Our Program

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The Reggio Emilia curriculum model sees children as innate researchers, and primary constructors of their own learning process. As a Reggio-inspired facility, we honor children’s natural inquiries by investigating subjects they show interest in, and asking probing questions to further their research. We celebrate interactions with the outdoors, bringing natural materials into the classroom, and nurture children’s creativity and spirit of inquiry as we seek to support them in finding answers to the questions they pose about their world.

See below for further resources to explain our perspective on curriculum and pedagogy.

School Philosophies/Approach

Reggio Emilia Approach to Learning – Wikipedia Article
The Reggio Emilia approach to teaching young children puts the natural development of children as well as the close relationships that they share with their environment at the center of its philosophy. Early childhood programs that have successfully adapted to this educational philosophy share that they are attracted to Reggio because of the way it views and respects the child.

Reggio Emilia Approach – from Participating European Preschools
Information about the Reggio Emilia Approach from the website of European Networking Pre-Schools, including a list of additional resources. Includes sections on community support and parental involvement, administrative policies and organizational features, teachers as learners, the role of the environment, long-term projects as vehicles for learning, and the hundred languages of children.

Emergent Curriculum
Emergent curriculum is a way of planning curriculum based on the student’s interest and passions as well as the teacher’s.

Student-Centered Learning
Student-centered learning, that is, putting students first, is in stark contrast to existing establishment/teacher-centered lecturing and careerism. Student-centered learning is focused on the student’s needs, abilities, interests, and learning styles with the teacher as a facilitator of learning.

Brain Development in Childhood
The following resources include a sample of national and State organizations that share information about brain development and research to promote healthy growth among young children; additional publications that describe the research about brain development and the implications for parenting and programming; and publications that describe how information about brain development can be used to create early care and education policies.

Play

The Wisdom of Play
This 28-page booklet is a wonderful introduction to the wisdom of play and how children learn to make sense of the world. This booklet has short essays by several experts and gives a wide variety of viewpoints on why play is essential to child development.