Reggio Philosophy at The Village ELC

ReggioReggio Emilia is a philosophy of teaching and learning that developed in Italy after World War II. Seeing the destruction and devastation that had occurred in their city, the citizens decided that they wanted to create a peaceful, beautiful, and effective learning environment for their children; an environment where children could engage in meaningful explorations with natural, authentic, and interesting materials. Over several decades, the Reggio Emilia approach has become more widely practiced throughout North America. Here at The Village Early Learning Center, we have embraced the Reggio Emilia philosophy and strive to incorporate it in to our everyday experiences.

In the Reggio philosophy, the child is seen as a competent and capable learner, with valid thoughts, ideas, and interests. The teacher’s role is to provide opportunities to explore and build on these interests through close observation, questioning, and meaningful interactions. Teachers demonstrate respect for their students and understand that children express themselves in a multitude of ways —  art, dance, music, construction, language, and many more. Teachers recognize the many passions of their students and plan experiences to help build on these interests.

In Reggio schools, the classroom environment is seen as the third teacher. At The Village Early Learning Center teachers seek to create an environment that is tranquil and home-like. The “hand of the child” is easily seen through beautiful displays of artwork and photographic documentation. Teachers provide natural and recycled materials to help encourage creative thought. Teachers aim to make their environment welcoming and inviting to both children and their families.

We are excited about the steps we have taken so far in our Reggio journey, as well as the path ahead of us. We believe that incorporating this approach in to our school will help shape our children to be critical and creative thinkers with a love of learning!

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