Montessori & Reggio Emilia
We offer special Montessori areas in our centres, supplied with the ‘self-correcting’ materials that characterise the Montessori approach.
Because ‘hands on’ sensory learning is central to this approach, we advocate learning-by-doing, enabling children to work independently with materials they choose themselves.
Our home-from-home approach is also indebted to Montessori’s philosophy of making the learning environment both familiar and accessible.
Also, extremely importantly, we share the Montessori belief that the link between the learning environment and the family is paramount. Our ‘family trees,’ daily reports to parents, breakfast mornings, new parent evenings and special guest events are all examples of this emphasis.
Reggio Emilia is a small town in Northern Italy where the teaching for children under six years is renowned worldwide.
The approach requires children to be seen as competent, resourceful, curious, imaginative, innovative and possessing a desire to interact and communicate with others.
The Park Academy team adopted this child-directed curriculum while on a training course in Reggio as their beliefs and those in Reggio encouraged independence required in today’s child.
One of the most exciting aspects of the Reggio Emilia approach is its emphasis on collaborative art projects, especially using natural and recycled materials. In this way, the environment itself becomes another teacher – one that will stay with the child for life. Our ‘Creation Stations’ are consciously created to embrace this vital aspect of the Reggio Emilia approach.