After world war II in the small Northern town of Reggio Emilia, the community set out to develop a learning and teaching philosophy. The focus of the philosophy is respecting young children and allowing them to learn from their environment. Children have a natural curiosity and unlimited potential. Children have the ability to create their own learning experiences through interactions with their environment. Children communicate their “languages” via drawing, painting, sculpting, music and drama.
Reggio Emilia Education
Relationships between school and family
Our goal is to create a community of learners. We respect families as the child’s first teacher. We respect that you know your children best and can offer so much insight into your child’s learning. By building connections between the children, families, and teachers- We are able to support the whole child.
Documentation is one of the foundations of the Reggio Emilia Approach. Teachers record conversations, observations, and take photographs to build Documentation panels. The panels are displayed in the environment to allow children to revisit and reflect on their learning process.
The classroom is used as the “Third Teacher”. The environment represents the children, families, and teachers. The teachers intentionally set up the environment to provoke exploration. The environment changes with the children and their interests, allowing them the ability to build on their knowledge and to make sense of their world.