THE REGGIO APPROACH
@ the Busy Bees International Preschools
..."The child has
a hundred languages
a hundred hands
a hundred thoughts
a hundred ways of thinking,
of playing, of speaking
a hundred, always a hundred
ways of listening
of marveling, of loving
a hundred joys
for singing and understanding
a hundred worlds to discover
a hundred worlds to invent
a hundred worlds to dream…"
The Reggio Emilia Approach is recognized as one of the world’s best educational methods and is studied in the most prestigious Italian and foreign universities (including Harvard University).
The Reggio Emilia Approach was created in the nursery schools and primary schools in Reggio Emilia, Italy.
The approach was inspired by the theories and ideas of Loris Malaguzzi, who maintained that children have extraordinary learning abilities, with multiple affective, relational and intellectual resources, which are clarified in a continuous, cultural and social exchange.
A child possesses “100 languages”, intended as plurality of resources, riches, the ability to understand, encountering others, interweaving "experiential" dimensions. Therefore the 100 languages are a metaphor of the potential of children who experience life through a "keyboard of opportunities", which adults and children must know how to construct.
Our school operates on the development of the each individual’s different ways of expression, thinking and understanding, both at a verbal and non-verbal level (Howard Gardner’s theory of multiple intelligences).
When we speak of a competent child, we are referring to a person who is able to communicate with others even without the constant mediation of the adult, a person capable of extremely interesting and in-depth experiences, a person full of countless potential, skills and languages.
The relationship with families is a fundamental element in our educational program.
"Welcome" is an active verb which implies acting in order to communicate with others, welcoming families means opening up to new ideas, understanding doubts, questions, expectations, even beyond actual words.
For us, welcoming means listening, dialogue, observation, exchange, comparison, respecting others, transparency.
Building a bond with families means constructing a story together, made of projects, emotions and feelings.
It means working in synergy and with the respective specificity in the delicate and complementary educational task.