Excellent Early Education: A City in Italy Has It
All children in early childhood programs needs nurturing and stimulating learning environments. There is no doubt that city in Italy has excellent early education. It is truly inspiring for me, now I can say that as hundred languages of children exhibits same way there are hundreds way to create healthy and inviting physical, social, and emotional environment for children in our care.
I have learnt about Reggio Emilia approach in my previous courses also, but I never understood the importance of environment. After reading this article, watching videos and pictures in class, I can make connection with how the use of space supports the curriculum and also the way the environment informs and stimulates.
I liked the way it is explained in the article about the fact that environment and curriculum are inseparable. Never thought that rooms connect in ways that promote community, yet allow space for children’s work-in-progress that require weeks of effort. Its great idea to use multiple mirrors and reflective surfaces as this type of environment will constantly invite children to interact with themselves.
I liked the way its explained in the article the implication of this Italian program for early childhood education in the united states. While some features described certainly reflect Italian cultural values, and such might not be applicable to American programs but there are many lessons to be learned from the teachers and children of Reggio Emilia. After reading article I’m inspired to provide children with the luxury of time to explore their ideas.
I loved the way it is said about our unrealized potential in the article. Yes it’s very true that the greatest contribution the preschools of Reggio Emilia might make to American education is to reveal the potential for enhancing children’s creative and intellectual development.
I wanted to learn more about how to create environment that informs and stimulates....