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surprising is that in regards to communication with parents, many preschools and child care centers still operate in an outdated mentality.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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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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