Shortly after World War II, Loris Malaguzzi, a young teacher and the founder of this unique system, joined forces with the parents in the city of Reggio Emilia, Italy to provide childcare for young children. Over the last 50 years, the Reggio Approach has developed into a unique program that has captured the imagination of early childhood educators worldwide.
Looking at this complex system of education is fascinating and challenging. Children from the Reggio Emilia schools consistently produce work that is of extremely high quality, so much so that samples of this work regularly travel on exhibition across the globe. This invites us to reimagine the possibilities, pushing the boundaries of our beliefs about young children’s capabilities.
Some of the salient features of the Reggio Approach include:
Collaboration – The environment in Reggio schools is designed to allow group interactions. Many projects, especially those that are more complex in nature, are collaborative efforts amongst groups of students rather than individual work.
Documentation – Teachers spend time every day documenting children’s learning processes in the Reggio schools. Rather than ‘report cards’, teachers develop ‘process portfolios’, recording the thinking and learning that occurs during a project, which can serve as a basis for discussions between teachers, students and parents.
Long term projects – Reggio preschools are famous for complex, long term projects. These projects are not predetermined by the teachers; rather, project topics are developed based on the students’ interests, thoughts and ideas.
Anyaman Preschool employs the Creative Curriculum, a forward-thinking, research-based and research-proven curriculum with a 25-year track record. Using exploration and discovery as a way of learning, it remains true to the spirit of the Reggio Emilia approach.
This curriculum provides a comprehensive framework for the holistic development of a child, while allowing teachers the flexibility to nurture each child’s unique interests and creativity.
The Creative Curriculum uses a robust assessment system that tracks a child’s progress, not only in conventional areas such as literacy and mathematics, but also in other crucial but commonly overlooked areas, such as socio-emotional and physical development.