So, back in March, a few of my colleagues and I had the opportunity to participate in a study tour overseas in Italy. We got an in-depth look at the Reggio Emilia Approach to Early Childhood education. I put together a powerpoint on some of the highlights of our trip as well as some of the main points that stuck out to me. The powerpoint was a presentation I did for some of my board members and colleagues, but I’ll share a few things in this post.
A few main ideas I took away from this approach:
✤Role of centers is to produce a culture of education, not just to offer educational services
✤Children have rights
✤A child does not exist without a family (all types)
✤Social connections are built through the schools
✤The spaces in the schools encourage children to become protagonists of the space and display their learning
✤Friendships are nurtured in the schools
✤”Doing things takes as long as it takes”
✤There is value in each person and in teamwork
✤Children possess “a hundred languages”….
Another one of my professional goals was to gain insight into how Reggio education connects to nature and STEM education. Here is a glimpse into some of what I saw.
All of these slides from my presentation are my own interpretations and are by no means the “final word” on this approach. I continue to further my own education on this approach and how I can use it in my service area. If you have questions or comments, I’d love to hear from you! Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.