Written By: Hatch Experts
Publish Date: Jul 11, 2017
The Reggio Emilia approach is an early childhood education philosophy that has inspired educators and children across the world. This innovative philosophy is grounded in the belief that children are competent and capable learners, and that their environments should serve as the third teacher. As part of the Reggio Emilia philosophy, children are encouraged to explore their own curiosities and learn from them. Teachers should encourage children’s creativity and interests, and the classroom setting should be beautiful, orderly and full of earth tones, natural textures, houseplants and muted colors: The setting plays an important role in making the learning process meaningful for the children.
Reggio Emilia originated in the town of Reggio Emilia (located in northern Italy), after World War II. Founder Loris Malaguzzi believed that a child’s development is based in relationships; forming them with peers, teachers and the world around them. Reggio Emilia programs are also known for careful documentation of the children’s progress, including photos, videos and observations.
If you’re not in a Reggio Emilia program, you can still bring a little bit of this pedagogy to your classroom!
Check out our Reggio Emilia-inspired tools for the early childhood education classroom, hand-picked by Hatch’s Early Learning Experts. Encourage early math skills, language skills and a sense of discovery and curiosity with toys like the Dinosaur Bones Discovery Set, Tree Blocks Math Kit, Fruit Knob Puzzle and more. As with Reggio Emilia programs, progress data and documentation are a big part of what we do at Hatch. Each of our technology solutions is designed to give teachers tools to create personalized learning experiences for the children in their classrooms. Want to learn more? Click here to read about our early childhood education technology solutions, compare our products or request a demo.
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