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I hope you'll find everything you may want to use here: articles, my c.v. (résumé), sample workshop offerings, information about my books, and more.
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I’m celebrating the unveiling of Parts I, II, III, IV and V of:
Seeing Young Children With New Eyes
What we’ve learned from Reggio Emilia about children and ourselves
Right-click (Mac users, option-click) the links below to download the PDF versions of Parts I, II, III, IV and V.
Part I explores The Image of the Child. Part II is about our understanding of the documentation process that makes Reggio Emilia schools so lively, wise and productive with their children and their curriculum. Part III is about growing ourselves as teachers. Part IV is about growing our developing awareness. Part V is about routines.
These five parts will be followed by more, which we’ll put on this website when they are ready.
When the whole book is up, we’ll make it available for your electronic book reader.
Leslie and I are interested in feedback from our readers, and hope to hear from you.
May your teaching and parenting bring you joy!
See what they’re saying about our book:
I thoroughly enjoyed this section and will encourage the staff at our center to read it over and over when it debuts. So many parts "hit home" to me because they so clearly stated...
What a wonderful gift you and Leslie are giving by undertaking this project!
- Gail Summerford, Program Manager, Child Development Centers - Bakersfield College (CA)
It is the first book that truly speaks from personal teaching experiences and parental experiences that are laid out and successfully illustrate the potential of children. That is missing in so many books in our field. Sometimes the experiences are found in sidebars or boxes with a special color. They are not personalized but are a summary of what is important to the point at hand and always have that "ECE textbook college course" feeling in them. One witnesses the evolution of the teacher as experiences are woven into the book from the onset which keeps the reader reading. The teacher is also not afraid to state when she needs to change. . One of my staff has been reading and she found it very good. It has helped her determine how to approach her own documentation.
– Claudia Chamberland, B.A., M.A., NAMC
Sydney Gurewitz Clemens has just given the educational community a wonderful gift... read more
– Laurie Block Spigel
I want to congratulate you and Leslie on your wonderful new book. You introduce the reader to Reggio Emilia thinking in a most engaging way. Great title!
I am so glad that you persisted with your vision and I wish you every success with the book.
– Ursula Kolbe Author, Rapunzel's Supermarket: All about Young Children and their Art
Children of Incarcerated Parents Resources Newsletter, 4/04/12 “BRAVO to long-time SFCCIPP member Sydney for producing this free resource.”
Dear Sydney and Leslie
I have just finished reading part one and have gained so much – and been so challenged and have plenty to reflect on. I have been thinking of the Image of the Child in our own context and in my own practice and part one has helped crystallise my thoughts in so many ways. Congratulations, I can’t wait for the next instalment.
Leslie, you will be interested to know that I have just come back from taking a group of 21 other South Africans to attend the International Study Group to Reggio Emilia and I am convinced that their approach to children will be forever changed. So, dreams can become reality! We are also in the throes of arranging our next SA conference on the Reggio approach (0n 26 – 28 June 2012) - like last year’s conference it will be at our school where our documentation of our collaboration with you and MPI on the Wind Project is still proudly displayed.
How encouraging for both of you to know that you are influencing educational practice so many thousands of miles away!
Thank you for this most profound and inspired window into your experience and philosophy… I will use this work extensively in my endeavours to create a new culture of childhood in my own small patch of the universe.
Dr Cathie Harrison
Senior Lecturer in Early Childhood Education
Australian Catholic University
25A Barker Road
We’d love to link to your review also… please let us know when you post one!