“The Reggio Approach derives its name from its place of origin, Reggio Emilia, a city located in Emilia Romagna in Northern Italy. Shortly after World War II, Loris Malaguzzi, a young teacher and the founder of this unique system, joined forces with the parents of this region to provide childcare for young children. Inspired by the need for women to return to the workforce, this education system has developed over the last 50 years into a unique program that has caught the attention of early childhood educators worldwide" (Reggiokids.com).
The Reggio approach involves highly qualified teachers that understand child development and developmentally appropriate practice to observe the children while at work and build on their interests to reach all their academic and social milestones. "One Hundred Languages" a poem by Loris Malaguzzi shows the magnitude and importance of us looking at every child as a unique individual with different goals and strengths.
Illustrated by Sarah Roberts: The poem "One Hundred Languages" by Loris Malaguzzi
Reggio Approach at Above & Beyond
Through the Reggio approach, teachers are seen as partners in the children’s learning…guiding and supporting their natural instincts to explore and gain knowledge. We believe volunteers should be an integral part of the classroom. Parents or other key members of a child’s circle of influence can provide Above & Beyond learning opportunities. Volunteering in our center brings to life the term “It Takes a Village” and provides exceptional opportunities for diverse cultural experiences. Our children are excited to learn! We create a desire to learn and rock-solid foundation that will take them through many years of academic success. This is done with clear partnerships; parent-child, teacher-child, community-child, volunteer-child and of course, child-child.
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