Our program for Early Learning is based on the Reggio Emilia philosophy which believes that children have great learning potential and that meaningful learning experiences can be created by developing the interests of children. This model is child-centered and allows teachers to use their expertise and abilities to build a learning path for their students which will provide them with the necessary attitudes and skills for their subsequent education.
For example, a teacher who noticed that students loved moving their bodies in creative ways could build a series of learning opportunities out of that interest: that teacher might show students videos of acrobats or modern dancers in action, bring in a specialist to lead a creative movement class, or ask the children to make acrobatic shapes out of clay.
Each experience builds upon and reacts to the developing needs of the students. Research and practice show that the Reggio Emilia approach is particularly helpful in motivating children, helping them build positive relationships, and, very importantly, making them into effective and more intrinsically driven learners.