Reggio Emilia and High Scope

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“To capture and build on children’s natural enthusiasms, adults put themselves in children’s hands as often as possible. They follow children directions; willingly assume the pretend roles assigned to them by children and play games according to the child’s rules.” In this paper I will compare and contrast the key elements of the Reggio Emilia program and High/ Scope. I will begin the elements by describing the ways that the Reggio Emilia program focuses on developmentally appropriate practices such as cognitive, language, social emotional, and physical development. I will compare these to the High/ Scope program and the way that it supports developmentally appropriate practices such as cognitive, language, social emotional and physical development. In conclusion, I will evaluate the impact each program has on the family and community. The Reggio Emilia Approach is an academic philosophy focused on early year’s education. It was started by Loris Malaguzzi and the parents who lived nearby the villages of Reggio Emilia in Italy. The destruction after the war, made parents believe, a new advanced approach was needed to teach their children. They felt that it was in the early years of development that children are evolving who they are as an individual. This led to the creation of a program centered on the principles of respect, responsibility, and community through exploration and discovery. In a supportive and endowing environment based on the interests of the children through a self-guided curriculum. The Reggio Emilia philosophy is based upon these key components: children need to have the control over the direction of their learning; children must be able to learn through the participation of moving, seeing, touching, hearing, and listening. Children must also be permitted to explore and have infinite ways and opportunities to express themselves. The
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