The Reggio Emilia Approach

The Reggio Emilia approach to education is a philosophy geared toward preschool and primary grades and based on the principles of respect, responsibility, and community through exploration and discovery within a self-guided curriculum

Reggio Emilia follows the idea that children form their own personality during early years of development and are gifted with "a hundred languages" (painting, sculpting, drama, etc...), through which they can express their ideas. The aim of the Reggio Emilia approach is to teach how to use these symbolic languages in everyday life. It was developed in the villages around Reggio Emilia, Italy, and derives its name from the region.

The foundation of the Reggio Emilia approach is to foster education in the youngest learners to promote the best possible integration among children’s "100 languages".   The child is viewed as being an active constructor of knowledge. Much of the Reggio Emilia instruction takes place in the form of projects where students have opportunities to explore, observe, hypothesize, question, and discuss. 



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