The Reggio Approach
Although the Reggio approach shares some of the values of the
better-known Waldorf and Montessori schools, it's not a philosophy with
a set system of beliefs. Rather, it's an approach based around certain
fundamental values about how children learn.
Our school aims to develop and promote Reggio inspired education.
Just what are these core values? Here's an introduction:
The child as an active participant in learning.
The Reggio approach sees a child as a very competent protagonist and
initiator. While interacting
with their environment students are allowed to follow their own
interests and teachers facilitate learning in a supportive style
while still maintaining control of the classroom.
The significance of environment.
“The environment of the school is seen as the third educator after
the teacher and the parent, Most Reggio classrooms include a studio,
or “atelier,” which is filled with materials such as clay, paint,
and writing implements. Children use these materials to represent
concepts that they are learning in a hands-on way.
The teacher, parent, and child are collaborators in the process of
“Normally parents are not seen as part of the educational process in an
authentic way.” But the Reggio approach views the parent as an essential
resource for their child's learning. To foster community, Reggio schools
host a variety of events throughout each school year, including
conferences and special lectures for parents.
Learning is visible.
The teacher observes and documents the daily life of the school to make
learning visible. In Reggio
inspired classrooms, teachers use a variety of documentation methods,
such as cameras, tape recorders, and journals, to track children's
thoughts and ideas as they play together or work with materials.
Each child has a portfolio
binder, including photographs of their projects, quotes from the child,
artwork, and writing samples. There
will be lots of narratives of the children’s days at school.
Validating the children's work and supporting the child to go
deeper into their perception of the world is the most important part of
the process. Parents and teachers will agree: it's never too soon to
start giving your child a nose for knowledge and the tools to
investigate the world!
The Marcato School will be one just a few Reggio inspired schools in the
entire metro Atlanta area.
We are happy to bring this creative and organic approach to learning to
the East Cobb area!