Reggio Emilia Approach
At Astra, we are influenced by the Reggio Emilia Approach.
The Reggio Emilia Approach was first developed in Italy after World war 2 and has since become known worldwide for its progressive approach to teaching.
The Reggio Emilia Approach views young children as curious about their world and capable and confident individuals. The Reggio Emilia Approach believes children have 100 languages and can explore and express themselves and their Feelings. Children have many languages In art, music and role-play and are encouraged to use all the different mediums available to express themselves and develop a love for learning.
Parents are recognised as the child's first and most influential teacher, and it is believed that parents and educators should work collaboratively in the child's leaming process for the best outcomes to be achieved. We can do this on the app, where we share live updates throughout the day of everything your child is doing. From what they have eaten to photos of what they are engaging in. The app is a great way Joj nod to collaborate with our educators about your child's learning.
The environment is considered the third teacher in the Reggio Emilia Approach. Significant emphasis is placed on the set-up and materials in the environment. Materials are thoughtfully added to the space to promote creativity, thinking, questioning, problem solving and play. It is believed that if the environment is beautiful, it will support children's learning, concentration and exploration where possible natural resources are sourced to provide a calmer space for the children.
Project work with children is an important part of our approach. Each room will have at least one project occurring at any given time, where the children are investigating and delving deeper into an interest they have. The project will allow children to use their 100 languages.