with letters and graphics); (3) as a “speaker” pictures. She asks to (communicating ideas to self and others). have books read to her and she will also Kya is a documenter. sit down and read Kya is a thinker! Page 3: The child’s own “Who am I”? Provide a set of photos and/or Kya is very interested in scanned drawings or work products by child that present the stories to her dolls. Kya has a lot of ideas in writing in her notebook. child as the child wants you to present him or her. Work with She enjoys reading her head and often Everyday she will grab it the child on this page and add labels based on child’s dictation. different kinds of takes time to think and take it with her to Let the child take the lead in preparing a page that speaks about books throughout the about them. She is family block. She likes to the child, by the child. day and at nap time. intentional in what she write in it with a colored does and has a lot to say pencil and document what about what she is doing is going on. or playing. Who is Juan? By Connie Voss Juan is Juan is always there Juan delivers mail writing out to give his little Juan is a creator from his mail bag to Juan enjoys sitting down in a ticket sister a helping hand his friends in the the library area to read because when she needs it. play house area. stories. He easily retells someone stories that have been was driving read to him. too fast! Juan is a writer Juan asks a friend next to him, “What are you making?” Then he tells her about his project. Juan spends a lot of time designing his own projects Juan is nurturing in the art area. Juan is a performer Juan is a reader Juan is outgoing I am a thinker I am Juan! “Who is Katelyn?” by Charity Smith I am playing Katelyn is creative! Katelyn is a I am climbing at Twisters! on the When counting the builder! I was playing too. It was fun! computer, candles on the birthday She likes to build playing cakes & there weren’t things in the block Clifford. enough, she went and area. Her favorite got flowers from a blocks are the counting box to add so wooden ones, she that she could count the also likes to use the I am a helper number of items on fence to build with. each cake. I am sweeping the trash off Katelyn is a friend! She likes everyone and the table. I had is very helpful. Her to clean the beautiful, contagious table because I smile makes everyone was a big helper. else smile. She is loved by the whole class. I am adventurous! 6
  7. 7. “Who is Katelyn “Who Am I?” by Katelyn as a Reader and Writer?” Katelyn is a Computer Area! Art Area! communicator! “I like to play “This is a picture of When Katelyn started school, she was quiet. She games. My favorite butterflies. I like to has since opened up more. game is Fish. I like draw different Here we are working on to paint on the pictures of Katelyn is an artist! sounding out the letters. computer, too.” butterflies, angels, She loves to draw and and myself.” does very detailed pictures. She creates a Dramatic Play! masterpiece every “I like to play with time. the babies. I am the mommy and Katelyn loves to read! my baby’s name She loves to read books at is Tiffany. I like to school and at home. You play with babies can also find her from time with my friends.” to time in the Library Area reading. Final Wonderings What will be the long term effects of these diary pages for the children and families? Will the teachers be able to keep using their new skills? Will the relationships between the teachers be different? Are little stories and diary pages an effective doorway into the documentation process? 7