Key Elements of the Reggio Emilia Approach

At The Compass School, the Reggio Emilia approach guides us on our mission to provide a safe and nurturing environment that promotes knowledge and inspires a life-long love of learning. What does it mean to be Reggio-inspired? Reggio Emilia Fundamentals At its core, Reggio Emilia is guided by a handful of fundamental concepts that separate

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Light and Shadow Play

A Reggio-inspired classroom is one that has adopted the core values and beliefs of the Reggio Emilia approach. These values include the image of the child, emergent curriculum, project work, the role of the teacher, the role of the environment, parental involvement, and documentation.  Each child is seen as a strong, capable, independent, and curious

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The Project Approach

In the world of education there are a wide range of approaches to learning- some have been around for centuries while others are new to the field. The Project Approach is a type of project-based learning that dates back to the 16th century.  The practice understands a child’s natural curiosity and encourages children to communicate,

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What is Provocation?

Provocations, by nature, tend to provoke thoughts, ideas, and actions. It may seem obvious, but it’s an important aspect of the Reggio Emilia approach to child-centered education. Provocations allow and encourage children to experience the world for themselves through open-ended activities without being overtly guided by a teacher or parent. The idea behind provocations is

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What if Your Child Doesn’t Play?

As parents and educators, we assume children naturally know how to play. If they go outside they immediately run to explore the surrounding nature and inside they build creative structures or draw elaborate pictures.  This natural curiosity for the world around them allows children to learn, explore, and build the necessary skills to be successful. 

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Loose Parts Reggio Emilia style

It’s your daughter’s birthday and you have gotten her a store bought gift you think she will love. You excitedly hand her the gift, she opens it with wonder and immediately puts the actual gift to the side.  She begins to play with the box, tissue paper, and even the instruction manual that comes in

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Who is Loris Malaguzzi?

Loris Malaguzzi is best known for his instrumental role in the creation and development of the Reggio Emilia approach — the child-centered early educational philosophy that hinges on the belief that children are powerful and capable individuals, with the ability and desire to construct their own knowledge. Through Malaguzzi’s influence, the democratic educational setting found

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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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