We place enormous value on the role of the environment as a motivating and animating force in creating spaces for relations, options, and emotional and cognitive situations that produce a sense of well-being and security.
Loris Malaguzzi, Reggio Emilia Italy.Do you like sticky-beaking at other preschool learning spaces as much as I do?
I've been peeking into some Reggio-Emilia inspired preschools and I have some images of beautiful learning spaces to share with you.
I admire the way Reggio Emilia approach pays great attention to the look and feel of the classroom. It is easy to see why the environment is considered the "third teacher" from the moment you walk into a Reggio- inspired preschool.
Attention to creating a beautiful environment begins at the entrance.
Take a look at the children's artwork adorns the entrance to the The Overfield Early Childhood Program :
Once inside you are likely to find photographs of each child and children's work which say, right from the entry, "this is your space, you belong here":
|Prepare 2 Play|
TriBeCa Community School has a "living-room" style reading area as close as possible to the entrance of each the classroom to give the message of "welcome home. relax"
The preschools are generally filled with indoor plants and vines, and awash with natural light.
|My Classroom Transformation|
|Beyond the Classroom|
Teachers carefully organize space for small and large group projects and small intimate spaces for one, two or three children. This is my favorite - I love the floor to ceiling internal windows:
|Lakota Local School District Preschools via Community Playthings|
Marla McLean, Atelierista
The Living Classroom
Bakers and Astronauts
Or browse through some of my Reggio posts:
Series: Be Reggio Inspired
Or visit my Reggio Inspired Preschools Pinterest Board.