A Reggio Emilia Nature Inspired Philosophy

The One School at Temple Beth Am
is a Reggio Emilia Inspired School

This approach to teaching young children puts the natural development of children, as well as the class relationships that they share with their environment, at the center of its philosophy.  Early childhood programs that adopt this educational philosophy are attracted to Reggio approach because of the way it views and respects the child.  A child needs control over his or her day to day activity, so that learning makes sense from the child’s point of view.

The following key principles are inspired by Reggio Emilia, and adjusted to meet our culture and community.

The Image of the Child
We believe in children’s strengths and capabilities. Our goal is to empower children to explore the world, create meaning, and challenge their own thinking. Over time, children apply their knowledge confidently and successfully to new situations, which results in feelings of pride and self-worth.

The Role of the Teacher 
Teachers are facilitators who guide children’s thinking, document their ideas, and support them in their learning. They provoke skill development, deep thinking, and positive social interaction.

The Role of the Parents
We recognize that each family brings a unique perspective to the classroom and welcome parents’ active participation in our program.

The Role of the Environment
The classroom environment reflects the values, beliefs and cultures of those who share it. Each area of the room, and the materials housed there, has a specific purpose. The design, color, and natural light are backdrops to feature the children’s work as the main attraction of the classroom setting.

The Power of Documentation
Documentation provides a visual record of the dynamic learning encounters that take place in the classroom. With this data, we can interpret children’s interests, feelings, and ideas and give value to their work. Documentation is a form of assessment and advocacy for each individual child.

Emergent Curriculum
Children’s interests and discoveries propel our curriculum. Our goal is to challenge children to generate their own ideas and theories, posing thought-provoking, open-ended questions. In keeping with our school philosophy, teachers integrate and encourage in-depth learning experiences.