Summer Reading Recommendations: Learning At Home
A reader recently asked about my recommendations for books on setting up creative learning spaces. She specifically wanted to know about books inspired by the Reggio Emilia approach to early childhood education. It got me thinking that I should put together a list of my all-time favorite resources- not only for setting up learning spaces, but also for expanding creative learning opportunities at home.
Learning At Home
With school out for the summer, you might be wondering how to keep your kids engaged in educational activities in a way that is fun and creative. Here is my list of recommended resources.(This post contains affiliate links)
Creative Learning Spaces
- Designs for Living and Learning (Reggio Inspired)
This is a book for preschool environments, but it is still an inspiring read if you want to learn more about the relationship between children’s learning and our physical surroundings. It also has plenty of ideas that can be adapted for the home. I have the 1st edition, but you might want to go for the updated, 2nd edition if you decide to get it (if you’re concerned about cost you can get a used copy of the 1st edition for much less).
- Children, Spaces, Relations (Reggio Children Publication)
This book is a very academic read with beautiful photos. It is the result of research done on the physical characteristics of preschools in Reggio Emila, Italy. I have to warn you that it is relatively expensive and I wouldn’t recommend it for a light read, but it is still very fascinating.
- Tinkering Spaces (blog series from Tinkerlab)
- The New Playroom (my e-guide)
- Reggio-Inspired Outdoor Learning Environments (blog post from Let The Children Play)
- Babble Dabble Do (emphasis on science and engineering)
The Best All Around Reggio-Inspired Home Education Resources
(Reading, writing, math, science, art, outdoor education)
- Playful Learning (up to age 12)
- An Everyday Story (for young children)
- Project-Based Homeschooling (is worthwhile even if you don’t homeschool. The author also has a blog)
What are your favorite resources for learning at home? I’d love to hear about them in the comments below!