“From the beginning children demonstrate that they have a voice, know how to listen, and want to be listened to by others.” Carlina Rinaldi
What is the Reggio Emilia Approach to Early Childhood Education?
The Reggio Emilia approach is an early childhood education philosophy developed by teacher Loris Malaguzzi and the parents of the villages around Reggio Emilia in Italy after the World War II. The community decided they wanted to help make a peaceful world for their children. They created schools based on “the principles of respect, responsibility, and community through exploration and discovery in a supportive and enriching environment based on the interests of the children through a self-guided curriculum. “ This kind of child-centered program heavily dependent on play is also known as an ‘emergent curriculum.’
The Reggio Emilia Set of Principles:
- Children must have some control over the direction of their learning.
- Children must be able to learn through experiences of touching, moving, listening, seeing, and hearing;
- Children have a relationship with other children and with material items in the world that children must be allowed to explore;
- Children must have endless ways and opportunities to express themselves in 100 different languages.
How we apply them in our Classroom:
- Students are actively asked what they would like to learn.
- Content is used as a vehicle for further academic learning according to Oregon Early Learning Standards.
- We spend the first six weeks building community and consistently reinforce Social and Emotional learning.
- Nature-based activities are a key component of our curriculum and students explore the outdoors on a daily basis, regardless of weather conditions.
- Teachers document learning as an ongoing process, which is then displayed in the classroom.
- Conferences are held twice a year to share goals and portfolios with the parents for individual students.
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