Reggio Emilia Approach

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An overview of the conception and philosophy of The Reggio Emilia Approach to early childhood education

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Reggio Emilia Approach

  1. 1. Reggio Emilia Approach By: Holly Rocha
  2. 2. Reggio Emilia, Italy <ul><li>The Reggio Emilia Approach is named after the Italian city in which the 1 st school was established. </li></ul>Reggio Emilia
  3. 3. Beginnings <ul><li>At the end of World War II, the first school was built by parents with their own hands. </li></ul><ul><li>It was built from the sale of a tank, trucks, and horses left behind by the retreating German army. </li></ul><ul><li>Loris Malaguzzi was an area teacher who assisted and guided parents with his constuctivist philosophy as the school was established. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Loris Malaguzzi http://facweb.northseattle.edu/mpaz/Hoyt/malaguzzi.jpg
  5. 5. Loris Malaguzzi <ul><li>“ They [children] are autonomously capable of making meaning from their daily life experiences through mental acts involving planning, coordination of ideas, and abstraction.... The central act of adults, therefore, is to activate, especially indirectly, the meaning-making competencies of children as a basis of all learning. They must try to capture the right moments, and then find the right approaches, for bringing together, into a fruitful dialogue, their meanings and interpretations with those children.”   </li></ul><ul><li>(Loris Malaguzzi (1920-1994), Italian early childhood education specialist. Quoted in The Hundred Languages of Children, ch. 3, by Carolyn Edwards (1993).) http://www.poemhunter.com/quotations/famous.asp?people=Loris%20Malaguzzi </li></ul>
  6. 6. The image of the child <ul><li>Children are active citizens & contributing members </li></ul><ul><li>They have an interest in constructing their own learning </li></ul>
  7. 7. The Parents’ Role <ul><li>Parents are active members in the school </li></ul><ul><li>Their opinions are valued and sought out </li></ul><ul><li>The parents are partners with the teachers and the school </li></ul>
  8. 8. The Teacher’s Role <ul><li>Teachers are learning along side the child rather than instructing on basic skills </li></ul><ul><li>They are viewed as researchers </li></ul><ul><li>Constantly seeking out professional development regarding children and how they learn </li></ul>
  9. 9. Curriculum <ul><li>There is NO pre-set curriculum </li></ul><ul><li>Observation and questioning helps teachers decide how to best approach individual learning needs and interests </li></ul><ul><li>Students lead the way, while teachers work along-side to guide them </li></ul>
  10. 10. Projects <ul><li>Projects provide the basis of learning experiences </li></ul><ul><li>Projects last several days or several months </li></ul><ul><li>They stem from a child’s question, curiosity, or something stumbled upon during the natural course of a school day </li></ul>
  11. 11. Resources <ul><li>http://www.brainy-child.com/article/reggioemilia.html </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.reggiokids.com/about/about_approach.php </li></ul>

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