What does it mean to be illuminated to Reggio? How can I be Reggio inspired? Reggio Emilia is an educational philosophy which is focused on the image of the whole child. The idea that children are not empty vessels to be filled, but naturally curious and capable of directing their own learning. Children are human beings who learn through hundred languages. Teachers are facilitators and co-learners using the environment as the "third teacher."
There is no printable curriculum. Instead it is believing in the foundational truths which make up the philosophy of Reggio. Where Teachers facilitate curriculum emergent from the child's interest and developmental stage.
Teachers are more than facilitators, they are nurturers, and guides who help the children deep dive into explorations. Documentation is used as a critical tool in tracking learning through photos, class work and reflection journaling.
Becoming Reggio inspired is to be excited about dropping the traditional and allowing the children to lead. It's is learning to listen and observe during unstructured play to hear what the children are interested in. It is taking time during intentional play to work one on one. It is learning together as a community through collaboration. It is different in every Country, City and Class.
Kids Korner Explorers is about respecting each individual in the community. The child, the teachers, the parent. We create a safe environment to explore and learn. All children are considered and worked with according to their interest and needs. Kids Korner prides themselves in bringing a balance of the 3 Rs (reading, writing and arithmetic.) All while remaining child-led and hands-on.
Being illuminated to Reggio is a process and one Kids Korner has been on for close to 18 years. We must constantly reflect to continue growing as facilitators, children and parents. We as a community need to reflect on how we can improve. Together we can provide quality education that breaks through the norm, fostering the development of creative critical thinkers.
Have you been illuminated to Reggio?