OUR TEACHING APPROACH

 

Brentwood Reggiio Kids is a  Reggio Emilia Inspired School in the Philippines with a Fully Emergent Curriculum.

 

Brentwood Reggio Kids had  established itself as a school with a unique and special approach that has become respected among  parents and fellow educators in the world.  We have chosen to develop program inspired by Reggio Emilia Approach to early childhood education and the school had a curriculum that is child centered and teacher framed.

 

Many people know Reggio Emilia as a beautiful city in the Emilia-Romagna region of northern Italy. However, for many educators and parents of preschool and primary aged children around the world, Reggio Emilia means so much more.

 

The foundation of this approach to teaching started in Reggio Emilia at the end of the Second World War when many of the schools and their resources had been destroyed. With community support and collaboration a new approach to teaching was created. Loris Malaguzzi became the inspiration and guiding force behind the educational experiences forever pushing the conventional ideas of education at that time The basis for the Reggio Emilia philosophy is founded on the principles of community, responsibility, and respect through a supportive and enriching environment. These principles remain an integral part of the daily lives of the school community.

 

The Reggio Emilia approach to teaching inspires educators across the world, with schools like Blue House focusing on key elements.


  • Children must be able to learn through hands on experiences using all of their senses
  • Children learn best through a project based approach
  • Children are facilitated and guided by passionate and experienced staff.
  • Children must be encouraged and allowed to foster relationships with other children.
  • Children must feel safe and be given ample opportunities to express themselve 

 

 

At Brentwood Reggio Kids we fully understand and respect that the teaching approach is undeniably entwined in the culture of the town of Reggio Emilia . We endeavour to be inspired by their approach to teaching and strive to create our own cultural context at the Brentwood Reggio Kids , Philippines.

 

 

The hundred languages of children

Symbolic languages, including drawing, sculpting, dramatic play, writing, painting are used to represent children’s thinking processes and theories. As children work through problems and ideas they are encouraged to depict their understanding using many different representations. As their thinking evolves they are encouraged to revisit their representation to determine if they are representative of their intent or if they require modification. Teachers and children work together towards an expressed intent. 

The Hundred Languages

No way. The hundred is there. 

The child 
is made of one hundred. 
The child has 
a hundred languages 
a hundred hands 
a hundred thoughts 
a hundred ways of thinking 
of playing, of speaking. 

A hundred always a hundred 
ways of listening 
of marveling, of loving 
a hundred joys 
for singing and understanding 
a hundred worlds 
to discover 
a hundred worlds 
to invent 
a hundred worlds 
to dream. 

The child has 
a hundred languages 
(and a hundred hundred hundred more) 
but they steal ninety-nine. 
The school and the culture 
separate the head from the body. 
They tell the child: 
to think without hands 
to do without head 
to listen and not to speak 
to understand without joy 
to love and to marvel 
only at Easter and at Christmas. 

They tell the child: 
to discover the world already there 
and of the hundred 
they steal ninety-nine. 

They tell the child: 
that work and play 
reality and fantasy 
science and imagination 
sky and earth 
reason and dream 
are things 
that do not belong together. 

And thus they tell the child 
that the hundred is not there. 
The child says: 
No way. The hundred is there. 

-Loris Malaguzzi (translated by Lella Gandini) 
Founder of the Reggio Emilia Approach

 

 

Key Principles of the Reggio Approach that we value at Brentwood Reggio Kids International School