During my journey to embracing The Reggio Emilia Approach, there’s one glaring thing that I’ve learned -
(Learned the hard way btw)
And that’s not comparing your journey, experience, materials, setups to others and thinking it’s not enough or “right”.
Cuz when you start your journey to learning and transforming your practice but constantly see on IG that your setting doesn’t have natural baskets or filled with glass stones while trying to juggle ALL THE THINGS….
It’s a Grade-A way to second guess yourself, missing the true value in this beautiful approach and stepping closer and closer to burnout.
So let’s talk.
There’s a few things I want to get Swavarski clear on.
(Cuz our wild world online is sometimes a little misleading.)
Have you ever said these?
“I am not reggio enough.”: Your program will never be EXACTLY what is in Reggio Emilia. The goal is to learn about their way of thinking and apply it to our own contexts….it’s never been about copying.
“How do I make my environment look reggio?.”: Good news….since this approach is a way of thinking and having a strong image of the child, educator and family….your setting will be as unique as the people in it. The Reggio Emilia Approach helps us move away from conformity towards individuality and community...with the people actually in your setting.
“Am I doing it right?”: Last week I talked about the one thing that made the biggest difference...having a reflective practice. This approach is not about knowing the answers, it’s about leaning into the wonders, questions and problems that arise and THINKING about new perspectives and researching through trial and error to understand how children acquire knowledge and best support them.
And here’s why understanding this is the best news of all: You’ll now be able to move forward into your journey with this transformative approach with more clarity, understanding and energy to think about your practice and make meaningful and purposeful changes.
Now that we’ve busted these misconceptions and have a clear mind to start your journey with The Reggio Emilia Approach, take the next 30 min and watch this video, as I walk you through the next steps to creating a practice that represents you, the children and families in your context.
Then to continue your journey and be surrounded by a community of like minded educators embracing this way of thinking into their own contexts, check out The Confident Educator Membership and start with a 7 day free trial to explore all that is inside!
I can’t wait to hear how you reflect this beautiful approach into your setting.
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I am an Early Childhood Consultant and very passionate about supporting and inspiring my fellow Educators. I will share my reflections and experiences about implementing my philosophy, views, and ideas into my practice.