Reggio Program

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Reggio Emilia Approach to Learning

The Reggio Emilia approach is a philosophy for early childhood education developed in the 1950’s by psychologist Loris Malaguzzi and parents in the villages around Reggio Emilia, Italy. Central to the philosophy are the following principles:

Children are capable of constructing their own learning
Children are driven by their interests to understand and know more.
Children form an understanding of themselves and their place in the world through their interactions with others
There is a strong focus on social collaboration, working in groups, where each child is an equal participant, having their thoughts and questions valued. The adult is not the giver of knowledge. Children search out the knowledge through their own investigations.
Children are communicators
Communication is a process, a way of discovering things, asking questions, using language as play. Playing with sounds and rhythm and rhyme; delighting in the process of communicating. Children are encouraged to use language to investigate and explore, to reflect on their experiences. They are listened to with respect, believing that their questions and observations are an opportunity to learn and search together. It is a process; a continual process. A collaborative process. Rather than the child asking a question and the adult offering the answers, the search is undertaken together.
The environment is the third teacher
The environment is recognised for its potential to inspire children. An environment filled with natural light, order and beauty. Open spaces free from clutter, where every material is considered for its purpose, every corner is ever-evolving to encourage children to delve deeper and deeper into their interests. The space encourages collaboration, communication and exploration. The space respects children as capable by providing them with authentic materials & tools. The space is cared for by the children and the adults.
The adult is a mentor and guide
Our role as adults is to observe (our) children, listen to their questions and their stories, find what interests them and then provide them with opportunities to explore these interests further. The Reggio Emilia Approach takes a child-led project approach. The projects aren’t planned in advanced, they emerge based on the child’s interests.
Reggio places an emphasis on children's thoughts
You’ll notice in Reggio and Reggio-inspired settings that there is an emphasis on carefully displaying and documenting children’s thoughts and progression of thinking; making their thoughts visible in many different ways: photographs, transcripts of children’s thoughts and explanations, visual representations (drawings, sculptures etc.), all designed to show the child’s learning process.
The Hundred Languages of Children
Probably the most well-known aspect of the Reggio Emilia Approach. The belief that children use many many different ways to show their understanding and express their thoughts and creativity. A hundred different ways of thinking, of discovering, of learning. Through drawing and sculpting, through dance and movement, through painting and pretend play, through modelling and music, and that each one of these Hundred Languages must be valued and nurtured. These languages, or ways of learning, are all a part of the child. Learning and play are not separated. The Reggio Emilia Approach emphasises hands-on discovery learning that allows the child to use all their senses and all their languages to learn.

The Seedlings curriculum draws inspiration from this approach, and several of our teachers are experts in Reggio. Classroom activities are influenced by the interests of children, with teachers acting as facilitators to learning. This approach is not only tremendously motivational, but also allows children to develop their creativity and love of learning through what are termed “the 100 languages of the child”. This refers to the many ways that children have of expressing themselves. Reggio teachers provide children different avenues for thinking, revising, constructing, negotiating, developing and symbolically expressing their thoughts and feelings. The Reggio Emilia approach is not a method, and no international certifications exist. Outside of the town of Reggio Emilia, all schools and preschools are Reggio-Inspired, using an adaptation of the approach that suits the specific needs of their communities.

"Classroom activities are influenced by the interests of children, with teachers acting as facilitators to learning."

At Seedlings, Children are exposed to a variety of activities, including art, science, music circle, physical movement, teacher directed learning, and student directed activities and free play. Our well-balanced program ensures that children are academically challenged, while also having time to enjoy themselves and develop social skills through free play with others.

A central aspect of our curriculum is that of learning through projects. Most classroom activities are structured to support the development of the current project, thus enhancing and supplementing concepts and language learning. The process occurs through both class and small group work, and is social in nature. Discussions and activities requiring high levels of teacher involvement are completed in small groups, where children are encouraged to voice and share their ideas with others. These groups are selected by the teachers considering each child’s language proficiency and developmental stage. The direction of the project usually results from ideas expressed by the children in the small group work, and is hence emergent.

"Where children are encouraged to voice and share their ideas with others."

Project themes can be based on current events, such as Canada’s 150th birthday, but can also be as simple as the first snowfall of the year, or about a child’s interest – for example, about the trains from Thomas and Friends’ Engines.

In a recent project, kids made Christmas cards which they sold to family and friends to raise money for the Operation Christmas Child initiative. With teachers’ guidance, kids selected items that teachers purchased with the raised money, and sent the boxes to Operation Christmas Child. They had the opportunity to practice generosity, and develop awareness of global issues and others’ needs. Throughout the project, students were exposed to basic math concepts to determine what they could afford for the boxes, and were also exposed to basic geography by locating destination countries on the map.

At Seedlings, we pride ourselves on the quality of our education. We provide a rich and safe environment, and our Reggio inspired programs are an ideal place for your child to flourish both academically and socially.

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