Early Childhood students from EDC 183 participated in a Reggio Emilia Workshop. Reggio Emilia is an educational philosophy. The basis for it is looking at children as individuals and allowing children to explore personal interests and opportunities. Teachers create activities and experiences that use all of the children’s senses. There is special attention paid to incorporating the arts into children’s learning. Creative expression is an important part of the Reggio philosophy. Teachers create an intentionally prepared environment so children can move at their own individual paces exploring what interests them individually. In the true Reggio Emilia classroom there is an artist-in-residence as well as a teacher.
This short workshop gave students an opportunity to participate in some Reggio-based activities that would be developmentally appropriate for young children. By doing the activities themselves, the students will remember this philosophy better. They are also learning that teachers can incorporate Reggio-inspired activities into their early childhood classrooms without formal Reggio Emilia training and without an artist-in-residence.