The parent is respected as a child’s very first teacher. Parental involvement and active communication solidifies the connection between home and school. This is key in well-rounded and positive child development.
The classroom teacher is known as a researcher, facilitator, and co-constructor, not simply a transmitter of knowledge. Emergent curriculum is developed in response to the collaborative needs and interests of the children. Teachers will display children’s ongoing project work throughout the school.
The classroom is commonly referred to as the third teacher in Reggio Emilia philosophy and is constructed to allow easy exploration of various interests. Loris Malaguzzi, founder of the approach, described his view of the classroom as a living organism, made up of shared relationships, welcoming and authentic.