A Child Centered Classroom Environment

One of the key characteristics of Reggio Emilia-inspired schools is the positioning of the environment as a significant component to learning. In fact, the environment is oftentimes referred to as the “third teacher”. The look and feel of the classrooms and common spaces within the school are critical to achieving the center’s goals for learning.

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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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The Importance of Lifelong Learning  

Research confirms that the first five years of life are a fundamental time for brain development, with the initial three focusing on shaping the brain for future learning. There is no doubting that early learning experiences provide the foundation for the brain to develop and function throughout life. Children’s environments during these times have a

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Reggio-Inspired Educational Philosophy

Reggio-inspired learning is an adaptation of an early education philosophy originating out of an Italian town called Reggio Emilia. In America, we use the term “inspired” because the Italian-based program is unique to that city’s government, community and residents. Reggio-inspired learning leads with the belief that children are full of potential and creativity, and that

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