The Reggio Emilia early childhood educational philosophy is based on principles of respect, responsibility, and community. The approach believes that “a child has a hundred languages.” The approach unites and develops all languages: innovation, nature, construction, fantasy, art, music, dance, building, writing, talking, signing, science, body, and soul. These multiple languages are used to help children build knowledge and understand the world around them.
At the core of the Reggio Emilia concept is the child’s natural curiosity of their world coupled with a respect for the countless qualities and values that we believe each child is born with.
Reggio Emilia examples
Here are some examples of Reggio Emilia in the classroom:
- Digging and pouring in a sensory table
- Experimenting with art and drawing on an easel, paper, or other materials
- Discovering insects, leaves, and flowers, and sorting and collecting things they find in the playground
- Planning discussions to encourage children to verbalize their ideas and promote conversations amongst them
- Setting up opportunities around the classroom for children to explore the world of the written code: books, notepads and writing tools, labels, maps, and more
- Inviting children to document their thoughts and ideas through photographs, discussions, videos, or voice recordings
- Dancing, jumping, running, kicking, climbing, and other physical movements
- Engaging with music, sound, and singing
- Playing and investigating outdoors to learn about the world around them
- Investigating dramatic play storylines and ideas, involving cooperation and creative expression, and finding expressions of ideas
- Encouraging collaboration and problem-solving amongst children themselves, and between children and teachers
The Reggio Emilia Approach emphasizes a child’s abilities, competences, and natural aptitude. It encourages the development of new and inherent talents. These qualities will help a child to embark on and prosper in life with confidence and skill, especially in future educational endeavors. Additionally, learning will take place through positive relationships and caring adults.