Reggio Emilia Influence
The Reggio Emilia method was founded by humanitarian, teacher, and educational psychologist Loris Malaguzzi shortly after WWII in Italy. One of the main aspects of this learning philosophy is the role of expression. The philosophy believes in the concept of One Hundred Languages in that there are hundreds of ways for children to express themselves. Those ways of expression are described as expressive, communicative, symbolic, cognitive, ethical, metaphorical, logical, imaginative and relational.
In following that philosophy, materials are presented through a variety of expressionist tools. Children explore, experiment and play with the materials but are also subconsciously developing skills to assist in concept development and deeper understanding of a topic. Self expression and creativity are incredibly important in the Reggio philosophy. The combination of the Reggio inspiration and Montessori philosophy reinforces and strengthens the image of the child as a self confident, creative and curious person.