The Reggio Emilia Approach
Fundamentals of the Reggio Approach
Education based on inter-relationships.
The unique Reggio Teacher
The environment as the third teacher
The long term projects as vehicle of Learning
The importance of Documentation, as communication in order to make learning visible.
Real life experiences
The child as protagonist, collaborator and communicator.
The teacher as partner, guide, nurture and researcher.
Principles of Reggio Emilia Approach
Based on this philosophy, we emphasize the child’s abilities, competences, and natural aptitude, developing and fostering the child in ways that encourage the development of new and inherent talents.
These qualities will in turn allow the child to embark on and prosper in life with confidence and skill, especially in his or her future educational endeavors.
In addition, learning will take place through positive relationships and caring adults.
We do believe that all children have a right to high quality education.
The hundred languages of Children
- Children have the ability to express themselves in more than one way.
- Loris Malaguzzi, founder of the Reggio Approach, describes the "infinite ways that children can express, explore, and connect their thoughts, feelings and imaginings by the “100 languages of The children”."
- A hundred different ways of thinking, of discovering, of learning. Through drawing and sculpting, through painting and modeling and that each one of these Hundred languages must be valued and nurtured.
The Environment as a third Teacher
The learning environment or classroom plays a key role in the Reggio Emilia approach. Children thrive in environments that are suited to their interests and developmental stages. At kids cottage nursery, the environment is viewed as a place that is welcoming, authentic aesthetically pleasing, culturally representative of community, embraces nature and filled with purposeful materials. The layout of the environment promotes relationships, communication, collaboration, and exploration through play. Materials are thoughtfully added to the environment to promote creativity, thinking and problem solving skills, questions, experimentation and open-ended play.
At Kids cottage Nursery, we boast a magic creative place called the Atelier(creative Art studio) with our Atelierista(Professional Art teacher).
“The atelier is a beautiful space brimming with natural light, beauty, creativity and curiosity, where children are invited to create, explore and experience themselves through using their hundred languages. The encounters with nature, as well as the rhythm of learning in nature are celebrated in the spirit of the Atelier."