Early Childhood Education
Early childhood education should be seen as a unique and crucial school phase, where caring and educating are indissociable actions parts of all activities within the school. from the simplest form to the most complex, integrating several contents simultaneously. Playing is one of the child’s languages used in his/her dialogue with the world. Inspired by Reggio Emilia, we offer a space where the child can play, discover, create. This environment should be challenging, thought-provoking and stimulating, capable of combining educational needs and playful, offering opportunities so the child can fully live this encounter and the pleasure of learning, and taking place in the world that surrounds him/her. When children are playing, they are also forming the posture of a student, building autonomy and identity, realizing who it he/she and how they resemble or differentiate from the other.
Agreements: rulemaking, limits… All of this is very important to Early Childhood Education as the child is developing her identity and the time spent here in school is precious. Thus, perceiving and respecting the other is vital, based on this act that seems so simple and small, great assets are concealed: the ability to respect differences, accept different opinions and listen to others. In this sense, there is an immeasurable devotion from our staff when receiving children in our school space.
There is observation and reflection on the school’s practice, while exchanging experiences, elaborating ideas and organizing actions, always weaving and systematizing our proposal based on school’s principles and values expressed through a clear and objective way. A child who learns through playing is much happier.
In Early Child Education, our school regularly presents pedagogical documentation to families, allowing them to know and understand the activities carried out in our classes. The pedagogical documentation is presented during the student’s life in ECE in order to record the progress and result of the child’s learning process. According to Steve Seidel in “Making Visible Learning”, one of the trademarks of Reggian schools is demonstrating that a learning group is one in which adults learn alongside children. While educators observe and document, they also learn how children learn and build a vision of what students need to learn, thereby working on what projects will be proposed and how should the learning space be organized.
In order to bring parents closer to their child’s school life, “Walk Ins” are held periodically. There, parents are invited to visit the classrooms and appreciate productions and projects developed by the class during the month. Starting in K5, students participate at the “Houses” program,together with Elementary School, bringing a variety of games and dynamics with the goal of developing teamwork and communication skills. Monthly, through the Assemblies, important values that form the “Character Pillars” from Sant’Anna (Trustworthiness, Respect, Responsibility, Justice, Caring and Citizenship) are explored by the students. At the events, all ECE students get together and one teacher, or class assistant, is responsible for conducting the conversation and launching the pillar of the next month for the whole group, as well as inviting everyone to meet again the following month.