In Anya Kamenetz’s book, “How To Raise Brilliant Children According To Science,” the details mentioned are very similar to the emergent curriculum of Reggio Emilia. Across some regions, this pedagogy is rising in popularity and is a trusted method in other parts of the world. So, what exactly is the Reggio Emilia method?
Origins of Reggio Emilia
Following the destruction of World War II, Loris Malaguzzi (along with a strong sense of community) founded this visionary opemtgc teaching method in Reggio Emilia, a town in the northern region of Italy. Through identifying the strong connection between children, life, and education, the philosophy of an emergent curriculum came to fruition. The town of Reggio Emilia is still thriving, over 50 years since reparations were made.
What is Reggio Emilia
Understanding the philosophy of this method greatly expands the mind of how the idea may work. The guiding principles of the Reggio Emilia approach stand on these pedestals:
- Children are held in high regard – they have extraordinary potential and are born with many resources.
- The poem ‘The Hundred Languages of Children’ is a metaphor for the extraordinary potential of children.
- Participation and values foster dialogue and a sense of belonging to a community.
- The flow of quality information via documentation introduces the parents to the quality of knowing that tangibly changes expectations.
- The research represents one of the most critical dimensions of life,, the child and adult, which must be recognized and valued.
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Why Odyssey The Global Preschool
Our school was first erected in Singapore in 2008 after an exhibition of the infamous poem, ‘The Hundred Languages of Children,’ followed by an inspiring trip to the birth of the philosophy of Reggio Emilia in Italy. Due to the popularity of the school’s emergent curriculum, the Reggio Emilia-inspired building of Odyssey, The Global Preschool, was brought to Setia Alam, Malaysia, in 2014.
Our global preschool is not only known for its Reggio Emilia pedagogy of Italian roots but also for the innovative international teachings from the United States and the United Kingdom. The preschool offers an award-winning curriculum within a fully equipped campus for exploratory and self-directed learning.
The focus is always on the child, promoting an educational culture of collaboration through active and competent learning while acknowledging and utilizing the role of the environment as an active teacher.
It is truly a unique experience for curious learners to expand their knowledge while developing critical gpt44x skills during the developmental years of their lives. Through Odyssey, The Global Preschool’s unique emergent curriculum, the children can confidently create a good sense of self, carried forth into formal education and beyond.
Reggio Emilia principles
Early childhood education programs give children the skills and tools they need to become active, engaged learners who are invested in their education and development. Reggio Emilia uses four principles to guide this process.
Reggio Emilia is an emergent curriculum built upon the interests of the children. This way of teaching requires teachers to observe and discuss with children and their families to discover their abilities, needs, and skills and build them into classroom learning, activities, and play. In implementing an emergent curriculum, Reggio Emilia teachers act as researchers (learning and observing the children), documenters (listening to and recording their actions and behaviors), and managers (guiding, nurturing, and solving problems).
The emergent curriculum of Reggio Emilia bleeds into its emphasis on children-led projects. In this approach, learning is led by the children and structured around projects. These “adventures,” as some teachers call them, can last a week or span the entire school year. When teachers can observe and identify the interests of the children, they create projects to encourage them. Instead of leading the projects, teachers act as guides. They may help children choose their projects and what materials they want to use, but the children control the final decision.