Ways to Encourage Physical Activity With Reggio-Inspired Teaching

With families dealing with the transition to teaching and learning from home, many parents worry that their children may be falling behind or may not have enough opportunities to be physically active. To help, we’ve compiled a list of exercises and activities for kids that help encourage physical activity while incorporating Reggio-inspired teaching. Better yet,

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How to Stay Calm and Know Your Kids Are Not Falling Behind In School

Many parents during this time of online schooling and social distancing at home are worried that their children are falling behind in school. While the worry is understandable, many experts are voicing that children may be excelling in areas that help them grow into thriving adults. Others say that modern parenting sets very high goals

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Using Project-Based Learning to Incorporate Art into Homeschool Projects

The Reggio Emilia Approach and Project-Based Learning During difficult times, such as what we are seeing now, many of us have been thrown into the role of homeschooling our children. While this may seem overwhelming, using the Reggio Emilia approach and project-based learning to help foster learning for your children can help relieve your stress. 

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Ashburn classroom photos

Below are photos of classroom spaces at The Compass School of Ashburn, VA, whose programs utilize Reggio Emilia-inspired methodologies.  Classroom spaces and provocations are designed to invite active exploration.  Learning environments are routinely being reinvented to keep children interested and engaged.  Thank you for your interest in our school, and please feel free to contact us at compass.ashburn@gmail.com or

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Innovative Preschool Learning Spaces

Below are photos of classroom spaces at The Compass School of Warrenville, IL, whose programs utilize Reggio Emilia-inspired methodologies.  Classroom spaces and provocations are designed to invite active exploration.  Learning environments are routinely being reinvented to keep children interested and engaged.  Thank you for your interest in our school, and please feel free to contact us

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The Power of Documentation in a Reggio-Inspired Classroom

What is Reggio Emilia-inspired documentation? Reggio Emilia documentation has the potential to serve many purposes during the children’s learning experience. When defining documentation, we must think of it as a process, an action, a verb, “a systematic act of collecting, interpreting and reflecting on concrete traces of learning” (Gambetti) By centering our attention on children’s

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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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