The Reggio Emilia Approach

“A hundred worlds to discover, A hundred worlds to invent, A hundred worlds to dream.”

Reggio Emilia is an approach to early childhood learning named after the town where it originated in Italy. It is based on the belief that every child is unique and will express her / his interests in many different ways. Reggio inspired curriculum is flexible and emerges from children’s ideas, thoughts and observations. The child is seen as protagonist, communicator or the collaborator, the teacher is a guide, partner, nurturer or researcher, the environment is the third teacher, the Parent is a partner and documentation is communication. The Reggio Emilia goal is to cultivate within children a lifelong passion for learning and exploration. It advocates hands on approach to learning and discovering. This provides an easy-going yet a holistic approach to educate the very young. The Reggio Emilia approach believes that children have an endless number of ways of learning. This is then reflected in the materials, methods, instruments, activities, ideas and tools that are presented to the children. Reggio Emilia also revolves around the children’s senses and as a result the classrooms tend to look different from the regular preschool class with large common spaces, natural elements and lots of accessible and curiosity-sparking materials. Teachers encourage groups to work together using dialogue, comparisons, negotiations and respect. The Reggio Emilia approach invites children to present their ideas and learning in many forms: print, art, drama, dance, music, puppetry, and so on. An ideal learning approach for our little ones because children really do have a hundred languages.