Learning Centre Journal

Here's where you'll find the latest from our Reggio-Inspired Learning Centre, including news, information on upcoming events, and stories from our educators. Be sure to sign up for our newsletter, too!

Reggio-Inspired Mentor Program

Reggio-Inspired Mentor Program

May 31, 2019

Our Reggio-Inspired Mentor Program begins in September. This program is designed for Reggio-Inspired programs who would like to implement in-house mentorship for their own educators. The program aims to train mentors who can work with educators in their teams and provide everyday suggestions on the floor and during curriculum meetings. Graduates will have the option … Read More

The Earth is Not a Place to Throw Garbage

The Earth is Not a Place to Throw Garbage

May 10, 2019

The following reflection comes from an educator from our Nootka school age program: The Earth is not a place to throw garbage; it’s a place to live. —one of the children in our Nootka school-age program When I first began supervising at Nootka’s Out of School Care program, I noticed that the children had strong … Read More

The Beauty of Serendipity

The Beauty of Serendipity

May 3, 2019

Serendipity can be thought of as a happy accident. It is what many scientists and artists come across during their explorations; it is the birth of many amazing creations in our world. Tight schedules, inflexible expectations and set curriculums can make it harder for us to notice these rare moments. At Frog Hollow we have … Read More

The Reggio Approach in School-Age Programs

The Reggio Approach in School-Age Programs

April 25, 2019

Often we hear that the Reggio approach is only appropriate for younger children. At Frog Hollow’s Children’s Centres, we have deeply looked into this claim, and we disagree with it. Can the Reggio approach be applied in School Age programs? Can educators and older children be partners in learning? Can educators believe in a rich … Read More

Pedagogical Encounters

Pedagogical Encounters

April 12, 2019

Pedagogical Encounters are public tours that allow participants to observe our children’s centres, and see our Reggio-Inspired programs in action. These Encounters are much more than just a tour; in addition to seeing our centres in action, participants have ample time to observe, reflect, and ask questions. Participants have the opportunity to spend time with … Read More

ECEBC Leadership Conference 2019

ECEBC Leadership Conference 2019

April 3, 2019

We are honoured to be presenting at the ECEBC Leadership Conference, and excited to be part of their evening tour this week. Maryam, Gary, and Anna will be presenting on Thursday, April 11th as part of the Leadership Sessions. From the Conference Guide: “Frog Hollow Children’s Centres have been inspired by the Reggio Emilia approach … Read More

Living With Material

Living With Material

March 29, 2019

For a long time, The educators from Frog Hollow Kids World programs were not sure how to use clay in their programs. They continued to challenge themselves, offering the clay to the children in different ways, until the unfamiliar became welcome as a natural part of the space. Here, they share some reflections on Living … Read More

Mentoring Reggio Educators

Mentoring Reggio Educators

March 22, 2019

The Reggio Emilia approach is rewarding, fascinating and exciting. But it is also complex and requires much work, practice and dedication. At Frog Hollow we have realized that training our educators and providing them with as many professional development opportunities as possible help us keep the culture of wondering and reflecting going. But we all … Read More

New Workshops Open for Registration!

New Workshops Open for Registration!

March 15, 2019

We’ve posted new workshops and tours for Spring 2019. Scroll down to read what’s coming up at the Learning Centre, and follow the links for more info and to register. Have a great idea for a workshop? We’d love to hear from you!

Custom Workshops and Tours

Custom Workshops and Tours

March 8, 2019

On January 19, 2019, Frog Hollow Learning Centre provided a Custom Workshop to the educators of Bright Eyes Academy. The educators at this centre have been exploring the Reggio Emilia approach for a few years and they wanted to get a better understanding of some aspects, including documentation and engaging in long-term projects. Of course, … Read More

Interview: Maryam Discusses the Encounters Exhibit

Interview: Maryam Discusses the Encounters Exhibit

March 3, 2019

Although she’s out of the office at the moment, Maryam Naddaf, Director of our Reggio-Inspired Learning Centre, was kind enough to share her thoughts on the Encounters Exhibit, which recently ended. For more information on the exhibit, you can read our previous post here. Q: What made you decide to choose title of Encounters for … Read More

Conference Wrap-up

Conference Wrap-up

February 25, 2019

Our Second Annual Conference was a huge success; thanks to everyone who participated! On the evening of Thursday, February 21, we launched the conference with an inspiring session with Sara Felstiner from the Hilltop Educator Institute. Sarah shared stories of engaging families in emergent curriculum. On Friday, February 22, the main part of the conference … Read More

An Evening with Educators of Capilano Children’s Centre

An Evening with Educators of Capilano Children’s Centre

February 11, 2019

On February 5th, we hosted Adrienne Argent, an instructor at Capilano University’s exceptional Early Childhood Care and Education program, for her presentation on the material presented in their exhibit at Frog Hollow Neighbourhood House for our Encounters Exhibit. The presentation, entitled “I am Together: What Happens When We Pay Attention to Our Problems?” was excellent and … Read More

Join Us For Evening Events!

