This Friday, June 20, 2014, two of Building Blocks Preschools, Educators, Ms. Jennifer Young, Lead Teacher and Ms. Suzanne Gabli, owner and Executive director will be hopping on a plane headed to Italy. For the next two weeks to study and learn about early childhood from the Italian perspective. The main part of the trip will be going to the schools in Reggio Emilia (pictured above). Reggio Emilia is the birthplace of the Reggio Emilia Approach. This educational philosophy started after World War II and is based on the principles of respect, responsibility, and community through exploration and discovery.
They will visit Loris Malaguzzi International Centre and Guided Tours of Exhibits and Ateliers, Ray of Light and Atelier at Remida, Presentation of a Research Project from the School, Sharing Reflections Tour of the Infant/Toddler and Early Childhood Centers of Cavriago.
Building Blocks teachers are inspired by the Reggio Emilia Approach. Since we opened our school in 2004, our entire school has been influenced by this philosophy. The Schools in Reggio Emilia, Italy education closely matches our School’s mission and belief that all children are naturally curious and have unlimited potential.
“The wider the range of possibilities we offer children, the more intense will be their motivations and the richer their experiences.” — Loris Malaguzzi
As Early Childhood Development Educators, who work under this approach, making this trip to the city of its founding is a wonderful opportunity and experience for our school's educators. Ms. Jennifer and Ms. Suzanne will be sharing their goals and will blog about their trip.