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 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?

What is a provocation? A provocation can come in many different forms, but it is always intended to provoke thoughts, ideas, and actions that can help to expand on a thought, project, idea or an interest. Provocations, by nature, tend to provoke thoughts, ideas, and actions. It may seem obvious, but it’s an important aspect

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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

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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How is the Classroom Environment the Third Teacher?

The Classroom Environment The Reggio Emilia classroom environment is unique among early childhood education approaches, and it plays one of the most important roles in the Reggio Approach. In the Reggio environment,  determining the way that children interact with the classroom is a crucial step to take in order to best implement a Reggio-inspired approach

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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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