As discussed in previous posts, the Reggio Emilia Approach to childcare is an educational philosophy that is centered on the unique needs and curiosities of children as individuals. The role of the teacher or caregiver is to facilitate and provide opportunities for children to explore their natural interests and define their own learning processes.
This approach to childcare has a number of benefits for children including:
- environmental stimulation: children benefit from having the natural and social environment as a resource at their fingertips. They are encouraged to engage with their environment and learn through the natural world
- community and parental involvement: communication between educators and parents is a key aspect of Reggio Emilia, and allows for children to have a number of adults aware of, and ready to assist them in their learning processes
- hundred languages of expression: children are not expected to learn or express themselves in any one way. Reggio Emilia recognizes that different children have different needs and are best educated in different forms. This is incredibly beneficial as fosters a love of learning in children and does not discourage them from activities when they do not feel their skills are well suited to the task.
- Getting involved in long-term projects: because learning is based on children’s own unique interests children can be given the opportunity to take on long-term projects that explore their open-ended questions and curiosities
Altogether, Reggio Emilia is an educational approach that focuses on the individual and differing interests of children and attempts to nourish educational inclinations and natural learning so that children can build a strong sense of self and a love of learning.