The Reggio Emilia approach is an educational teaching style designed to help children in school develop positive traits and characteristics. Considering that the early years of childhood development is when
fundamental values are formed, the approach is based on the principles of respect, responsibility, and community through exploration and discovery.
- Children must have some control over the direction of their learning
- Children must be able to learn through experiences of touching, moving, listening, seeing and hearing
- Children have a relationship with other children and with material items in the world that children must be allowed to explore
- Children must have endless ways and opportunities to express themselves
However, the teacher-child relationship is not the only important part of the approach. Parents are also a vital component to the Reggio Emilia philosophy. Parents are viewed as partners and collaborators with
their children. Teachers respect parents as each child's first teacher and involve parents as much as possible with the school curriculum. In my class specifically, I strongly encourage parents to volunteer in certain
classroom activities (ex: Mystery Reader, Interviews, Holidays, and Special Projects in classroom etc.) as well as helping my students with their homework/reading activities outside of the classroom.
If you have any more questions about this learning style, feel free to contact me or take a look at the links below for more information.