Alice Brown Early Learning Center

2015 Gallery Exhibition

Who We Are: Our World A Community of Learners

An exhibition by the children of the Alice Brown Early Learning Center (Ages 18 months to 5 years)

Explore the exhibition with the slideshow below, or learn more about the process behind each project.

About the Exhibition

This exhibit was designed to highlight the value of children’s quality interactions with people and materials through the engagement of Reggio-inspired practices. Our intent was to share through visual means the beliefs and principles of the learning process that allows the child to be the constructor of his understandings about the world:

  • A world where the child’s ideas and interests are respected,
  • A world where his voice is listened to and valued,
  • A world where the environment fosters active, hands-on exploration and discovery,
  • A world where learning is rooted in play-based, multisensory, language rich experience,
  • A world that fosters meaningful and reciprocal relationships,
  • A world that nurtures a life-long love of learning for all its participants.
Children need the freedom to appreciate the infinite resources of the hands, their eyes and their ears, the resources of forms, materials, sounds and colors.
Loris Malaguzzi – Founder of the Reggio Emilia Schools

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Exhibition Projects In-Progress

Learn more about the process of creating the works of art displayed in the exhibition.

Our World – Toddlers, Pre K 1, Pre K 2, Pre K3

“Our World” is the first whole-center collaborative piece, as the pre-school classrooms investigated similar ideas using different media and materials. 

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Dot Impressions – Toddlers

The toddlers were encouraged to explore the possibilities of colored marks and movement. They joyfully realized how moving their fingers, hands, wrists, arms, elbows, and shoulders created different marks!

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Drip Paint – Toddlers

Inspired by the artist Holton Rower’s “pour painting”, teachers assisted the students in pouring colorful drips of paint on white board and exploring the effects of changing angle, orientation, and motion.

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Foil Paint – Toddlers

The children deepened their collaborative experiences with paint and reflective light by experimenting with a rainbow of metallic acrylic paints on sheets of shiny aluminum foil.

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Block Building – Pre-K 1

To support and deepen the children’s interest and understanding of how structures are built, various types of materials were offered to the children to experiment with.

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City Skyline – Pre-K 1

The children sketched their favorite buildings from around the world, enhancing their illustrations with a variety of materials such as mosaic tiles, ribbons, stickers, and paint samples. 

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Spring Collage – Pre-K 1

The children in Pre-K 1 celebrate the arrival of each new season by creating a collaborative group collage to display in the classroom.

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Monoprints – Pre-K 2

The children displayed a strong interest in learning more about the language of paint. They were invited to experience a print making technique known as monoprinting using paint and tiles.

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Paper Sculptures – Pre-K 2

Using paper in many colors, sizes, weights and textures, the children were introduced to the basic techniques of bending, folding, and curling.

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Shadow and Reflection Mobile – Pre-K 2

Discovering how to connect long hanging strings of paper and suspending them from surfaces was an ongoing exploration for the group.

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Cap Mosaics – Pre-K 3

One of the materials we worked with this year was discarded caps. A sizable bin of caps was offered to them along with a large wooden hoop to fill, offering the experience of creating a mosaic.

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Celebration Cards; Relationships Matter – Pre-K 3

Throughout the year children created special cards for friends and teachers. Over time, the children became vested in the experience of giving and assumed ownership of the process.

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Nature-Inspired Designs – Pre-K 3

The children regularly play and work outdoors, learning how the world changes with the seasons and collecting natural artifacts for classroom exploration and discovery.

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Reggio-Inspired Practices

A Community of Learners

All learning takes place in a social context – interactions with others shape our understanding of the world. Relationships are valued and environments are created that  support children’s rights to grow and learn with others. These rights come with the responsibility of living, working and playing together in respectful and peaceful ways that nurture a welcoming community for all. Providing this environment supports children in developing the dispositions to be productive citizens and caretakers of each other and the world. 


Language of Materials

Offering children repeated daily experiences with diverse materials supports them in developing a deeper understanding of the properties and possibilities of each material. Once children have internalized this knowledge, they can begin to use materials with intent and purpose. 

Materials are the text of early childhood classrooms…Materials become the tools with which children give form to and express their understanding of the world and the meanings they have constructed.
– H.K. Cuffaro

Gift of Time

Reggio inspired educators recognize that for children to be active constructors of knowledge is a process that takes time.

Time to observe and question, explore and investigate, reflect and revisit, wonder and discover,…Without constraints.

Time discovers truth.
– Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Teacher as Co-Researcher

Children have the right to be active co-constructors of their own knowledge.

Teachers in their role as researchers alongside children:

  • Carefully listen, observe, and document.
  • Reflect on children’s interests, thinking, ideas, and problems.
  • Provoke, guide, facilitate, and support.
  • Create collaborative learning environments.
  • Foster children’s understandings, connections, and knowledge expressed through representational work.
What children learn does not follow as an automatic result from what is taught, rather, it is in large part due to the children’s own doing, as a consequence of their activities and our resources.
– Loris Malaguzzi

Image of the Child

Children are capable, powerful, competent beings born with unique strengths, talents, and interests.

Children deserve to be respected – their voices are powerful and should be heard.

Children have the right to explore and discover through meaningful concrete experiences. They are constructors of their own learning.

Learning does not take place by means of transmission or reproduction. It is a process of construction, in which the individual constructs for himself the reasons, the “whys”, the meanings of things, others, nature, events, reality and life.
– Carlina Rinaldi
 

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Alice Brown Early Learning Center
p – 516.877.3906
e – elc@adelphi.edu

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