The Reggio Emilia Approach
Play- and Project-Based Learning
The Reggio Emilia approach to early childhood education began in post-WWII Reggio Emilia, Italy as a way for families to rebuild something progressive and collaborative for their children out of the ruins of war. The people of Reggio Emilia understood the need to create a bright future for the children of the community and out of this experience came the pedagogy for the Reggio Emilia Approach.
Children are viewed as capable learners who are full of potential and eager to connect with the world around them. Because of this, you will see your child working on long-term projects and learning through play experiences. Children are able to work on something that piques their interest to gain a deeper understanding on a variety of topics and skills. Students may leave and come back after some time, pick up where they left off, and have a new understanding and fresh perspective. They are encouraged to work this new knowledge into existing projects or create new ones to explore.
Reggio inspired schools such as ours believe in the Hundred Languages of Children, meaning that children can and do learn in many different ways. It's our job as educators to work with children to understand their thinking and construct an engaging learning environment around what children already know and what they're going to learn. Children can explore their surroundings, experiment with different art media, manipulate technology, learn foundations of reading and writing, create and revise hypotheses and more.
Play is the deepest form of learning for young children. It is through play they work through their many emotions, they try out solutions to problems, they learn about working with others and how to make friends. It is in play that children take what they've learned and experiment with those ideas to put that knowledge into context. At Tangerine Preschool we know the value of play - whether it's with others, individually, indoors or outdoors. Play is the ultimate form of learning and that's why we take it so seriously at Tangerine Preschool!