Fundamentals of Reggio Emilia

As previously mentioned, Parkland Players uses the Reggio Emilia Approach to childcare. This approach emphasizes the positive potential and individuality of children.


Here are some of the fundamental principles of Reggio Emilia:

  • Children are capable of constructing their own learning
    • This means that children are all different with unique interests that should be supported in their education
  • Children form an understanding of themselves and their place in the world through their interactions with others
    • Humans are social beings by nature and at a young age it is important to develop social skills, collaborative capabilities and understanding of others
  • Children are communicators
    • They are inquisitive and their mode through which they communicate their curiosities is often play
  • The environment is the third teacher
    • The natural environment serves a great purpose in children’s development of other skills and understanding of how the world works
  • The teacher is a mentor and guide
    • This means that the teacher plays an important role in encouraging children’s natural interests and inclinations
  • An emphasis on documenting children’s experiences
    • At Parkland, we do this by taking photos of the various activities children engage in here
  • The hundred languages of children
    • This principle is one of the most important parts of the Reggio Emilia Approach as it emphasizes the individual differences in how children may express their intelligence and understanding of new concepts. There is no single right way, there are a hundred languages in which children communicate their development




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