St. Mark’s Preschool is inspired by the Reggio Emilia approach to Early Childhood Education. Reggio Emilia is a town in Italy whose early childhood education is riven by a cooperative, child-driven curriculum. Founded by the teacher, Loris Malaguzzi, in the 1960’s, the Reggio Emilia education philosophy is pioneering approach to early childhood education emphasizing the interests of children and valuing the child as thoughtful, resourceful and resilient; full of wonder and capable of deep understanding. The Reggio approach respects children’s thoughts and ideas and allows them, through self-directed activities, to use their natural curiosity on the path to discovery.
Teachers regard the classroom as the “third teacher” and put much care into the design and atmosphere of the classroom environment. Lighting is soft and indirect, colors are muted and supplies and storage are made out of natural materials leading a homely feel to the classroom. Teachers carefully organize the space for small and large group activities. Quality material are used and children learn appropriate use and care of those materials.
Proud member of NAREA – North American Reggio Emilia Association