Innovative Preschool Learning Spaces

We are excited to share photos of classroom spaces at The Compass School of Warrenville, IL, celebrating our grand opening in August 2018.  The Compass School’s early education programs utilize Reggio Emilia-inspired methodologies.  Classroom spaces and provocations are designed to invite active exploration.  Learning environments are routinely being reinvented to keep children interested and engaged. 

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Clay Play!

Most of us remember playing with clay as children. We remember creating a variety of objects such as balls, snakes, bowls, and mugs.  Clay is a wonderful medium, which allows for exploration that builds over time based on individual needs and interests, which is very supportive of the Reggio Emilia philosophy.  Clay is an extremely

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An Educator’s Reflective Practice

In the article, Going Deeper: Exploring Reflective Practices with Inspiration from Reggio Emilia, Sarah Adams-Kollitz’s discusses her personal experience when the Reggio Emilia approach was incorporated into her early childhood program.  The article focuses specifically on the area of reflective practices beginning with the teachers and eventually spanning out to the children, parents, and surrounding community.  While the

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Learning from Dr.Lilian Katz

Lilian Katz Theories of Learning Dr. Lilian Katz’s is renowned for her significant contribution to early childhood education. In particular, Dr, Katz’s theory of learning dispositions, which describe a child’s willingness to learn by way of their natural tendency or emotional attitude, has led to fundamental changes towards the approach of early childhood education. Dr.

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The Importance of Parent-Teacher Communication

Why is it important for teachers to communicate with parents? Simply put, parents are the best teachers and role models that a child has. As such, it’s vital that parents are actively involved with their child’s education, rather than allowing the teacher to handle it all. There’s plenty of evidence that suggests positive communications between

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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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The Benefits of Music for Children

Incorporating music into your child’s everyday life is a great way to encourage creativity and has long-term benefits extending beyond home and in the classroom.  Parents and educators do not need to be experts in this musical foundation to be successful in providing children with positive musical experiences.  Rebecca Freeman, author of the article, Elements

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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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Why is Toddler Development Important?

Research tells us that the first five years of a child’s life are fundamentally important in building the foundation for their growth, development, health, social skills and emotional skills. In fact the first three years, which include a good portion of toddler-hood, shapes a child’s brain structure in preparation for lifelong learning. Gross and fine

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