WHAT IS THE REGGIO APPROACH?

Founded by the visionary teacher and humanitarian, Loris Malaguzzi, the Reggio approach refers to the philosophy of early childhood education that originated in Reggio Emilia, Italy following the destruction of World War II. After the war, educators and families believed that children needed new ways of learning to cultivate young minds as an investment in the future. It has since become the a best practice for teaching young children. It supports a certainty that the child, their parent, their community and their natural environment are all vital to a child’s learning process. The Reggio approach has strong foundations with nature and concentrates on having a learning environment that is rich with both creative and sensory experiences that allow children to grow and reach their full potential.

Image of the Child

The belief that children are endowed with a natural curiosity and a sense of wonder that feed their desire to discover and understand the world. They are competent and active participants in their own learning capable of fully interacting with their environment and collaborating with others.

One Hundred Languages

Children have countless ways of exploring, discovering and investigation the world, and express their learning through many "languages" including imaginative play, movement, music, dancing, drama, drawing, painting, sculpting, building and so much more.

Role of the Teacher

Teachers are co-learners and collaborators with the children. Through careful observation, documentation and thoughtful questions, teachers work and play in partnership with the children. Together they engage in project work to deepen their learning experiences and nurture relationships.

Role of the Parent

Parents are seen as partners in developing and sustaining our vital, caring community. Their participation supports the richness of the daily life of our school. Parent-teacher collaboration is instrumental in deepening the child's experience and learning.

Environment as Teacher

Much care and consideration is placed into every space the children occupy. It is designed to be inviting, inspire curiosity, challenge thinking, and reflect ongoing learning processes. The environment is known as the "third teacher."

Documentation

Documentation promotes open communication between teachers and parents, allows teachers to reflect upon their practice, and affirms to the children that their work and play are highly valued.
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