The Language of Art in Reggio-Inspired Classrooms

For many, art in a classroom is seen as a finished product made of paint, clay, or collage materials, but for others art refers to spontaneous, open-ended, and often messy explorations with little to no direction from the teacher. At The Compass School, we use the word “art” to describe a lively process of engagement

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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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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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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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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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How is the Classroom Environment the Third Teacher?

The Classroom Environment Reggio-inspired programs in the U.S. are an adaptation of the original Reggio Emilia program based out of a region in Northern Italy. Recreating a similar Reggio style takes careful consideration in how both learning methods and environmental aspects are incorporated into the philosophy. Fundamental areas of focus also include relationships, community, documentation,

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What is the Importance of Parent Involvement in Reggio-Emilia?

In our culture, instant access and real-time information is something we’ve come to expect. What’s surprising is that in regards to communication with parents, many preschools and child care centers still operate in an outdated mentality. Emails, online portals, and newsletters are some ways schools keep parents in the loop. Yet with so much occurring

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A Child Centered Classroom Environment

One of the key characteristics of Reggio Emilia-inspired schools is the positioning of the environment as a significant component to learning. In fact, the environment is oftentimes referred to as the “third teacher”. The look and feel of the classrooms and common spaces within the school are critical to achieving the center’s goals for learning.

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