I think the Reggio Emilia Approach can seem a little overwhelming when you first start looking into it a bit more. How the approach works, why such a focus on the atelier (art studio) and the experiences that happen in there, the range of materials and how to use them, can all seem a little confusing. However just like Montessori (which has elements in Reggio), it is really about how we view the child, how we view learning and how we view life; the connectedness of the three.
The child as capable, independent, inquisitive and innately driven to learn.
Learning as an experience, not separate from, but deeply rooted in life, and
life, the world around us, part of us, open and available for the children to explore and discover, to interact with, naturally.
Working, exploring, creating with real materials; discussing options, problem-solving, directing their own play, free to wonder, it all comes together and you can truly see the beauty in this approach.
I guess what I am hoping to do here, with An Everyday Story, is to share our experience with Reggio and how it can be transferred from the early childhood setting to the home. I’ve updated the Reggio Books page with a list of books I own which have helped me to understand Reggio more. Hopefully your local library has a few of them. If you’re thinking of buying some I would absolutely recommend these two:
The rest of the books are on the Reggio-inspired Books page. Are there any others you’d recommend?
Happy reading folks.