The Reggio Emilia approach to education is based on the belief that every child is full of intelligence, curiosity and wonder.
The basis for development in the early years is a child’s ability to use the hundred languages available to him or her. These hundred languages a child might use go beyond speech and include “languages” for expression such as drawing, music and dramatic play.
This project based learning approach evolves and adapts to the paths created by the children. As such, the young learners play an active role in creating and shaping the direction of daily education.
The Reggio Emilia structure was developed by Loris Malaguzzi in the 1940’s and named after the Northern Italian city of Reggio Emilia, where Malaguzzi lived and taught. Malaguzzi strongly believed that children learn best not in a linear way but by being allowed to help steer the direction of the learning process through sensory-based experiences and their relationships with others in the classroom.
Malaguzzi thought of the school as a construction site where children and adults work together on a daily basis to create new learning experiences.
In addition to The Hundred Languages, there are other guiding principles of the Reggio Emilia approach including the belief that education is not the final product of what a child has learned, but the path he or she took to arrive at that knowledge.
To learn more about how Manhattan Schoolhouse brings the Reggio Emilia approach to life, visit our curriculum page.