Scuola Creativa is inspired by the Reggio Emilia philosophy of education that originated in Northern Italy. The Reggio Emilia philosophy is an approach to teaching, learning and advocacy for children. In its most basic form, it is a way of observing what children know, are curious about and what challenges them. Teachers record these observations to reflect on developmentally appropriate ways to help children expand their academic and social potentials. Long-term projects connect core academic areas in and out of the classroom.
The following principles guide the practice and decisions made at Scuola Creativa and are borrowed from Foundations of the Reggio Emilia Approach by Lella Gandini.
The child as competent, curious, and full of potential
The school as a collaborative and cooperative space
The environment as third teacher
The importance of children, families, and teachers in relationship
The power of documentation
An emergent curriculum
The hundred languages of children
Teachers as co-constructors, documenters, and advocates
Families as an active part of learning experiences