Along with being a musician and artist, Angelicola has worked as an early childhood educator for over 7 years. Chiara graduated from the University of California - Santa Cruz with a BA in Psychology and Honors in her major. Her undergraduate emphasis was on Child Development. In 2015, she was awarded the Bright Horizons' Rising Star award for her commitment to advancing and implementing her pedagogical values into her practice. Chiara's main pedagogical focus emphasizes best practices from Reggio Emilia philosophy, co-constructivist theory and creativity-driven curriculum. In 2016, she was a founding contributor and designer of The Discovery School's first kinder-prep classroom within the walls of the Bay Area Discovery Museum in Sausalito, CA, for which she led and taught during the school year. During this time, Chiara worked beside BADM's on-site Center for Childhood Creativity to implement the nation's latest cutting-edge research on STEM, creativity and collaboration focused learning experiences. She is currently involved in the designing and opening of a new Reggio-Emilia inspired preschool in west Los Angeles. Angelicola is a member of the North American Reggio Emilia Alliance and the National Association for the Education of Young Children, along with its regional counterpart in California. Within these organizations and independently, Chiara is interested in propagating for the wider development and implementation of inclusive, collaborative and creativity-focused curriculum in early childhood learning environments.
Angelicola released a musical children's book entitled Waltz in the Snow, which features the lyrics from her song "Waltz in the Snow" from The Animals Know EP (2010), set beside the psychedelic black and white illustrations of musician Steven Trimmer of the band Grass Giraffes. This book is perfect for coloring in with the whole family. Download the song from Bird Call's EP below and listen to the song while you read and color!
Click on the thumbnails below to take a peek at some of the magical pages from the book:
You can purchase a copy of Waltz in the Snow - A Story and Song via Amazon here.