Join Us For Evening Events!

January 25, 2019

Now that the Making Children Visible Exhibit has begun, we would like to invite you to two evening events that we’re hosting in conjunction with the Exhibit, and the upcoming Conference. Encounters Exhibit: An Evening with Educators of Capilano Children’s Centre On February 5th, As Part of the Encounters Exhibit, we’re pleased to host An … Read More

The Encounters Exhibit has begun!

The Encounters Exhibit has begun!

January 18, 2019

Thanks to those who attended the Open House at the Roundhouse on the evening of the 15th, where we officially opened the 2019 Encounters Exhibit. We are looking forward to welcoming the educators of Capilano University Children’s Centre on February 5th, when they will walk us through an in-depth discussion of their project, hosted at … Read More

Encounters Exhibit Presentations

Encounters Exhibit Presentations

December 21, 2018

We are very excited to host two presentations as part of the Encounters Exhibit. Open House and Presentation: Join us at Roundhouse Community Art & Recreation Centre to hear about the projects involved in the exhibit and explore the role of documentation in bringing children’s voices out to the community For more information and to … Read More

Being Present

Being Present

December 14, 2018

Today I want to share an observation from Mike Graham, one of our educators at Frog Hollow, and remind us of the importance of Being Present. As educators in early-years centres and school-age programs, we are left with many different kinds of responsibilities; from providing diaper change and bottle-feeding, to getting engaged in conversations and … Read More

Cognitive Knots

Cognitive Knots

December 7, 2018

Recognizing “Cognitive Knots” and welcoming the uncertainty they offer is one of the ways our educators at Frog Hollow “observe” children and engage with their ideas. In The Hundred Languages of Children, Carolyn Edwards defines cognitive knots as follows: “Just as a knot in woodgrain impedes a saw cutting through, and just as a knot … Read More

Relationships and Connections

Relationships and Connections

November 30, 2018

Relationships and connections are important principles of the Reggio Emilia approach. Educators of Reggio Emilia believe that humans are interconnected and interdependent beings. Lella Gandini speaks of educators, families and children as the three subjects of education that are always in relation with one another.1 The child is never alone. Children are always in interaction … Read More

The Reggio Emilia Approach

The Reggio Emilia Approach

November 23, 2018

Here at the Frog Hollow Reggio-Inspired Learning Centre we’re always looking for ways to spread the word about the many amazing benefits of the Reggio Emilia approach to early childhood education. The Reggio Emilia approach has inspired many around the world since its inception after WW2. It is not a teaching method per se, but … Read More

6 stages of Curriculum Design

6 stages of Curriculum Design

November 16, 2018

Progettazione, or the “Projection of Curriculum” is a complex and yet rewarding process in which educators of Reggio Emilia imagine potential paths for the emerging curriculum. Inspired by the Reggio Emilia approach, the educators at Frog Hollow have been experiencing with this process for the past few years. The Curriculum Design Process consists of 6 … Read More

Frog Hollow to Participate in Universal Childcare Initiative

Frog Hollow to Participate in Universal Childcare Initiative

November 10, 2018

  A very exciting announcement was made at our Satellite Daycare today by Premier Horgan and provincial and federal ministers: the province-wide Universal Childcare Prototype Initiative – a trial run of the $10/day child care plan at 53 centres across the province – has begun, and Frog Hollow Neighbourhood House’s Satellite Daycare has been selected … Read More

Environment as the Third Teacher

Environment as the Third Teacher

November 9, 2018

One of the most common questions that I receive at our workshops is, “how do you manage to spend time with small groups of children when you have so many other children in the room?” There are many different factors that play a role in how we live with children in our shared space and … Read More

New Glossary of Terms

New Glossary of Terms

November 2, 2018

Every program has terms and phrases they use that are specific to their approach. Recognizing that some of the language we use at Frog Hollow may be unfamiliar to new educators and our families, we have created a glossary of terms. Phrases we use frequently, such as “invitations”, “provocations” or “hypothesis” are briefly defined here … Read More

Second Annual Conference! February 21st to 23rd, 2019

Second Annual Conference! February 21st to 23rd, 2019

October 19, 2018

We are excited to host our second annual conference this year from February 21st to February 23rd, 2019. Workshop: Engaging Families in Emergent Curriculum – Stories from Hilltop Educator Institute On the evening of February 21st, join us to learn about ways to engage families in emergent curriculum. Sarah Felstiner from Hilltop Children’s Centre will … Read More

Frog Hollow Children’s Centres Recognized With Award

Frog Hollow Children’s Centres Recognized With Award

October 5, 2018

We are honored and humbled to receive the Community Partner award by Centre for Ability. The award was presented to us on September 25, 2019 by Linda Thoreson, a Supported Child Development Consultant who has worked with Frog Hollow Children’s Centres for many years. At Frog Hollow we recognize that change is only possible if … Read More