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The Reggio Emilia Experience in the Pozez JCC's ECLC

Amit HIckman, ECLC on Saturday, October 16, 2021

At the Pozez JCC, our Early Childhood Learning Center is filled with curious, active, playful children ages 6-weeks to 4 years old. In the County, our program is sought-after because the curriculum is inspired by the Reggio Emilia philosophy and emphasizes joyful Jewish experiences and values, and a connection to community. Each day, our warm and caring Educators work with the children via an emergent, constructivist approach to learning that holds the child as capable, competent, and an active participant in their learning process. The Educators facilitate learning by serving as co-researchers and co-learners alongside the children, encouraging the development of self-confidence and a positive self-image. Through this close interaction with the Educators and the emphasis on fueling their curiosity, children in our program strengthen skills of communication, critical thinking, and problem solving.

Tenets of the Reggio Emilia Philosophy:

  • Children are natural communicators and possess "100 Languages" through which they express themselves
  • Pedagogy of Listening: The responsibility to listen to each child with authenticity, and acknowledge and value their thoughts, perspectives, and feelings in the constant process of meaning making
  • Image of the Child as capable and competent
  • Environment as the Third Teacher
  • Documentation: a critical tool and source of reflection used to make visible the learning occurring

We believe that children learn best when they are engaged in hands-on experiences so our classrooms and playgrounds are filled with books, learning centers, natural play settings and more. In the Early Childhood Learning Center, the learning environment is relationship-driven and serves as a "third teacher" to the cognitive, social, emotional, and physical growth of the children.

This child-centered approach maintains that it is the process, not the end-product, of a learning experience that is most important in supporting a child's growth and development. We believe that play is a child's work, and that it is through play that children develop an understanding of the world around them and a lasting love of learning.

 

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