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Why Reggio?

"Children are able to look at the world through a unique lens that allows them to see endless possibilities. Given the right environment and the freedom to explore, I have watched children develop strong interpersonal skills, create magic through play, and learn to solve problems in innovative ways. Fostering creative play and unbridled curiosity allows children to develop independence and other skills that they will carry with them into adulthood. I love that the Cushman Scott Reggio philosophy views children as teachers within the classroom, allowing us to develop a child-centric, student driven curriculum. Children are capable of amazing things and I am so grateful to be a part of their journey of learning and self discovery!"

~ Anna Joens, 

Former Cushman Teacher

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The principles of the Reggio Approach are:

 

  • The Image of the Child. Children are strong, intelligent and capable from birth. Teachers are deeply aware of the children's potential and construct their work and the environment of the children's experience to respond appropriately. Children's rights are recognized, as well as their needs.

 

  • Relationships as the Foundations of the System. Education focuses on each child, not considered in isolation but in relationship to with the family, other children, the teachers, the environment of the school, the community and wider society.

 

  • Three Subjects of Education: Children, Parents and Teachers. In order for children to learn, their well-being has to be guaranteed. Such well-being is connected with the well-being of parents and teachers.

 

  • The Role of Parents. Parents are considered to be an essential component to the program. They are a competent and active part of the children's learning environment.

 

  • The Physical Environment. Schools pay special attention to the design and aesthetics of the space. The life of the school and the work of the children are made visible and legible through documentation displayed on the walls.

 

  • Professional Development. Teachers serve as researchers and collaborators in the learning environment. They meet often to discuss their observations and interpretations of children's work.

 

  • Pedagogy. A curriculum based on the expressed interests of the children shows value for their capabilities. Along with adult's insights, the diverse materials within the environment support emergent literacy and numeracy.