Lessons from Reggio Emilia: At Bright Start Santa Barbara

Exploring Literacy in a Reggio Inspired Classroom $75

Where:  Bright Start Child Development Center 

1617 Anacapa St.

Santa Barbara, CA 93101

(805) 963-2024



When: Saturday, April 20th 9:00am-3:00pm

Presented by: Patricia Hunter McGrath

  • • How is literacy integrated throughout the classroom?
  • • How are storybook journals introduced to the children?
  • • How does the use of story expand, deepen and extend the curriculum?
  • • How does poetry and poetic language support the children’s creativity and    imagination?
  • • How are the techniques of poetry introduced to the children and parents?
  • • Why do we support a culture of oral storytelling?
  • • What are the techniques of oral storytelling?
  • • Why do children weave archetypes throughout their storytelling?
  • • How can parents support literacy at home?

Environment as a Third Teacher $45

When: Saturday, May 4th 9:00am-12:00pm

Where: Workshop will be held at two nearby locations:

Morning Session – First Congregational Church 2101 State St., SB, CA 93105

Afternoon Session – Bright Start: 1617 Anacapa St., Santa Barbara, CA 93101

Presented by Marcela Caceres

  • • How does the environment support individual and group experiences?
  • • How can the function of an Atelier be incorporated into the classroom?
  • • What are the organizational considerations?
  • • How are the natural materials incorporated into the environment?
  • • How are the “Hundred Languages of Children” introduced into the classroom and into the outdoor environment?


About the Presenters:

Patricia Hunter McGrath

Patricia is currently the Director/Atelierista of Branches Atelier. Over the past 14years she has developed an innovated early childhood program inspired by the Reggio Emilia Approach. From 2005 to 2007 Patricia developed the role of the Atelierista atBold Park Community School in Perth, Australia. From 1998 to 2005 she was the Atelierista at Evergreen Community School where she developed a unique approach to children’s symbolic languages. Using clay, wire, paint, dance, etc. children enter into relationship with the materials and express, clarify and modify their ideas and theories. She also taught at the Growing Place in Santa Monica for 7 years. Patricia is an artist and has over 20 years experience in Early Childhood Education. Patricia has taught the Reggio Emilia Class at Santa Monica College and at Murdoch University in Perth, Australia. Patricia graduated with a Masters degree in Human Development from Pacific Oaks College in Pasadena, California. She also speaks at conferences throughout the United States and abroad and has visited Reggio Emilia, Italy six times. She is also a contributing author of the book In the Spirit of the Atelier published by Davis Press and Insights and Inspiration from Reggio Emilia also published by Davis Press.


Marcela Caceres

With 30 years of experience in working with children, she holds a degree in EarlyChildhood Education from Buenos Aries, Argentina. Marcela Caceres has been the owner/director of Bright Start Child Development Center in Santa Barbara for nearly 20 years. She has implemented the Reggio Approach at her school for several years, visited Reggio Emilia, Italy and leads workshops related to the Reggio Approach in California. She is also a member of NAREA (North American Reggio Emilia Alliance). Her passion is creating environments where children are respected, loved and able to achieve their highest potential. To register for one or both of the workshops please click on the link below, print out the registration form and mail in your payment payable to Bright Start to the address on the form.

Reggio Workshops flyer & registration form

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