The Reggio Emilia philosophy inspires our program to encourage children and their teachers to explore, question, theorize, and draw conclusions in a rich and pleasing environment. Children learn through the processes of inquiry, investigation, and conclusion. Children can continue to refine their discoveries as they are nurtured and encouraged by the adults (parents, teachers, and community members) who facilitate their learning.
Key elements of the Reggio approach:
View of the Child: The child is seen as strong, capable, and resourceful. The child is social and able to express their interests and ideas, research information, and reflect on their experience and form conclusions.
Role of the Teacher: The adult’s role is provocateur, researcher, facilitator, and guide alongside the children.
Environment as the Third Teacher: The environment is inviting, inspiring, and accessible.
Negotiated Curriculum: The children engage in in-depth investigations that engage them in real-life contexts and integrate the acquisition and application of basic skills through inquiry. These studies are negotiated upon the children’s emerging interests.
Use of Symbolic Language: Children use a variety of means (drawing, language, music, dance, etc.) to express their thoughts, feelings and knowledge.
Documentation as Communication: Children’s thoughts, ideas, growth and construction of knowledge are reflected upon and documented as a form of communication with the community.
Parent as Partner: Parents are considered to be an essential component of the program. Parents play an active part of the children’s learning experience and, at the same time; help ensure the welfare of all children in the school.