Magda Gerber’s RIE Philosophy

“Lucky is the child who grows up with parents who basically accept and love themselves, and therefore can accept and love their child, who reminds them so often of their own selves.” — Magda Gerber Originally from Hungary, Magda Gerber was an early childhood educator who was passionate about the care of infants. She was

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Reggio Emilia-Inspired Kindergarten Programs

Kindergarten can be a fun and exciting year for families. Whether they are enrolling in a public or private school, kindergarten is the first year a child will have to meet certain state requirements. These requirements can add extra pressure on families as they transition into this new chapter of their lives. Ensuring children gain

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The Reggio Emilia Curriculum

History of the Reggio Emilia Approach The unique origin of the Reggio Emilia philosophy produced a very different and innovative approach to early childhood education. In its founding, Reggio Emilia was deeply woven into the fabric of the local government, community, and people. It was first developed after the conclusion of World War II by

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Comparing Reggio Emilia, Waldorf & Montessori Philosophies

Reggio Emilia, Waldorf & Montessori Educational Philosophies When shopping for a preschool, it takes time to identify a program and curriculum that best fits your child’s particular learning style. Every child is different, and there are a variety of different curriculum approaches to choose from. The Compass School utilizes a Reggio Emilia inspired philosophy, but

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Handwriting: Reggio Emilia Style

Multisensory approach to handwriting Teaching handwriting to young children can seem like a larger than life task both for the teacher and the parent. The Reggio Emilia approach recognizes that every child is capable, independent, and full of imagination.  It is imperative that each child be encouraged and motivated to question, investigate, and explore the

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Reducing Children’s Stress by Using the “Third Teacher”

The Reggio Emilia approach to education views the classroom environment as the third teacher which should be a reflection of the children, parents, and teachers.  It is imperative the environment is thoughtful, imaginative, and enticing to the child.  Research has long shown a correlation between the classroom environment and children’s behavior. In the article, Creating Environments that Reduce Children’s Stress, Sony Vasandini specifically focuses

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Clay Play!

Most of us remember playing with clay as children. We remember creating a variety of objects such as balls, snakes, bowls, and mugs.  Clay is a wonderful medium, which allows for exploration that builds over time based on individual needs and interests, which is very supportive of the Reggio Emilia philosophy.  Clay is an extremely

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An Educator’s Reflective Practice

In the article, Going Deeper: Exploring Reflective Practices with Inspiration from Reggio Emilia, Sarah Adams-Kollitz’s discusses her personal experience when the Reggio Emilia approach was incorporated into her early childhood program.  The article focuses specifically on the area of reflective practices beginning with the teachers and eventually spanning out to the children, parents, and surrounding community.  While the

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Being Thankful

At some point in our lives, we learn about the history behind the Thanksgiving holiday. We learn about who was involved and, of course, all about the feast.  What should the holiday represent in today’s society?  We are taught to give thanks during this time but do we really understand the benefits of being thankful,

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Learning from Dr.Lilian Katz

Lilian Katz, Ph.D., is a professor emerita of early childhood education at the University of Illinois (Urbana Champaign), and is also the co-director of the ERIC Clearinghouse on Elementary and Early Childhood Education. She is the author of more than 100 publications that focus on many different subjects regarding childhood education. What Dr. Katz seems

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