What is the Reggio Emilia Inspired Method?
The Reggio Emilia teaching and learning method is rooted in the philosophy that children are full of the curiosity, creativity, and powerful ideas needed to inspire meaningful and deep learning. In contrast to traditional teaching methods that view the teacher as the source of knowledge and children as empty vessels waiting to be filled, the Reggio Emilia curriculum believes that children are active participants in the learning process and capable of constructing / defining their own learning experiences as they explore their curiosity and creativity. For this reason, the Reggio Emilia philosophy encourages expressive learning - a method proven to result in more profound and enduring outcomes for children.
“Stand aside for a while and leave room for learning, observe carefully what children do, and then, if you have understood well, perhaps teaching will be different from before.”
― Loris Malaguzzi
1. Children are active participants in learning. Topics for exploration and planned activities are determined collaboratively by children and their teachers. These child – initiated explorations provide opportunities to encourage hands on learning in various subjects, such as math, language arts, science and social science. Additionally, children communicate their interest and needs using multiple different languages – gestures, words, dance, etc. Child-centered learning encourages this self-expression and increases student engagement and enthusiasm for learning.
2. The importance of the environment. Within the Reggio Emilia philosophy, the school environment is seen as a third teacher. The classrooms should be warm, welcoming spaces and classroom materials should be thoughtfully managed to enhance learning and discovery.
3. Collaboration between the teacher and the parents is a crucial part of the learning process. Parents are the primary influencers of their child and are an essential resource in the child’s learning.
4. Documentation of children’s activities to make learning visible. Our teachers document your child’s activities and progress through a variety of methods, including photos and videos, written reports, and displays featuring children’s work. We display the work of our children in informative and attractive ways so that our kids can view their efforts, and reflect on /be inspired by their work and the work of others.