I have been wanting to find out more about the Reggio Emilia educational theory for ages but just haven’t had time. But everything I read about it really resonates with my thinking not just on education but on childrens spirituality too.
So yesterday I was very excited to discover that over at http://www.theimaginagiontree.com there is going to be a series exploring Reggio. Some of the principles really struck a chord with me.
Reggio values the child as central to their own learning, not as an empty vessel to be filled up.
Reggio recognises that relationships with other children and adults are vital to the way a child learns.
Reggio values early childhood as a significant part of life not as a stepping stone to the future person.
Reggio champions creativity, imaginative skills and expressive arts.
For me the same could be said about children and their spiritual development. So as the series develops on The Imagination Tree I’m goingto reflect on how the things they try can transfer to a context of nurturing spirituality.
Pop over to the Imagination Tree and see what they are up to