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REGGIO EMILIA: AN EMERGENT CURRICULUM

In Anya Kamenetz’ book, “How To Raise Brilliant Children According To Science”, the details mentioned are very similar to the emergent curriculum of Reggio Emilia. Across some regions, this pedagogy is rising in popularity and is a trusted method in other parts of the world. So what exactly is the Reggio Emilia method?

The flow of quality information via documentation introduces the parents to the quality of knowing that tangibly changes expectations.

The Global Preschool’s unique emergent curriculum, the children are also able to confidently develop a good sense of self which is carried forth into formal education and beyond.

The preschool offers an award-winning curriculum within a fully equipped campus designed for exploratory and self-directed learning.

Origins of Reggio Emilia

Following the destruction of World War II, Loris Malaguzzi (along with the strong sense of community) founded this visionary method of teaching in Reggio Emilia, a town in the northern region of Italy. Through identifying the strong connection between children, life and education, the philosophy of an emergent curriculum came to fruition. The town of Reggio Emilia is still thriving to this day, over 50 years since reparations were made.

The Global Preschool’s unique emergent curriculum, the children are also able to confidently develop a good sense of self which is carried forth into formal education and beyond.

What is Reggio Emilia

Understanding the philosophy of this method greatly expands the mind of how the idea may work. The guiding principles of the Reggio Emilia approach stand on these pedestals:

  1. Children are held in high regard – that they have extraordinary potential and are born with many resources.
  2. The poem ‘The Hundred Languages of Children’ is a metaphor for the extraordinary potential of children.
  3. Participation and values foster dialogue and a sense of belonging to a community.
  4. The flow of quality information via documentation introduces the parents to the quality of knowing that tangibly changes expectations.

Why Odyssey The Global Preschool

Our school was first erected in Singapore in 2008 after an exhibition

of the infamous poem, ‘The Hundred Languages of Children’ and followed

by an inspiring trip to the birth town of the philosophy of Reggio Emilia in Italy.

Due to the popularity of the school’s emergent curriculum, the Reggio

Emilia-inspired building of Odyssey, The Global Preschool, was brought to Setia Alam, Malaysia in 2014.

Our global preschool is not only known for its Reggio Emilia pedagogy

of Italian roots, but also for the innovative international teachings from the United States and the United Kingdom. The preschool offers an award-winning curriculum within a fully equipped campus designed for exploratory and self-directed learning.

The focus is always on the child, promoting an educational culture

of collaboration through active and competent learning while acknowledging and utilising the role of the environment as an active teacher.

It is truly a unique experience for curious learners

to expand their knowledge while developing critical skills during the developmental

years of their life. Through Odyssey, The Global Preschool’s unique emergent

curriculum, the children are also able to confidently develop a good sense of

self which is carried forth into formal education and beyond.

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