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The recent David Gonski education review report has had its fair share of media coverage in past weeks. Through Growth to Achievement: Report of the Review to Achieve Educational Excellence in Australian Schools was released at the end of March 2018 and has received mixed feedback. One recommendation in the report is to promote high-quality early learning – this, we agree with whole-heartedly.

Early learning is something we have long identified as integral to a child’s educational development. It is part of the reason why we use the Reggio Emilia approach at Scots.

Here are four reasons to consider a Reggio Emilia school for your son.

1. He will learn through his environment

The Reggio Emilia philosophy treats a child’s environment as another teacher. The approach encourages children to learn from their surroundings, from the classroom to outdoor settings. This helps to apply learning to real world situations and make connections that have meaning to your son. This approach is more hands-on and provides endless stimulation for children, feeding their curiosity and encouraging exploration. Learning through his environment should be an adventure, and in a Reggio Emilia school, it is. 

2. He will drive his own learning

Your son will be an active driver of his learning in a school that uses the Reggio Emilia approach. Children become be more invested in what they are learning through being allowed to have a say in the content. They are not passive but active in driving the direction of their learning. That’s not to say that teachers take a back seat in their roles; rather, they act more like coaches and mentors, gently guiding children in their learning. 

3. He will develop problem solving skills

Through guided and structured learning tasks, children have the freedom to research and explore ways to reach their learning goals. The Reggio Emilia approach provides plenty of opportunities for research, experimentation and ample scenarios to develop creativity and critical thinking skills – skills that have been identified as must-haves for the 21st century workplace.

4. He will connect with the wider community

Education should not be a detached experience that is separate to the rest of a child’s life. Schools that use the Reggio Emilia approach involve parents, other educators, the rest of the school as well as the community in educating children. Teachers work in partnership with families and the wider community to achieve common goals and as part of the students’ learning experience. This helps children to transition to  different stages of schooling as well as life after school. At Scots, our Old Boys alumni network often find meaning and purpose through lifelong friendships with each other.

The Reggio Emilia philosophy encourages children to learn through play and discover the world around them by experiencing it. Through this approach, children feed their curiosity, develop higher level skills and become lifelong learners.

To see the Reggio Emilia philosophy in action, download our brochure The Scots Journey, which follows a day-in-the-life of our youngest students.

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