There are many theories regarding the delivery of curriculum to young children. Even with these varying opinions all ECE teachers agree that it is necessary to teach the whole child. Following early learning standards and developmentally appropriate practice, choose one of the following Early Childhood Curriculum Content approaches teaching style; The Unit of Thematic Approach (Helm & Katz 2001: Jones & Nimmo 1994), The Development Interaction, or Bank Street, Approach (Biber, 1984, Mitchell & David 1992), Emergent Curriculum (Jones & Nimmo 1994), The Reggio Emilia Approach (Jipson & Johnson 2000), or The Project Approach (Helm & Katz 2001: Katz & Chard 2000), and explain why you chose that style of approach to teach.
I am a preschool teacher and I have been greatly inspired by the Reggio Emilia philosophy for almost 20 years. I do not consider my classroom to be a "Reggio" classroom, because I believe the only true "Reggio" schools are actually in Reggio Emilia, Italy. Instead, my classroom is "Reggio inspired", which means that I incorporate many of the aspects of the philosophy, but I also incorporate the culture of my city, state and country.
I particularly like the Reggio Emilia philosophy because I feel very strongly about its core principles. The philosophy of the Reggio Emilia schools is based on several key principles, but the heart of the Reggio Emilia philosophy is the image of the child. Based on this philosophy, all children are seen as strong and capable. Children are encouraged to be active citizens in their community (which includes their classroom) and they are able to construct their own knowledge. Children who have ...
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