Fiddlehead School of Arts & Sciences uses a Reggio Emilia-inspired approach to learning. The fundamentals of the Reggio Approach outlined by Gandini (2008) guide and inform our approach:
• The image of the child – children are viewed as capable, curious and competent, active in the construction of knowledge and the pursuit of relationships.
• Children’s relationships and interactions within a system – children are seen in relation to their family, school, community and the larger society.
• The role of families – families are vital to their children’s learning and to the learning community. Family participation is invited and encouraged.
• The role of space – space encourages interaction, relationship and communication. The environment is considered “the third teacher”.
• Teachers and children as partners in learning – teachers are considered researchers and co-constructors of knowledge with the children. Collaboration is fostered between the children, teachers, parents and the community. Children assist each other in learning taking on the role of teacher, and teachers take on the role of facilitator and learner. Children are the protagonists of their learning and need to participate in the planning process. (Reggio Emilia Approach, 1999).