The Reggio Emilia Philosophy
It is a philosophy based upon collaboration between teachers, parents, and students to create a curriculum that celebrates, embraces, and encourages the whole child. After World War II, a small town in Italy, Reggio Emilia, looked to innovate education and believed early childhood was a key moment for fostering the development of the individual. Leader Loris Malaguzzi and the teachers and parents of Reggio Emilia committed themselves to a program based on respect, responsibility, and community. To nourish those values, they sought the creation of an enriching, supportive environment where joy and wonder serve as the foundations for a life-long love of learning. Rather than a mandated curriculum, students’ interests would direct learning.
This approach recognizes all children’s potential to be heavily involved in their own learning by capitalizing on their abilities to learn from experience and through an emphasis on relationships and opportunities for expression.