First developed by teacher Loris Malaguzzi, the Reggio Emilia Approach focuses on the importance of community, collaboration, and free inquiry. In this approach to early childhood education, children are viewed as competent, resourceful, strong, resilient, and full of curiosity. Children are capable and active participants in their own educational development. Emphasis is put on allowing a child to drive their own directed learning, based on their interests. As they interact with others and the environment around them, children will gain knowledge and build skills through their own investigation.

In the Reggio Emilia Approach, children are also encouraged to explore their ideas through a variety of “languages”, including art, music, written and spoken language, pretend play, sculpture, and more. Questions are welcomed, and are not answered solely by the educator; instead, they are opportunities for the teacher and child to explore together to find the answer. Activities, projects, and curriculum are designed to provide experience, drive curiosity, and ensure young children and students are inspired.

REGGIO EMILIA PHILOSOPHY

“Our task is to help children communicate with the world using all their potential, strengths, and languages, and to overcome any obstacles presented by our culture.”

-Loris Malaguzzi

ORIGIN

Founded in the city of Reggio Emilia, Italy, by Italian educator, psychologist, and philosopher Loris Malaguzzi.

INTENTION & PRINCIPLES

Viewing children as independent, confident, curious, and encouraging their interests. Relationships with the teacher, parents, and environment help to drive a diverse set of interactions for children.

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ROLE OF THE TEACHER

Teachers partner with children in their classrooms, listening, observing, asking questions, providing materials, and working together to encourage curiosity in the learning process.

ROLE OF THE PARENT

Parental involvement in the learning process offers children natural security and role models to encourage learning at school and at home with families.

ROLE OF THE ENVIRONMENT

Designed to be inviting and to promote exploration, the environment helps children think open and inquisitively and is used directly in children’s activities.

NATURAL LEARNING PROCESS

Exploration puts children in charge of their own learning by encouraging them to ask questions and figure out new ways of accomplishing tasks and solving problems. Teachers observe and assist each child’s unique learning process, providing the tools to succeed as necessary.

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Interested in learning more about Reggio Emilia classrooms or the overall Building Blocks philosophy for children education? Call today to speak to our Enrollment Specialists – we would love to learn more about your child care needs!