Written by Bethany Todd, in Collaboration with Laura Barr
The Reggio Emilia philosophy believes that when children guide their experiences they are allowed opportunities for self expression, and therefore become active participants in their own learning. Students learn through exploration and project-based experiences, and are encouraged to engage all their senses. In a Reggio Emilia classroom, the teacher’s role is to research, support and foster students interests. Furthermore, parents are respected as a child’s teacher and encouraged to actively participate as a partner with the teacher to support the child’s education.
Another important aspect of the Reggio Emilia approach is environment. An environment that supports the philosophy is natural and open so that it acts as a teacher.
A Quick List of What you Might see in a Reggio school:
– Natural environment incorporating nature and objects in the child’s every day life
– Art materials and resources for nearly every mode of self-expression
– Parent involvement
– Project-based learning
– Children’s interests valued and encouraged
If you are interested in a school that has adopted the Reggio Emilia philosophy, consider attending Open Houses at Inspire Preschool located in Denver, Co.
Inspire Preschool is hosting Open Houses:
This week: Tuesday, January 17th 3-3:30pm and Saturday, January 21st 9-10am
Next week: Tuesday, January 31st 3-3:30pm
Applications for Inspire Preschool are due Wednesday, February 8th (applications can be downloaded from our website at www.inspirepreschool.com)