Reggio Inspired: Families

There were some wonderful ideas for incorporating the families’ presence in the classroom environment at Rosa Parks Preschool.  I think it is so comforting and homey for the children to see their families displayed in the classroom.  It makes a strong statement of mutual support and commitment to the child.
Family Tree: A simple tree painted on a canvas.  Each family member makes a “finger-print” leaf.
They include aunts, uncles etc. . . So cool!
Notice to the right, there are those wonderful branches with photos of each family hanging down.  Love. Love.
 Hopes and Dreams Loom:  I love. this. so. much!   I have a warm spot in my heart for woven pieces.  The parent wrote their hopes and dreams for their child on a ribbon and wove it into the loom.  This is so wonderful.
I would include the teacher’s hopes and dreams for the students.
 Here is their documentation sheet about the loom project.
Each family has a frame and a photo picture hanging right next to the “safe place.”
Another great way to integrate the photos of the families around a safe place.  Love the wheel.  A rich symbol.


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  1. Karen says:

    I LOVE the woven ribbons! How beautiful, and what a powerful message for kids. It would be so wonderful for them to see throughout the year as a reminder that school and home are a team.

    The aesthetics are just amazing. We have a family photo board that is pretty cute, but when I see these photos, I realize how much more potential they have. Thank you so much for sharing!

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  2. asa berggren says:

    Amazing beautiful!!!!!!! looking for something for my parent to bring my community closer …
    Thank you ?
    Åsa Berggren

  3. Suzanne says:

    Love the family tree branches. How did you hang them up?

  4. Cheryl Hodgetts says:

    I love the ideas they have inspired me to begin a photo wall with the branches

    Thank You

  5. Susan says:

    I love these family ideas. Make me think k about how I can do this for my preschool. Thanks for sharing these ideas.

  6. Janine says:

    Wow, I love the hopes and dreams loom! Thanks for sharing these ideas.

  7. Laurel says:

    I love the wheel, the family pictures on the branches and the loom with wishes! I am going to incorporate all 3!

  8. Juliana Santana says:

    I love them all!!!!!
    Soo specials!!!

    • Sally says:

      There are so many ways to honor families! Please share the ways you honor your classroom families!

      • Casey says:

        At our preschool we have a wooden tree which is the trunk and branches each family is given a paper leaf to hang their photo on and this is added to our tree therefore making the leaves of the tree

        • Sally says:

          Love this idea!

  9. Gayle Forrester says:

    Hi and thank you for sharing these wonderful ideas of displaying family photos and other ideas. The work of Reggio Emilia is so inspiring. Thanks Sally.

  10. Nelli says:

    I love the “Hopes and Dreams Loom” it brings such a great sense of community. And the photo picture hanging right next to the “safe place” is such a comforting idea! Thank you.

  11. Katie says:

    In my two year old classroom, we laminated the family pictures and then stuck the pictures in pockets on the wall. When a child is sad, they go find their family picture and carry it around with them. When they don’t need it anymore, they stick it back in the pocket.

    • Sally says:

      Oh, I love this idea! What a nice thought to know family is always around.

  12. Francesca says:

    Beautifull and inspiring ideas… I liked the dreams and hopes idea. Im gonna do something like this also.

  13. Sandra Mata says:

    Wow!! What an inspiration I will be using this idea for my classroom!!


  14. Janet Gregg says:

    At our pre-school the children and their family each make a special poster at home showing family photos,favourite places and activities. They bring these to school when the child has their first visit and we choose a spot to hang it. It gives me a great way to connect with the children!

    • Sally says:

      Janet, what a wonderful idea! I know the children feel honored when they share their special poster with their classmates!

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