Innovative Preschool Learning Spaces

We are excited to share photos of classroom spaces at The Compass School of Warrenville, IL, celebrating our grand opening in August 2018.  The Compass School’s early education 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. 

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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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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 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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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 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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Comparing Reggio Emilia, Waldorf & Montessori Philosophies

Explore the similarities and differences between three major approaches to early childhood education 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

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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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