This highly respected technique has been used for over 100 years and allows children to take the lead in their learning. Developed by Italian physician Dr. Maria Montessori, who recognized that children have innate preferences, this approach helps children embrace their natural curiosity through the discovery of the world around them.
This curriculum consists of hands-on projects and allows children to foster independence or collaboration alongside others. With the guidance of teachers, they take the lead, work at their own pace, and work towards meeting their individual goals.
Similar to Montessori, this approach also allows children to progress at their own pace in student-led classrooms. This style is more collaborative and invites students as well as their families and teachers to collectively be a part of a child’s education. The foundation of this innovative method is peer interaction, celebrating their uniqueness, and respecting their voices.
This approach was founded by Loris Malaguzzi, who believed that children communicate using “a hundred languages”, including writing, singing, and art. With this approach, our educators encourage children to express themselves and explore the world in a variety of ways, including music, painting, storytelling, theater, and more. Part of the Reggio approach also involves bringing nature inside the classroom and creating a home away from home.
The Theory of Multiple Intelligences
This educational approach was researched by Dr. Howard Gardner, a Harvard University professor. A relatively new approach that was published in 1983, its foundation is that intelligence comes in many different forms, and since everyone’s mind is different, everyone will learn, perform, remember, and comprehend differently. By adapting the curriculum to a child’s specific needs, they will best be positioned to learn and thrive.
The Theory of Multiple Intelligences disproves the “one size fits all” mentality and shows how children can excel and struggle in different subjects and skills.