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The Original Learning Approach

Weaving Together Playing, Learning, and Teaching in Early Childhood

Suzanne Axelsson


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The Original Learning Approach is a new reflective practice inspired by Reggio Emilia that allows children to learn and play naturally and at their own pace and can be applied to any pedagogical method, philosophy, or context. Influenced by the Reggio Emilia Approach and AnjiPlay, the Original Learning Approach facilitates observation, imitation, and practice for learning through play. By incorporating wonder, curiosity, joy, knowledge, imagination, interaction, risk, time, reflection, and listening into children's play, this teaching lens will help early childhood professionals nurture continuous lifelong learners.

With questions, reflections, and stories of practice, The Original Learning Approach will help child care providers create a range of inclusive types of play and play experiences focused on interacting with people, materials, nature, the indoors, time, and the children themselves. Cultivate learning in your program that allows children to learn naturally and at their own pace.

Redleaf Press, 9781605547831, 200pp.

Publication Date: January 3, 2023

About the Author

Suzanne Axelsson works as a pedagogical consultant using listening and philosophy with children as tools to improve democratic play and learning spaces in early childhood education. She works on the early youth (EY) program at the Department of Child and Youth Studies, Stockholm University. Suzanne has a masters in ECE and has travelled globally to hold keynotes, workshops, presentations, and visit EY settings. She writes on her blog, Interaction Imagination, about play, listening, neurodiversity, and sustainability and curates the Facebook group "The Original Learning Approach" (46.6k members). She is exploring Indigenous Knowledge as threads of thinking in Original Learning, where play, learning and teaching are equally valued and interwoven. Suzanne will have chapters in three books published during 2021, one on play in Swedish preschools in English, one on risky play in Swedish, and one sharing her own journey as an educator inspired by the Reggio Emilia Approach(TM) with chapters by Peter Moss, Carla Rinaldi and others. Currently she is co-researching and writing a chapter about how the forest can teach early years educators about weaving practice and theory together from a post-humanist and decolonising perspective where the Original Learning Approach is one of those threads. Those who follow her blog and social media range from professors, to directors, educators and parents.