5 Ways Kids Learn at a Reggio Inspired Preschool
“Behind the Reggio Approach are strong educational theories, practices and methods. Here are the main principles and how teachers put them into action.”
When I was looking into preschools for Mazzy and Harlow, I would often see the term “Reggio Emilia” as the school’s approach to education, but I had little understanding of what that meant. A google search will tell you the Reggio Emilia method of teaching is “child-centered”, but what does that mean exactly? A “child-led curriculum” does not sound very wise – wouldn’t most 4 year-olds study candy and television if given the choice?
We ended up sending both girls to child-centered programs and have now experienced first hand how much they both loved going to school. Which I think is really the most important thing you want to your child to get out of their early education— a love of learning.
Recently, I had the pleasure of taking Harlow to the Wonder of Learning Exhibit and watched her interact with the found objects known to be a big part of the Reggio Emilia approach. They were kind enough to connect me with Shelly Gargus, a Reggio inspired educator who teaches four and five-year-old children in Manhattan, to explain the theories behind their teaching philosophy. I’m hoping this will help parents looking into preschool options decide whether it is a good fit.