Reggio Emilia Approach
Originated in and named after a small city in Northern Italy, this unique approach to elementary education was led by Loris Malaguzzi – educator and psychologist, with a philosophy that bloomed out of the ravages of World War II. Reggio Emilia views children as confident, responsible, creative and curious beings. Here’s how we see the Child, the Parent, the Teacher, the Community and the Environment:
Reggio Emilia believes in the rights and opinion of every child. We believe that every child desires knowledge and is competent, capable and a natural researcher. A child is naturally prepared for challenges. Our space is designed best for a toddler to learn, play and enjoy.
Reggio Emilia looks at the parents as indirect participators in their child’s learning. Indeed, your involvement gives the child a great sense of security and a great incentive to learn.
The teachers are partners, nurturers and guides who help facilitate the exploration of children's interest as they work on short and long-term projects.
Children are natural communicators and should be encouraged to express themselves however they feel they can, and learn through their interaction within their communities.
Reggio Emilia believes the environment in which your child grows is the third teacher. Space should be both thoughtful and inviting, while the materials and props should inspire them to think outside the box.
The Learning Process:
Our philosophy of viewing children as researcher helps them take charge, and be the hero of their own tale.
According to Reggio Emilia:
- We value and encourage child’s initiated activity
- We challenge and provoke ideas through open ended questioning
- We respect the child’s own ideas
- We allow child to make mistakes