In Reggio Emilia there is no predetermined curriculum. Children’s learning opportunities are developed through their involvement in long and short term projects, which develop out of their first hand experiences and theories about the world.
The way in which a child engages with other people and their environment – playing and exploring, active learning and creative and critical thinking – underpins learning and development across all areas and supports the child to remain an effective and motivated learner.
The triggers for a long term project are balanced between child initiated and adult initiated experiences.The starting points or provocation may come directly from an experience or encounter had by the children or occasionally from a proposition or introduction of new provocations made by one of the staff. Carefully planned enhancements to the environment encourage child initiated learning and provide fuel for the continuing project.
Here is a small sample of work undertaken with groups of 3 and 4 year old children.
- Using an overhead projector
- Andy Goldsworthy
- Hundertwasser’s race track