The Reggio Philosophy
Founded by the visionary teacher and humanitarian, Loris Malaguzzi, the Reggio Emilia approach refers to the philosophy of early childhood education that originated in Reggio Emilia, Italy following the destruction of World War II. This unique approach to education begins with a particular and strong image of children, of adults, of education, and of life, and flows from a set of guiding principles. Reggio Emilia, is a town still thriving today, more than 50 years since the first gestures of rebuilding and advancing were made.
Our Guiding Principles Are:
- the image of the child as competent and capable;
- the child’s role in constructing knowledge through exploration, self-expression, problem solving, and investigation;
- respect as a vital element in the daily life of the school – respect for self, others, the school environment, and the world;
- the physical environment of the school as a powerful educational force;
- the child’s right to relationships – with peers, teachers, and other adults in the school environment;
- the use of a wide range of materials to foster creativity and learning;
- the partnership between parents and teachers in setting goals for the child’s individual growth;
- the importance of the family’s participation in the daily life of the school.
"The pleasure of learning and knowing, and of understanding, is one of the most important and basic feelings that every child expects from the experiences he confronts alone, with other children, or with adults." - Loris Malagguzi
The Wonder of Learning Exhibit