The Reggio Emilia Approach

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The Reggio Emilia Approach

Philosophy- Emphasis on respecting childhood as a time to explore, create, and be joyful. -There is an important relationship between children and the environment.- Education is a co-construction of knowledge through collaboration between children, parents, and teachers.

Roles Parent: - Active participation in supporting their child's learning process. Teacher: - Keen observer, documentor, and partner in the learning process. - Begins with child's theories, creates disequilibrium, then facilitates new learning. - Documentation of children's learning process is key because it gives meaning to what children do and serves as a child's identity. - Reflect on children's experiences daily.

The Reggio Emilia Approach Created by: Brooke Rusoff

There is a focus on the process of creation with little emphasis on the final product

Art: - Plays a very important role in the Reggio approach- Schools have a special room for creating, called an atelier. - Children have access to a wide rage of suplies, often consisting of recycled materials.

Group activities are always welcomed.

Rights of the Children-Construct their own knowledge.- Expand their potential. - Ability to interact with peers, adults, ideas, objects, and real or imaginary ideas

History- Approach was created in Reggio Emilia, Italy as a result of WWll. - Loris Malaguzzi was the founder. - Influences come from Dewey, Piaget, and Vygotsky.

English Language Learners - This is a wonderful approach for ELL's because of the emphasis on child initiated discovery. - As a result of the emphasis on collaboration, ELL's will have the opportunity to communicate with peers, submerging them in the culture and exposing them to the language. . - Group projects will encourage all students to work together dispite any language barriers. - ELL's bring a new perspective to enrich the learning experience.

Projects are often extended over a long period of time. They can even last months.

References Eckhoff, A., Spearman, M. (2009). Rethink, reimagine, reinvent. Art Education


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