Our curriculum is shaped by our commitment to emergent curriculum and anti-bias practices, and by the proven ideas and experiences of the schools in Reggio Emilia, Italy.
RIFC Preschool is modeled after the preschools of Reggio Emilia Italy. The Reggio Schools were founded shortly after WWII by Loris Malaguzzi and are acknowledged as among the finest systems of early childhood education in the world.
The “Reggio Emilia Approach” (Edwards, Forman and Gandini, 1993) is rich and complex, but there are a few key elements that can be said to form the foundation of this philosophy.
The Reggio approach demonstrates that learning is deepest when it happens in relationship, between children and materials, children and their peers, and children and teachers. Finally there is acknowledgment that the child’s family is the “first teacher” and that the only way to provide a meaningful educational experience is for the teacher and the child’s family to be partners in learning.
This approach recognizes children as strong and powerful contributors to their own learning. Building a curriculum around the children's interests, self-pursuits as well as our dual-language model and culturally relevant environment.