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Reggio Emilia

"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." ~Loris Malaguzzi

Pedagogy

Vision:
A Reggio school where kids influence the direction of their learning and are supported by kind, skilled teachers who work closely and collaboratively with each other and with parents . A school that children love going to and where parents feel good about sending their child. A school where teachers are committed and dedicated in their roles to the children, the school, and the families.

 

Learners Vs Students:

"Teaching can strengthen learning how to learn."

The above quote from Loris Malaguzzi, the founder of the Reggio Emilia teaching philosophy does not say that teaching can or does strengthen learning, it mentions teachings facilitating role in to  learning how to learn. 

Children have an innate ability to learn. The teacher's role is to support the child's learning experiences by fostering an environment that maximizes the child's learning capacity,  and to present the child with plenty of learning opportunities. The teacher gives the child plenty of time to think things out for themselves instead of giving the child answers to memorize or solutions to copy. 

 

As a preschool, one of our main responsibilities is to prepare children for K-12 schooling. As a Reggio School one of our main focuses is strengthening children's overall ability to learn. Do they have the social skills and personal skills needed to be able to learn in larger school settings? Self discipline, cooperating within a group, and a developing desire to learn are all things that we focus on at our program and are things that will strengthen a child's overall learning abilities and assist them in learning to learn. 

Young children are not students the way that high school and college students are students who study and memorize information. A child's job is not to study, it is to learn. To learn about and begin to understand new information, ideas, and concepts. In Reggio preschool programs, the child's ability and desire to learn is strengthened, the further development of their intellect is supported and in this way they are viewed as learners not students. 

Child
Parent

Teacher

parent involvement :

parents are as involved as they can be and are encouraged to take active roles in the school community. 

advisory council?

event planning committee 

Parent/ teacher curriculum cooperation and planning

Co- Constructive Curriculum

The Classroom as the 3rd teacher

physical space /environment

class/sub class set up

4/5 kids per teacher

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