Reading: Authentic Childhood Experiencing Reggio Emilia in the Classroom Second Edition by Susan Fraser

This reading examines the Reggio Emilia Approach from its source within the town of Reggio Emilia in Italy. This approach has utilised a number of the key attributes from the culture of the surrounding area:

Socialising centred around a Courtyard
Children like to be involved in all of the activities that are surrounding them
Children like to navigate their own learning and life, by things that interest them
By introducing learning while the children are enjoying themselves, this increases the childs recollection of the event

The Reggio Emilio Approach focusses on using the childs sense of wonder to increase their learning capabilties. Everything from the visual aesthetics, textural quality of materials, play equipment, tools in the class (real kitchen utensils), etc, stimulate and encourage the childs sense of questioning their surroundings in the endeavour of learning. These Early Childhood Learning Centres do not focus on primary coloured plastic toys, pristine, soft environments. But rather on introducing the real version of toys e.g. instead of play kitchen utensils, they use real kitchen utensils and instead of play plastic boats, they use real wooden canoes in the playground.

There are numerous Guiding Principles that can be found in any Reggio Emilia Centre:

Collaboration

The Image of the Child

Environment as the third teacher

Relationships

Transparency

Documentation

Provocation

Progettazione (making flexible plans)

One hundred languages of children

Respect

Reciprocity

 

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