ELC Books

In Reggio-inspired classrooms like the NIS ELC, you will find teachers taking notes and photographing - documenting - while observing children engaging in drawing, making something with blocks or listening to their conversations with friends. By observing and documenting their learning process, teachers are able to guide the next steps in each child’s learning. Every learning starts with a question that leads into other questions, and bigger understandings by collaborating and making connections.

To help show this process unfold, the ELC decided to make a book. And then another. And now, another!  These books are just a few of the examples of the learning process for children in the ELC, and we hope you can click and read each book to learn more.


The Art of Tea

(2015-16 ELC Kindergarten)

The ELC Kindergarten ventured upon a learning journey that went from potions and mixing to creating a cafe and concern for children in far-away lands, all through the Art of Tea. Starting with their IB PYP Unit of Inquiry on ”How the World Works”, the project merged into their next unit on “Sharing the Planet”. But as is the case with much of their learning in the Reggio Emilia approach, the children’s magical journey began with a simple question: “Why can tea be both hot and cold?”




(2017-18 ELC Kindergarten)

When the ELC Kindergarten class read “The Dot” by Peter H. Reynolds, the children became interested in the main character who created art by starting with a simple dot. This inspired them to use dots in their own artwork, but one student went further and explored the work of Yayoi Kusama at home. He excitedly shared what he learned about dots and Kusama’s artwork . . .  and the next learning journey began!