“Children need the freedom to appreciate the infinite resources of their hands, their eyes and their ears, the resources of forms, material, sounds, and colours.'” – Loris Malaguzzi
What does it mean to be Reggio-inspired?
Loris Malaguzzi was an Italian early childhood educator and philosopher who founded the Reggio Emilia approach. He believed as we do that a child is the master of their learning, and in saying so, must be exposed to the right educational, psychological, and sociological influences. An educator’s main task is to create opportunities for a child that encourage ‘self-expression, logical thinking, problem-solving, and communication.’ Our number one aim and mission as educators at The Hive is to provide your child with these golden opportunities. To create an environment where they can openly take charge and navigate through their learning from a very young age.
At its core, the Reggio Emilia philosophy is based upon Malaguzzi’s powerful image of the child being “rich in potential, strong, powerful, competent, and most of all connected to adults and other children.
Viewing the child through an abstract eye.
Every child is born social, curious, and ready to explore this vast world of opportunity and experience. He or she creates their own tightly connected reality – filled with unique relationships and experiences. Children carry these different realities to our centre’s every day, and our goal is to create a learning space where these realities are amplified, broadened, and understood. To do so, we practice an emergent curriculum.
It is the philosophy that focuses solely on responding to what interests your child individually. This process-oriented approach is based on the premise that a curriculum is everything that happens throughout the day: a child’s interaction with various materials, environments, and other people. Our educators take pride in creating unique activities and opportunities that engage your child.
The 100 Languages
‘The hundred languages’ is a crucial principle of the Reggio inspired approach, but what does it mean?
Loris Malaguzzi believed that a child does not have a single way of playing, speaking, dancing, or thinking but 100 of each! The belief that the child’s potential to wonder is infinite; there is no limit on expression. ‘[ No one way of seeing but rather multiple ways of being]’
What makes us different?
As Reggio inspired educators, we do not believe in the concept of a universal childhood. As opposed to autocratic and traditional methods of teaching in early childhood education, our Reggio Emilia centres provide more rights to your child when it comes to their learning. It is not an educational method but rather a unique approach to a child’s learning. ‘Children are seen as active participants in constructing their knowledge and have substantial control over the direction that their learning takes.’ Hence exposing the child to a somewhat open environment that allows them to explore and experiment with their learning for fun.
For us, these outcomes relate to your child’s development and growth and are, therefore, our highest priority. Call now or Email us today to learn more about our centres and our Reggio Emilia approach to early learning.