5 great children’s learning spaces in the Bay Area, California

I was fortunate enough to recently spend a month in California, mainly in and around San Francisco. During this time I visited a handful of children's learning spaces and met with a bunch of lovely, passionate people working in both formal and informal learning contexts. The places listed below are places that I visited or…

Bruno Munari: “inventor, artist, writer designer, architect, illustrator and player-with-children”

This post explores the work of the late Italian artist, Bruno Munari (1907-1998). Munari was a self-proclaimed 'inventor artist writer designer architect illustrator player-with-children' (The Independent, 1998) whose creative practice intertwined with the education philosophies of Jean Piaget and Maria Montessori. 

Carl Rogers on learning to be free

This post investigates the book chapter Learning to be free by the late American humanistic psychologist, Carl Rogers. The chapter was written in 1967, two years before his well-known 'Freedom to Learn' was published. Learning to be free explores the notion that human 'congruency' and curiosity serves as a catalyst for growth, empathy and understandings between oneself and the world. Rogers argues that these emerge from interconnected relationships between an individual's freedom from things and freedom to choose and be.

In conversation with Reggio Australia’s Chris Celada on art, galleries and the Hundred Languages of Children

This post is an extract of a conversation between myself and Chris Celada published in the current edition of 'The Challenge,' Reggio Emilia Australia's quarterly journal. Chris is a teacher and Reggio Australia editorial board member. The conversation offered the opportunity for both of us to dig deeper into our philosophies, strategies and practices of working at the intersection of art and pedagogy.