Child Lead Play And Exploration
The Reggio Emilia Approach is lead by the child’s curiosity, connection to the world around them, and the belief that children have the ability to develop their own potential. “Influenced by this belief, the child is beheld as beautiful, powerful, competent, creative, curious, and full of potential and ambitious desires.
Play is driven by the children’s interests, questions, and the world that they live in. The materials available for play add to the children’s play in meaningful ways. The opportunity for children to create their own play and explorations helps to develop independence and creative thinking. As child guide their own play, social interactions take place and relationships are built. Language is developed, math and science is explored, creativity and art go hand in hand, nature finds its way into many play scenarios and explorations, and the culture of others in discovered in meaningful ways. Children are truly engaged in their play.
Experiences and lessons are set up by educators, after observation of the children, to encourage discussion, exploration, experimentation, interest, and thinking. Experiences may be based on a topic of interest that the children are studying. Once children initiate a study or project, Educators add to the play and exploration on the topic by planning and preparing meaning set-ups in different areas of the Learning Environment.