Reggio Inspired Approach
The following key principles are inspirations from Reggio Emilia, which we adapt to our own community and culture at The Preschool at Country Day.
The Image of the Child
We believe in children’s strengths and capabilities. Our goal is to empower children to explore the world, create meaning, and challenge their own thinking. Over time, children apply their knowledge confidently and successfully to new situations, which results in feelings of pride and self-worth.
The Role of the Teacher
Teachers are facilitators who guide children’s thinking, document their ideas, and support them in their learning. They provoke skill development, deep thinking, and positive social interaction.
The Role of the Parents
We recognize that each family brings a unique perspective to the classroom and welcome parents’ active participation in our program.
The Role of the Environment
The classroom environment reflects the values, beliefs and cultures of those who share it. Each area of the room and the materials housed there has a specific purpose. The design, color, and natural light are backdrops to feature the children’s work as the main attraction of the classroom setting.
The Power of Documentation
Documentation provides a visual record of the dynamic learning encounters that take place the classroom. With this data, we can interpret children’s interests, feelings, and ideas and give value to their work. Documentation is a form of assessment and advocacy for each individual child.
Within our Preschool, children’s interests and discoveries propel our curriculum. Our goal is to challenge children to generate their own ideas and theories, posing thought-provoking, open-ended questions. In keeping with our school philosophy, teachers integrate and encourage in-depth thinking.