Inspired Approach to Learning
In 1991, Newsweek magazine identified Reggio Emilia, Italy, as having the “best early childhood program in the world.” Since that time, educators from around the world have flocked to Reggio Emilia to study the methods and practices of these schools. Over the past 16 years, our company has sent several key employees to participate in international study groups to learn about this exceptional program.
Consequently, we have chosen the best components of the Reggio Emilia educational program and developed our own educational model, Inspired Approach to Learning. By using an emergent curriculum, our trained teachers encourage children to see, touch, and do – to draw, paint, weave, plant, write, take a photo, sculpt in clay, and more. Children pursue these projects in small groups while learning to socialize and solve problems as a team. To develop individualization, they are encouraged to express what they have learned in artistic, musical, and theatrical ways.
Since our educational program views the child as competent, capable, and amazing, we seek to nurture his/her interests. The teacher and children work together to design projects which encourage growth in physical, emotional, creative, and intellectual development. The teacher is a partner in learning with the child, while acting as a resource, facilitator, and documenter of learning in the classroom.
We believe that a creative environment is essential for inspiring young children to learn. Therefore, the Inspired Approach to Learning emphasizes aesthetic design elements such as color, focal points, texture, lighting, displays, furnishings, and the use of nature. The best of these elements have been captured in our book, Inspiring Spaces for Young Children and its groundbreaking assessment tool, Rating Observation Scale for Inspiring Environments by Gryphon House Publishing, 2010.
Our environments include museum-quality exhibits, as well as an art studio where the children are encouraged to explore, make discoveries, and use a wide array of creative media and materials. Our Creative Director ensures that our centers integrate natural elements into the environment, personalize the space with the children’s work, and reflect current design trends based on research and the latest innovations.
Our Educational Director works with our teachers to provide consistency in implementation of the Inspired Approach to Learning, to meet State Content Standards, and to ensure that Best Practices as defined by the National Association for the Education of Young Children are implemented.