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A Parent’s Guide To The Reggio Emilia Philosophy

If you’re interested in early years education or you have young children, you may have heard of the Reggio Emilia philosophy. But what exactly is it, and could it benefit your children?

The history

Reggio Emilia is a region of Italy. This educational approach originates in Northern Italy. It stems from the influence of educator, Loris Malaguzzi. Malaguzzi set about trying to change the nature of education following mass destruction caused by the World Wars. He worked alongside local parents to establish a new philosophy, which has since been embraced by parents all over the world.

The philosophy

The Reggio Emilia approach centers on a few founding principles. Firstly the role of the teacher and educator. Teachers work in partnership with pupils to promote discovery, exploration, and learning. A teacher is there to support, listen and encourage. The environment also has a very important role to play in this philosophy. Malaguzzi believed that children can learn a huge amount from the environment in which they live and study. Studies should take place in settings, which encourage creativity and inquisition. Although many lessons take place in classrooms, the outdoors also has a strong influence.

Another important consideration is the individuality of the child. Under this philosophy, each child is to be valued and respected.  Every child is capable of becoming a passionate explorer, a great scientist or a writer with a vivid imagination. If you feel that there’s more to school than sitting in clasrooms and writing notes, this concept may be of interest to you. The curriculum may be more varied.

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How could it benefit your child?

It’s natural for parents to want the best for their children. From day one, the learning process begins. You want to do everything in your power to enable your child to excel and encourage them to develop. There are lots of different methods out there and what suits one person may not be the best for another. This approach to learning may not be for everyone, but it ticks a lot of the boxes when it comes to parent wishlists for their child.

Are you thinking about choosing nurseries, home educating or looking at schools? If so, it may be worth learning more about the Reggio Emilia concept. You can research online, or arrange to have a look around a facility, which provides this model of teaching. There are various options and programs available. You may be interested in full-time education for school-age children. Alternatively, summer camps or after school clubs may be appealing.

All parents want the best for their children. When it comes to education, we rely on schools to provide our children with the knowledge and confidence they need to succeed in the world. But traditional methods used in most schools may not be the only option. Are you interested in different educational approaches? Are you eager to find out more? If so, it’s worth doing some research. Once you have the necessary information, it will be easier to make a well-rounded decision.

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