Who started it?
Loris Malaguzzi, a teacher, from Italy.
What is Reggio Emilia?
A few key quotes to describe The Reggio approach:
“ It is based on the principles of respect, responsibility, and community through exploration and discovery in a supportive and enriching environment.”
“Parents are viewed as partners, collaborators and advocates for their children.”
The Reggio approach “sees a child as a very competent protagonist and initiator.”
“The environment of the school is seen as the third educator.”
“The teacher observes and documents the daily life of the school to make learning visible….It’s kind of like a narrative of what the child learns at school.”
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What Reggio Emilia Schools / After Schools programs do?
Collaborate with students on their desired learning activities and preferences.
Scaffold the child’s learning and become involved in the exploration.
Provide the resources and activities to match the children’s needs.
Provide support to the children’s learning experience.
Encourage parent participation.
Record children’s learning using a variety of media.
How do you support this learning style as a parent?
Be open minded to your child’s interests and desires in learning.
Provide opportunities to listen to your child and assist their learning by exploring with your child.
Provide activities rich in experience and exploration.
Use natural materials and bring them into your home.
Become involved in the schools life. Volunteer for activities and get into the classroom.
Buzz words: Exploratory, Discovery, Child Centered, Child Led, Experiential, Expression, Collaboration, Community.
Examples of Excellent Reggio Emilia Schools and After School Centres:
Child Development Centres :
High quality Child Development Centre in Newport Beach, CA: