The Difference Between Child Care and Day Care

Day Care vs. Child Care Numerous studies have been published over time which contains statistical evidence that high-quality child care early in life correlates to stronger cognitive ability later in life. Those who dedicate their careers to early childhood care and education understand the important role that they play in the social, emotional, physical and

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Winter Open House – February 24, 2018

Please join us on Saturday February 24, 2018 from 10:30AM to 1:00PM for a fun family day, featuring children’s activities, entertainment, refreshments and more.  The featured entertainment for each school location is listed below.  These are free community events – please invite a friend!  We hope to see you there! The Compass School of Ashburn,

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Beautiful Junk

Egg cartons, buttons, rocks, pinecones, and old computer parts are all examples of loose materials or loose parts.  These materials are used to support thinking and spark creativity in the individual who manipulates them.  In the article Waste Materials, Tiziana Ciccone describes her travels to Reggio Emilia, Italy and the ideas and programs she took

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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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The Hundred Languages of Children

The child is made of one hundred. The child has a hundred languages a hundred hands a hundred thoughts a hundred ways of thinking of playing, of speaking. A hundred always a hundred… from the poem “No way. The hundred is there.” by Loris Malaguzzi. Translated by Lella Gandini The Hundred Languages The hundred languages

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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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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, problem-solve,

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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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