Case study: Chinese dragon
The power of the Reggio Emilia approach was on full display recently when our Pre-Preps showed a high level of interest in the dragon featured in a story they were reading. This prompted an investigative project amongst the class into dragons, their place in myths, legends and foreign cultures, and ultimately led to an entire class project: the creation of a 20 metre Chinese dragon.
Students had to learn the cultural sensitivities of the project, while also prototyping different fabrics and construction methods. All in all, the students finished their time in Pre-Prep with a far greater understanding of the world and also valuable skills in reading, writing, teamwork, cultural awareness and creativity.