Reggio Emilia Approach

Posted by Kids on Canvas on March 21, 2011

What Is The Reggio Emilia Approach?

The Reggio Emilia Approach is a method of teaching kids which centres around the child’s natural development and providing a supportive learning environment. It was initiated by Loris Malaguzzi along with the parents of kids in Reggio Emilia, Italy, after the second World War.

The Reggio Emilia Approach ensures kids

  • have a certain level of control in their learning direction.
  • learn from their experiences via their senses (touch, sight, auditory) and activities such as movement and listening.
  • have unlimited methods and opportunities to express themselves.
  • can relate with other kids and the world they are exploring.

Teachers facilitate the kid’s learning, rather than just instruct. Teachers will plan lessons and activities based around the kid’s interest and engage the kid to encourage them to learn.

The kid’s learning environment is considered a teacher. This allows the kid to put into context what they have learned.

Projects are used as a learning vehicle so that  a concept can be mastered in depth, rather than superficially.

What Are The Benefits Of The Reggio Emilia Approach?

Some of the benefits of the Reggio Emilia Approach are:

  • kids learn by the experience of doing activities within a given context instead of rote learning or learning by heart. This means the kid has an understanding of the concept they have learned;
  • kids know how to apply concepts they have learned which helps with confidence and self esteem;
  • kids have a deep understanding of concepts they have learned;
  • each kid is respected by the teacher and
  • encourages kids to reach their full potential.

How Does Kids On Canvas Utilise the Reggio Emilia Approach?

Kids On Canvas utilises the Reggio Emilia Approach by

  • having kids have a role in their artistic direction and style. The teacher will guide them as they are immersed into the project they are working on, which helps them grasp the concepts being learned.
  • topics taught at school are integrated into the program. For example, if students are learning about the water cycle, then Kids On Canvas can integrate water themes into their art. This reinforces what they are learning in regular school.
  • since the class is practical orientated, any theory learned is immediately put into practice so they are learning by doing and the learning in the appropriate context. This gives the kids the skills needed to apply what they learned in future situations.
  • the kids are allowed to express themselves and develop their artistic style.
  • kids are given the opportunity to evaluate their own work and those of others.
  • kids are encouraged to explore the artistic boundaries and take risks in a safe environment.




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