The Brown Play School curriculum is inspired by the highly regarded philosophy of the schools in the Reggio Emilia region of Italy. The fundamental components of the Reggio approach are described below.
- All children have the potential to construct their own learning and are not simply empty vessels to be filled with knowledge.
- There is a strong connection between the home and the school, and the teachers and families work closely together to strengthen the child’s education.
- The school environment and curriculum are designed to foster an intrinsic love of learning. The environment encourages activity, engagement, discovery, and use of a variety of media.
- The curriculum is emergent, meaning it is child-centered, follows from the interests of the children, and allows them to return again and again to a project to add new insights.
- The teachers collaborate daily to engage the children in long-term projects based on the their interests. The projects are carefully documented by the teachers through observation and recording. This documentation provides a window into each child’s learning and highlights the value of the thought processes and work. Time is not solely dictated by the clock.
- The teachers respect each child’s pace and time table. The teachers are with the children for two years, so the teachers know each child very well and the children have the opportunity to develop and maintain a secure, consistent attachment through which they can thrive.