A Conversation with Amelia Gambetti

The Reggio Emilia approach to learning was developed in Reggio Emilia, Italy through a city-sponsored educational system developed by Loris Malaguzzi.  Because it is commonly recognized as one of the best programs for young children, many educators from around the world travel to Italy annually to become immersed in this teaching philosophy.  Lella Gandini, author of

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Creative Learning: Children and Technology

I was recently out to dinner and noticed a family with young children at a nearby table.  Each family member had an electronic device in front of them and everyone was so engaged in their own devices that they weren’t talking to one another.  In this media age, televisions, computers, phones, tablets, and other media

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Healthy Children Begin with Healthy Eating

Healthy eating is about more than just consuming food that is good for you. Healthy eating is about sharing meals with others, building social skills and relationships, and laying a foundation for a healthy body and mind.  Nutritious food is crucial for children’s development and it is important they eat well at home, school, and

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Mud Pie Anyone?

A Play Framework What if only two rules in life exist? The first is to have a good time and the second is to make sure others have a good time. This may not be a productive way of thinking in all aspects of life, right?  When it comes to children’s play, however, it opens

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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surprising is that in regards to communication with parents, many preschools and child care centers still operate in an outdated mentality.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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What to Consider When Selecting a Preschool

How to Choose a Preschool Choosing a preschool is a big decision for a parent. With different schools endorsing different philosophies, it can be overwhelming to understand what will be right for your child. Research suggests a strong correlation between high quality child care and higher levels of academic and cognitive achievement. This puts great

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Preschool: The Compass School’s Curriculum

The Compass School’s preschool program follows a Reggio-inspired, project-based approach to early childhood education. Teachers deliver what we describe as an “emergent curriculum,” that is predicated on the emerging interests, ideas, and questions of the children. Project work engages the student in the skills of discussion, decision-making, options and choices, cooperation, team work and evaluation

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Compass “Alumnus” Appears on Letterman!

Kate Burritt, who attended The Compass School of Naperville (North) from infancy through 2nd grade, recently appeared on the Late Show with David Letterman. Kate is currently a middle school student at Kennedy Junior High School. She appeared on the show to demonstrate a gun powder science experiment, along with a few other students from

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