The Importance of Returning to In-Person Learning

What is In-Person Learning? In-person learning is where children are physically present at their child care center or school and educational instruction is done in-person. In-person learning tends to be more active, involved, and helps connect children to other children around them and to their instructor.  Why is In-Person Learning Important? During these unprecedented times,

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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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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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