Elements of the Reggio Approach

Image of the Child

Children are creative and capable human beings holding curiosity and passion to construct their own knowledge.

Children as Collaborators

Collaborative work experiences through small groups build conceptual thinking, wide range of skills, awareness and practice with decision making through social interactions.

Communicating Through “100 Languages”

We guide children to communicate their ideas and understandings by making learning visible through symbols, language, creative movement, art mediums, building constructions, light and shadow, dramatic play, music making, poetry and narratives.

Environment as the Third Teacher

Every space has an identity and purpose for children to feel a sense of nurturing care. Places with sparks of interest to discover, engage and communicate. Provocations are set up throughout the school that light up ways of being, working, thinking and feeling. How environments and spaces are designed determine emotional responses, and initiate wonder, joy and confidence.

The Role of the Teacher

Teachers lay the foundation to guide children along the journey that unfolds. We observe children closely, ask questions, listen for ideas, hypotheses and theories. We co-create small and long-term projects with the children by discovering, collecting and providing intriguing materials. We watch for connections being made, hold discussions to uncover and expand broad thinking. Teachers then orchestrate integrate the arts and constructions to help make children’s learning visible.

Documentation and Research

Teachers take on the role of researchers as we create visual, written and auditory documentation on children’s development and group learning. Documentation provides teachers and parents with better understandings of children’s development and work being done at the moment of its creation. It serves teachers as a research tool to evaluate teaching practices and exchange ideas with co-teachers and parents. Documentation allows children to see that their work is valued. It creates an archive tracing the history of the school that children, teachers and parents love to view in portfolios year after year.

Parents as Partners

Parents play an important role in children’s learning by participating in the fabric of the school. Children love to see their parents helping their school with gardening, hauling new sand and bark chips, wheeling straw bales, giving a presentation, assisting teachers, helping with projects. Our online documentation also allows parents to partner with teachers to dialog with their children about school experiences through photographs and learning stories.