As a homeschooling mother I’m always adapting, always learning, always trying to improve. Lately I’ve been incorporation more Reggio into our lives. I find it has many similarities with Montessori but allows more open-ended exploration and more of the arts.
Mirrors are used a lot in Reggio. They allow the child to view themselves and to view their work from different angles. They promote exploration with reflections and symmetry. We had this little table in our room and I thought it’d make a great mirror table. A trip to the dollar store later it was all set up.
The table is this one from Walmart. It’s only $15 CAD.
The mirrors are from the Dollar Store. They’re $2 each and are about 9 3/4″ squares. I also got some command strips for hanging pictures frames.
The mirrors fit perfectly on the table leaving a little ledge for the standing up ones.
What I did was attach 4 to the table with the command strips so that I could later remove them without damaging the table. I put them on to one side so that there was a rim of the table to balance the standing up ones on. For those I put two at a 90% angle and taped them and then taped one on either end. I put them up on the table and taped the backs to the table. Two strategically placed pieces of tape on the front two end pieces keep them from sliding back.
And now the exploration can begin. The first thing Pumpkin 1 said was, “Mommy I made a star!”