Throughout the learning process, teachers document the children’s experience through notes, photographs, videos, and various forms of arts. This documentation is compiled and shared with the focus on the process, rather than the products.
In using this approach to education, time is given to the children so they may be allowed to learn, explore, or go back and revisit an investigation or a focus of interest as needed. This is an approach based on listening rather than talking; where doubt and amazement are welcome factors along with the scientific inquiry and the deductive methods used by a detective.
We keep in mind that all children are equal learners, and we let children learn through their mistakes rather than by correction. Unlike other programs, where teachers are required to take notes on students’ development through ‘assessment reports’, at Little Em’s evidence of learning is documented using written, audio and visual records throughout the year. This allows children, parents and teachers to realize growth, facilitate conversations and plan for the future learning.
Although the Reggio Emilia Approach®️ is applied to pre-schools and early childhood settings, as parents grow in their understanding of the general principles, this inspiring child-led approach can be adapted to the home as well. Therefore, pursuing this approach at early years also helps parents to be more involved in their children’s education.