click hereIn Anya Kamenetz’ book, “How To Raise Brilliant Children According To Science”, the details mentioned are very similar to the emergent curriculum of Reggio Emilia. Across some regions, this pedagogy is rising in popularity and is a trusted method in other parts of the world. So what exactly is the Reggio Emilia method? Origins of Reggio Emilia Following the destruction of World War II, Loris Malaguzzi (along with the strong sense of community) founded this visionary method of teaching in Reggio Emilia, a town in the northern region of Italy. Through identifying the strong connection between children, life and education, the philosophy of an emergent curriculum came to fruition. The town of Reggio Emilia is still thriving to this day, over 50 years since reparations were made. What is Reggio Emilia Understanding the philosophy of this method greatly expands the mind of how the idea may work. The guiding principles of the Reggio Emilia approach stand on these pedestals:
- Children are held in high regard – that they have extraordinary potential and are born with many resources.
- The poem ‘The Hundred Languages of Children’ is a metaphor for the extraordinary potential of children.
- Participation and values foster dialogue and a sense of belonging to a community.
- The flow of quality information via documentation introduces the parents to the quality of knowing that tangibly changes expectations.
- The research represents one of the most important dimensions of life both the child and adult which must be recognised and valued.