Reggio Emilia in Your Child Care Setting
ChildCare Education Institute February Newsletter
Reggio Emilia in Your Child Care Setting
In This Issue...
Every Teacher Can Learn from the Reggio Emilia Approach
What is Reggio Emilia?
Reggio Emilia Approach Gives Students a Voice in the Curriculum
What is "the Reggio approach?"
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Every Teacher Can Learn from the Reggio Emilia Approach


Maybe you have heard the name "Reggio Emilia" batted around among fellow early childhood professionals, or perhaps the name rings a bell from an "educational approaches" course in college. Or, maybe you work at or send your own children to one of many Reggio-related childcare centers in the United States. Then again, maybe you've never heard the name until now. Whatever the case may be, the Reggio Emilia story is worth knowing.


The story begins in the northern Italian city of Reggio Emilia in the immediate aftermath of World War II. For nearly two decades, Italy had been ruled by fascist dictator Benito Mussolini, who was also a close ally of Adolf Hitler. Exhausted after years of war, the citizens of Reggio Emilia vowed to do whatever they could to ensure their young children grew up in a different kind of world. The Reggio Emilia approach has been evolving and spreading ever since.


There is nothing magical or mysterious about the Reggio Emilia Approach. In many ways, it embodies the philosophy and goals shared by dedicated early childhood educators all over the world. There are basically two sides to the Reggio Approach: the social side and the pedagogical side.


The social side centers on the principle of universal preschool, the belief that all children should have access to early education. To achieve this goal, the citizens of Reggio Emilia drew on the region's strong communal traditions, meaning that the entire community takes responsibility for ensuring all children have access to quality early schooling. This sense of shared responsibility is essential and is, perhaps, the reason so few states in the US offer universal preschool: it really does take the whole village to raise a child!


On the pedagogical side, the Reggio Emilia approach was principally developed by educator Loris Malaguzzi (1920-94), who designed a complex, research-based system inspired by the work of well-known psychologists and philosophers like John Dewey, Jean Piaget, Lev Vygotsky, and Howard Gardner.


The Reggio Emilia approach continues to develop and evolve to keep up with the latest research, but the basic philosophy and principles remain. The best-known aspect of the Reggio approach revolves around the concept of the "Hundred Languages of Children," or the belief that children have a wide variety of ways to express their ideas and communicate understanding. Sculpting, painting, and dancing are examples of the different ways by which children can think, discover, and learn. The approach also emphasizes the importance of hands-on learning and the notion that play and learning are inseparable.


As mentioned, there is no magic or mystery to the Reggio Emilia approach; it is based on best practices and the latest research. What makes it special is the merger of the social side and the pedagogical side. One can't work without the other. Please read the other articles in this newsletter and learn a little more about the Reggio Emilia approach as an example of what it really takes to provide universal access to high-quality early education.
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What is Reggio Emilia?

By: Rose Garrett 


For many parents of preschool-aged children, the beginning of the school years can be scary. When your child starts going to school, it means less parent involvement in day-to-day learning and more teacher-structured lessons-less play and more work. But a growing form of early childhood education, called the Reggio Emilia approach, is turning heads with its unique take on teaching-one that makes parents, teachers and children equal shareholders in the learning initiative.


Although Reggio Emilia is an Italian export, it's not, as you might expect, a fancy cheese. In fact, it's an approach to education from a city of the same name, and it focuses on the educational importance of community and free inquiry as its primary values. Since its development in the 1940s, the Reggio approach has spread into a worldwide network of preschools and kindergartens, with designs for elementary classes in the works.


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Reggio Emilia Approach Gives Students a Voice in the Curriculum
By: Teal Ruland

When Newsweek magazine recognized Reggio Emilia in the early 1990s as one of the top approaches to preschool education in the world, the groundbreaking philosophy soon became more popular across the United States, including in a growing number of public schools.


Named after the Italian town where it originated, Reggio Emilia is an innovative approach to teaching preschoolers and kindergarteners that may seem unstructured and slightly out-of-the-box, but it works. It's a form of negotiated learning that encourages the students to create the curriculum. Teachers are seen as co-learners and observers, and the environment itself is a "third teacher."


It's not a traditional classroom with assigned seats and roll call. Art hangs at the children's eye level, and they can easily see where supplies are in the class and are encouraged to use them.


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What is "the Reggio approach?"

The Reggio Emilia philosophy and approach to early childhood education has developed and continues to evolve as a result of over 40 years of experience within a system of municipal infant-toddler centers and preschools in Reggio Emilia, Italy. Parents, who started the schools in the 1940s, continue to participate to ensure the schools reflect the values of the community. From the beginning, the late Loris Malaguzzi, leader, philosopher and innovator in education, who was then a young teacher, guided and directed the energies of those parents and several teachers. Through many years of work with them, he developed an education based on relationship, which has become widely known and valued. The Reggio Emilia approach is built upon a solid foundation of connected philosophical principles and extensive experience. Educators in Reggio Emilia have been inspired by many early childhood psychologists and philosophers, such as Dewey, Piaget, Vygotsky, Gardner and Bruner.

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