Monday, March 12, 2007

Scrapbooking as a method of documentation (Reggio Emilia Approach)

From the comments of my last post "Easy scrapbooking in early childhood education", most of my blog readers understood it as including scrapbooking as one of the projects or curricular with the children. Actually, what I meant to say is that to use scrapbooking as a means of documentation of the observations made by educators, teachers or even parents towards projects conducted by the children. The documentation part is actually according to Reggio Emilia approach in early childhood education. Therefore, in this case, adults are the ones to scrapbook or do the documentation.

By reading the comments, I have an idea for an easy way out for teachers or educators whereby, they have to scrapbook to each children individually. Teachers can print self- made digital scrapbooking templates or layouts and print them without photographs or journalling. Let the children paste their own photographs on the project or add in any scraps embellishments/decorations and later on, teachers add in the journalling about the observation. This will allow certain educators who are interested in scrapbooking and are not allowed to save any digital photographs of their children in their computers or laptops (due to privacy and security purposes), to do layouts on their projects.

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