The heart of the Reggio Emilia philosophy is best reflected in an environment that encompasses the child with three “teachers”, or protagonists.
It is the child’s relationship with parents, teachers, and the environment that ignites their own knowledge and learning through a carefully curated curriculum that engages and builds upon the child’s current knowledge, recognizing that knowledge cannot simply be provided for the child.
The first teacher--the parent--takes on the role of an active partner and guide in the education of the child.
The second is the classroom teacher. Often working in pairs, the classroom teacher assumes the role of the researcher and intentionally engages children in meaningful work and conversation.
The third teacher is the environment--a setting designed to not only be functional but also beautiful and reflective of the child’s learning.