The reggio emilia approach to early childhood education is based on over forty years of experience in the reggio emilia municipal infant/toddler and preschool centers in italy. It places emphasis on children's symbolic languages in the context of a project-oriented curriculum. Learning is viewed as a journey and education as building relationships with people (both children and adults) and creating connections between ideas and the environment. Through this approach, adults help children understand the meaning of their experience more completely through documentation of children's work, observations, and continuous teacher-child dialogue. Reggio approach guides children's ideas with provocations not predetermined curricula. There is collaboration on many levels:parent participation, teacher discussions, and community.
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