Achild’s view of themselves is largely shaped by their interactions and experiences with peers around them. Parents, teachers and friends in a child’s life play a vital role in developing their self-esteem and building up a healthy sense of self, supporting how children see their place in the world. It’s no surprise that the quality of the interactions a childexperiences has a huge impact on a child’s critical thinking skills.
Louis Malaguzzi, Founder of the Reggio Emilia Approach, penned a poem ‘The 100 Languages of Children’ in which he acknowledged the ‘infinite ways that children can express, explore, and connect their thoughts, feelings and imaginings’. The poem illustrates the myriad of methods and mediums that children seek out in order to express their ideas, theories, thoughts, feelings, frustrations, discoveries, understanding and knowledge.
At Fairchild, our Reggio Emilia inspired approach helps capture this concept – that every child has infinite potential to discover, to learn and to communicate. Children do this in many different ways including drawing, playing, painting, writing, sculpting, construction, dance, music, movement, role playing, drama – even reasoning, listening, laughing, crying, and loving. The possibilities are endless and joyful.
Relationships are at the very heart of the Reggio Emilia inspired philosophy. This philosophy is reflected in an environment that encircles the child with three “teachers,” or protagonists. The first teacher – you all as the parent – takes on the role of active partner and guide in the education of the child. The second are the classroom teachers, whereby we assume the role of researcher and intentionally engage children in meaningful work and conversation. The third teacher is our Fairchild learning environment – a setting designed to be not only functional but also beautiful and reflective of the child’s learning. It provides warmth, allows for curiosity, confidence building, and the spark of it all – creativity! It is the child’s relationship with parents, teachers, and the environment that ignites learning.
As children construct their own knowledge through projects such as food, dinosaurs, restaurant, science, pets – they engage in play and this builds upon their current perspectives, recognising that knowledge can be gained from a number of ways – a hundred different ways. This enables children to cultivate their curiosity, creativity and confidence, so they are ready for any task they may encounter. In this way we foster children’s resilience – connection is the key.
“Most importantly, no matter how rowdy or active or quiet my children are, the teachers can find a way to bond with them and my kids are excited to go to school everyday. They come home saying they just played all day but the knowledge they have gained pops out in multiple ways. The strong social skills and emotional regulation fostered in this nurturing environment is second to none in HK.” – Fairchild student Johnny’s mother.
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