Reggio Emilia School

Reggio Emilia is an approach to learning that was started in Reggio Emilia, Italy after World War II.  The war-torn country decided when creating a school system for their children that it was time for a new approach.  It combines both Piaget’s cognitive-developmental theory and Vygotsky’s Sociocultural Theory.  The child becomes the primary teacher, the adult the secondary, and the environment the tertiary.  This learning technique has now been adapted into a growing number of preschools in the United States.  One such school is “Learning Brook” in Rhode Island. 

Learning Brook enrolls children from ages 6 weeks – 6 years.  The school splits up their programs into five groups:  Infant, Yearling and Young Toddler, Toddler Two, Preschool, and Pre-K & Kindergarten.  The Preschool and Kindergarten which includes ages 3-6 years, are very similar to the Reggio Emilia we learned about in class.  Projects are created around children’s interests and last as long as is needed.  They stress the process more than the product, and instead of grades, parents receive oral reports from the adult teachers once a session.  It doesn’t mention portfolios of any sort, but I’m guessing that they use them in the report as well.  It does mention that routines are used but only for health and safety reasons.  Class sizes are about 1 – 9 which fits with the class notes.

The younger student groups seem to be more of a rich environment daycare that is high in stimuli.  The infant group seems a little excessive to me seeing as they advertise that “infants begin to develop warm, positive relationships by interacting with adults, as well as their peers.”  Maybe starting at 6 months that sounds enticing, but at 6 weeks, interaction with peers seems a little too much to ask for.

I would love to send my future children to a Reggio Emilia program, this one does seem a little on the granola side, referring to the students as “explorers” and starting at 6 weeks.  It is also hard to tell the quality of the program from the web site.

 Andrea Hoffman

 

www.learningbrooke.com

and class lecture

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~ by happysprinkles on October 26, 2009.

3 Responses to “Reggio Emilia School”

  1. The Reggio Emilia program sounds AMAZING!!!! ..if only italy was not overseas…..

    Kellie Gibson

  2. I think Reggio Emilia is an excellent approach to education. I think life is about experiencing stimuli and learning how to respond to each in a certain way. Let children make mistakes and learn from them on their own. Also, children are not going to want to learn anything if it’s not something their interested in. With that being said, children should be able to control – to an extent – their own education as far as what they want to learn.

    Marissa Hayes

  3. That school sounds great I wonder what other type of schools are available for children

    Tida Blackburn

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