The Reggio Emilia approach is a holistic educational philosophy that originated in the town of Reggio Emilia, Italy. It’s known for its child-centered focus, valuing children as competent and active participants in their own learning journey.
This educational approach employs an “emergent curriculum,” meaning that a part of the curriculum is planned and the part is open. Planning involves preparing and organizing the learning space, environment, materials, concepts, situations, and the rationale behind learning. The curriculum thrives on interaction, communication, experimentation, construction, and expression, all of which are guided by preparations for these core aspects.
What remains open and gradually takes shape through dialogue between children and adults includes: brainstorming ideas, picking up knowledge, exploring questions, figuring out how to investigate, and finding creative ways to share thoughts and experiences. There are no predetermined outcomes set as goals, as this would diminish the richness of a child’s potential and, instead of fostering growth, could inadvertently hinder the learning process.
All of these processes are carefully observed and documented, and these observations serve as the foundation for deeper study and future planning (Tijnagel 2013).
In essence, the Reggio Emilia approach represents a profound shift in the way we view education. It places the child at the center of the learning process, emphasizing their natural curiosity and creativity. By fostering a sense of wonder, encouraging exploration, and valuing collaboration, this approach not only prepares children academically but also equips them with essential life skills such as problem-solving, communication, and adaptability. It celebrates the richness of diversity and the boundless potential of each child, nurturing a love for lifelong learning.
Here at Let’s Be Friends Academy, it is our mission to cultivate this think-and-create environment that will support children in their first years of learning.
“LEARNING AND TEACHING SHOULD NOT STAND ON OPPOSITE BANKS AND JUST WATCH THE RIVER FLOW BY; INSTEAD, THEY SHOULD EMBARK TOGETHER ON A JOURNEY DOWN THE WATER. THROUGH AN ACTIVE, RECIPROCAL EXCHANGE, TEACHING CAN STRENGTHEN LEARNING HOW TO LEARN.”