“Ideas fly, bounce around, accumulate, rise up, fall apart, and spread, until one of them takes the decisive hold, flies higher and conquers the entire group.”
Loris Malaguzzi- Founder of Reggio Emilia
In a Reggio Emilia-influenced school the flow of the day is important as it is what keeps preschool and prekindergarten age children open to learning. We keep the routine similar every day but the times may change based on level of engagement in the students. Free play and exploration are met with teacher questioning and documentation. Provocation time provides an opportunity for students to engage in meaningful and child-chosen interest displays that will further learning on classroom studies. Students are welcome to choose their station freely and are able to move to areas that interest them. Free play and provocations are done with the student in mind and gauged daily by teacher interactions.
Families begin to arrive to drop off their child and help transition in for the day. Preschool students start in one classroom and Prekindergarten students in the other classroom. Children are welcome to move around the classroom in free play.
We meet together in our circle time to build community and relationships. This includes things like discussing our morning, singing, movement, talking about issues in the classroom, or planning collaborative projects. In a Reggio Emilia preschool, the students’ input is all important.
We go outside rain or shine for up to an hour every day to explore in open ended play and specific projects. Students may also invited to go on a nature walk or explore our community garden plot. Nature is also brought into the indoor classroom as much as possible.
Students switch classrooms and are invited to sit and enjoy a healthy, school- provided snack. We strive to have a joyful mealtime together and further build friendships.
More Reggio Emilia-influenced, student interest-driven provocations are presented in the second classroom to learners as an invitation for curiosity, imagination and exploration.
Children and teachers gather and discuss what we learned for the day and how students responded to their activities. More questions will be formulated here to explore the following day, and after the students go home teachers brainstorm how to respond to the students’ interests with new or continuing provocations for the next school day.
Enrichment Activities Weekly Art Enrichment:
Art enrichment activities are offered weekly to teach children how to use various art media and to create more complex art pieces. Art is presented to our Prekindergarten class on Tuesdays around 9:00 am and to the Preschool class on Thursdays around 9:10 am.
Weekly Spirituality: Our program includes Spirituality where children explore practices such as meditation, yoga, learning how to be kind and thankful, caring for our earth home, and how to promote peace and love. We learn about and celebrate holidays from the major faiths of the world to promote understanding and tolerance of everyone’s beliefs. Spiritual time is offered to both classes on Wednesday mornings around 9:00 am and 9:30 am respectively.
Preschool “Chameleons” Daily Schedule 2019-2020
8:45-9:05 Morning Activities/Collab-orative Projects
9:05-9:15 Opening Circle
9:15-9:55 Open Exploration 1st Classroom
9:55-10:55 Outdoor Transition/Outdoor Exploration
10:55-11:10 Indoor Transition/Snack
11:10-11:30 Open Exploration 2nd Classroom
11:30-11:45 Clean Up/Closing Circle
Prekindergarten “Ducklings” Daily Schedule 2019-2020
8:30-8:45 Morning Work
8:45-9:00 Opening Circle Time
9:00-9:40 Open Exploration 1st Classroom
9:50-10:50 Outdoor Transition/Outdoor Exploration
10:50-11:00 Indoor Transition/Snack
11:00-11:45 Open Exploration in 2nd Classroom
11:45 Clean Up/Closing Circle/Dismissal