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.