The Reggio Emilia Approach is an innovative and inspiring approach to early childhood education which values the child as strong, capable and resilient; rich with wonder and knowledge.
The term “hundred languages of children” refers to the many ways that children have of expressing themselves. Reggio teachers provide children with different avenues for thinking, revising, constructing, negotiating, developing and symbolically expressing their thoughts and feelings. The goal is for the adults to provide children with an allowing and inspiring learning environment where they can in the best possible way grow both as an individual but also as a global citizen, with a whole lot of respect for the world around us.
As children proceed in an investigation, generating and testing their hypotheses, they are encouraged to depict their understanding through one of many symbolic languages, including drawing, sculpture, painting, writing, constructing.
Revision of drawings, and ideas, is encouraged, and teachers allow children to repeat activities and modify each other’s work in the collective aim of better understanding the topic. Teachers foster children’s involvement in the processes of exploration and evaluation, acknowledging the importance of their evolving products as vehicles for exchange.
Art is beautiful
“I believe in exposing children to classical and beautiful art from a very young age.”
“I believe children should be given natural and daily opportunities to create and express.”
“I believe children should be given an opportunity to fully express themselves in the way and with the methods they choose to.”
“I believe creating does not mean having an end-product, the magic happens in the process.”
“I believe that children who are in a creative process need a teacher who is inspiring and humble in her way of sharing and providing the children with support like materials, inspiration and passion.”
“I believe creative work produces joy and excitement in children; it is food for the mind and soul.”
“I believe there is no right or wrong way to do art for children; there is just the moment of expressing.”