Today, I observed in a classroom where Reggio Emilia curriculum is used. And I don’t quite know how I feel about it.
This style is all about community learning through natural exposure and child interest. Basically, the child can roam from station to station and explore at his own pace, with integrative instruction provided by teachers once the child has made his choice about where he would like to go.
To say the least.
These are three year olds that know how to use a toothbrush, are friendly with the class pet, and are dynamic in dramatic play….but that don’t recognize their letters. I digress.
From my time in the classroom, I’ve come to the conclusion that Reggio Emilia = what great parents do over the summer. Is that too much to ask?